I am often asking myself "how do I do ..." with formatting, but what I am trying to do is (afaict) not in the formatting help.

Where do I go with questions that are formatting related and not stats related?

How did you find that destination? Is there a link that I missed?

  • $\begingroup$ Here? $\quad\quad$ $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica Nov 8 '16 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ @amoeba - how would I know that? That is cool, and I will start asking my question here. How many formatting related questions are asked here? It isn't something that I have seen, seen a link for, or seen a tag for. $\endgroup$ – EngrStudent - Reinstate Monica Nov 8 '16 at 13:45
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  • $\begingroup$ I am surprised that there are only ~30-ish questions ever on those topics. Thanks amoeba. That answers the question. I will ask here in meta, but without being an advanced user (I'm not) or without being an asker of strange questions (I'm that), I would never have known where to go. $\endgroup$ – EngrStudent - Reinstate Monica Nov 8 '16 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ For additional help with MathJax (besides just reading help on LaTeX I guess), math's meta offers this tutorial & quick reference $\endgroup$ – Glen_b -Reinstate Monica Nov 8 '16 at 22:24
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    $\begingroup$ Hello EngrStudent. Do you maybe want to mark one of the answers as accepted (in order for this thread to appear "resolved" as I think it is)? $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica Nov 18 '16 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ @amoeba - I don't like the answers. Essentially nobody asks that stuff here. I was afraid to ask that here, but I did it anyway. I don't believe there is any answer because I really think it is considered a non-issue by "the powers that be". The next time I run into a "how do I " which I do when I'm answering or asking a few questions per day, I will test and see if it works. If it does work then I can mark this as closed. $\endgroup$ – EngrStudent - Reinstate Monica Nov 21 '16 at 14:21

If the question is about formatting posts/content on Cross Validated Stack Exchange, then as responded by amoeba in comments, ask here on Meta. Some related tags on this subject are , and .

Also, take a look at the markdown help.


Whether asking or answering a question, you will be typing into a textbox with a menu bar at its head. At the very right of that menu bar is a "?" icon which when clicked produces this interface:

Figure 1

Use the icons, the menus, or the "advanced help" to get more information.

When asking a question, you will see more information in a panel appearing to the right:

Figure 2

One trick I use, especially for formatting comments, is to start asking a question (follow the "Ask Question" link at the upper right of any page) so I can avail myself of these features as well as the WYSIWIG rendering of the text. I then copy the text and abandon the page without posting the question (this is important!).


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