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What can be done about the (current) ongoing flood of homework and very basic questions overwhelming our site?

Since quite some time, the amount of new incoming higher level questions is decaying and the number of very basic ones is increasing, but the current inflood of bad homeworks (the good ones I ...
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Do badges result in any privileges?

What exactly is the point of having badges? Do we get any special privileges with certain badges? Or is it a feature that may be used in the future?
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vote to answer?

Is there a mechanism to "vote to answer"? Some questions appear unanswered, but in several cases for rather pedestrian reasons like the original poster never visited the site again, in spite of ...
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old question reappearing after months

From time to time old (about 2 months) questions reappear anew, the last author named then is "community". Is this a kind of routine? What is the idea behind?
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Should I ask new Question or modify my old post?

I some time ago asked This Question but i also want to ask "Why it makes sound like 'ting', 'ting' before lighting up ?" should I modify the post or post a new question ?
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Why is the following question “on-hold” worthy, and how could I improve it?

Link to the question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/98637/learning-roadmap-for-picking-up-enough-mathematical-know-how-in-order-to-model Alternatively, where could I go in order to have ...
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Should we allow embedding videos in questions or answers?

The question hit me when I saw this question which I know two brilliant youtube answers for it. I already posted my answer, but it would be much nicer if I could embed and include the videos in my ...
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Community♦ Gifted questions

On Community♦'s page if says and I quote : {Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention} What algorithm is used for this random throws of questions ? Does it bring ...
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Our best questions come from non-expert users

Earlier today I was eyeballing other people's badges because, you know, badges, and I came upon something of a curious observation. If you look at the answer badges - specifically Nice, Good and Great ...
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Can I post this on the main site?

Can I post this on the main site? There is a sweater involved. If so, what would be the appropriate tags? (Click picture for the link.) NB: The deadline almost certainly refers to Central European ...
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Can this post be completely removed?

I posted this question (https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/82329/inducing-thoughts-with-brain-waves) and mentioned that if this was too off-topic, I would be willing to close it, it was even ...
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Restrict the word “why” in questions

There's way too many nonsense questions being asked, all starting with the word "why". It devalues the site greatly, making it appear more like a gathering of conspiracy theorists and other crackpots....
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I cannot post questions

I can't post questions on the website, I click post and it takes me to the "/questions/ask/submit" page. Nothing happens after that. Please help!
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How can I ask a “community wiki” question such that the answerers can still earn reputation?

If I dont want to take the credit (reputation) for a question, but answerer should still obtain the reputation they deserve, is there some kind of a "question-only community wiki" option I can invoke? ...
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not so good questions with well researched answers [duplicate]

A question if I may. What is the policy here about deletion of not so good questions that may have good, well researched answers attached? Are they deleted eventually? Well researched answers often ...
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How to sort Good+Recent questions

There is currently a flood of boring questions by new users. It has been a while since I have seen some interesting questions. But then I realised many of the recent interesting questions might get ...
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Help reviewing new users' posts [closed]

I just want to bring your attention to the review site where you can see questions/answers posted by new users so we can assist them in getting to know the SE system and maybe improving their posts. (...
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How many questions may a user ask within one post?

I'm under the impression that a user may post a question with as many questions inside the main post as they wish, providing they're relevant to the main question. However, I've come across recent ...
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We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer:

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer: please explain why you're recommending it as a solution. Answers that don't explain ...
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Should “How do the Einstein's equations come out of string theory?” be FAQ?

There are many questions here that ask about how GR comes out of string theory. For example, this, that, this also, that also, even this, even that, (finally) and again. And almost all of the ...
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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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Does this question belong here?

I'd like to post a question, but not sure that I should post it either here or Space Exploration.SE Why an asteroid doesn't make a sonic bang while entering the atmosphere?
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C'mon, let's rescue the “clockwise” question

The recent question on the precise meaning of "clockwise" has received a ton of close-votes and downvotes (partly, I think, because of the original tone of the question). As @babou and I have argued, ...
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Questions that look like senseless, but with sensible answers

Here are two questions that do not make sense, while reading them: At CERN - What do you call the moment (event) particles crash together in the particle accelerator? Is there a proof of existence ...
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Question self-destruction: why don't experts ask more questions?

I've been kicking around this site for a little while now and I've realized that I'm very rarely even tempted to post a question. I'm an astronomy grad student with a background in physics, so ...
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Question with two, three right answers?

I have a little dilemma. There is simple question that came up in my actual research that I'd like to ask, but I think it's forbidden by stackexchange rules, because it has more than one correct ...
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Please review our posts on the LHC

We have a lot of posts on the LHC - however, the experiments are still on-going and it's possible that some answers that were right at the time are now outdated. It's also possible that some questions ...
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Have any GR questions been deleted since about Dec. 22?

I'm trying to find a question involving GR that I'm positive I read on or around Dec. 22 and wanted to refer back to it but I can't find it now. It asked about an "exact" expression for either ...
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Bounty for attention (though it's a good question) [closed]

Ok, Guys. Recently, I poked into this question: James Webb Space Telescope's halo orbit at Lagrange point L2 asked by @Michael which is pretty good. As it didn't get enough attention, I started a ...
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Unable to edit any question

I am unable to edit any question in physics stackexchange. Will you tell me what should i do or what is happening?
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Are questions about practical definition allowed?

I was going to ask about definition (explanation) of the word "bias". But I am wondering if it is a right question for Physic forum. This is the part of FAQ describing what type of questions should ...
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What questions should be considered to close by 3000+ users? [closed]

As long as we don't have many hi-rep users, it is useful to have a place with list of candidates to close; at least it worked well on other betas. Rules: Add a link to the candidate for closure ...
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Why is my question closed?

How can a point-particle have properties? I have edited the parts that were open to criticism. It has 4 upvotes, and people who are trying to answer it in the comments. Why is it closed? Should it ...
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why negative voted questions are hidden from featured list?

It's something special with negative numbers? there is something like an absolute zero for votes? I can't understand why zero is so important. I would like my question be seen in the list, I have ...
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The Brahms vs. Bieber Effect

Brahms' music is rich and interesting, but not easily accessible to a layman. Justin Bieber's is not very interesting, but he gets downloaded from iTunes a lot. In the last week or two, there have ...
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Should the light source question be opened or closed?

This question has been causing a fair amount of controversy lately. Some people think it should be closed, some people think it should be opened. So I think we should get the community's input on it. ...
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Is it possible/good/worthwhile trying to get older questions to the front so that new users see them?

This is probably an issue just because the site is young but I still keep coming to great older questions that I missed and that haven't received the attention they should've. This is because I ...
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How to deal with closed questions and questions to be closed ?

The current system is to add an answer to What questions should be considered to close by 500+ users? for question to be closed, but it is not obvious what to do when the question are closed. The ...
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Is it possible to select questions by two or more tags at once?

For example: reseach-level + particle-physics + quantum-field-theory
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How to deal with ambiguous / wrong wording in questions and answers?

How do we deal with wording that is wrong or ambiguous? Particularly when the mistake is a very common one, or a widely miss-understood one. For example, the question on water in a vacuum, someone ...
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Quantitative Questions?

While I am not too bothered about the level of questions per se on this site so far, I am slightly disturbed by the lack of any quantitative questions. The existing range from high-school to ...