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Downvoting without answering [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it would be an improvement if people that wish to down-vote an answer also had to post their own in order to do so. I don't mind getting anonymous down-votes on my questions - it ...
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Stepping down and taking a break

For eleven years and five months I've been a part of an ambitious experiment in making the internet a better place. For the past nine years and two months that participation has included this site. ...
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Deleted comments at closed question

This question Why cant we measure the alleged curve of ball earth? was closed. Before it was closed I had made a relevant comment. After closure my comments disappeared also. Is this the automatic ...
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Do reopen votes expire or disappear?

I noticed that a question where I had cast a reopen vote now is listed as having no reopen votes. Do reopen votes disappear under certain circumstances or expire? Do close votes also do the same?
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Sudden large drop in standing (“top percentage overall”) without numeric change in “reputation”

My standing on the Physics Stack Exchange went from "top 16% overall" to "top 67% overall" during a period when I posted only one question or answer (a question posted Jan.5, 2020, MST), plus a few ...
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Just yesterday, I read this and there dmckee♦ posted this comment, and he said: ...relatively small fraction of the eligible users apply their power with any regularity. Now there is already a ...
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Many deleted users

Apparently, quite a number of users have been deleted in the last month or so. I've noticed it because, as I haven't been very active lately, my rep score has been declining due to their removed votes....
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A question (which now looks like it was previously incomplete) being modified in such away that the previous answers become useless

This question was posted by user 202. As can be seen from the edit history that the question was incomplete at first(though I didn't knew that till today) (the previous question was scattered all over ...
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Can this question be salvaged? (updated)

I am making an analogy between the history of arts and physics and wanted to make sure that the physics side is correct. As such, the question is probably not a good fit for this site, but maybe it ...
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Is there any way to know how many users are currently online at a given time? [duplicate]

Usually I find that maximum traffic occurs on this site around (8:00 pm to 4:00 am, as per Indian Standard Time (IST, UTC+05:30)), but I don't have any concrete data related to it. So Is there a way ...
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Is there any way to retract my suggested edit?

I often suggest tag edits in which I add the homework-and-exercises tag to homework like questions. In some cases, these questions are closed as off topic even before my edit is reviewed. So, in that ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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About molecules tag

I recently asked a question related to atomic and molecular physics and noticed that there is a tag of "atomic physics" but not for "molecular physics". To some extent, I think that the latter is ...
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Stop killing suggested edits in the name of “conflicted with a subsequent edit”

I saw this and thought to edit it by adding a blockquote, do some MathJax formatting and editing tags. And so I devoted 7 minutes (on a mobile device), trying to make StackExchange a better place. And ...
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Creating a community wiki post for special relativity questions about comparing events in different reference frames

As I am sure many are aware, we get a fair amount of questions about special relativity that are essentially variances of Alice sees this event happen at this time over here, and Bob sees this ...
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How can I re-flag a question?

There are some posts which I have flagged and some action is genuinely required for those posts. I would say they are recent, but there were even more recent flags raised by me which were quickly ...
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My quarter reputation is more than my total reputation!

What is this? Is this some sort of wizardry? Or is the server bad at counting? Jokes apart! Why is my quarter rep more than my total rep?
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Why has this question been closed?

The following question has been closed with the explanation that it is in breach of the Homework Policy : What will be the total work done by friction on the system (man+boat)? However, it is not ...
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Who posts in the “Backup Room -The H-Bar”?

While visiting the chat section I found a room named Backup Room – The h Bar.Though it seems to me that people don't chat over there rather I found that list of hot network questions are posted. But ...
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Why is the +number in the physics SE users list different from the +number in my profile (on a yearly basis)?

My reputation change on the user list on the Physics SE site this year is about +1500, as can be seen. But according to my profile on that site which can also be seen, my reputation change is only ...
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Merge [group-representations] with [representation-theory] [duplicate]

This is the description of the group-representations tag: Use as a synonym to the representation-theory tag So we may want to merge them together already.
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While people voted 2 times for my answer on a question (up- as well as down-) I can see that there is -1 vote left.. Why?

This question was recently asked. In the second answer to it, you can see that the total votes left is -1. How can that be if there is one member who down-voted and one who up-voted? I even got a ...
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Possible vandalism?

Sorry to bother everyone, but I found this particular link over on the physics main page Could the recent evidence of a gravitational force orbiting the solar system indicate not the existence of a ...
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Should I myself edit the question or encourage the OP to do so?

Everyday, many questions are posted on this site(Physics SE) which need to be edited because of many different reasons (like MathJax, grammar, typos, tags etc.). Now, I am okay with the grammar, typos,...
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Can I ask about these shoes from Dr.Stone? [duplicate]

I'm watching Dr.Stone (an anime/manga) and have noticed the rather odd shoe design used by a people of a village (shown below). Can I ask about how those shoes would be of benefit to the environment ...
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Should I delete my comments once the OP has acted accordingly?

The title is a bit vague. Let me explain. Now, just yesterday, I posted a comment like this and this. In these comments, I requested the OP to use Mathjax and to avoid using images. Now, both the ...
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Why aren't my questions marked as hot?

I've asked a several questions (for example, one about gravity waves (3k views) in the two last days With more than 2k views. So not too long ago. There is another question (I don't want with say who ...
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Why is this question considered too broad?

This question. Until recent interface changes, I could see that the close reason stated that the question is about engineering, and hence is off topic, but an inquiry I made has shown that this reason ...
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Asking physics joke questions

I would like to discuss the policy around asking questions which are intended as setups for a joke. I searched through the meta, and didn't see anything about this directly, so I would like to gauge ...
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Downvoting costs one reputation point

Today I downvoted an answer and flagged it, too. Now I get negative scores. Presumably, because I wrote a comment on a bad answer, which is downvoted by others too. Although, I do not care too much ...
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Completely changing a question vs asking a new question [duplicate]

When a OP has one of their questions closed one of the main desirable outcomes is for the OP to edit the question to address the issues that led to the closure. However, where should we draw the line ...
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Should I edit closed or duplicate, but recently active questions?

The title says it all. While surfing through the questions page in Physics SE, sometimes I stumble upon a few closed and duplicate questions which are begging me to get salvaged. Simply put, they ...
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New flag suggestion [closed]

More often than not the correct answer here is "Have you considered learning philosophy or art instead?" Now this is kind of blunt but i stress that it correct answer most of the time.
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References to closed questions and their visibility

I am puzzled by an apparent possibility of incoherence of the site behavior. Let me use a specific case as an example. As a comment to a recent question on SE.physics, @dmckee cited a link as a ...
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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

Update Based on the votes, we will be giving this experiment a try. We are working with the CM team now to figure out what metrics we can measure for comparisons before and during the test and we ...
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The new “Highly active…” post notice is somewhat jarring, particularly for the owner of the question

Minor issue .. I asked this question: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/223610 Currently the question has the callout: "Highly active question. You have enough reputation to answer this question....
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Is there some rule regarding a user posting the same answer at different (but similar) questions?

Recently I found that one user was posting the same answer (copy of a single answer) at different question though they were similar enough for same answer to be posted. So what is the consensus of the ...
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New notice banners

From I have found that new notice banners have started appearing on questions. Some examples are: But what was the reason for this new look? Why aren't they question closed as homework and exercise ...
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Why is this question considered engineering?

This question. Seeing it closed has shaken my faith in this community, so I am looking for an explanation. A bullet is the most trivial engineering construction I can think of. Open any physics ...
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How can I start a chat, if there is not a box suggesting to do it?

If I can start a chat, just copying one or two comments "by hand" won't be a problem, but I cannot even find a way to start it at all.
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Is it okay to give a link to video lecture as reference source?

Are questions like this allowed? It seems mentioning video link in a question post is against rules but I never get to read code of conduct until now. I explain everything in my question post and give ...
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What happens to a question on hold?

I am wondering what happens to a question on hold. Is it removed from the forum completely? Is it no longer searchable? Is it no longer visible but rather archived. Is it visible still to the author ...
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Is there a way to post something for discussion, rather than ask a question?

I like the question / answer format, but I would also find it useful to post a piece that I have written (current subjects include cosmology and thermodynamics) to generate discussion, feedback. ...
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A request to the existing users on the issue of new users

I'm myself is not an old user but not a new user too. The Physics SE is a little different from other sites and even other Stackexchange sites, new users who come over here generally asks about a ...
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what exactly does “near complete” mean?

One of my answers to an "homework and exercise" question was deleted on the ground of being "near complete". In fact, knowing I was not supposed to give a complete answer, I was careful not to solve ...
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Are Questions about Unrealistic Physics Off Topic?

A few days ago a question was asked about how close one could safely approach a small non-radiating black hole. A comment was made that "Micro black holes do evaporate, so this question is fictional ...
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Are there certain times of day that are best for posting Questions and Answers on Physics Stack Exchange as of late 2019? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there are certain times of day, and of the week that questions are most likely to get the most high quality answers on Physics Stack Exchange accounting for the questions asked, and ...
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What to do about somebody spamming the site with posts that don't seem to be Questions but rather a show off?

Recently somebody is posting their papers on the site in the name of Questions but which doesn't seem so. Rather the papers are (a kind of) show off. Aren't there any policies for such (as we have for ...
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Is this user “shadow banned” here (1 rep seems to make no sense, but there's no ban message)?

User link doesn't display any suspension message for me. So how comes his rep is 1 and not 23? (23 is actually correct if you look at his reputation tab.)
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Is there a search engine to look up formulas in physics.stackexchange?

I was wondering if there is a site where it is possible to look up formulas. For math.stackexchange, it is possible to use https://www.searchonmath.com/ or https://approach0.xyz/search/. But those don'...

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