This sandbox is intended for saving drafts of long, complex answers, especially answers whose composition takes a long time. It serves to localize to one thread the front-page "bumps" caused by edits to drafts of such answers, so that they may be easily ignored. Also, it helps to guard against losing longly-composed answers due to system crashes.
When you are happy with your draft here, you may simply copy the code and paste it to the desired location.
Proper Use of the Sandbox
- Do not post a new answer! We wish all the answers on this page to be owned by the Community user (so that only a non-sentient bot is informed of edits to these answers). Posting a new answer will make you the owner, meaning that you will be notified whenever another user makes an edit to that answer.
- Do not delete answers! Deleting seems like a reasonable option, but there are no "hard deletions" on Stack Exchange, and users will sufficient privileges will still see your supposedly deleted postings.
- Do look for an answer which indicates that it is free and then edit it to your heart's content. If none looks available, take over the one that has been left unchanged the longest (which will appear at the bottom of the page if you order answers by "activity").
- Do clear your draft when you are finished. This includes removing all $\LaTeX$ from your answers. Replacing all code with a simple statement like
This answer is free for anyone to use
is sufficient. Periodically users may go through and free up answer slots that have not been edited in, say, over one month. But you can aid in the smooth running of this sandbox by clearing away your drafts when you are finished with them.
- Do not create new such sandboxes. The point of having a unique such sandbox is that it minimizes the noise on the front page when the sandbox is edited. If there were multiple sandboxes they will frequently occupy numerous front page slots, pushing other topics off the front page, and increasing noise.