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What constitutes an “answer” when the question is unmeaningfully vague?

I recommended deletion in review of a submission with the reason corresponding to "not an answer" (NAA) on this Q&A: What does $H\parallel ab$ mean? This was in the "low quality ...
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Bounty reimbursement

There are sometimes rather low quality questions appearing in the bounty section. Today these are this and this. In my opinion both require quite a bit of work (such as a discussion in the comments) ...
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What should I do if my answer to a question has a downvote for no reason defined?

What should I do if my answer to a question has a downvote for no reason defined? I do agree if there is maybe some mistake in my answer but I am not able to find. Then, yes. I agree with the downvote....
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Community Ads for 2021

We're almost halfway through 2021, and in case you missed it, Community Promotion Ads are gonna be a bit different this time! TL;DR: submit and vote for ad proposals before August 2nd! What are ...
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Are you interested in becoming a moderator?

In case you haven't heard, I am stepping down in a few weeks time. There has been some additional turnover on the moderation team in the past year, and so we'd like to discuss with the community ...
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Turning in my diamond shortly

Heyo folks! The time has come for me to wind down some of my activities here, and so I will be turning in my diamond and resigning as a moderator in a few weeks time. It's... been a year... and a lot ...
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Quick to comment, but never a reply

Why do people comment, with a derogatory statement, almost immediately, but then fail to reply or interact with me, the author, thus degrading the question entirely? Why do that to someone else? I ...
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Views on question that uses non-standard terminology

I have voted to re-open this question Is spacetime thickness constant everywhere? and I am interested in the views of other PSE editors. The question uses non-standard terminology (“spacetime ...
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Stack Exchange, Prosus, Naspers, apartheid, and white supremacy

I know that this is probably off-topic but I am posting it anyway. I am having difficulty reconciling myself to contributing content to a site that is now owned by a subsidiary of Naspers, a South ...
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A very active (new) user suddenly disappeared. What happened?

Since yesterday, a new user started contributing on PSE. This user was very active and apparently very eager about physics and I answered one of their questions. The user was active until a few hours ...
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Is it appropriate to ask if whether someone is in possession of the solutions of a completed online olympiad?

I want to clarify whether I could ask if someone has the solutions to a completed exam. I presume my question arises mainly due to less clarity with the specific-refernce and the soft-question tag. ...
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When there is a large number of comments, why not rearrange them as pages?

When there is a large number of comments, why not arrange them as pages instead of moving them to chat area? At the bottom of the comment area, just leave a sequence of numbers from 1 to the last page ...
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What if I ask a “what if” question?

What if I ask a "what if" question? What are the criteria for the question not to be closed? The question should be about physics. That's clear. The question shouldn't be completely random ...
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When I post a self-answer, is it expected that in the question I should pretend I don't know the answer?

Stack Exchange explicitly encourages writing a self-answer, when appropriate. Derek Muller posted a video about a wind-powered vehicle that can go downwind faster than that downwind itself. (The ...
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Documenting Incomplete Explanations (like errata) [closed]

Too often, introductory texts provide incomplete explanations in their derivations. An excellent example is highlighted in this question, featuring a terse sentence which "explains" what ...
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Deletion of place holder answer

I wanted to address this question Is the electron actually a standing wave? , but as already today I wasted time and then the question was deleted, I wanted to make sure I would not waste more time , ...
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Users with identical names

Apparently, nothing prevents the users from having identical display names (since they are assigned different userID): here is another Vadim. I admit though that this name is not a particularly rare ...
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Is EM theory appropriate on Physics.SE?

I'm having trouble posting anything relating to EM theory derived from Maxwell on this site. I'm continually having posts deleted 7 day ban's refusing to accept references particularly my own work, ...
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Could we link the “Image equation to TeX” question from TeX SE somewhere?

It has been discussed before that one should not post images of text or formulas. However, many users still do – probably because they consider typing all this text too much work, which to some degree ...
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Is a question about whether something is possible on topic?

Is a question that asks whether something is possible within the laws of physics on-topic here? (Very vague) Example: assuming any level of technology, can you do this within the laws of physics, or ...
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Suspicious new user accounts?

Just found this while browsing the bottom of new users page. All accounts start with w88, followed by a random word and a number. Most of them have set "Bangkok Thiland" as their location. ...
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Where should a user ask home-and-exercises questions? [duplicate]

Post Closed as "Not suitable for this site" by Brick, Bob D, John Rennie, BioPhysicist, Jon Custer The above message is shown for homework-and-exercises. The message is saying that "...
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Has the PSE philosophy about homework-style exercises and check-my-work problems changed since 2012?

The Community recycling algorithm recently brought this homework-style question asked in 2012 to the Top Questions list. It's interesting to me that It's clearly an elementary homework-style problem ...
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Getting a better understanding of how and why off-topic homework-like questions get answered before they can be closed

Background This is a follow-up to What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?. (See that thread, and the initial proposal here, for background.) The experiment is currently ...
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Why did someone downvote my question without reading it completely?

I had asked this question today. Within 20 seconds someone had downvoted the question. Here's the proof: It's not possible for a person to read the whole question in 20 seconds. So why did they down-...
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Why are there few answers on homework-and-exercise questions?

I actually asked a question with the homework-and-exercises tag. Then, I was searching some question with the tag. I had visited 50 pages. Most of the questions don't have answers. And, most of the ...
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Please reopen my question

My question Is it an illusion if reheated tea burns my tongue but tastes cold? from Jan 6 '21 has been closed on Apr 26 '21 as "Needs more focus". The question is not unfocused. It is true ...
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For those of us who are in academia, is there a category of questions that you use PSE for?

I am not sure if this exactly fits into the intended scope of the meta but I will try it out. This is clearly an explicitly subjective question with no universally correct answer, but I suspect that ...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Clearly, marking a question as a duplicate of either my own question or of a question that I answered is not against the rules. But, there seems to be a conflict of interest in the context of the &...
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Is it okay to edit your answer to make it better after seeing some point that is addressed in another answer or is this bad etiquette/stealing?

Let's say i have written an answer to a question. I feel like i have done a good job of answering it and covered all the points that needed to be covered. Now, if i see some another answer that i feel ...
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Misuse of downvoting

I think this question is unsuitable for this site as opinion-based, and should be closed. Yet, at the time of writing it has only one closure vote (mine), but 6 downvotes. I think this is indicative ...
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Posting and self answering basic derivations

It can be difficult at times to find quality derivations for 'some' of the basic formula used in high school physics, so I thought what if I post and self answer the basic derivations. Does this sound ...
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When are questions with multiple different possible answers good?

It is well known that we do not encourage/allow questions that solicit open-ended discussions or that can only be answered by providing personal opinions, etc. However, at least to me, it seems a bit ...
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I think that this question is not off-topic

The following question has been closed because it is off-topic: An approximation for path integral kernels However, I'm presenting a new idea in that post: Set N=2 in the formula of the path integral ...
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How much editing of a question is acceptable? (e.g. Chicken Question)

In regard to the chicken question meta post one of the answers included this paragraph: This opinion is based purely on the actual question, and ignores the silly story. Surely the silly story can be ...
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Why has my question about the Einstein field equation been closed? [duplicate]

I would not have wanted to write this. In fact, I am so sorry of the fact that many times some questions are not considered as they are too stupid. My question Scalar curvature is $0$ for ...
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Are downvotes (on the meta side) regarded as a (negative) answer to your question (on which you can answer yes or no)?

In this question I asked whether it is a good thing to edit a question with the purpose of downvoting it. It got downvoted 7 times (up till now). This was written: Downvotes on Meta are different ...
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Congratulations to anna v, our second 200k user

With nearly six thousand answers posted over her first decade with us, anna v surpassed the 200,000 reputation milestone this week. Her patient explanations, broad knowledge, and insightful writing ...
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How acceptable is prosemirror-math as an editor style for this site?

This is a follow-up to one of the possible answers raised in the thread The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site. Prosemirror-math is a math editing framework that allows for ...
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Soft-question or off-topic question?

Where is the boundary between a soft-question and an off-topic question? The issue has come up in connection to question Does physics explain why the laws and behaviors observed in biology are as they ...
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Why do we have a profile page and an ability to chat if SE is not a social network?

I was reading these exchanges about the (lack of) ability to follow other posters: Automating the ability to "follow" posters I can follow posters, presumably like many others do, simply by ...
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Why is it so difficult to apply the site policy consistently for opinion-based questions?

I already noticed a certain number of times that some questions have been closed based on the policy for "opinion-based" questions. Reading the rationale for that policy, I find: Many good ...
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Is it okay to edit a question (on the main site) to downvote it after you initially upvoted it?

On the PSE main site (so not on this site), I normally never downvote a question or answer, but sometimes you change your thought about this (after upvoting). Is it okay to edit (when I wanted to ...
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Should “fun questions” be considered on- or off-topic?

There are a number of questions on this site that start with a fun, sometimes ironic context. Here are some more recent examples How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? (meta ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

This question How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? underwent a severe close/reopen yo-yo cycle. It was closed once by a moderator, then reopened by community members, then re-...
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Community polls on Physics SE?

I recently came across this (admittedly, pretty old) question on Mathematics Meta: Do we want community polls? In summary1, it is proposed to have a meta post to find out information about the site's ...
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“State of research” questions

Are questions asking for what the current research topics in a certain field allowed? Under what circumstance would they be? In case they are allowed, after how much time would it be allowed to ask ...
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Should I re-ask a question that was recently closed by editing it and removing meta-comments?

I recently asked this question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/622976/ This question was closed and I was directed to this meta thread by a comment: https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/13449/...
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Textbook questions

There seems to be quite a lot of questions that demand for textbook answers. These are technically not homework questions - i.e., they are not asking for solutions to problems - but grounded in not ...
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Temporal coincidences of negative votes

Is it possible that a user after just a few minutes that I have been logged on Physics.SE contextually receives a negative vote? Is it possible that a user who has a high number of reputation can have ...

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