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Getting rid of the popular science tag

Related: What is the purpose of the popular-science tag?, Can we encourage the "research-level" meta tag? What about a "popular" tag? We currently have a tag called popular-...
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Capturing theoretical-physics crowd with Research Level Tag

Well, theoretical physics has failed (the site, not the discipline). We should make some effort to recapture whatever interest and audience it had. The easiest way to do that would be to introduce a "...
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Is there anyway we can require a person to write something to explain a downvote?

It's pretty obvious when someone upvotes your question or answer they like it and the physics is reasonable or correct - but when someone downvotes its often ambiguous if they have a legitimate ...
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Can we have a font which harmonizes better with MathJax?

It seems that we're somewhere in the queue for a site CSS adjustment, accompanied by the new profile pages. Since the CSS is getting a makeover, I would like to float this idea: can we change the font ...
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Additional choices for migration

Related: Can we get a migration path opened to math.SE? When we close or flag a question as off-topic, we have an option called belongs to meta.physics.SE. We're ...
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Can we please change the design to black-on-white?

Dear community, I think Jin has done a great Job for the community so far and comes up with very nice ideas. Nevertheless, as pointed out by a lot of people by now in Design for Physics-SE and New ...
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Should we include other StackExchange sites in the close vote options?

So for those of us who can vote to close, we all know what the close vote system looks like. Particularly, under "off topic" you have homework, personal theories, engineering, other StackExchange, and ...
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Can the flag for migration be generalized?

When flagging a question as needing migration to academia, electronics, signal processing, chemistry, philosophy etc, I end up at Flagging>Closing>Off-Topic>Migration which offers me just two options ...
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Why can we not downvote comments, when we can upvote them?

Simple as that. I think that since we can only upvote comments, it leads to skew, where comments, even if they are unhelpful or inaccurate cannot be downvoted. Given that the whole mechanics of this ...
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Are there too many and/or specific tags?

Best with an example: there is a tag in the Physics Stack called "wavefunction". Is there any one who actually works on "wavefunctions"? Questions related to wavefunctions are questions about the ...
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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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MathJax on Meta

Should/Can we have MathJax on meta? It would be useful to implement stuff like this proposal. I do know the argument that it makes pageloading slow, so I propose that it only be enabled if a post has ...
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Should there be a special section for non-mainstream physics?

I know that this place does cannot peer review the many "pet theories" out there. These things get asked here quite a lot. Information about this is detailed in the wiki. What I am asking is: should ...
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Should the engineering close vote be changed in light of the new engineering SE site

Questions are regularly closed here because they are considered engineering questions. The current close vote option for this reads: This question is off-topic because it appears to be about ...
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SciComp migration option?

There have been a number of posts recently that I wanted to mark for migration to the scicomp.SE site (e.g., this recent one on RK4), but the only options for migration are this meta site and the math....
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Minor edits should not make questions 'active'

This issue has been bugging me for a while now. I suppose it's more appropriate for the main SE site, but I want to know how others feel about it. I find it very annoying that the 'active questions' ...
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Voting to change correct answer

I was going through some old questions, where the accepted answers aren't usually the most thorough/best ones (in my opinion), which leads me to my suggestion - Would it be possible for other users ...
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How can we improve the participation of subject experts and enthusiastic physics students in chat?

I don't use the main site much, but I have been a regular participant on Physics SE's main chat: The h Bar, for the past two years. Lately, I have been noticing a drastic drop in the number of subject ...
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What rules do moderators follow in deleting comments in an ongoing discussion?

I recently asked a question on meta "Will my account be closed like that of [insert-here-the-user-who-shall-not-be-named] if I stop participating on Physics SE?". It was being downvoted so I added a ...
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Do we want the citation tool from Math.SE?

Related: How can I cite a question in SE? Math.SE has a citation tool. Basically, if you click "share" on a post, there's a little "cite" link: Clicking that, you get: This lets one properly cite a ...
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redirecting off-topic homework-and-exercises questions to appropriate sites

Proposal When homework-and-exercises questions are voted off topic and put on hold then the OP should be directed to the Meta Question which offers a choice of alternative sites. To put this ...
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Should downvoters have to comment on why they did it?

Inspired by the fact I got downvoted for this answer and cannot tell exactly why given the question was pretty vague and I don't think the OP was the one doing it either. I am starting to think that ...
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Adding “Non-mainstream physics” to the answer deletion/flag reasons

Okay, so we have the question VTC reason of "we deal with mainstream physics..." yadda yadda yadda. And everyone is grateful for it. But what about answers? Surely everyone would agree that we don't ...
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Is it possible to search in comments?

Is it possible to search in comments, along with searching in questions and answers? I suspect the answer is no. I think that would be a very useful option to have in the advanced search.
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Is it possible to follow a user on Stack Exchange?

If I like the answers posted by a user on Stack Exchange, is there a way to follow the user? like for example, set an alert so that whenever he asks a question or replies to a question, it is notified ...
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A “non-mainstream” flag

I have noticed some "non-mainstream" (it may be rude to say crackpot) questions and answers recently such as: Questions Mass term in the Minkowski metric and an oscillation model in Lorentz group (...
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Why do you need 50 reputation to comment on other posts?

It makes no sense to require such high reputation just to add comments. It's possible that trolls can study enough physics to stick around a few days and get good reputation by asking interesting ...
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Can we get a migration path opened to math.SE?

Update from Manishearth: Now that migration to Math.SE seems to be reasonably high, I'm bumping this to see if we can get the migration path now. One for the SE team: can we get an official migration ...
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Help! There's a giant ugly thing on top of the page!

As you probably noticed, there is a new top bar implemented on this site. This is part of a network-wide experiment in... UI design I guess? Details on The new top bar is out on meta. Consider it a ...
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What tag warnings should we have?

I just saw this post on the Mathematica SE meta, referencing this one on Ask Ubuntu, with a new feature SE is trialling in SO. These are "tag warnings", which are meant to alert users about things ...
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Can we stop closing questions as “unclear what you are asking” for OPs above certain reputation?

I just recently asked a question which got "on hold" because it was unclear. So I read the related meta-posts, i.e. Please, don't close questions as unclear because of bad english. Repair them ...
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Javascript applet for drawing

It's best to see once than to hear (or read) a convoluted explanation a thousand times. I just wanted to answer one question and it was begging for a drawing. So I thought, OK, I draw it on paper, ...
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Retagging and suggesting edits

Why when someone retags a question (and also when he or she suggests an edit, I think) that question becomes the first in the list of 'active' questions??? This is very inconvenient — I hate it — ...
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I want to print an answer and it should still look good

I want to make a nice printout of an awesome answer with lots of pictures and pretty equations. If I select the answer and use the print feature in the browser then the formatting is lost (paragraphs ...
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Should we delete questions more frequently?

This is a follow-up to What can be done to improve Physics.SE as an active forum for physics researchers and student's?. Although I disagree with the motivation behind that question it does seem ...
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Feature request: An internal minisite to help Physics SE better serve the two different audiences it now has

As things stand at present, questions of people who have almost no physics knowledge of their own, who are looking for help in solving a particular problem (homeworky), are mixed up with questions of ...
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Down-voting and no comments

In these sites, down-voting has become a passion to prove intelligence. Yesterday, I got two upvoted answers downvoted simultaneously (Someone has down-voted both within 1 min). I think they're too ...
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Vote locked in till the answer or question is edited

I have voted on questions and answers then pondered on it to undo my vote the next day and it is locked in. It says I cannot change my vote until it is edited, but unfairly the people are not notified ...
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what about enahanced functionality to allow answers to have richer educational content?

I just got a nice answer to one of my questions, and it occurs to me that it might be awesome if, when answering a question, someone could build simple animations. I've never seen anything like this ...
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Should we keep a list of wrong top/accepted answers?

Sometimes a wrong answer is the accepted answer, sometimes a wrong answer is the most voted answer, sometimes a wrong answer is both at once. Should we make a list of those? The purpose would be that ...
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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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How do we add a tag or vote for a new tag

I want to add the tag category theory or cateogorical quantum mechanics or something like categorical physics. How can I ask to have this tag added? There is a huge group at Oxford, there's Isham ...
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Feature: Subscribing to Questions

It happens to me very often that I see an interesting question that I'd like to know the answer to. I'll favorite it but then never get notified if there is a change. It would be very nice to have a "...
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user removed, rep change

Related: What does "user was removed" mean and why did my reputation change because of it? How do I determine what user was removed. Is there a way to have the related up/down-votes listed ...
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Flags and technical innacuracies

Why can't flags indicate technical innacuracies? Given the large number of upvoted wrong answers (e.g. https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/35677/23119 (totally fails to understand QM), <--- ...
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A place for helpful comment templates?

I often find the need to have a comment template saved for future use, say when indicating to an asker that they need to write equations in MathJax instead of attaching them as images (with links to ...
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Differentiate research-level questions?

"Research-level question" = looking for research level answers, citing articles, giving an overview of articles/subfield, instead of repeating textbook/Wikipedia type knowledge and basic clarification....
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siunitx LaTeX package?

It's a drag having to type things like $1.38 \times 10^{-23} \, \mathrm{JK^{-1}}$ all the time. Would it be possible to have the siunitx package installed on ...
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Add “Interesting” questions tab to front page

StackOverflow has a tab for questions entitled "Interesting" that is based on favorited tags and history: Is it possible to get said tab on physics.SE based on recent discussions such as Is Physics ...
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Can I get a warning before I am suspended?

I have been suspended for asking too many low quality questions. They are important to me. Is there a way to check how if I am close to getting suspended again?