T. Verron

Age: 24

Jun
29
comment Do we take questions on "helper" programs?
If the answer is the same if we remove emacs from the question (and the question still makes sense), I don't think that it is emacs-related. You can do almost (citation needed) everything with emacs, this website is not about everything. But I was asking if you had an example of an existing question... Maybe we should wait until the problem arises before worrying about it?
Jun
29
comment Do we take questions on "helper" programs?
Imo it really depends on the question. Do you have a specific example in mind?
Jun
27
comment Is escaping backslash in regexp string expressions optional at times?
Oh... I understood them as the results of the second and the first regexp of the question, after evaluation of the strings by the lisp engine (and translation of the backslash escapes: \* becomes *, \\* becomes \*). Thanks for the clarification!
Jun
27
comment Is escaping backslash in regexp string expressions optional at times?
@kaushalmodi I was surprised too, but it seems that grep behaves in the same way.
Jun
26
comment Is escaping backslash in regexp string expressions optional at times?
I had to read your answer 3 times to finally get it (not your fault, this is intricated material). Maybe you could mention that you swapped the regexps (the 2nd from the question is 1st in the answer), and that you give here the version after the strings were evaluated (so not real elisp).
Jun
26
comment Is it ethical to extract my contributions from a multidisciplinary collaboration ( & exclude my co-authors work )?)
@Alexandros Depending on whether the OP is willing to let the collaborators know it beforehand, not necessarily.
Jun
26
comment What's a good way to have a hook that runs for every file in a given directory?
This option has the advantage of not hardcoding the settings and relevant directories in the main configuration file.
Jun
26
comment What's a good way to have a hook that runs for every file in a given directory?
Welcome to mx.sx! The idea is good, and I think @erikstokes 's answer would benefit from an example, but it seems that your example is incorrect: after a file is opened in the directory, the function will be added to find-file-hook, and executed for all files that are opened afterwards, won't it?
Jun
25
comment Non-citation of basic knowledge
@scaaahu The linked question is not asking for advice for academic publications, but for a student paper which will consist (almost) only of bibliographic references. But the answer does seem applicable to this question too.
Jun
25
comment Non-citation of basic knowledge
I frequently see references to textbooks in articles, they are less "overkill" than the original paper and they usually include remarks about history, similar results (which you don't necessarily learn of when you are first shown the result). Plus, one good textbook line in the bibliography can cover many "common knowledge" references throughout the text.
Jun
23
comment Proof error found in accepted conference paper - what to do?
Depending on how technical the fix is (the fix, not the mistake), I guess you could mention it in your talk. For example, if you planned to give that definition on a slide anyway, give the fixed one, and maybe mention that it is different from the one in the paper because of a minor mistake in the proof. If it is too technical to go on a slide, don't mention it, the audience won't care anyway. And maybe have a printed sketch of the new proof at hand should one of the experts approach you about this.
Jun
20
awarded Enlightened
Jun
20
awarded Nice Answer
Jun
18
comment How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?
@Johannes_B The button could disappear with the same threshold as the "unanswered" status : either an accepted answer or one with score higher than 3. A user not helped by this answer can then proceed like with any duplicate candidate, explain how his problem is not solved by the existing answer and hence why his question is not a duplicate.
Jun
18
comment How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?
@Werner It could put the question back on the "active" page?
Jun
18
comment Install Ubuntu without making Windows license void
Uninstalling and reinstalling windows does not require a new licence, as long as you keep the serial number. But that doesn't mean you have to reinstall windows in this case.
Jun
18
comment Is it good or bad idea to send negative feedback to a company?
@user181452 Did they tell you that you should complete the test? Maybe they just wanted to know how much you can produce in a 8h sprint, how you prioritize features, etc?
Jun
18
comment Reading and writing email with emacs
Thanks for adding gnus to the list, it appears to be one of the canonical ways of using email with emacs. But at the moment, this answer is only barely more than a link-only answer. It would be more useful to extract information from that link (or elsewhere!) to answer the question more precisely: besides preventing link rotting, it would also help in the comparison with other mail packages.
Jun
17
comment How to preserve emacs key bindings when changing keyboard layout?
@lawlist I did not have the "frequently switching" scenario in mind, at least not frequently enough that changing an option in the init file every time it happens is unreasonable. Sure auto-detection would be even nicer, but if you have a solution requiring that the user informs emacs about his keymaps, I'd be glad to accept it.
Jun
16
awarded Enthusiast
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