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Should we get a vector logo?

Right now, we use a raster logo instead of a vector logo. For those who don't know, a raster is an image made of pixels. If you zoom enough, you'll see the image become pixelated (as is the case with ...
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Qmechanic reaches 100k rep

Please join me in congratulating @Qmechanic upon reaching the 100k rep milestone. We can all agree that his/her contribution to this site has been nothing short of outstanding, and the recognition ...
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In praise of “… and links therein”

We've all seen them: short comments saying Related: http://physics.stackexchange.com/..., and links therein. Also, we've all seen bunches of useful links to ...
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How to conduct a discussion on meta and not kill everyone in trying

Dearest Physicsmeta Stack Exchange readers, I just got done reading through this discussion, its many supporting discussions, its answers, their comments, the answers to the supporting questions and ...
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Be nice with the comments

Just a reminder to please be nice with the comments. It seems to me (in a completely statistically unsound survey based on my own impressions) that we're getting a bit snarky with the comments at the ...
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Physics Stack Exchange “Ask me anything” (AMA)

Purpose The user base of Physics Stack Exchange is rather diverse in terms of cultural background, career progress, field of expertise, and personality. While the discussion in hbar is lively, it is ...
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How I learned to stop worrying and start asking questions

As has been noted in the past, particularly in Question self-destruction: why don't experts ask more questions? and in Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?, and also here, this ...
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The Theoretical Physic proposal is back underway!

In reference to: Disposition of Area 51 Proposal: Theoretical Physics The proposal for creating a "Theoretical Physics" site will not be closed. Thank you to the Physics SE community — You ...
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The User, The Myth, The Legend

User Floris has recently become the third user to obtain the Legendary badge, which is one of the less awarded badges out there. Being one of the most prolific contributors to this site, I just wanted ...
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Giving newbies time to think

Maybe it’s just me, however, there are some questions where there exist much better answers somewhere which are not the accepted one. I understand that for an answer to be accepted, it just need to "...
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Regulating user names: protecting researchers

There is a user on physics.SE with the name michio kaku https://physics.stackexchange.com/users/27903/michio-kaku who I strongly doubt is the real michio kaku given his response here A question for ...
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Ask Me Anything 12th July: guest's introduction and questions

I will be the next AMA guest. So here it is a brief introduction of myself, and you can suggest some topic/questions that can be discussed during the session. Academic Background. I obtained a master ...
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A “cite this paper, will you?” button?

Just for everyone's attention, a nice question has popped up in the MathOverflow meta: Formatting citations to the literature on MathOverflow, shooting towards a button that will insert a formatted ...
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Does physics.SE help research?

Does some concrete evidence exist that the physics.SE site offers any help with research? (Note that research in physics may not be confused with theoretical physics, that is a specific thing.) Were ...
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This has been bothering me for a while, and I'd like to speak up about it. I see, with a much higher frequency than I would like, comments that look, with rather little variation, like This ...
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Why Can't “Bounties” be Awarded To a Question?

I understand that bounties are mostly used to attract better answers but one of the reasons to award a bounty to an answer, as recognized by the PSE, is to reward an existing beautiful answer. I ...
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Please consider supporting arXiv trackbacks on the mother Meta

One long-standing feature requests for the Stack Exchange engine is the implementation of trackbacks for mentions of the arXiv on Stack Exchange sites. In general, if you have a blog and you blog ...
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Area 51 proposal: Science Educators

I recently proposed Science Educators, a site where teachers and tutors of any field of science (physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences) can ask questions. I decided to join forces with all ...
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September 6 Physics AMA Secret: question pool

I am Secret and will be the next guest for AMA on September 6 at The h Bar.16:00 UTC (2:00 Syd time and 12:00 EDT. For other timezones, check here). Post questions you like to ask below AMA took ...
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Theoretical Physics SE - a place for research-level questions

Just recently, Theoretical Physics - Stack Exchange has entered the open beta phase. It is a research-level question site, so we aim at questions that cannot be answered by a standard textbook. We ...
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Links/resources for the 2016 moderator elections

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Here are the relevant links and resources: Election page: Includes a brief statement from each candidate. Official questionnaire: Questions that ...
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Tag cleanup - burnination

In my recent perusal of the tags, I came across a couple that seemed unnecessary. Can we get rid of the following tags? proof-that-1-plus-1-is-2 Seriously, why? Even Mathematics doesn't have this as ...
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A possible canonical Q/A on symmetric time dilation?

We have lots and lots of questions on the symmetry of time dilation. That is when two observers are heading towards each other how can each think their clock is running faster? These questions ...
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The gamma^5 question

The question Can one show that ${\gamma^5}^\dagger = \gamma^5$ directly from the anticommutation relations? was recently closed as homework-like. I agree that this is in somewhat of a grey area as far ...
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New New Design Launched

The "new new design" just went live, thanks for the feedback!. If you see any CSS glitches, please start a new post, and tag it with "Design" and "Bug" so I can track them easily. For now I'm using ...
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Was the new font incompletely implemented?

As you all might have noticed, our posts appear in a brand new font since today (as requested long ago. However, there are some places where the font has not been implemented, and this leads to some ...
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Is there anything physics.se can do to help chemistry.se growing?

I made here a short analysis on why chemistry stats look bad (3rd bullet point). I believed with bio and phy.se existing, chemistry as connecting branch and huge overlap in research would be able to ...
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Theoretical Physics is close to launch

The Theoretical Physics SE is now rather close to launch, having a good number of participants committed. But, its commitment score is rather low, in part because people committed over a long period ...
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Has Stack Exchange changed how it counts daily visits?

I realize that this is almost certainly a network-wide question, but I am asking it here, because this is the only site on which I have seen it manifest: Has there been a change in how daily visits ...
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Prematurely closed “duplicate”

This question, asking why oceans look blue but rivers don't, was closed as a duplicate of another question, which was answered with a good explanation of why large masses of water, including oceans ...
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Best of PSE 2016 - Best community work

What was, in your opinion, the best answer in 2016 which where two or more authors contributed a significant fraction of the content? Vote either by posting an answer linking to your favorite ...
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Splitting EmDrive questions into reference-request and reference analysis

We just got another EmDrive question, https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/185380/emdrive-in-relation-to-newest-nasa-article-does-it-extract-energy-out-of-the-q, and much as you would expect it ...
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We have more than 12,000 anonymous feedback votes

Just a heads up for those of you who have access to the so-called moderator tools (10k+), you can see various statistics related to the anonymous feedback mechanism (i.e. that from persons of no ...
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2012 Moderator Election: Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Can you help me to make question 483886 more specific?

I did this question but they say it's too broad, I modified but I think they consider it still to broad. I don't understand why, can you help me? What is the approach to the mathematical modeling?
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Improving the quality of canonical resource request questions

We currently have a system where there are a bunch of canonical resource request questions linked here, which theoretically cover all the bases; then theoretically almost all questions can be closed ...
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Reopening a question about the recent LIGO event

My recent question about the significance of further LIGO events was appreciated, it appears, by all but five people. I'm lobbying for reopening. This question is not too broad--it's exactly ...
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An attempt at a homework-closure statistic and a bit of input concerning the ongoing policy debate

Summary I made a week-long list of all the questions closed due to the homework flag and tried to gauge whether they were showing any effort at all. This idea came up during a chat session when we ...
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Do we need a canonical question linking photons and light beams?

It seems to me that we get lots of questions from people baffled about the way light behaves given that it's made up of photons. For the latest example see: How does a photon 'know' when to ...
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Yet another quantum-entanglement-gives-faster-than-light-communication question

I recently misread this question and wrote a nice answer for what turned out not to be the question at all. I then proceeded to look quite carefully for the question I had actually answered, and I ...
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Distribution of answers and questions

When I was lamenting the (relative) lack of fluid dynamics questions in the chat yesterday, it was mentioned that I may not be the only one to feel that way given the number of people who answer those ...
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Upcoming journal editions: read 'em and ask on the Stack (and get prizes)

As the new monthly issues of your favorite journals are published, we want to remind you to ask those burning questions that pop into your head as you read through novel approaches, methods and ...
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Introducing Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Wrongly marked duplicate about why decay is random

I am not sure how to raise this issue, but I was looking for an answer to the question How do we know that nuclear decay is truly random and spontaneous?. This is an important question because we don'...
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Misuse of [measurement-problem] tag

It seems to me that the measurement-problem tag is misused almost as much as the mathematical-physics tag. Would it make sense to (1) put a more clear warning on the tag description and maybe (2) ...
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statistics on question types

I have been here long enough to recognize that most of the questions posted here fall into a short list of different classes. examples: obvious homework or exam questions, high-level mathematical ...
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2016 Moderator Election Chat October 4 16:00 UTC

The election chat has concluded; see the transcript. Our next regularly scheduled chat session, October 4 at 16:00 UTC/12:00 EDT, will be devoted to the current election. We'll be holding the session ...
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How to deal with “spam” for papers?

I noticed some answers that: have nothing or little to do with the question; include an undisclosed link to a paper that is either by the answer’s author or particularly liked by the answer’s author –...
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Minor design updates to site

You may have noticed some minor updates to site design this week, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: Use SVG icons for retina display Fix ...