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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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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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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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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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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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Re: Downvoting with no feedback

I have tried very hard to comply with the spirit of this forum but obviously still have not got the hang of it. I write a short comment and then am told it should be an answer. I answer a question ...
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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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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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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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Up and Down Voting a Moderator

Do moderators know when you are down or up voting all their answers? Is it anonymity for all?
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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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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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Attack on my account

It seems somebody pursues me, downvoting all my questions and answers: ...
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Is anybody there from the SE team?

It is clear that most of the people providing content on this site don't like the current design and would like it changed to a black on white default. It would be nice to know that something is being ...
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Downvotes without explanation

Recently I have posted the question Einstein-Hilbert action as an effective field theory. I have received a lot of downvotes and it's ok because it was unclear: in order to repair I tried to close it ...
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(Why) does this particular question keep getting bumped up by Community?

I've noticed several (>~3) times over the past few months that the question About the proposal to ban homework has been bumped up the front page of Meta, on separate occasions. I don't think it ...
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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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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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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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Accessing a LaTeX code from comments to incorporate it in the answer

Suppose you wrote an answer, and people ask in the comments for details: so you answer the details in form of comments, but then, when you no longer can edit them, you would like your comments to be ...
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Plagiarism from other sites

I was googling earlier and I found one of my physics.sx answers plagiarized word for word on another site. I do not want to send them traffic so I'm only going to post screenshots of it; the address ...
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Is it possible to search for questions that have been put on hold?

When I use the search bar to perform a keyword search for previous questions, is it possible (for example) to append something to my keywords so that my search will include questions that have been ...
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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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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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Raising issues with the chat room

Suppose I see a post in the chat room that I think is potentially inflammatory, what is the best way to bring it to a moderator's attention? Flagging seems a near nuclear option, and I've been ...
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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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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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How to switch away from MyOpenID?

I've been logging in to SE using openid, provided by MyOpenID.com. Now MyOpenID says they're going to stop hosting openid in February. I only use openid for SE. I don't do social media. What is my ...
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How to ask a practice book question and apology?

I wanted to know how to ask the question from my practice book I add the homework tag and obviously I myself want to know only the concept part and I also give information about what I did and how I ...
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Not notified of new edits on meta.physics.SE

I recently asked this question on meta.physics.stackexchange.com, and one hour later, the question was edited, but I wasn't notified of the edit. On other sites, I'm notified when an edit is made to ...
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Is there any more I can do to help

I try to answer as many questions as I can, and when I am not doing that, I am going to the 'review' section and doing what I can there and when that is done, I read through as many questions as ...
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How can I see the list of IP numbers I have been logging in with in recent times?

I somehow tapped somewhere by mistake, and a list appeared with all the IP numbers and dates of my recent logins. Where can I find that again? It seems interesting.
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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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Is there a way to control the font size of MathJax equations?

Some equations have nested fractions and radicals e.g.: (which is the relationship of temperature between a planet and a star based on a radiative energy balance) Mathjax renders the equation this ...
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Reputation decreases without reason

For the past few days I have noticed that for no reason that my reputation is decreasing. I mean to say that when I am logging out one day, I see a certain reputation and when I log in the next day, 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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Sporadic MathJax failure [closed]

In the last couple of weeks, once in a while, MathJax has not rendered on my system (OS X). In both Chrome and Firefox I see the markup rather than the rendered equations. Is this a problem of my ...
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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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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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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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Is there really “no registration required”?

When I am not logged in, I see this on the front page: Sounds good. But when I hit the "ask a question" button, I see this: Isn't that a contradiction? Maybe people find it dubious if there's no ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Physics

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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Wrongly marked as duplicate

This question that was wrongly marked as duplicate (has been reopened since) to this question . The marked one asks "How can the unstable particles of the standard model be considered particles in ...
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Where is the place for negative comments on candidates?

I have a negative comment to make about a candidate. Where is the appropriate place to post this today? Where does it go? Not a week ago. I checked the meta and the main a week ago, and I didn't see ...
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Comment edit cutoff time for moderators

Do moderators have additional privileges to edit comments after the usual 5 minute cutoff? I ask because in the following question: Double Slit Experiment: How do scientists ensure that there'...
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How can I find recent changes, or what does active mean?

I asked a question about a month ago. After about a week, activity stopped. Now suddenly it is near the top of the list and the box says "active today". But I can find nothing dated today, and no ...
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Which questions should be asked in physics stack exchange?

I asked this question yesterday. Someone posted a comment that was saying: "This is a very common question. Google your exact title : there are 3+ pages of answers." Now, I have some questions: ...
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Where can we see stats of votes on comments?

I note that we can follow the up-/downvotes on our questions and answers, but there is not a convenient place to find stats on the upvotes on our comments on questions and answers. Is this one of the ...
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Why don't I see a button for “improve” on tag wiki edits?

When reviewing edits there is text inviting to improve the edit: Approve, reject, or improve edits suggested by users. (less) Approve edits you know are correct Reject those you know are ...
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Query regarding flagging posts

When I try to flag a post, and try to mark it that it does not belong to this site, I only have two options to choose the other site to which the post should be migrated: Physics Meta SE and ...