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How do I make png files display smaller?

I just submitted this question, and I don't like the way my .png image renders. I often make diagrams in questions and answers using Microsoft paint, which produces a .png. In Physics stack exchange ...
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Is there a way to search for downvoted or negative questions to answer?

Questions with negative votes are generally not displayed at the top and are sometimes hidden. Is there a way to specifically look up for negative voted or inactive questions on the site? The ...
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Can a question be closed if it exists on another Stack Exchange site?

Can a question be closed or called a duplicate if it has already been asked with or without answers on another Stack Exchange site? Since many topics of physics and biology tend to intersect with ...
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I don't know how to be on-topic

I asked this question that got closed as off-topic and I don't know what makes it on-topic. Clicking on one of the links takes me to a page that says "A homework question is any question whose ...
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Getting Copy of Deleted Answer

There was an answer on this question that I thought was really helpful. In fact, I really need the references provided in that answer, but I don't have enough rep to view deleted answers. Would ...
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Possibility to protect question even when closed?

This PSE question is now closed for being a duplicate. This means that no one (less than 10k rep?/no unprotect priv.) can answer. The purpose of "protect question" is to "Protect this ...
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How do I get the reviewers to provide more informative comments on question closure?

My question has been closed with the comment that it is a "homework-like" or "check my work" question. I have read the posts recommended by the reviewers to address the issues and ...
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What is the distribution of phone users vs question score?

I'm frequently visiting the physics Stack Exchange site via my phone and sometimes I ask a question too. While by design the phone is not optimal for asking a question as compared to a laptop or PC. I'...
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What does it take for a user to get an answer ban?

There is a user who has answered almost 90 questions and gotten, if I added correctly, a net -76 votes. The range of net votes on individual answers is from -9 to +1. This indicates to me that this ...
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Flag declined even thought it was (possibly) correct

I've flagged this post with the 'other' option for flags, and described it as 'Homework question'. The post was closed as a homework question, and my flag was declined. The justification was that I ...
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Trying to upload images I get

Failed to upload image; an error occurred on the server Whether the image is shown in diminution on the left or not, and whether it's is JPEG or PNG. What is up?
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My posts downvoted

I am autistic. It's easy for the physics Stack Exchange team to say I need to amend, so I'm learning as I go. One criticism was that a poster couldn't understand a question. I showed them the ...
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Upvote not reflecting in reputation points?

So I asked a question and got an upvote on it but it's not reflecting in my reputation. Why is that? Is it a bug?
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How do you trace posts from inactive members?

I read an interesting post by post by user # xyxy. I tried to reach other posts by the same author, searching by user:xyxy, but I didn't get any returns, since the account has been deleted. Is it ...
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A question on having my questions closed

How exactly does having a question that I posted being closed, affect me? Does it increase the chance that I'll be banned?
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Avoid display of closed questions

I routinely check for new questions with tags I follow, using https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged?tab=Newest&tagMode=Watched. Given my Watched tags, that list often is clogged with ...
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If I set bounties do I lose privileges?

When I set a bounty, I lose my reputation to someone else. But If I lose my reputation because of a bounty, will it be the same as losing reputation because of downvotes, bad questions etc. I mean ...
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Who has the power to delete comments?

Today I commented to this question because it had "particle" in the tags, which I edited out and left a comment to that effect. Of course the revised final does not have "particle" ...
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Why do equations display weirdly on my computer?

When I open a link on Stack Exchange, the math equations just can't show correctly. How do I fix it? (I've tried reinstalling Chrome, but it wouldn't work. But things go well in the Edge browser.) For ...
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Further clarification needed on someone else's question

I was trying to understand the Doppler effect across different mediums on the SE site and came across the question Doppler Effect and change in medium. Though it's a homework question, I was ...
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(How) Should I move a question from Math SE to Physics SE?

I asked a math question https://math.stackexchange.com/q/4475036/342834 in an area where physicists are likely to have a great deal of practical background. I had originally intended to post the ...
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Why is the most voted question "how to cool my coffee with a spoon"?

From Cooling a cup of coffee with help of a spoon What is the fastest method to cool a cup of coffee, if your only available instrument is a spoon? This is the most successful question in this SE. ...
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Questions being responded to negatively

I know that there are some similar questions like this one, but I have a genuine concern. For example, the question A puzzling simple question on thermodynamics or another I had deleted. Apparently ...
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I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions?

I solve physics problems from a textbook that I enjoy. However, I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions? (I was ...
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Where is a statement of the purpose of physics.stackexchange?

Where is a statement of the purpose of physics.stackexchange?
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Cite documents rather than linking only

We should tell people to cite from documentation when they use link. I always look at old posts to learn something new, but some answerers give some link, but they are dead now (e.g., this). His first ...
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Why am I being downvoted in various posts?

So I received several notifications at the same time indicating "-2" in different answers of mine (old and new). I never understand why this happens. Is it that somebody is skimming at my ...
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When might the elimination of an answer by back-spacing (rather than "deletion") be acceptable?

I answered a question whose formulation had (possibly thru an OP's lack of familiarity with English-language rules for capitalization) effectively limited responses to it to the context of a single ...
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Why does the font size appear different for this question?

I saw a question on the Newest Questions page (the 3rd question in the image below) whose title and body were rendered in a smaller font compared to other questions. Here : https://i.stack.imgur.com/...
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How can I get rid of the "preview" view when I load a question?

Everytime I access Physics SE I get this type of preview window: Then I have to click outside the frame to enter the page. How can I get rid of this? Why is this implemented in the first place?
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Why can't I write down tilde? Is there any MathJax syntax?

In an answer, I wanted to write , but that wasn’t showing. I think it wasn’t showing for Markdown. So I thought I should use ...
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Dissociate an account from a question

I am thinking about turning my account in a professional one. However there are a few questions I asked in the past I would be a little bit annoyed if they would still be attached to my account. Is ...
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How can I use the chat full transcript?

I had a few interesting chats years ago, and I remember some dates. I tried to trace them, but the full transcript can be scrolled back only one day at a time. Is there a reasonable way to read the ...
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Required references in questions

I have some questions, and I'm new here. I’d like to ask what references one would need to post here. Does it have to be peer reviewed journals?
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Puzzled by disappearance of questions

There is a relatively new user, who has asked a number of questions to which I have commented. The questions have disappeared, and they are not on his/her activity profile. The reason I have noticed ...
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My answer got me -15 points! Why?

My answer got me -15 points. Was the OP booted off the site, or what? I am just wondering.
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How do I see the reason a question was closed?

I often see "question has been closed" sometimes stating "off topic" with no other rationale. It says potential improvements should "address reasons for closure," but I'...
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How can I find my deleted question & answers?

There's a question I asked several years ago (about quantum mechanics and nonlinearity) which have been deleted. How can I find them?
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Are questions front-paged for unspecified reasons perhaps related to popularization of a site?

Can a question be "front paged" by staffers for reasons that are not closely related either to significant developments in physics or to edits (either to the question itself or to the ...
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Can the effect of a link be restored after relocation of the comment containing it into the body of an answer by the commentator?

I recently moved a conclusive comment (made by myself) on an OP's question into the body of my answer to it. In that process, the underlining and color-coding that characterize a link was (probably ...
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Where should I put this question?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Is it sufficient to have some anti-gravity generator to make an Alcubierre drive? Where should I ask this question?
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How do you get the Excavator badge?

I have edited some posts of mine and others which are older than a year, including modifying some tags, but I did not get the badge. How exactly do you get it? Does it have to be precisely inactive ...
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Opera browser blocks log in Physics Stack Exchange - HSTS issue

I have difficulties to log in the Physics Stack Exchange site via the Opera browser. It says: Your connection is not private This server could not prove that it is physics.stackexchange.com; its ...
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Proper formatting of links

Does it make any difference in using https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/13855/305718 instead of ...
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How can we bring an old question back to the users' attention?

The question we want to ask might have been posted by another user years ago. It is possible that the question did not get any answers or the answers were/are not satisfactory. What should we do for ...
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Is this a bug with editing posts?

I just answered a question and edited it within a short period. But this is what I saw: What happened to the grace period of 5 minutes for editing a post?
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How can I accomplish the removal of comments by another participant, on an answer I had posted, that might be considered derogatory?

About 24 hours ago, I posted an edit to my answer to a PSE question concerning the time when interstellar travel (in any form, or, at least, without specification of its form) might have begun: As ...
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My closed question probably fits better in a different SE — do I have to ask for it to be migrated?

Specifically this question. Why doesn't my phone scroll if I put a ring flat on the screen? It's been closed as being too engineering-based, and the Feedback message gave options of other SEs it ...
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Recover deleted image links

If the draft of a post which I was going to publish later, is accidentally deleted, I will lose the links of the images I've already uploaded. Is there a way to recover those links? This also applies ...
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Why did I get 20 reputation without any upvote or bookmark?

I had got 20 reputation for this question. But, I wonder how I got reputation from that question because, that question claims that no one had upvoted neither downvoted. Even, no one had bookmarked it....
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