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Serial voting: procedure for to advise the managers of the SE site

I would like to find out information about voting behaviour against me on this site (Main and/or Meta). Does such information exist? If so, where can I find it? A stalker or more stalkers on Stack ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Please reopen a question I asked

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Classical limit in quantum mechanics proof Please reopen this question. I tried to make it more clear.
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How is this question about a black hole passing through the solar system non-mainstream?

A question of mine was closed on the grounds of being non-mainstream. Mainstream is defined below: Mainstream physics is physics which has been accepted by a significant portion of the physics ...
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Self-promoting your non-standard research through answers?

What is this sites opinion on users answering questions by promoting their own 'non-standard' research? By non-standard, I mean research which makes claims that are generally accepted by the physics ...
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How to react to comments containing compliments, criticism, etc.?

On this site it says that comments should not contain compliments, criticism etc.. Now if I see such a comment is it better to add another comment making the user aware of the linked site, which would ...
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Congratulations to ProfRob on reaching 100k!

Recently, ProfRob surpassed the 100k reputation threshold on Physics Stack Exchange, and as we've done for other users, I'd like to congratulate him on his efforts and his many contributions to the ...
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What is the proper way to use the "laser" tag?

I recently asked this question. The question itself depends on specialist knowledge about laser devices. As you can see in the comments, the user José Andrade said that, by not using the laser tag, a ...
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Keeping track of “abuse” (or other) flags?

Do PSE mods (or SE more generally) keep track of comments deleted for “ harassment, bigotry, or abuse”. Should they? If yes, are there consequences for repeat offenders?
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Physics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2021-...
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Are questions marked as homework-like too easily?

I asked a question: Formula to calculate round-trip travel time based on current distance to far-away galaxy. In my opinion, it was very well and clearly defined and answerable. In fact, it received ...
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Little tolerance with mathematical-physics questions

I progressively feel that a typical user interested in the mathematical-physics tag, like me, is not welcomed in the community; not to mention, that at least as I can tell, the community is not ...
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Comment removed bizarrely and unprofessionally

One of my comments on the following answer was removed: https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/651684/21299. I clearly remember posting to ask @Qmechanic whether their (novel to me) Dirac delta appears ...
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Why would my question on tachyons be closed as off topic if most other questions on tachyons are still open?

When I type tachyons into the search engine of the site I find a lot of open questions about tachyons but my question about tachyons was closed as off topic If electrically charged tachyons exist, ...
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Can we add on the help page which badges can be obtained multiple times?

The help pages for badges list them all, nice, but it is unclear which badges can be obtained multiple times. Could this be indicated, please? For some this is rather obvious, like, "Enlightened: ...
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Closing a 10-year old answered question as off-topic

Today, I found an email in my inbox that the question Who should I contact if I see an unknown object in the sky? has been closed today as off-topic. The question has been asked and answered in June ...
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

One of the differences between Physics.SE and Stack Overflow is that SO has at least one review queue which we don't have: Triage. From the 2014 announcement comes this description: We've been ...
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Is there a section of Stack Exchange where it is appropriate to ask this question regarding which hypothetical particles fit certain physics models?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Which hypothetical gravitons are in models where effects of mass are from specific cummulative motion patterns at small scales disturbing ...
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Can we reopen this mechanics question?

I saw this question yesterday. OP found a way to solve it using conservation of energy, and wants to investigate how the acceleration can be calculated using forces and torques. OP also posted their ...
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What constitutes an "answer" when the question is unmeaningfully vague?

I recommended deletion in review of a submission with the reason corresponding to "not an answer" (NAA) on this Q&A: What does $H\parallel ab$ mean? This was in the "low quality ...
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Bounty reimbursement

There are sometimes rather low quality questions appearing in the bounty section. Today these are this and this. In my opinion both require quite a bit of work (such as a discussion in the comments) ...
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What should I do if my answer to a question has a downvote for no reason defined?

What should I do if my answer to a question has a downvote for no reason defined? I do agree if there is maybe some mistake in my answer but I am not able to find. Then, yes. I agree with the downvote....
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Are you interested in becoming a moderator?

In case you haven't heard, I am stepping down in a few weeks time. There has been some additional turnover on the moderation team in the past year, and so we'd like to discuss with the community ...
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Turning in my diamond shortly

Heyo folks! The time has come for me to wind down some of my activities here, and so I will be turning in my diamond and resigning as a moderator in a few weeks time. It's... been a year... and a lot ...
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Why aren't my watched tags yellow?

The questions tagged with my watched tags used to be yellow, and I found that super useful. Why are they not yellow now? Is this a problem on my end, or a change of the site?
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Is there a way to retrieve one's own edit of a different participant's PSE question, if the edit was rejected within hours of being sent?

I spent a few hours this morning, attempting an edit of a PSE question (similar to many bearing on those aspects of space that are often described as representing its expansion) that I'd attempted to ...
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Quick to comment, but never a reply

Why do people comment, with a derogatory statement, almost immediately, but then fail to reply or interact with me, the author, thus degrading the question entirely? Why do that to someone else? I ...
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Views on question that uses non-standard terminology

I have voted to re-open this question Is spacetime thickness constant everywhere? and I am interested in the views of other PSE editors. The question uses non-standard terminology (“spacetime ...
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Stack Exchange, Prosus, Naspers, apartheid, and white supremacy

I know that this is probably off-topic but I am posting it anyway. I am having difficulty reconciling myself to contributing content to a site that is now owned by a subsidiary of Naspers, a South ...
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A very active (new) user suddenly disappeared. What happened?

Since yesterday, a new user started contributing on PSE. This user was very active and apparently very eager about physics and I answered one of their questions. The user was active until a few hours ...
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Is it appropriate to ask if whether someone is in possession of the solutions of a completed online olympiad?

I want to clarify whether I could ask if someone has the solutions to a completed exam. I presume my question arises mainly due to less clarity with the specific-refernce and the soft-question tag. ...
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When there is a large number of comments, why not rearrange them as pages?

When there is a large number of comments, why not arrange them as pages instead of moving them to chat area? At the bottom of the comment area, just leave a sequence of numbers from 1 to the last page ...
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What if I ask a "what if" question?

What if I ask a "what if" question? What are the criteria for the question not to be closed? The question should be about physics. That's clear. The question shouldn't be completely random ...
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When I post a self-answer, is it expected that in the question I should pretend I don't know the answer?

Stack Exchange explicitly encourages writing a self-answer, when appropriate. Derek Muller posted a video about a wind-powered vehicle that can go downwind faster than that downwind itself. (The ...
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While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only?

While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only? Let us say someone wants to narrow the number of proposed questions, for example, from 100 to just 4-5 questions he or ...
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Why is my reputation not shown in the "other communities" section?

Consider: See that the reputation is not shown for the physics community. Why is this happening? And is there a solution?
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User is receiving badges for review tasks they could not have performed

I have come across a user who seems to have accumulated "Steward" badges at an impossible rate; I believe there must be a bug in the platform. They received the badge 18 times in the 8 hours ...
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Deletion of place holder answer

I wanted to address this question Is the electron actually a standing wave? , but as already today I wasted time and then the question was deleted, I wanted to make sure I would not waste more time , ...
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Users with identical names

Apparently, nothing prevents the users from having identical display names (since they are assigned different userID): here is another Vadim. I admit though that this name is not a particularly rare ...
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Is EM theory appropriate on Physics.SE?

I'm having trouble posting anything relating to EM theory derived from Maxwell on this site. I'm continually having posts deleted 7 day ban's refusing to accept references particularly my own work, ...
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I am being told conflicting resolutions for fixing a closed question, what should I do?

I had a question that was closed, and I was given the following instructions: Those questions listed did not provide me with the answer to my question, so I followed the advice and opened a new ...
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Could we link the "Image equation to TeX" question from TeX SE somewhere?

It has been discussed before that one should not post images of text or formulas. However, many users still do – probably because they consider typing all this text too much work, which to some degree ...
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Is a question about whether something is possible on topic?

Is a question that asks whether something is possible within the laws of physics on-topic here? (Very vague) Example: assuming any level of technology, can you do this within the laws of physics, or ...
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I don't understand why my question was closed?

What current would be measured in the following circuit? There was some commentary about it being a homework question, which it isn't, I genuinely want to understand what happens when the point of ...
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Suspicious new user accounts?

Just found this while browsing the bottom of new users page. All accounts start with w88, followed by a random word and a number. Most of them have set "Bangkok Thiland" as their location. ...
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Where should a user ask home-and-exercises questions? [duplicate]

Post Closed as "Not suitable for this site" by Brick, Bob D, John Rennie, BioPhysicist, Jon Custer The above message is shown for homework-and-exercises. The message is saying that "...
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Has the PSE philosophy about homework-style exercises and check-my-work problems changed since 2012?

The Community recycling algorithm recently brought this homework-style question asked in 2012 to the Top Questions list. It's interesting to me that It's clearly an elementary homework-style problem ...
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Getting a better understanding of how and why off-topic homework-like questions get answered before they can be closed

Background This is a follow-up to What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?. (See that thread, and the initial proposal here, for background.) The experiment is currently ...
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Feature suggest writing chemical elements on Physics.SE [duplicate]

On occasion, questions / answers / comments on physics.se deal with chemical elements. An example for this may be to discern between the isotopes of carbon, C-12, C-13, and C-14. I would like to ...

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