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Getting permission to reproduce an answer (with authorship credit) for a class handout/text

I have seen several answers that I would like to add to a set of handouts or a departmentally generated text. 1) How do I get permission, or is it granted automatically by the nature of this site? 2) ...
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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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What happens with “the explanation of the Mendeleev table”?

Who can explain me the strange things that happen all the way with my question about the Mendeleev table here? At the beginning I could not edit it or make comments after it. That's why I tried to ...
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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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including own published papers in answers

Now that I am convinced that my post is not a 'homework' type, I am preparing an answer that will take some information from references found. But, my question is, as it is relevant to my answer, is ...
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Should we disallow vast (self-)editing of a question, completely changing it's meaning?

Here is one thing that really annoyed me about science-related forums: The constant change of the topic by a person, who obviously just afraid that he'll look ignorant, incompetent or lazy if he'd ...
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Common practise for first-time questions

What is the common practise for commenting users with their first questions? Maybe some links (something except faq?). Or useful answers on Meta site.
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Citations are the 'source code' of physics stackexchange

The Stack Overflow faq says: We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code I think the Physics Stack Exchange faq should say: We feel the best Physics Stack Exchange ...
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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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How to deal with ambiguous / wrong wording in questions and answers?

How do we deal with wording that is wrong or ambiguous? Particularly when the mistake is a very common one, or a widely miss-understood one. For example, the question on water in a vacuum, someone ...