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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions of this sort allowed?

So I was tempted to ask this question (after some slight physics edits - see comment section) in physics stack exchange and would like the wisdom of the community if it would be closed or not? Why I'...
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Are negative mass questions on/off topic?

I searched for the question about negative mass and they aren't closed as off-topic. But recently I posted this question and somebody voted to close this as off-topic (non-mainstream). So I want to ...
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Would a site on the interdisciplinary topic of climate change in Stack Exchange be supported? [closed]

The topic of climate change is an exemplary case of an interdisciplinary topic. There is not one single scientific discipline of science working on it, but a wide spectrum. It primarily includes ...
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Do Physics Hot Network Questions help or harm the site?

There has been some small discussion in the comments of a recent post about Physics SE questions appearing in the list of Hot Network Questions (HNQ). It was also brought up that Physics SE can choose ...
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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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Dupe specific Physics.SE question on Math.SE and Engineering.SE for different perspectives

Currently there is a terrric question open asking how to measure surface area. It is clear that from an engineering perspective there would be a variety of different methods proposed, while from a ...
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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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Anonymous comment feature to explain anonymous downvote? [duplicate]

Recently my questions were downvoted, though the reason for such is unknown to me (also it's not quite a big deal for me) but I believe that if the downvoter had given me some suggestions for ...
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Reason behind my negative user experience?

Let me first begin by saying my overall user experience on the Physics Stack Exchange site has been wonderful. According to this it is okay to downvote poorly written questions. Now in the past I've ...
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Fast successive upvotes and downvotes: Is critical thinking forbidden here? [closed]

There is recently an odd reaction to my questions/answers. I see when somebody dislikes any, it is straightforwardly downvoted $-$ probably by somebody else. Or, when I ask a challenging question, in ...
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Are all history questions now off-topic? [duplicate]

I saw that this question: Einstein's initial clue that spacetime is curved being flagged as off-topic, as it belongs on History of Science SE. However, there is a tag here for 'history' and it ...
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Am I getting serially downvoted?

Why does frictional force cause a car to move? Also, is friction a reaction force? There is the above link for the question to which I answered. I don't find the reason for the answer to be downvoted....
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Resource recommendation for Physics

Like this recent post on Chemistry SE which is the collection for different types of resources for learning Chemistry ( which I find quite useful) do we have any such thing over here at Physics SE? If ...
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Why was my recent answer deleted, and was it really an appropriate action?

I recently asked and answered a question on the main site: What are the Energy eigenstates for a modified quantum harmonic oscillator? First of all, this question ended up being re-tagged as homework,...