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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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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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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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Which flag do I use for an inappropriate post?

Other than off topic flags, there are several different types of flags that one can cast on a question, answer, or comment. What are each of these flags for? Question and answer flags: spam ...
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user was removed

When does that happen? I found a 4+ in my sum and tried to see for what, and got "user was removed" instead of a link to the question.
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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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Using Comments as Answers

An answer is placed in the comment box on your question and it would make an answer. As long as you quote it is it OK to use it? See Comments at this question for example.
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Is it possible to explain how to use LaTeX in questions / answers in the “How to format” help box?

After a bit of time using the site I can see people using lots of nice equations. But there's nothing in the "How to format" help box (or in the "full reference >>" link) saying how to do this. I got ...
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Full migration of Theoretical Physics SE questions to Physics SE

The younger brother "Theoretical Physics Stack Exchange" will abolished in a week or so, http://meta.theoreticalphysics.stackexchange.com/questions/245/theoretical-physics-is-closing due to the ...
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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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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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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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What is the “positive question record”?

What is the positive question record in figure below?
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Latex/MathJax question: How to number equations?

Is it possible to number equations when posting questions at physics stack exchange, or any other stack exchange site enabled with MathJax? I have tried ...
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Does minimum rep to answer protected question includes association points?

When I visit this question, How do I explain to a six year old why people on the other side of the Earth don't fall off? , I see this message: protected by dmckee♦ 2 days ago This ...
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Very minor edits, e.g. punctuation

Is there going to be a way for me to make a very minor edit, e.g. punctuation, without pushing the question to the top of the activity date sort?
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Physics SE should emphasis on problem solving

I observed math SE is more active than physics SE. They don't close problems. I think Physics SE should encourage problem solving. Moderator should not close homework problem. This will help community ...
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What is the Latex and MathJax, how can I write beautiful formulas in my posts?

I get regularly the feedback in comments to use Latex or MathJax. Also I would write beautiful formulas what I can do only on pen & paper. Where can I get info about these?
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New site proposal specifically for problem solving in Physics on Area 51

"Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics." At present Physics Stack Exchange is more inclined towards answering specific ...
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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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Flags marked “helpful” but question not closed?

I have noticed that often, when I flag questions, they are marked as "helpful", but the question never gets closed, nor does it get any "vote to close" from those with >3k rep. Some examples: Total ...
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Is it inappropriate behaviour to post links?

preamble:- This is not related to my 1-year suspension which just expired, I understand the reasons for that, because my comments were really spam (because I posted links to PO threads before they ...
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What does the “disputed” status of a flag mean?

What does the "disputed" status of a flag mean? E.g. Does it mean that the moderators couldn't decide whether the flag should be accepted or declined ? .
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Why was I blocked from asking a question despite recently having only positive answer and question reactions?

In my early days of using Physics Stack Exchange, I had no idea how the website worked and admittedly didn't do my research. And I'm talking about one question. I've asked only 6 questions - two with ...
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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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How to input using Latex? [duplicate]

I just found this site today and I asked a few questions but I didn't know how to use the latex syntax, so my questions were difficult to understand. Can anyone tell me how to use this Latex program? ...
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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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\oiint doesn't seem to work

Today as I was answering a question I noticed that $\oiint$ doesn't work in Physics SE. Is it some kind of a bug or am I missing something obvious?
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Engineering questions and answers that are closely related to Physics

I found an old question asked 5 years ago. How much power to keep surface of aluminum plate at given temperature?. How do I answer this in a physics kind of way? This is my original answer: By ...
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How should I ask general physics questions about numericals?

Just wanted to ensure something. I am new to this website. I am in high school and preparing for physics olympiads. So suppose I face some problem or have a question while solving numericals for books ...
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

Whenever I ask a question that is found to be duplicate. If I search the question previously to make sure it was not asked before it does not appear as the language of me and the question is not the ...
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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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Can I create two accounts?

In physics forums, I created two accounts (actually for myself, for not being able to change my photograph), then I was suspended from the site. Now, as my sister is forcing me to create an account ...
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Question appears “blue”?

Some questions are appearing on the main page with a blue background - what does this mean?
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What is the function of `cite` below each question & answer?

I, today, saw one new thing below my question cite . I pressed it & this appeared: Example citation: user36790 (https://physics.stackexchange.com/users/...
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Down-voting and no comments

In these sites, down-voting has become a passion to prove intelligence. Yesterday, I got two upvoted answers downvoted simultaneously (Someone has down-voted both within 1 min). I think they're too ...
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Are technically wrong answers and comments allowed on physics.SE?

I flagged some comments and answers as technically wrong but these flags were declined and moderator's reply was:"flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong ...
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Incorrect reputation being displayed

Please don't mistake me as crazy. I was just wondering if other users have seen about this case... At the start (for a day), I had 2980 rep. I just returned now, answered a question here. The user up-...
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Can a question with an upvoted answer be deleted?

In discussion on another question there was some disagreement over whether a question can be deleted by regular users if it has an upvoted answer. (Here we are talking neither about deletion by the OP ...
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When are next moderator elections?

When are next moderator elections? How many moderator positions will be available? When does the current moderators' term of office conclude?
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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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What does “temporarily deleted” mean?

I can't find in the help, or by googling, the meaning of "temporarily deleting" from a comment I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete ...
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What is an association bonus?

Under what circumstances, could a StackExchange user win an association bonus? I tried to find it out, but could not?
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Official policy on astronomy and physics education cited in answers

I have looked around and haven't seen anything specifically addressing my question so please kindly point me in the right direction if I have overlooked anything. What is the official policy for ...
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Is Phys.SE mainly for expert-level questions?

I have noticed that some stack exchanges sites have different policies as compared to the stackoverflow.com. e.g. Math.SE has completely different policies for comments and home-work questions. ...
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Deleting 'tHooft's comments

I am afraid that David will delete comments of 'tHooft, and others, on threads where he has participated. I don't like to see any of 'tHooft's writing go anywhere, at least not for a long time, so ...
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Why did I get chat suspended for a year?

I've been chat banned for a year after having served a 2-day sentence. Can you please point out what I said that was particularly offensive? I don't believe I said anything wrong, at all. (Of course ...
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Using labels with mathJax?

When using an equation in an question or an answer, it is sometimes useful to give it a number and refer to it in the text. The \tag command works : if you add <...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My answer here was recently deleted. https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/148332/by-what-force-does-a-man-attract-earth/148336?noredirect=1#comment309273_148336 I never encountered such ...
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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.