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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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This is a sandbox

This is a sandbox You can use this question as a formatting sandbox (if you can edit CW questions), and you can post answers if you want to test out formatting there as well. NB: It's hard not to ...
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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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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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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 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. I reloaded the page several times,...
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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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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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Meaning of non-community wiki answers?

The badges section mentions that when someone earns ''at least 100 total score for at least 20 non-community wiki answers'' in a specific tag, he/she gets a bronze badge for that tag. However, the ...
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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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Asking and answering questions in another language than English

I will start by referring to a question on MSE (Math Stack Exchange) (this) and an answer on Physics Stack Exchange Meta (this). Let me cite the questioner on MSE: Imagine I want to ask an extremely ...
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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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Will SE block me if my questions are consistently marked as off-topic?

What will happen to my account if I post off-topic posts quite frequently, albeit not intentionally?
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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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Why downvotes to question? [duplicate]

I have been hanging around physics SE for quite a while. I am just a student who craves for some knowledge in mathematics and physics and thus I joined SE. I am not an expert. But to my questions, I ...
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Is there a grace period to post an answer to a question after it is closed?

This answer has been published 23 minutes ago, while the question was closed 25 minutes ago, at the moment. Also this answer was published a minute after closing the question (another). So how does ...
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Request to reopen an old question which I have edited

Identifying parallel and series capacitors for capacitor system with dieletric inserted The OP had posted this question with large images and lack of MathJax formatting. I have edited it and made it ...
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How can I find the highest scored posts of all tags?

I like to read the highest scored posts in the PSE. If I watch posts under a specific tag, I can find a tab which sorts posts by votes, under that tag. For instance, if I choose the tag newtonian-...
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An alternative to MathJax in chat

While on the main site equations should always be written using MathJax, this is not natively supported in the chat rooms. There are various hacks for making MathJax work in the chat, but these can be ...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

When flagging a question as a duplicate, a comment appears under that post: "Does this answer your question?..." I have noticed that sometimes this comment has been upvoted. Also I have ...
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User name disappeared

Consider: Until yesterday, my username was visible in this circle. But now it does not seem to be there. So I have to search my name under the 'users' section to go to my profile. Am I the only one ...
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Undo suggested edits

If I suggest an edit for another's post and immediately realize that I've missed something, I can re-edit it. But can I undo suggested edits (bring the post to the original or previous state) before ...
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My question got closed saying that it was opinion based

I cannot wrap my head around how can you not have a wrong answer in physics. It's not philosophy that we are talking about... How can I improve my question to open it again? The question: Can 0 ...
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When does a closed question become open?

I have posted a question, Fidelity between initial state and final state. But due to inadequate details, it got closed. Now I have added details as much as possible. When will my question open again?
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Close my account please. Delete it [duplicate]

Is it possible to close my account since I was not able to close it in this meta site. Please delete my account.
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How to delete my account? [duplicate]

How do I delete my account? I don't use this site, and I just want it to be deleted. I can't figure out how to delete it.
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My last question - how do I unsubscribe? [duplicate]

How do I unsubscribe from SE physics? I have looked on my profile but can see no method.
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How to quit physics.stackexchange.com completely?

I was wondering how to completely leave this community. Please guide me. I have gone through FAQ section but of no use. What should I do ?
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Notifications about chat room messages

To get someone notified about my message, should I use @reply syntax in chat rooms? Who will get notifications when I send a message to a chat room without ...
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What should I flag as duplicate? New question or old question?

Someone asked this question: Why linear displacement is length of the arc? which is similar to this question: Confused about linear displacement in circular motion. The second question has been ...
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Reopen my question on physics [duplicate]

I'm sorry for being asking non clarified questions. That won't be repeated. Is it ok to remove the ban?
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Please reopen my question about a physical limit

I asked this question about what it is (if anything) that provides and upper limit to the speed of a turbine in a fluid stream: Maximum rotation rate of a turbine in a fluid with a given speed It was ...

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