Welcome to tex.stackexchange.com (otherwise known as TeX-SX or TeX-SE). This is the unofficial FAQ which we've put together to help you figure out how to make best use of this site.

There is an official FAQ, linked at the top of every page, but that one is fairly general as it (mostly) applies to all of the sites on the StackExchange network. Although there is much that is the same across the various sites, each is also home to its own community and each therefore has its own quirks and characteristics that are useful to know about (whether or not you are familiar with other of the StackExchange sites).

What follows is a list of questions, answers, and other posts organised by topic that we, the more experienced users of this site, think would be useful for people to know. As is standard on FAQs, if there's something you'd like to know that isn't here, just ask.

"How Do I ..." Questions

  1. When writing a comment, how do I ensure that the person it is addressed to gets notified?
  2. How do I mark inline code?
  3. How do I mark code blocks?
  4. General formatting help
  5. Compile a latex document into a png image that's as short as possible. (for example, to include it as an image in a question)
  6. Why doesn't maths render as maths? Not quite a "how do I ..", but if you're coming from a different SE site you might expect stuff between dollar signs to get converted to mathematics automatically

What Should I Know Before Asking a Question?

(Alternative title: How do I ask a question in the most effective way?)

  1. I've just been told I have to write a minimal example, what is that?

"Something Weird Just Happened" Questions

  1. Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange
  2. When is it (and isn't) acceptable to edit?
  3. Which questions should be marked 'Community Wiki'? Which ones should just be closed?
  4. SO versus MO model (possible FAQ entry)
  5. My question was closed as a duplicate, but I still need help. What can I do?

What Should I Bear in Mind When Writing an Answer?

  1. Quality Standards for Answers

How Else Can I Contribute to This FanTeXstic Site?

  1. Things to do on a slow day at TeX-SE
  2. You Can Edit Other People's Stuff:
  3. You Can Clean Up Some Tags:

    For specifics on some of the above tagging guidelines, see

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To keep this entry clean, please discuss it on the question: meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/1145/86 –  Andrew Stacey Mar 10 '11 at 11:22
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