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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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LaTeX not working? [closed]

Well, that's it. MathJax doesn't appear to be working. Maybe it hasn't been put in place yet.
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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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Ch-ch-ch-changing the site logo to cut out the weird arrow thing

Apparently, Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to the site navigation and theming. Given that that's the case (and that therefore there are designer work-hours already scheduled to attend to our site design)...
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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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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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Request for establishing a new privilege: to undo a ban

As recent events showed, there is a need for a mechanism that allows a ban of a very active community member to be reversed if it is deemed important by enough community members In a comment to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maximizing potential of PSE around major announcements in physics

I don't think I need to tell you that recently there was an historic discovery that captured the interest of the popular press and general public, as well, of course, as that of the broader scientific ...
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Raising the privilege limit for tag creation from 300 to 1k?

I have observed .3k users creating a lot of new tags that often in the end have to be manually remove again, which are time consuming for editors, and which, in turn, create unnecessary extra traffic ...
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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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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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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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Can we include homework guidance in the How to Ask sidebar?

This question is a follow-up to this question about what some of us feel is a large spike in low-level homework questions. I propose we include a specific link to our canonical homework meta question ...
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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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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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Collaborate With Chemistry.se?

There is a significant overlap between physics and chemistry. For example: Explanation of "thermite vs ice" explosion Therefore I suggest that questions tagged "chemistry" on physics.se be ...
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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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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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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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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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A review queue for misused tags

Qmechanic just raised on chat the need to take some more action on the mathematical-physics tag, and I think it's about right: the tag, despite some loud all-caps in the tag wiki excerpt, gets misused ...
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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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Why don't we have the physics MathJax extension enabled? Should we?

As a recent question points out, it would be nice if the site's MathJax environment included something similar to the physics LaTeX package. Fortunately, the list of third-party extensions for ...
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How do I find the chat room?

I once managed to chat with someone instead of writing a lot of comments because the site proposed that to me. I have a really hard time finding and using the chat on this site. Maybe one could make ...
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Is it possible to make the SE engine to ignore some characters in the character count of comments?

Comments are limited to 600 characters, which I believe is done so that comments are actually comments, instead of lengthy discussions or answers to the question in the post. While this is obviously ...
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add another reason for closing

When voting for closing , the reasons one can check are: duplicate, off topic, unclear, too broad, primarily opinion based. This question though is just too low level in physics and displays a lack ...
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Encouraging users to read the full question

Sometimes on my own questions and other people's questions, I see users posting very useless comments that just show they only read the title of the question, and blazed through the specifics ...
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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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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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Is there a way to control the font size of MathJax equations?

Some equations have nested fractions and radicals e.g.: (which is the relationship of temperature between a planet and a star based on a radiative energy balance) Mathjax renders the equation this ...
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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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I am looking for a online text editor just like physics stack exchange

I hope this question is suitable for discussing here. I've been hanging around on PSE, I found the text editor of this site is very good and simple(Markdown+Mathjax). I hope to find an online editor ...
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Is physics.stackexhange being punished for negative design feedback?

I understand that designs take time, and that there are many SE sites that need designs, but I am baffled at why, four months after the original design was withdrawn, a new one hasn't been proposed. ...
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Citation tool on Math.SE, can we get it?

I was just about to ask a question on math.se when I saw they had a new (I think) tool: From what I can tell it allows a quick way to search and include references in questions and answers: I think ...
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It is hard to improve suggested edits to tag wikis

Arnold Neumaier pointed out, in this question from some months ago, that there is no "Improve" button for tag wiki edits that show up in the Suggested Edits review queue. This affects users between ...
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How can I see rendered MathJax/LaTeX when reviewing edits?

Posts from new users often requiring edits that add LaTeX code. When I review edits from users that add such code, all I see on the LHS and RHS are the raw LaTeX codes, such as ...
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Can we have a magic link to the homework policy?

I just stumbled on this fantastic list of magic shortcuts: Supported magic links: [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site ...
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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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Should we have an “Answer Later” section?

Several times when writing long and detailed answers, I am unable to find time to finish it all in one go. I know draft of unfinished answers are saved and if I visit the question again, I can ...
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Should we add a notify/follow a question feature?

I have come across many questions that I want to know answer of to. But All I do is favourite the question. So I want to make a suggestion to the community to add a feature that would notify me about ...
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Plagarism accusations : a better way?

I was recently accused of plagiarism and this is a summary of the process that I think could be improved. Once a moderator is notified of possible plagiarism, the post can be deleted even before ...
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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 ...