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Understanding down votes on answers

I recently received two down votes in one day on an answer that was submitted more than a year ago (accepted answer), unfortunately without any comments. At the same time as the down votes, the ...
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Deleting an Answer

An answer of mine was recently deleted because it was decided AFTER my answer was posted and accepted that the question was off topic. I thought putting a question on hold simply prevented any further ...
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Notify users when homework-and-exercises posts are found acceptable for answering

Could this site somehow let contributors know if a homework and exercise question has been reviewed and found acceptable for answering? Right now we only know when a question is found to be ...
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Is it OK to copy and paste part of own answer over and over, to answer new questions?

Here I report a subjectively funny case of a person who posts a wall of text over and over, since at least two years, to answer questions. He does modify it in order to adapt it to the asked question, ...
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Does it matter if answers are correct?

I'm struggling a little bit with this site and I think I'm starting to put my finger on why. Physics is about the nature of reality, there must be (at some level) a way to say something is ...
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Imgur Issue? Cannot see or upload pictures

I haven't been able to put pictures in my answers, and I cannot see any pictures posted in other people's questions. Is this an issue on my end, or is imgur having issues?
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Why was my detailed, informative answer deleted?

I presented a very insightful answer to the question Can electromagnetic fields be used to deconstruct and reconstruct molecular bonds?. I put a great deal of time and effort into including diagrams ...
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Not poorly received but still no answer: What can be done?

I asked the question Criterion for a Feynman loop diagram to give a finite value long back. Though it wasn't poorly received, I did not get an answer yet. What can I do to improve the question? Of ...
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How to answer when the question is based on a wrong premise?

I ask this wondering about my answer to this recent question, though this applies in a more general setting. The situation is that the question asks about the physical interpretation of the typical ...
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Remove the reputation cutoff for the answer ban

There is an automatic answer ban mechanism that stops users from posting many low-quality answers. However, I'm pretty sure users automatically get immunity from the answer ban if their reputation is ...
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How detailed should answers be?

A lot of the most popular questions (viz. those with many views and highly voted answers) here on Physics SE (main site) are simple questions: Why does the cream of an Oreo stick to one cookie? Why is ...
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Seeking attention towards the unanswered questions [duplicate]

Is there a way to re-iterate the attention of the readers towards my questions which remains unanswered for a long time? Can I ask them again?
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

This answer (10K only; screenshot) is an example of a "super wrong" post. For the purposes of this discussion, a "super wrong" post is an answer which not only is factually incorrect but is incorrect ...
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Answer ban correction

I am banned from writing answers, and all the answers I wrote, the question has been already been deleted by someone. Actually they were homework questions and I answered them, so it is not ...
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Why was my answer on decoherence deleted?

My answer to this question was deleted. For anyone who can't see it, the answer was: I hope somebody will correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that the simplest way to phrase the main objection is ...
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Should we add more answers/comments to the original question of the duplicate?

I personally think that the whole point of creating the duplicates is to encourage users to add new answers/comments to the original question of the duplicate. But what really seems to happen is that ...
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Should I upvote answers that I can't verify?

I often come across interesting questions which I can not answer. As a consequence, I cannot verify the given answers, while some seem to be helpful. Is it recommended to upvote such answers, where my ...
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Is it really a good idea to show a user's reputation and badges in answers?

I was wondering about this general feature of Stack Exchange sites: when you answer a question, your reputation and number of badges are shown right next to your user name and profile picture. What I ...
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A greyed answer

I recently came across Solving the problem. Although the user who posted a completely off topic post about cooking, which garnered 6 down-votes in 5 seconds has removed it. However, I noticed that ...
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Why can't deletion by moderators be voted on?

Calculating the height a person can reach in the moon I'm deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please do not give complete or near-complete answers to homework-like questions. – ...
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Ignorance towards new comers

I am a newbie here in stack exchange. This site is very informative. So, I tried to contribute with the little knowledge I have. So, I posted this answer after reading the question, all the other ...
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How to SAVE an answer to a specific question?

I would like to save an Answer to a Question on Physics and any other StackExchange site. Is that possible? In fact it would REALLY convenient to have a save answer button that lead to a notebook ...
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Why is this considered a complete answer?

Recently, an answer of mine was deleted for being a complete answer to a homework-and-exercises question. However, since I did not give the final value of the wavelength, why is this "a complete ...
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What to do when no one answers your question? [duplicate]

Yes i know that one answer is to wait. But if you want answer urgently then what to do? What are alternatives?
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What does “temporarily deleted” mean?

I can't find in the help, or by googling, the meaning of "temporarily deleting" from a comment I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete ...
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Why can't the Homework policy be more lenient?

Sometimes very tricky problems that require quite a bit of ingenuity are removed simply because they're exercises in physics/maths. Well, what is the fundamental difference asking about a specific '...
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Answering “Homework-Like” Questions With Hints

It occurred to me today that I don't know what a good approach is for providing hints to homework-like questions. I cannot find any clear policy on how this should work. The example that brought it ...
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Asking for an upvote to my *correct* answer to a 5-year-old question

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Why would colder air disperse condensation on a car windshield? Would a friendly moderator or two consider upvoting it? The previous answers ...
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Is it ok to make jokes on your answer?

While answering a question, I usually do it as I would do it orally, which is using the simplest english I can and also trying to make it a bit fun, which is also just the way I speak. so the other ...
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Vote locked in till the answer or question is edited

I have voted on questions and answers then pondered on it to undo my vote the next day and it is locked in. It says I cannot change my vote until it is edited, but unfairly the people are not notified ...
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Re: Downvoting with no feedback

I have tried very hard to comply with the spirit of this forum but obviously still have not got the hang of it. I write a short comment and then am told it should be an answer. I answer a question ...
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No answers - What else further can I do to encourage someone to answer?

No answers - is this question too hard? I don't think that this question is too hard actually. There must be some way to solve this and I know there are plenty of people here with a solid background ...
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Low-quality answers

A bunch of answers just came into the low quality review queue (coincidentally, many by the same user...) and they all share one characteristic: they are incorrect, but they do attempt to answer the ...
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Déjà-vu answer, or a blatant case of reposting a deleted post?

There's something strange going on with this answer (visible to 10k+ users only). I seem to recall reading exactly the same answer written by the same users some days ago. It received some comments ...
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How should we deal with upvoted incorrect answers?

When a question makes the HNQ list, upvotes and answers from outsiders flood in. The score distributions on these questions are highly abnormal. Often, a mediocre answer that misses the actual point ...
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Encouraging users to read the full question

Sometimes on my own questions and other people's questions, I see users posting very useless comments that just show they only read the title of the question, and blazed through the specifics ...
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The practice of answering a question in its comments area

I've noticed that some members provide a perfectly good answer to a perfectly good question in the comments area under the question rather than posting their response as a standalone answer. As this ...
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Engineering questions and answers that are closely related to Physics

I found an old question asked 5 years ago. How much power to keep surface of aluminum plate at given temperature?. How do I answer this in a physics kind of way? This is my original answer: By ...
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What the site will do if a user with little/no knowledge of physics down-votes me when I answer his question correctly?

What the site will do if a user with little/no knowledge of physics down-votes me when I answer his/her question correctly, but that user assumes that my answer is not helpful-answer to the question ...
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Answers quoting non-peer reviewed material

When answering a question on Physics, should answers that make reference to non-peer reviewed material that is found on, for example, arXiv, be discouraged, or even removed?
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Citing all your work

Many times I have answered questions only to be told to cite it. So I research and find somebody has already published it. With as much brains around here is it not possible to arrive at the same ...
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Is showing thanks via serial upvoting acceptable?

Thanks for your answer. Because I gave the bounty to other answer I will upvote other answers of yours in this site. Can we do something like this?
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Guidelines for answering homework-like questions

I was looking for guidelines, but the best I could find is this. Is there a better statement somewhere? That was hard enough to find. Perhaps an entry could be put in the help to make it easier ...
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What is the procedure if your question is answered in a comment? [duplicate]

One of my questions got answered in a comment. What do I do? I could formulate it into an answer myself and write that down, or should I just leave it? Maybe delete the question even?
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Using Copyrighted Material as Answers [closed]

For this site and in general for academic purposes: How can I use copyrighted stuff as material? If you can quote someone why can you not quote their work as well? The teacher in a previous class (not ...
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What is our position on answers that consist almost entirely of copied content?

We know that plagiarism is bad, and unacknowledged citations will be dealt with. However, what about answers that properly acknowledge their sources, but consist of nothing but quotes? I believe ...
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How long should I wait to get a question answered?

I posted a question 2 days ago, which I think is reasonably well worded and clear to understand, but it has no response: Transformers: relation between their current, voltage and resistance ...
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Using Comments as Answers

An answer is placed in the comment box on your question and it would make an answer. As long as you quote it is it OK to use it? See Comments at this question for example.
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I am Being Serial Down Voted or Something Else

How does one know if you are being serial down voted? How do you reverse it and stop them from voting on your stuff in the future?
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Contributions Lost in Time

What happens to good Physics questions and answers lost by people who lost their accounts either which a way?