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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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What is the policy for linking? E.g.: Why should we link to abstract pages rather than pdf files? How do we cite arXiv preprints?

As a comment to one of my contributions, I received the comment: In the future please link to abstract pages rather than pdf files. Fine. I am happy to follow up on this suggestion. Can anybody ...
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Help with book suggestions [duplicate]

If I am to ask for book suggestions on a certain topic, where should I ask? Should I ask on Physics Stack Exchange? If so, what tag should I use?
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Time of waiting to exit out from the question ban [duplicate]

Having since a few days this message "You have reached your question limit. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more." I wanted to know the ...
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Why can't I answer any question now on physics.stackexchange?

Should I try to raise my reputation? How should I do this? Can I remove this ban by deleting my all posts questions, etc., or should I make a new account?
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Unable to Post Questions [duplicate]

I was just now trying to post a question via my Android based smartphone using the App on Physics SE but it is not accepting my question and sending a message stating that we are no longer accepting ...
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What's required for the lifting of a temporary question ban?

Although it has been in place for more than a year, the only question ban I've encountered on any Stack Exchange site was a temporary one that would have supposedly allowed me to ask one more question ...
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What to do if my question ban is not getting removed?

I have read on the Physics S.E website that users get a chance to ask question after 6 months of question ban If you're unable to improve your existing questions, you'll get the chance to ask a new ...
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Answer ban correction

I am banned from writing answers, and all the answers I wrote, the question has been already been deleted by someone. Actually they were homework questions and I answered them, so it is not ...
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How do I make these questions better?

I have been banned from Physics Stack Exchange, and I think it is mainly because of these two questions which were not received well. The thing is that for both these questions I have received hints ...
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I am in danger of being blocked from asking any more questions

Finally a warning banner has been installed to tell users that they are going to be banned to ask questions. This is very good. It saved me for getting banned again. The banner says:"...edit your ...
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After Three years I returned to stackexchange to ask one question and get question banned …:p [duplicate]

After three years I returned to stackexchange to ask one question. Because it was not recieved well, I am now banned from asking with this account. Really? Three years on and there is no room for one ...
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Duration between two questions which I can ask

How frequently I an ask a question? Stack exchange says we are no longer accepting questions from this account why?
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Will I still get banned?

I have 2 questions with one upvote, 3 ques with 2 upvotes and other one with 2 downvotes. Will I get banned if a question I post next is of low quality? P.S.: I got banned yesterday but the ban was ...
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Why do I get the “Bad question warning” when first posting here? [duplicate]

I was going to post a question and I got the "bad question ban" warning. I have searched my previous posts and it turns out I have never posted anything on this SE - could one of the moderators please ...
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What is threshold to get ban on asking questions?

I have been registered with Physics SE for almost two months, I am not a physicist (programmer) and here not to get my homework done, but more of curious person. I have asked 8 questions so far, 3 ...
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Why am I blocked from posting further questions?

As all community members know I am just a beginner of physics. Mistakes often happens from everyone. Why can't everyone give me a second chance to blot out my mistakes and this is how I can improve my ...
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Why can't I post something on Physics Exchange for 2 days?

Why can't I do it? It's stupid, I want to ask more questions! And why can't it be for only about 4 hours?
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Why am I in risk of a questions ban after one duplicate and one closed question?

A moment ago, I wanted to ask a question on this SE about the amount of energy in human blood, but it warned me that I'm in risk of no longer being able to ask questions on this account due to a large ...
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Is non-mainstream physics appropriate for this site?

Is non-mainstream physics allowed here? What defines non-mainstream physics? What sort of questions and answers are disallowed by this policy? What should I do if I see a question or answer containing ...
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How work Physics.SE and Mathematics.SE about mathematical/physic question

In these two years I'm always trying to understand how to write well my questions. Some of my Physics questions necessarily also require mathematical knowledge that I don't have at the moment and the ...
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Error in grammar/distribution of votes

Recently, I came across an incident in which I flagged a question as it was unclear. But, the message reads: Put on hold as unclear what you are asking. Even, I suffered a deduction of 2 votes. When I ...
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How Can I Ask for an Expert Opinion Without Getting My Question Put On Hold for Soliciting Opinions?

Recently this question about the von Neumann Interpretation of QM (a.k.a. the Consciousness Causes Collapse Hypothesis, CCCH) was put on hold within days of being asked. The reason given was that it ...
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Why did my ancient question suddenly got attention?

Almost exactly 4 years ago (07.18.15) I asked this average-awful question: Naked singularity: how would it behave?. At that time I got a mediocore answer the same day that I accepted a bit later, got ...
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Can we report moderators for abuse of power? [duplicate]

Does this site have any protection against abuse of power by moderators? Is there a way we can report their misconducts? For example, for maliciously deleting comments.
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How to add corrected URL when I can't comment?

Looking at this question: Change of system of coordinates for the stress matrix The comment by Samuel Weir (first one) links to a url that is is not displaying the equations (at least on all of my ...
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How can I cite a question in SE?

Is there a way to cite a StackExchange question, in a way similar to arXiv.org for instance ? For arXiv, I can just write arXiv:1303.6666 for the article at link http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.6666 and ...
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Is there a standard place to point people to learn how to typeset their equations?

I've seen a number of questions in which the moderators change html equations into LaTeX, or else people writing in the comments that the site supports LaTeX. Do we have a standard place where we can ...
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What does “people reached” mean?

I can't elaborate but what does this these words people reached mean? For example:- 15k people reached.
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What can I do other than wait and edit questions if I am blocked from asking for a while?

I am at a road block because I have some questions with good answers and I don't want to delete them what else can I do?
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Why am I not allowed to ask a question? [duplicate]

I do not understand why should I be barred from asking questions despite having asked some question with very good reputations.
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Ashamed of my own answer. Should I delete it?

I have been on physics stack exchange for about four years. Some of my answers I am proud of some of them not so much. There is one particular answer where I did my best at the time but I lacked the ...
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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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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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What is the mark “favorite question” for?

"This is a favorite question (click again to undo)" is what you get if you position the mouse pointer on that star that appears besides each question. What effect does that star have?
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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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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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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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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 ...