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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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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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Please link the MathJax help to the Meta.Math.SE tutorial

The Ask a Question page shown to new users contains a lot of guidance, including a link to MathJax help: Now, there are strong UI reasons why this link is nowhere near as useful as we'd hope, but ...
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In moderator elections, selection option should be visually more clear

I was just voting in community moderator elections over on Physics SE and looking through what I chose so far, and I think the layout is not very clear: A green bar around a blue button; my eyes are ...
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Please consider supporting arXiv trackbacks on the mother Meta

One long-standing feature request 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 about ...
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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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Physics.SE color layout change

Most of the questions here are about the content, and not about the layout of the site. (Which is good, content >> layout, in terms of importance). I'm new in SE, as you can probably see, however, I ...
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Edits must be 6 characters long

Previously the question concerning edits of 6 characters was asked Editing tags not allowed because not 6 characters?, however the answers provided were not satisfactory for the question. It is often ...
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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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Can links be made more visible?

I posted a question today with a link... which was barely visible, even for me who posted it. Can we change the color scheme so both new and visited link are more visible? In this screenshot there ...
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Is there somewhere that we could officially recommend "companion" Stack Exchange sites?

Some Stack Exchange sites are clearly closely related to each other. For example, "companions" of the physics Stack Exchange site might include: Astronomy History of Science and Mathematics ...
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accepted answer indication

In accepting an answer for a question, I just ended up pressing the "accept" button several times in a row as I didn't detect an obvious change in color. Admittedly I was doing other things at the ...
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Please add a link to the Meta MSE MathJax tutorial to the editing help

If you're asking a question and you click the help button, it will send you to the Editing Help page, which has a LaTeX section that looks like this: This is a perfect place to have a link to the ...
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Related Questions - How To Tell If They've Been Answered

Alongside each question there's a list of related questions, which are often relevant and interesting. For some reason, their scores appear in grey boxes even if the questions have been answered. ...
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If MathJax renders pure unicode, store that directly instead of re-rendering formulae

Take e.g. $\delta A$, which is just δA in some other font. Why should it be rendered over and over again when it is sufficient to store the unicode text together ...
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Should we require that circuit questions include a circuit diagram?

I posit the following: Most circuit questions on this site can be easily answered by drawing a circuit diagram, so asking a circuit question without a diagram often bumps up against the homework ...
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Extracting a professional account from my existing contributions: Is it supported and wanted?

This question is about something I expected to have been asked before, but I could not find anything, neither on physics.SE nor on general meta. Apologies if I have missed something. I started ...
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Any trick to mark answers as favorites, not just questions?

We can mark questions as favourites, but usually I would rather want to mark an answer as a favourite. Afaik this is not possible. In my profile I could check my upvotes, but there I seem to have ...
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Can we have some MathJax functions pre-defined?

Can we have some MathJax functions pre-defined so that it is easier to write. For example: \ket{\psi} giving |\psi \rangle <...
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Formulas are flickering in the preview as I type

When I typing my post MathJax re-render the preview after each key press, leading to an annoying flicker in the preview area as I'm typing. When there are lots of formulas it also slows down the ...
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What happens after death?

What will happen with my SE account after my death? Is there something that eg. warn foture users not to try contact with me, because I'm dead? Would my account be deleted for preserving servers ...
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Preview the title when asking a question

When asking a question, only the body of the text is shown in the preview below the window where one enters the text. It would be nice to have the title of the question included in the preview, such ...
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Adding tags to review queues

I recently encountered the review queues section, where I found that questions of my watching tags don't appear. It would be really nice if the site adds this functionality.
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Update the SE documentation to clarify how many votes are required to close a question

Right now, the main Stack Exchange documentation says that five votes are required to close a question, except for a list of networks that does not include Physics SE. But this Physics Meta SE post ...
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Maybe add an indicator showing level of question

There is an existing discussion/request for a system to tag or otherwise indicate level of questions: Can we have a level-of-question tag please? Differentiate research-level questions? The idea is ...
Andrew Steane's user avatar
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How to address high volume of low quality questions?

I've noticed that there are an awful lot of people who come here, create new accounts to ask their homework questions, get downvoted and closed then leave. Obviously, we have flags, we can attempt to ...
Alex Robinson's user avatar
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Option to upload pictures in mobile chat

I use my mobile to access the site. The chat rooms in mobile view do not have any option to upload pictures. I have to click on Request desktop site to upload pictures everytime. Can this feature be ...
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Bounty (not) awarded automatically - the exception that proves*) the rule?

I have read various posts on bounties, as well as the help center. There, I find the following: If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty ...
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RSS-Feed and Latex

I love using RSS-feed and I wanted to use it for this site too. The problem is that my RSS-Reader does not render Latex so I get the source code of Latex and trying to render Latex in my head is not ...
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Is hydrostatics the appropriate tag?

I just do not know where to write this remark. Apologies if this is the wrong place. Also I do not know whether the discussions about tag creation are available. I did not find the one about ...
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Proposing answer endorsement badge

Update: A version of this was posted in mother meta exchange in case you want to cast your agreement/disagreement there. Ironically, it being at +3/-3 here is so positively surprising to me that I ...
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Is there a way to search for downvoted or negative questions to answer?

Questions with negative votes are generally not displayed at the top and are sometimes hidden. Is there a way to specifically look up for negative voted or inactive questions on the site? The ...
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Text color of topics on Physics.SE frontpage

On Physics' starting page, the color used for the topic texts is quite pale blue, #0587AC to a color picker. Most pixels are even brighter than that because they are anti-aliased against the white ...
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Should we have a tag for quantum technologies?

I just noticed that there is not "quantum-technologies" tag on physics.SE. There are various related tags such as quantum-computing, but many other realizations of quantum technologies also do not ...
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Is the new activity indicators in PSE main page really useful/necessary?

I currently use both physics.SE and math.SE, and one difference I noticed was the new activity counters and notifications on PSE, which were absent in its math counterpart. Now, in my experience so ...
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Mathjax rendering bug in Recent Questions page when excess content is replaced by ellipsis

Problem: The recent questions page tries to show a part of the content when the content is too big to be displayed fully. When a mathjax statement begins but is ended by the ellipsis, the mathjax ...
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Cannot view LaTeX on the Comments section and the Title in the stack exchange app

Sorry, I don't know if this question should be asked here (feel free to remove if this doesn't), since this is only regarding the stack exchange app, my main concern is that I cannot view LaTeX on the ...
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Can the OP comment highlighting be turned up a bit?

This is a minor quibble but since the site's CSS is in review I thought I'd bring it up. I just found out, via this MSE answer, that if you ask a question and then comment on the answers below it, ...
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Linked Questions across different StackExchange

I was thinking about a whole family of grey questions that the SE structure kind of makes difficult to answer. If there are problems which overlap with two areas, say Physics and one of the ...
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Tag merging: "Star: and "Stars"

It seems that star and stars are two separate tags and there's not good reason for them to be so, especially when the latter is ...
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AMO tag [Do we have one?]

Can we have a tag for questions related to atomic, molecular and optical physics? I'd suggest "AMO-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics". On a related note, how many tags we have here match APS ...
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Exact duplicate (closed) questions and automatic link insertion

The current procedure for a closed as exact duplicate automatically insert the link to the question in duplicate. This link is denoted as "Possible Duplicate" should this say "Exact Duplicate" as the ...
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links to related tags

It would be nice if given a tag one could find related tags (either subfields, superfields, or intersecting fields), especially if one needs to search for an appropriate tag from a large list. Thus it ...
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Include the cancel package for LaTeX

In explaining derivations and proofs, it is really handy to show terms that go to zero or cancel with each other. Is it possible to include the cancel package or something equivalent in the MathJax ...
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Add "is your question on-topic" page for new users?

I was looking around on the mother meta, and I saw this interesting post. The second answer mentions this page on stack overflow for new users, where they must check the box at the bottom to confirm ...
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Is there simple way to color latex equations?

Is there simple way to color background, highlight some parts of background, equation or some parts of equation? something like these Latex codes: {\bgcolor{color name}{equation}} or {\bg{color name}{...
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How to flag identical question as duplicate if both don't have accepted or upvoted answers?

Just had a case during review process, where two identical questions, both asked by first time users, appeared in my queue. Yet, I can not flag one as duplicate of the other since neither has an ...
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Can I undo a flag? Has this feature been added?

I accidentally clicked the flag button while on mobile. I have done this twice now and it would be nice to be able to undo the flag within a 5 minute window or something if I accidentally clicked it. ...
Stan Shunpike's user avatar
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Advanced filter for subscription to multiple tags

Could we have some advanced filters for subscribing to multiple tags? For example, I want to subscribe to "[classical-mechanics] AND [lagrangian-mechanics]" (I'm talking about a logical AND operation) ...
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Can the "user" RSS feed include comments that respond to that user?

It would be useful, I think, if comments that are directed to me could turn up in the RSS feed that is associated with my user page, because then my RSS reader would notify me that there is a comment ...
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