I've noticed a major difference between the physics SE and the other SE sites. People here are mean!
Comparatively, the other sites feel like a smorgasbord of up-voting. I understand that the number of up-votes is tied to the traffic itself and the number of users, but the higher frequency of the down-votes is not explained by this.
I feel like there are several workable explanations. One is that it's possible to have an answer that has a singular fact that is objectively physically incorrect, so it's hard to speak correctly without a seemingly endless stream of qualifiers. Another is that there is such a strong gradient of people with lots of experience and people with very little, but I generally don't believe this explication, and the reason is that I see so many people with lots of experience (it's not that hard to tell) with many down-voted answers.
How are other users justifying this phenomenon to themselves? One major take away I have is that the reputation number means something entirely different here than it does on other sites. Looking at the bigger picture, is physics as a topic "special"?