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Can voting anonymously and without comment lead to “consensus science”?

Why is voting without a comment justifying the vote allowed ? I can see the usefulness of having a graded and changing answer list ( though sometimes it is a bit funny, getting an answer before the ...
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Should we use stronger wording in the help center's on topic page?

The help center page about site scope includes the phrase Some kinds of questions should not be asked here: A little while ago it was suggested (and further discussed) that the use of "should" ...
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Please volunteer for help editing recommendation questions [closed]

Recently, the book policy has been reevaluated, and Manishearth's proposal how to change it seems to be well enough accepted. What is still missing for the new book policy to become reality, is some ...
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Does the homework tag now apply to any question without much research?

It seems there are the beginnings of an edit war going on with how can counting the number of cracks in glass tell you about the speed of imact?. Now the question has a few problems: It doesn't ...
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Editing old meta questions

There has been a trend lately of old meta posts brought up to the front page because of retagging or other minor edits. While this happens all the time on the main site and is OK and encouraged in ...
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Question is part of a contest

This question: Resistance of circle of wire Is part of an active contest. I don't know what the policy is for these cases but this person is trying to cheat. Edit: For those arguing allowing the ...
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Is linking to an illegal pirate site for freely downloading copyrighted books a violation of copyright here?

I am currently editing the string-theory tag wiki, and I am adding some links to freely downloadable, copyrighted books at some illegal pirate resources located in third parties. However, is ...
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Why is it not allowed to point out problems with the credibility of sources that are not appropriate to retrieve correct physics information?

In this question, the OP asks about a statement concerning a particle physics topics, taken from a certain well known website. The answer nicely clarifies why this statement is wrong from a physics ...
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What can I do if I note that answers are abused to troll, flame, and/or advertise personal nonsense theories?

Just as a most recent example (I could give many more posted by other users too), this "answer" does not answer the question, brings up confused rhetoric intended to troll about fundamental physics ...
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Change of policy: Make reasons for suspensions public

There have been a couple of controversial suspensions or bans now on this site. Current rules prevent the moderators from giving details of suspensions. This is bad, because it raises suspicions and ...
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Why exactly are big-list questions discouraged? Shouldn't the FAQ say this prominently?

A recent question of mine got quickly migrated to maths.SE, partly for being mathsy and partly for being a big-list question. I'm not contesting the fact, but I must say that - having been warned by ...
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Just to be clear, we do support the homework tag, right?

I stumbled across this recent meta question on the computational science site. What struck me was one of the community associates pretty much declaring that the homework tag should be abolished, since ...
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What's with the low quality posts in perpetual limbo?

Having just crossed the 2k rep milestone, I decided to help out by using the new reviewing powers someone thought to grant noobs like me. "Perhaps," I said to myself, "I can help relieve that enormous ...
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User constantly registering and unregistering

The question "Are “here” and “now” diffeomorphism invariant concepts?" is being bumped from time to time by new users. I suspect users Multiverse Philosopher, Nonsensical ranter, Naughty problem ...
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Abuse of our Meta by people from other SE sites

I`m just noting that since about yesterday, a number of people from other SE sites (philosophy, ect) who are not in the slightest interested in physics, abuse the meta part of physics.SE to persecute ...
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Citations are the 'source code' of physics stackexchange

The Stack Overflow faq says: We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code I think the Physics Stack Exchange faq should say: We feel the best Physics Stack Exchange ...

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