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How do answers with a score of zero affect the reputation?

On May 29, I answered the question Biggest string theory competitors, which had been posted April 10 on Physics Stack Exchange, that was put on hold later on May 29 because it was felt that "answers ...
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Automatic rejection of edit where I only added tags

To my surprise, I tried to add a couple of tags to this question but the edit was automatically rejected with an error message about how the changes must be at least 6 characters long, pointing to the ...
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Why am I shown a banner which suggests I add a comment whenever I downvote?

This question is obsolete, as explained. After asking about why it was not encouraged to ask downvoters to give a reason, I received a number of firm answers that contain a lot of good reasons (and ...
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What are the rules of chat when it is used to extend a discussion initiated with comments?

When there are too many comments in a question, I am offered to move things to chat. That makes perfect sense, or at least I guess it does. Anyway, after I accepted the automatic suggestion to create ...
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FAQ for Physics Stack Exchange

Frequently Asked Questions This thread is an index of Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources, for Physics Stack Exchange. General questions about Stack Exchange For general questions about ...
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How does the reason for closing a question correspond to the actual question?

My most recent question, Why do we assume fundamental properties like charge or mass do not consume anything? (currently deleted while I rephrase it), was put on hold given the following reason: "We ...
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How do I retrieve the starred questions? [duplicate]

I hope this is the right place to ask. If not I will delete and ask somexhere else (where though?). I noticed there is a star I can click next to vote arrows close to questions title. So I thought I ...
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Ask to have questionable activity reviewed

I have seen some similar questions answered by a certain same person. And when I post my answer, it immediately get voted down by that person before even enough time for them to see it. They may be ...
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How can I improve this question?

Eight months ago, I asked a question here that had almost immediately received a negative scoring with little to no constructive criticism on how I could improve the question. I, however, got a useful ...
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About stack exchange problem solving website

My reputation is 61. I can't upload photo in problem solving website. When will I be able to upload a photo in this website?
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Are questions about research topic considered to be on topic on Phys.SE?

I'm interested in working in a PhD research on a particular field. I've talked to a professor that despite his interest in supervising this work he would like me to come up with a few concrete ...
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Why this question was closed?

I don't think that this question should be closed? A question on rigid body dynamics This was closed as unclear but I think that I explained it at my best! What should I do to edit it? If this is ...
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What is the meaing of 'greyed out' questions?

'greyed out' or faded questions seemed to appear for me about a month ago. I do not remember seeing them before that. What is the meaning of this? Who does it? How is it done? What is its purpose? ...
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Help needed. format turned colored and with bubbles when I hit a question

A nonsense format comes up when I hit on the list of Physics a question to look at it. Colors and bubbles and distracting fuss. Help please. It happened after I rejected and edit by xray0, but it ...
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Negative rep score when neither question nor my answer were downvoted

My answer to this question- Wood: A Naturally Occurring Composite Material? was green-checked as "accepted", although neither the question nor my answer were upvoted (both show zero). However, my ...
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Reputation of the user increased without activity

I noticed a user profile who has joined today, has not got any upvote for questions nor has answered any question on physics.SE, how did his reputation surge to 101 within such a short period of time?
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Can one move a chat back to comments?

How can I move a chat back to comments? In complying to the automated admonition to move comments to chat, I discovered that MathJax is was no longer rendered. This is unacceptable in this ...
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Answer incorrectly deleted

My answer to the question, "effect of fiber optic on NA" was deleted with the reason given being, "Please don't post complete answers to the underlying problem in homework-like questions." I believe ...
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Questions about statements in papers

I often read papers and am stuck on important statements/equations that are not satisfactorily explained to my understanding. Sometimes references are provided, but even then it's cumbersome to ...
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Please help me convert the comments on this question to “let us continue this discussion in chat”

Without the link that's provided after enough back-and-forth, it's not clear to me how to easily "continue this discussion in chat." Could someone help on Don't heavier objects actually fall ...
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Why has this question been put on hold?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: What is wrong about the following reasoning concerning hypersphere cosmology? I was wondering why it is put on hold. It is honestly not clear ...
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Broken theoreticalphysics.SE link - What to do?

Recently, I arrived to this physics.SE page where the first link is broken, presumably because it is pointing to theoreticalphysics.SE which does not exist anymore. My questions are: what to do in ...
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The h Bar is always open! (Chat Guidelines)

The main chat room for Physics SE is called the h Bar (yeah, it's a cool name); it has been an active place for a while now, and a lot of you have probably popped in at some point of time. However, ...
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Is it ok to edit to up vote?

Suppose that a user has down voted an answer to a question that they didn't completely understand. Years later, they read the answer again and find it to be good, but cannot change their vote because ...
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what do I do if I started a bounty on accident

I started a bounty and I did not mean to can I do anything to undo it. if there is not I request that there is a way to retract the bounty on the same day.
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Does the mechanism for marking duplicates change when you reach 50k rep, and if so, can this be avoided?

I voted to close this question as a duplicate, and to my surprise it was immediately closed. The message in the yellow box lists only my name, which makes it sound like my own vote was the only one ...
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I am having trouble improving how my questions are received

Is there a way I can improve how my current questions are received because no matter what I do they get received worse? They don't even tell me what needs improvement.
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A user is harassing me in main [duplicate]

A user is consistently harassing me. I have warned them and they continued
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Is this question in the correct forum?

I have doubts about this question, because it is a question about a software of physics but I don't know if the question is in the correct forum.
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On Bra & ket notation

I was asking a QM question recently, and wanted to use the bra & ket notation; however, the MathJax does not support the necessary packages, as far as I can tell. Is it possible to add the ...
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Reputation cap for highly-upvoted posts

Today I posted an answer on Physics SE which has received a fair amount of attention. However, the reputation increase stopped after about 20 upvotes. I’m not exactly sure how the reputation system ...
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What does the sentence below, which is only visible in the edit mode of an answer I gave, mean?

In this answer I posted there is a "sentence" visible when you look at the end of the edit version of the answer (visible when you "push" the "edit button" below the answer). The sentence isn't ...
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Search bar - punctuation and latex

I want to search for posts with quantum states $| i \rangle$. Is there any way to search for latex expressions. Is there any way to include puntuation in searches. I know google ignores puncuation, ...
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Physics question wrongly put on hold as “engineering”

Can somebody please explain what this physics question (Is the strenght of the magnetic field the same across the surface of the magnet's pole?) has to do with engineering? Is physics not about ...
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Notifications for comments under answers

Alice posts a question. Bob posts an answer. I want to comment on Bob's answer, and I want both Alice and Bob to be notified of the comment. Therefore I type something like "@Alice: As @Bob said......
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What can I do to clarify what I'm asking?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: solving a biot savart problem to completion I'm gonna be honest, this seems like a classic "close because of miscellaneous reason not related ...
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How can one identify a downvoter?

I was recently taken to task by another person here who fingered me as having downvoted one of his answers. He was right- but how is this possible? Until now, I was under the impression that a ...
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Where to ask for a software recommendation about light refraction in a 3D media?

I'm want to simulate and visualize (render) how would light refract inside a glass mug with complex geometry. Since I'm quite sure I cannot code myself something like that, I would ask for a software ...
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Why is the 'physics' tag not allowed?

Why is the 'physics' tag not allowed? Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: The 'physics' tag is not allowed. Creating the new tag 'physics' requires at least 1000 reputation. Try ...
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Spam flag on nonsense garbage declined

Sorry for raising this up weeks later, because I just checked my flag logs today. My spam flag on this answer was declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it (...
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Why was my self-answer accepted, and why did I get +5 rep?

I just found that my own answer to my own question has been marked as accepted today, and I got +5 rep for it. I didn't do this, and I didn't think it was possible to get rep for accepting your own ...
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Is a question about calculators in SI format according to “what topics can I ask about here”?

I put the following question (10k-only link) and immediately received down-vote, thus, deleted it. Could be question is off-topic, could be someone is happy trigger of down-votes. Yes, I known is a ...
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Things one should be aware of before deleting account?

I am about to delete my account (and not just stay inactive). Since I am pretty heavily addicted to the website, I fear I might have an urge to post a comment or an answer to a question (...and ...
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Printing questions on PSE

Since the layout has changed I have some problem printing questions and answers: the text is pressed to the left in a very narrow space causing a huge waste of space, paper and toner. The text has ...
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How to enable bounty option in a question?

It seems in some questions I can see the bounty tab but in some I can't. So how to enable bounty tab in every question?
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How can I get a new password . Old one not working

The one I think is the correct one is not working on a different browser. I am logged on continually in firefox. thanks
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How to delete a wrong answer after it has been accepted?

On those occasions where I have furnished a wrong answer to a question on one of the SE sites and that answer has been accepted, I find I cannot go back and delete the answer. I instead edit the ...
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OP edit is identical with my rejected edit

This is mainly to help me understand how the reviewing of edits (to questions) works. I recently had an edit to this question approved by a reviewer (Chair), but then "rejected by Community" because "...
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Where is the downvote?

Now and then I get a downvote that shows up in "recent achievements". I go to the associated question, and there are no downvotes shown at all, on answers or comments. What am I missing?
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Question was protected while I was writing an answer. Can a mod post my answer?

I was writing a comprehensive answer to a question when it became protected before I could submit my answer. Could a mod please submit my answer for me? I took a lot of time to write up and research ...