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Can we do better at reducing bike-shedding?

"Bike-shedding" is a phenomenon where there is excessive discussion of a topic because it seems easy, so everyone feels that they are competent to discuss it. We seem to have a couple of recent ...
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Can I present an answer in the form of a leading question? [duplicate]

Like "Jeopardy" presents answers in the form of questions can I post a physics question and post my own answer to it? The presentation I want to make is a new type of math method to calculate and ...
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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed?

Parent question: Erasing comments for questionable reasons I am trying to get a general policy. My initial concern was about comments to answers that asked for details and/or corrections, and were ...
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Question unilaterally closed by a moderator without any chance of editing

I had recently asked the following question: Uniform discrete physical theories (now closed and auto-deleted as RemoveAbandonedClosed; screenshot). And the question was closed without any comments ...
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What is the policy for linking? E.g.: Why should we link to abstract pages rather than pdf files? How do we cite arXiv preprints?

As a comment to one of my contributions, I received the comment: In the future please link to abstract pages rather than pdf files. Fine. I am happy to follow up on this suggestion. Can anybody ...
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Cases in which self-edits are an unethical mean to generate attention

I made 6 minor edits to my latest answers. The last edit (addition of a link to a lecture on the topic) I did 2 days after I gave the answer. I noticed that the question received a lot of new ...
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Referring people with SR-questions to test-bodies in the Schwarzschild solution? [closed]

I guess mostly because of how relativity is taught in schools, with a strong focus on exercises in special relativity where gravity is totally ignored and then maybe a little bit of info on general ...
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Ask to have questionable activity reviewed

I have seen some similar questions answered by a certain same person. And when I post my answer, it immediately get voted down by that person before even enough time for them to see it. They may be ...
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How to respond to an answer to a clearly duplicate question?

I have often noticed that even when a question is an obvious duplicate and it has been pointed out in the comments, some of us are posting answers to such questions without clarifying as to why they ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

On the linked post, a comment was made addressing me with words that might be considered mildly rude by some. I had absolutely no issues with the comment (and thus, I didn't flag it). And yet, the ...
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Cascade of mostly trivial edits by a user

Example today . Many times I cannot see any real changes between the left and right side, but it might be my browser or his/her browser. Are people increasing their reputation by corrections? It ...
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Dealing with edited questions/answers

While it's not something usual, I've noticed that sometimes people edit my question or answer with a more complex notation or incorrect information/formulas. While I don't think this is done with ...
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Should I not edit my old questions on a spree?

I recently visited a couple of old questions that I had posted and there were a lot of edits (mainly grammatical but not all) that I wanted to make. I edited a couple of them and went back to the ...
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Should I prefer the most up-voted answer or the accepted answer?

I came across this question, where the accepted answer had a score of $-7$, but there was also an answer with a score of $31$. As a student who has absolutely no idea about quantum mechanics, or the"...
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Should One Downvote a Question While Voting to Close It?

The title pretty much conveys what I want to ask but I would elaborate a bit. If a question is appropriate to be closed due to either of the listed reasons for a question to be closed, should one also ...
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A “Requires Expertise” Notice?

The Problem I was going to write a question here asking what the appropriate response is to incorrect upvoted answers, but I realized that I'm far from the first person to ask this, e.g. How should ...
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Straight $\mathrm{d}$ or italic $d$ for differentials?

I have had comments on my questions and answers questioning my use of $$ \int \mathrm{d}r \qquad \text{or} \qquad \int dr.$$ I have always thought that it should not be italiced as it is an operator....
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Explicit references matter!

I know that this forum should not replace a good bibliographic research, but... It is quite useful to know which book or paper or tutorial or any other external source of information that people have ...
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Let's not have posts look like revision histories

Inspired by this meta post on RPG.SE: I think we should keep in mind that posts with lots of "Edit:" and "Update:" sections are a bit hard to read from beginning to end, and we should strive to avoid ...
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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 can I do if I note that answers are abused to troll, flame, and/or advertise personal nonsense theories?

Just as a most recent example (I could give many more posted by other users too), this "answer" does not answer the question, brings up confused rhetoric intended to troll about fundamental physics ...
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User “talk pages”

Sorry if everyone else knows about this stuff, but I can't find any information about it anywhere. I see occasional comments about one user putting something on another user's "talk page". I have ...
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Answering old questions

Should I answer old questions (over a year), even if they have been already answered? I think that this practice is correct, but since in many forums it is discouraged I'm not sure.
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How do I flag questions to move them to Chem.SE?

This question was asked recently. @dmckee and I both noted that it might work on chem.SE as well as here. I then stared reading through the physical-chemistry tag, found a few questions, including ...
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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 ...
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old questions with incorrect answers

What is the best way to handle a case where a question was asked a long time ago and received several incorrect answers but no correct ones? To be more concrete, this was the situation with this ...
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How to organize a List of Free Resources in the conxtext of PSE

This very useful question (community wiki) list-of-freely-available-physics-books is collecting a list of freely available resources that we find out there. How to make it more organized, without ...
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Protocol for asking closely related, but different questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I ask several related questions in a single thread? What do you do if you want to ask a second, related but different question? (The original question can be your own ...
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Discouraging the use of personal attacks and epithets such as “crackpot”

While some have noticed an apparent increase in the "noise-to-signal" ratio on this site, what concerns me is the rise in the "incivility-to-civility" ratio. Let us be clear about one thing - the ...
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Too many comments on answers?

E.g. Mechanics around a rail tank wagon It seems to me that when most answers have 30+ comments, it becomes very hard to follow what is going on or have a constructive discussion. On my answer I ...