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2nd place gets the bounty

In Physics I asked a question and got 3 answers, 1 from a moderator and 2 from users. All 3 are good answers, but the moderator is spot on. I can tell 1 of the users are close in quality and took some ...
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The Layman Answer Alternative

More than half of us probably are not even qualified to ask a proper physics question let alone answer one. Would it be ok to add Layman answers or examples to harder answers?
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Increase weight of downvotes?

I am newer to the SE community so forgive any naivete. I suspect this is a recurring issue, but I regularly come across users whose reputation continually increases despite many incorrect, or ...
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Is it appropriate to tell someone to ask their teacher first?

Physics (PSE) often gets questions from beginner physics students that would easily be answered in person, and are basic physics contained in a text: "How do I calculate the potential 3 cm from a ...
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Message incorrectly claims I need 10 reputation points to answer, when I already have 10 points [duplicate]

I recently wanted to post an answer to this question: Is it possible to build a thermoelectric nuclear power plant? However, at the bottom of the page, I saw the following notice: Thank you for ...
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Why isn't bad content downvoted and commented on enough

In SE sites other than SO, there is a less strict "policy". Less down-votes, easier to up-vote, more "caring" people. Good: There is a big upside for an SE site to being less strict: it promotes ...
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What should I do with long exhaustive answers in lack of a question and in general?

I'm in the situation of having a long answer but no question. regarding this question I can discard the answer so nobody has any benefit from it and the time I spent writing it is deemed wasted. Or I ...
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How should I ask a question to understand the answer I will get?

I'm very curious and like to understand physical concepts. So I search the internet and ask questions on the site. But there is a problem: my understanding isn't complete about the subject ...
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Age - Score Relation

HT to Danu on this one. So there was this recent post inquiring about answering 0-answer questions in which a comment read, It is not evident that votes on answers to old questions are fewer than ...
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Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?

Reputation is a rough measure of a user's experience with the site. It can also be used as a (not very accurate) proxy for their overall expertise in physics. Our user population consists of people ...
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Why do users answer questions?

I know very little about physics compared to most users of physics StackExchange. Even so, if I knew a grain more than what I know now, I wouldn't care to answer the questions of others. I'd rather ...
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Opinions: When are or are not they answers?

So, I was going through and flagging new answers to old questions (because that's fun) and it dawned on me, are opinions really answers? The obvious answer is "yes" and that wrong opinions should be ...
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How can I view which answers have the lowest vote scores?

I was wondering if there is a way that I can search and view a list of answers that is sorted by vote scores, in such a way that I can determine which answers have the lowest scores?
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The secret to getting rewarded for high-quality answers is ___

This is a follow-up post on John Rennie's topic The secret to getting a massive reputation is ___, and my answer therein. I think many of us have at some point been dispirited, when an answer on an ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My answer here was recently deleted. https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/148332/by-what-force-does-a-man-attract-earth/148336?noredirect=1#comment309273_148336 I never encountered such ...
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“Mass in Special Relativity” misconception

“Unification of energy and mass ”, when explained carelessly, becomes one of the most dangerous heresies. Ī don’t point my finger to anybody, but many otherwise knowledgeable guys easily write a ...
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How to attract more attention for my question without placing a bounty?

I had asked a question which was initially poorly stated. However, I tried to revise the question continually (about ten times) to make my question clearer. But yet the revisions to the question did ...
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Adding "Non-mainstream physics" to the answer deletion/flag reasons

Okay, so we have the question VTC reason of "we deal with mainstream physics..." yadda yadda yadda. And everyone is grateful for it. But what about answers? Surely everyone would agree that we don't ...
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Give an answer or Comment instead?

I've noticed several posts (like this question) lately that are extremely simple questions. In this question, the OP asked for an explanation as well as some examples. At the time of this writing, the ...
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How exactly do you answer questions?

Two of my answers were downvoted recently and the reason was that though they gave quite a bit of information, all of it wasn't entirely accurate and had a few errors. The main cause of this is ...
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Is it appropriate to provide responses which too difficult or easy for the asker?

Consider this question: What is charge actually? How to define it? In the question, the asker explicitly specified that he wanted an intuitive explanation of charge, without using "quantum mechanics ...
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Should answers that link to Wikipedia be deleted?

If someone answers a question but refers to a Wikipedia link as a definitive source for the answer, should that answer be deleted or flagged somehow? Reasons and explanation for my question The ...
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Is is good/bad to cite to posts in other Q&A sites?

Is it nice to link to other Q&A sites when answering questions? I know that we don't have expectations as skeptics people. But, I have a bad feeling when we come up with an answer based on someone'...
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Why was this beginner's answer deleted ?

An answer by Ubuntu was deleted, wrongly, in my opinion, as not being an answer. He is offering an alternative answer which can be discussed as to how probable it is for Venus to be captured as is. ...
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Error with the form "Your Answer"

I would like to answer this question: Applications of the Spectral Theorem to Quantum Mechanics But, I cannot. I insert my answer in the form "Your Answer", I click on "Post Your Answer" and then ...
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Why can't I answer any question now on physics.stackexchange?

Should I try to raise my reputation? How should I do this? Can I remove this ban by deleting my all posts questions, etc., or should I make a new account?
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Soliciting Selected Answers

Is it appropriate to ask the OP of a question to select your answer as the selected answer when you know that s/he has entirely understood your answer and that s/he is satisifed by it in the comments? ...
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Should we allow embedding videos in questions or answers?

The question hit me when I saw this question which I know two brilliant youtube answers for it. I already posted my answer, but it would be much nicer if I could embed and include the videos in my ...
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not so good questions with well researched answers [duplicate]

A question if I may. What is the policy here about deletion of not so good questions that may have good, well researched answers attached? Are they deleted eventually? Well researched answers often ...
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Repeating answers in duplicate questions

I recently posted an answer to (1) Why are magnetic fields only produced by moving charges? which was marked as a duplicate of (2) No magnetic field from a static charge - Is there a simple ...
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What would it look like if rep for questions counted the same/more than answers?

I suppose we can't change the way reputation works on just our site so eventually if this became a serious proposal change it would have to happen on the mother Meta. But before I go and get flamed ...
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We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer:

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer: please explain why you're recommending it as a solution. Answers that don't explain ...
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Flags and technical innacuracies

Why can't flags indicate technical innacuracies? Given the large number of upvoted wrong answers (e.g. https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/35677/23119 (totally fails to understand QM), <--- ...
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Searching my answers

At this point, I have answered quite a few questions on physics.SE, and it would be very helpful to have the ability to search them. Is there a way to restrict the physics.SE native search to only my ...
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Questions that look like senseless, but with sensible answers

Here are two questions that do not make sense, while reading them: At CERN - What do you call the moment (event) particles crash together in the particle accelerator? Is there a proof of existence ...
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Is it true that Physics.SE gets bored often?

I have a thought that this question is off-topic. But... From the day I joined here, I was active (though I had low-quality answers, I was still actively answering) for almost 8 months. Then, I had a ...
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How can I ask a "community wiki" question such that the answerers can still earn reputation?

If I dont want to take the credit (reputation) for a question, but answerer should still obtain the reputation they deserve, is there some kind of a "question-only community wiki" option I can invoke? ...
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How can I get my answer undeleted

I do not know how I am supposed to do this. According to the help system,How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for ...
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Can I use one of my previous answers to answer another separate, but related question?

A little while ago I answered this question: What is the sun's spectral series?. For whatever reason (I'm not exactly sure), I went well outside what was expected in answering it; I provided a ...
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What is wrong with my reply here

This question about the sun's circumference, I answered with what I thought was a helpful answer - it seems that a couple of others found it useful (2 upvotes), but I am getting grief about the answer ...
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why can't I delete my answer

My answer was posted twice by mistake, but I am allowed only to "vote" for deleting it. is it because I dont have enough reputation? Why can't I delete my answer?
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Which policy to complete an answer made by someone else ?

What is the general policy for completing an answer from an other user ? Should I prefer to start an other answer, just saying "As user:xxx said, blabbla, BUT I would like to add blabla..." or should ...
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A distinctive mark for the most voted answer

Yes, the most voted answer floats to the top. But somehow the green mark is indirectly telling the (specially casual, unregistered) reader something like "this one is better". I think it would be ...
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Should I accept an answer that merely includes a link to a source for the (exact and detailed) solution?

When an answer provides a link to a document , website , etc. that includes a complete and exact treatment of the problem, but the answer itself has nothing in it's body (just the link), should I ...
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Gauging prefered expertise level for answering questions

I'm new to Physics.SE and StackExchange in general. I've been using the site for several days now and even answered a few questions. By almost any measure though I'm amateur interested in physics ...
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When does it make sense to add an additional answer to a question which has already an accepted answer?

Today I've spotted once again a question, that I thought I could write an answer to, but now it has already an accepted answer (which I quite like and +1ed by the way). So I am again thinking about ...
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Please review our posts on the LHC

We have a lot of posts on the LHC - however, the experiments are still on-going and it's possible that some answers that were right at the time are now outdated. It's also possible that some questions ...
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Please review our answers on magnetic monopoles [closed]

We seem very undecided on main on whether magnetic monopole do, in fact, exist or not, or whether this question is settled at all. It doesn't seem correct to me that to such a basic EM question we ...
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Opt-in to be always pingable to answer questions

Original idea: List of users with specialities who are willing to be pinged--should we do this? This is a place where users can opt in to be pinged by other users regardless of their chat status. ...
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Should I post a question if I know the answer? Should I answer my own questions?

Recently I had some questions and was going to post them here. While trying to find the best formulation for them I've found the answers. Posting questions with immediate answers is welcome e.g. on ...