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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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Why did someone downvote my question without reading it completely?

I had asked this question today. Within 20 seconds someone had downvoted the question. Here's the proof: It's not possible for a person to read the whole question in 20 seconds. So why did they down-...
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Why are there few answers on homework-and-exercise questions?

I actually asked a question with the homework-and-exercises tag. Then, I was searching some question with the tag. I had visited 50 pages. Most of the questions don't have answers. And, most of the ...
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Please reopen my question

My question Is it an illusion if reheated tea burns my tongue but tastes cold? from Jan 6 '21 has been closed on Apr 26 '21 as "Needs more focus". The question is not unfocused. It is true ...
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Sudden appearance of a -15 reputation loss on one of my old answers

Regarding What does negative time mean or what does it show?, this morning my answer got a 15 points reputation loss. what happened?
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Where do I find all community/wiki questions?

Okay, I am not even entirely sure what community questions or wiki questions or posts (or answers?) are, but I have heard about them and I get the sense, that they are some kind of posts that are ...
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Wrong page came up when I clicked ask a question

Is it possible to "swim" in a vacuum, taking advantage of relativity? (Is this a joke or hoax?) is a question I posted just now. Everything seems fine now, but while on this page which is an ...
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If I make edits to a bountied question, do people who have answered get notified of it?

I have asked a question and put a bounty on it. Looking at the 2-3 answers, it seems there might be a bit of confusion about what exactly I am looking for in the answer. If I add an edit to my ...
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For those of us who are in academia, is there a category of questions that you use PSE for?

I am not sure if this exactly fits into the intended scope of the meta but I will try it out. This is clearly an explicitly subjective question with no universally correct answer, but I suspect that ...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Clearly, marking a question as a duplicate of either my own question or of a question that I answered is not against the rules. But, there seems to be a conflict of interest in the context of the &...
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Is it okay to edit your answer to make it better after seeing some point that is addressed in another answer or is this bad etiquette/stealing?

Let's say i have written an answer to a question. I feel like i have done a good job of answering it and covered all the points that needed to be covered. Now, if i see some another answer that i feel ...
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Misuse of downvoting

I think this question is unsuitable for this site as opinion-based, and should be closed. Yet, at the time of writing it has only one closure vote (mine), but 6 downvotes. I think this is indicative ...
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Posting and self answering basic derivations

It can be difficult at times to find quality derivations for 'some' of the basic formula used in high school physics, so I thought what if I post and self answer the basic derivations. Does this sound ...
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When are questions with multiple different possible answers good?

It is well known that we do not encourage/allow questions that solicit open-ended discussions or that can only be answered by providing personal opinions, etc. However, at least to me, it seems a bit ...
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Why there's no tag of quantum chaos in physics.stackexchange.com?

Why there's no tag of quantum chaos in physics.stackexchange.com?
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I think that this question is not off-topic

The following question has been closed because it is off-topic: An approximation for path integral kernels However, I'm presenting a new idea in that post: Set N=2 in the formula of the path integral ...
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Is there any way I can gift some reputation points to another user?

I want to talk in a chatroom with some user to discuss a topic. But that user has less than 20 reputation. Is there any way I can gift him 20 of my reputation points?
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Where should I ask a question about Anatoli Bugorski?

I want to ask about Anatoli Bugorski, the scientist who accidentally put his head in an active particle accelerator. My question is about the shape of his wound, and I don't understand why it was ...
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How can I set a bounty?

I'd like to set a bounty to one of my questions, but I can't find a link for that. Is that because I have commented that question myself? The question is this.
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How much editing of a question is acceptable? (e.g. Chicken Question)

In regard to the chicken question meta post one of the answers included this paragraph: This opinion is based purely on the actual question, and ignores the silly story. Surely the silly story can be ...
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Why has my question about the Einstein field equation been closed? [duplicate]

I would not have wanted to write this. In fact, I am so sorry of the fact that many times some questions are not considered as they are too stupid. My question Scalar curvature is $0$ for ...
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Are downvotes (on the meta side) regarded as a (negative) answer to your question (on which you can answer yes or no)?

In this question I asked whether it is a good thing to edit a question with the purpose of downvoting it. It got downvoted 7 times (up till now). This was written: Downvotes on Meta are different ...
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Congratulations to anna v, our second 200k user

With nearly six thousand answers posted over her first decade with us, anna v surpassed the 200,000 reputation milestone this week. Her patient explanations, broad knowledge, and insightful writing ...
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How acceptable is prosemirror-math as an editor style for this site?

This is a follow-up to one of the possible answers raised in the thread The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site. Prosemirror-math is a math editing framework that allows for ...
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Soft-question or off-topic question?

Where is the boundary between a soft-question and an off-topic question? The issue has come up in connection to question Does physics explain why the laws and behaviors observed in biology are as they ...

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