When a user wants to ask a question about then he probably goes to tag his question by . In the excerpt of such tag we read:

LaTeX is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. Note that http://tex.stackexchange.com is specifically dedicated to LaTeX (and TeX) questions.

Even in the tag wiki there is no exact guide to the user which are the on-topic questions about TeX for Academia.

This tag excerpt/wiki may have to be improved in the following areas;

  1. The user is very probable to be mis-understood into which website should s/he ask the question. As in the excerpt does not distinguish the exact questions which are on-topic for Academia. I think that the excerpt should include the following points:

    • The user may ask about the use of LaTeX in his academic publications; such as the use of LaTeX in preparing manuscripts for the journals.
    • Technical issues should go directly to the LaTeX.SE and are off-topic Academia.
  2. When the link to http://tex.stackexchange.com is mentioned, the link may be better to be replaced by TeX/StackExchange or something similar to avoid using direct links.

Also there are some questions about other typesetting softwares like Microsoft Word and Libre Office which there is no tag for them.

So, the question here is whether there is any need to improve the tag and if you are positive with this edit, what should be the improved tag excerpt/wiki look like?

Or, Is it a better idea to create a new tag and merge the existing into it to avoid misunderstandings of the existing tag and also cover other typesetting questions.

  • In general, I think that the current description is fine (maybe "Technical questions should be asked on [site]" instead of the current form). Ad. 2. Why? Jul 27, 2014 at 16:49
  • @PiotrMigdal what about the typesetting tag?
    – enthu
    Jul 28, 2014 at 9:56
  • I am not sure. Could you provide example questions that would benefit from this tag? If it is less than 5, we can use our time more efficiently than discussing it. Jul 28, 2014 at 10:43


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