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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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Can we add an "ask to answer" feature?

A lot of times after asking a question I can think of some people on Stack Exchange who may be interested in my question, or even able to answer my question. It would be very convenient if on the some ...
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Addition to the flags

There should be a flag to raise complaints like: 1) Lacks research efforts 2) Transfer to Chemistry SE Like this question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/276969/how-supersonic-plan-...
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Serial up and down voting by a moderator

How many times can a moderator or super user vote a user over time? I know if I go to another user's profile and up and down voted multiple Q&A then the votes could get retracted as serial votes. ...
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Reasons for Closing

I've just voted to close this post, which I will slightly paraphrase because I'm sure it will soon be deleted: I would like to know in simple words why time slows down and lengths change when I am in ...
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raise the minimum reputation required for downvote

As the title suggests, I would like to hear everyone's opinion on who should be allowed to downvote. I have seen youngsters downvote good answers simply because they could not understand it. They ...
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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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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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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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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 can I change my username, profile, and other settings on the Android mobile application?

Can anyone offer me some help on how to change my username and other settings using the android cellphone application?
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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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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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Organizing favorite questions

According to this question the marking a question as "favorite" is so that you can come back to it, i.e. it is sort of a bookmark. This is also how I have been using it, but for mainly two reasons: I ...
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Can we post question answer in a form of article?

Some days ago I gave answer to my own question " what is dark matter and dark energy ", it was actually a copy of an old question asked months before. Now my concern is that I wanted to share some ...
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Why are homework questions not given proper answers and they don't have much value here?

I think you all are still correct but some of us have some personal problems due to which we come to sites like this. I think we should be treated well.
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Guidelines for answering homework-like questions

I was looking for guidelines, but the best I could find is this. Is there a better statement somewhere? That was hard enough to find. Perhaps an entry could be put in the help to make it easier to ...
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Creation of a new tag for books/resource recommendation and having a resource library for physics.SE

I agree that users of physics.SE (new and/or old) can't curb their need to ask for resources based on this question (based on the tag), as explained herein. However, many users still ask questions ...
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Would having a second set of tags relating to the nature of the question make sense?

Yesterday I asked a question which was based on a conceptual confusion, as was revealed by the excellent answers I received. It made me think that it would be nice if that fact was visible straight ...
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Reputations per view of a question?

Will it be better if a user gets some reputations for views of his question.
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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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Should we add a 'misconception' tag?

I suspect that many of the questions asked in the physics stack exchange are based on misconception. While I don't necessarily support down voting or eliminating such questions (assuming it's not ...
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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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Adding groups called experiments

Well Thank you folks. This is wonderful site. I got on to it recently and think should have found it long back. Answers here helped me to get rid of the mystery surrounding my mind in context of ...
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Alternative Ways to Earn Reputation [closed]

What are ways to earn reputation other than "Good" Questions and Answers that do and do not require time and effort for a moderator on each action on Physics?
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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 ...
Faiz Iqbal's user avatar
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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 ...
Eubie Drew's user avatar
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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, ...
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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, ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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 ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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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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