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Should downvoting really exist?

I joined 1 or 2 weeks before and i have observed here that people prefer to downvote rather than just making an asker understand the fault in his question . Well , i agree that downvoting must exist ...
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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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The Layman Answer Alternative

More than half of us probably are not even qualified to ask a proper physics question let alone answer one. Would it be ok to add Layman answers or examples to harder answers?
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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 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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Getting notifications for other peoples questions?

I recently put a bounty on this question Kinetic theory derivation of viscosity of a gas which is not my own. As such, at the moment to check if someone has answered it I am having to physically go ...
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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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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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Maybe anonymous users should not be allowed edits?

This suggested edit erased the first line in my answer and replaced it with I think that gravity has an effect on any particle in our universe. Even the photons are attracted by the back holes (...
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Raise in reputation bar for protection of questions

Sometimes questions are protected to prevent low-key answers. Is this applicable to comments as well? And I want to say that sometimes users with >10 rep also make bad responses. There are plenty of ...
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Cross-posting similar/same question on two SE sites

If I have question in Computational Physics, I sometimes feel more comfortable putting up this question in compsci.SE, but nevertheless the response at that site is extremely slow and poor (since its ...
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Design for up-down buttons

I am not entirely sure whether this can be asked here, however I will give it a go. I have seen that most of the SE sections have very pretty designs for the up-down vote arrow buttons, that are most ...
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Would Q's that require reading a particular paper be useful to Physics SE?

It has become clear to me that the CPR idea redacted below is waaay too complex to succeed. The less ambitious "Journal Club" idea of 2 years ago was enthusiastically received, then fizzled. I feel ...
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Streamlining the vote to close homework option page

This is a small point, but a lot of my vote to close choices have been about homework questions. Is it possible to have that homework option come up on the first page of the "Why should this question ...
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How can a reviewer also be the editor of the same post?

Recently I edited a post and it was approved by the COMMUNITY. But some other user(I won't mention the name) felt the edit was not perfect and re-edited it. Till now, it is fine. Then I felt that ...
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Can we make the appearance of the display name of any user an individual preference option for each viewer?

In this recent question (and following comments) the problem is identified that "some in the community are bugged [or] annoyed by" the particular appearance or choice of display names of some users ...
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Name changes don't get fixed in comments

Often, commenters will respond to a specific previous comment by commenter 'Bob' like so: "@Bob: Good idea, but ther's a problem." Some months later, Bob changes his name to 'Bobby'. Now, his ...
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Re-open review queue default tab

When a question comes up in the re-open queue because it was edited, the default is to show the side-by-side comparison of the pre- and post- edit. There is another 'tab' available that will show the ...
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DISCUSSIONS section

Physics is a field that should be up for interpretation always, and consistently being challenged by people who can think differently. Just as Galilean relativity was improved by Einstein's theory of ...
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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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Should we modify the site guidelines to deal with people utilising Physics for interests other than that specified in the site definition?

A month or so ago, we had a question (credit to Kyle Kanos for the screenshot) stemming from legal interests. The question mostly follows the site's guidelines, and it doesn't seem promotional in ...
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Is there or should there be a way to combine or append to existing questions?

During reviewing, I stumbled upon the following situation as e.g. in this thread. The original question was asked, answered and accepted. Now somebody else posts an answer which actually is somewhat ...
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Can we have more close votes?

The last few days I've been logging in only first thing in the morning (I'm on holiday, and the family get annoyed if I'm on the Physics SE all day :-) and there have been more than 20 questions with ...
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How can I view the breakdown of votes on an answer versus the simple total?

I recently had a non-multiple of 5 rep points for an answer (specifically, 18). I assume that is due to 2 positive votes and one negative, but there was no comment explaining the down vote. When I ...
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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. ...
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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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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 about questions asked by 13 year old kids (or people with low knowledge of physics)

As an example look at this The questioner is a 13 year old according to profile, and the chosen answer is by a 13 year old. For the age group it is not a bad show, but is it appropriate for the site ...
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Uploading diagrams using iPhone 4s

I am currently using stack exchange using my iPhone 4s. How can I upload a diagram to this site from the camera roll?
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Explicit references matter!

I know that this forum should not replace a good bibliographic research, but... It is quite useful to know which book or paper or tutorial or any other external source of information that people have ...
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How can I log out?

My brother has opened an account at this wonderful site, I heard it is allowed to have different accounts, as long as you do not interact and do not upvote each other. Can you confirm this is ...
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Is it possible to implement the physics package of latex into mathjax?

I don't know if you know the package physics in LaTeX but it is a really good one especially if one writes something about physics. e.g. I hate writing |\Psi\rangle\...
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can we get some mobile version of the related questions box / panel that I find on SE on my laptop web browser?

I spend most of my time on my mobile and do most of my SE stuff on it. I chat, I ask, I comment -- all of it on my mobile. But when I try to decide whether to ask or answer a question, I unfortunately ...
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Reputation Banking

Let us say that we have a user who has insufficient amount of reputation so as to put a bounty . Can we have a system or what are the pros and cons of a system which facilitates borrowing and lending ...
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inviting people to answer questions [duplicate]

Suppose I have a question and I am in dire need for the answer to that question . Let's say that question fails to attract answers or attentions. But there are some users who I believe can answer that ...
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Share question within SE users

I know that there's a way to share questions from SE in Twitter, fb, g+ etc. Is there any way to share a question to the users of SE? I can't use none of the available options because I do not have ...
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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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Enabling automatic numbering of equations on physics.SE

A couple of questions here on meta.physics (namely this one and this one that I could find) already asked for how to use tags on Phys.SE. The answers to these questions seemed to imply that it is not ...
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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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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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Can we allow non-mainstream questions? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question about a theory proposed by someone I know. It is not a scientifically known one, but it is not so obviously true or false that one can avoid speculating on it, to reason ...
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How to improve this site for the greater good

Lately I have found this community to be very close-minded and unaccepting of any good feature changes. It is like a local-government allowing people to vote, only to later make a decision on their ...
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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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What is the purpose of limiting certain features for “fear of trolls” when trolls can still ask questions?

Doesn't it make no sense? Why do people say you need 20 points to enter chat to prevent trolls from jumping in? Basically, a troll could just simply ask questions here for infinity and even if you ban ...
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The secret to getting rewarded for high-quality answers is ___

This is a follow-up post on John Rennie's topic The secret to getting a massive reputation is ___, and my answer therein. I think many of us have at some point been dispirited, when an answer on an ...
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Can we use MathJax in comments?

Can we write MathJax commands in comments (and in chat)? If not, I believe we should add such a feature...
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Is there a printable version of posts in SE?

Is there already a pre-defined feature in SE that allows one to print a post along with its answers and comments in a readable format? I have tried printing the page just via the browser, but it cuts ...
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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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Code syntax highlighting

Take this code sample from meta.SE: ...
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Can we Undo Flags?

I flagged a question thinking that it deserved it, but later I realised that the flag wasn't needed. So my question is can we undo a flag?

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