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Question closed as opinion based, that is unusual but clearly not opinion based

The question in consideration is Actual eletronic games (as in, games played using electrons)? I understand that this question is different from other questions on this site, but I think it can be ...
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How should I handle questions that could belong to physics.SE and other, more specialized, Stack Exchange websites?

First of all, I joined physics.SE only for the purpose of asking this question on Meta. I asked a couple of questions regarding acoustic in sound.SE. For example What are combs, nodes and how to ...
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Extracting a professional account from my existing contributions: Is it supported and wanted?

This question is about something I expected to have been asked before, but I could not find anything, neither on physics.SE nor on general meta. Apologies if I have missed something. I started ...
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Squelched on meta - Homework policies

I need to understand the actual stance of this place on homework type questions. The actual practice as I have recently seen on the Physics site seems unacceptable to me. A homework tagged question ...
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Suggestions for the Welcome Modal

This post is for collecting suggestions for the Welcome Modal, part of the new ask page design, which in its default state looks as follows: You can make suggestions along the following lines: ...
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Let's make the best of the new Ask page design for this site

As you may or may not have noticed, the new ask page is now live on the network. Go and have a look! Some of the new features are only visible to new users, but it still looks noticeably different ...
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Can one add 'likely plagiarism' on the close a question option? [closed]

Questions and answers can easily be plagiarised. There ought to be some way of saying so. Is this possible?
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Why can't I see previous edits when I click 'edit' on a question?

Is this deliberate? I don't see any previous edits when I click on the edit button. This has been the case for the last few days. Why? edit To be more precise, when I have clicked on edit in ...
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Where are the community guidelines in dealing with plagiarism?

Plagiarism online is something of a plague. What guidelines does this site set itself in detecting and dealing with such cases? Are there any? And if so, can someone point me towards it?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is it possible to know why exactly [user] left?

It was around, I think, last month that someone in chat noticed that [a specific user] left Physics.SE. I felt somewhat uneasy by that (and I know everyone must have felt it) because he left without ...
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Would this question be on-topic here? Might it be likely to receive an answer?

I'm writing a program and need a way to identify and enumerate the number of possible distinct crystallographic domains when depositing one 2D lattice on top of another. I've posed this as a question ...
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“Leave Open” vote given by mistake

It is the second time it happens. I pressed by mistake the button "leave open" when examining a post in the Close Votes queue. I did not find a way to change the vote (is there?). Are there ...
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Instead of just down-voting a new post, can't the same person care to explain why? [duplicate]

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: How to exactly evaluate the Magnetic Field associated with the given Electric Field in a lossy medium? My question here is that instead of just ...
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Why was this Hot Network Question closed?

Why would this question be closed as Off-topic? How is a 25-year-old can of soda now empty without having been opened or poked? The topic seems to be suitable for this site, and the question was ...
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Is MathJax in titles OK?

There have been some discussions of this topic on other metas, and it seemed to me that the consensus is to avoid MathJax in titles if possible, for various reasons like improving the look of the ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

Recently some of our (high rep) professional users have either suspended their activities or deleted their account. For example : Ben Crowell (Deleted) dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten♦ (suspended his ...
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Questions about physics teaching pedagogy

Are questions that relate to how physics is being presented in teaching on topic in this site?
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Flagging vandalism

If I see a post which is vandalism (like this one, only visible to 10k users -- consisting of random characters), what am I supposed to flag it as? (Concretely, I remember both "spam" and "rude or ...
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Badly formatted questions and answers

There are several questions like this one, which have basic formatting issues. I'm not talking about formulas, which are not in MathJax, but rather no punctuation (not the case in the linked question)...
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How can a user participate on Physics Stack exchange properly if the user have some problems with English Language

We all know users on our PSE come from all parts of the world and it seems obvious that if someone is using the internet he/she must be writing and understanding English properly. But in some ...
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Serial downvoting of my old question [duplicate]

I am banned from asking questions on the main site due to the previous four questions. I wrote them when I just joined the site almost one year ago, but in recent days I am getting downvoted on my ...
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If a question is not closed for being an off topic homework question, does this mean it shouldn't be considered to be a homework question at all?

Recently, I flagged some posts as "a solution to homework" on the question Net Force of Equal and Opposite Gravitational Forces Don't Equal Zero?. Knowing which posts were flagged is irrelevant for ...
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Why this is opinion-based?

This question is closed as being opinion-based. Perhaps I do not understand English well, could someone explain in more detail what opinion-based is on this question?
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How can I flag a harmful anonymous suggested edit?

I'm new to the "Suggested Edits" review queue. Recently, I was asked to review an edit suggested by an anonymous user which if accepted would actively harm our site. I rejected the edit. Is there a ...
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Confused over site policy regarding similar questions

I asked the question Confusion over QM Free Particle Propagator - Shankar 5.1 last night and it was closed as a duplicate earlier today, because it is similar to the question Free particle ...
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Where did my edited Question go?

I had a question the was reviewed and now I can't locate it. It doesn't show up in my questions asked bin.
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What happened to my account on Physics Stack Exchange?

Today when I clicked on Physics.Stackexchange tab on my chrome the site opened up normally but when I clicked on Ask the window the tab opened up saying “confirm your account” and then I saw that my ...
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Stepping down and taking a break

For eleven years and five months I've been a part of an ambitious experiment in making the internet a better place. For the past nine years and two months that participation has included this site. ...
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Deleted comments at closed question

This question Why cant we measure the alleged curve of ball earth? was closed. Before it was closed I had made a relevant comment. After closure my comments disappeared also. Is this the automatic ...
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Do reopen votes expire or disappear?

I noticed that a question where I had cast a reopen vote now is listed as having no reopen votes. Do reopen votes disappear under certain circumstances or expire? Do close votes also do the same?
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Sudden large drop in standing (“top percentage overall”) without numeric change in “reputation”

My standing on the Physics Stack Exchange went from "top 16% overall" to "top 67% overall" during a period when I posted only one question or answer (a question posted Jan.5, 2020, MST), plus a few ...
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Just yesterday, I read this and there dmckee♦ posted this comment, and he said: ...relatively small fraction of the eligible users apply their power with any regularity. Now there is already a ...
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Many deleted users

Apparently, quite a number of users have been deleted in the last month or so. I've noticed it because, as I haven't been very active lately, my rep score has been declining due to their removed votes....
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A question (which now looks like it was previously incomplete) being modified in such away that the previous answers become useless

This question was posted by user 202. As can be seen from the edit history that the question was incomplete at first(though I didn't knew that till today) (the previous question was scattered all over ...
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Can this question be salvaged? (updated)

I am making an analogy between the history of arts and physics and wanted to make sure that the physics side is correct. As such, the question is probably not a good fit for this site, but maybe it ...
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Is there any way to know how many users are currently online at a given time? [duplicate]

Usually I find that maximum traffic occurs on this site around (8:00 pm to 4:00 am, as per Indian Standard Time (IST, UTC+05:30)), but I don't have any concrete data related to it. So Is there a way ...
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Is there any way to retract my suggested edit?

I often suggest tag edits in which I add the homework-and-exercises tag to homework like questions. In some cases, these questions are closed as off topic even before my edit is reviewed. So, in that ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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About molecules tag

I recently asked a question related to atomic and molecular physics and noticed that there is a tag of "atomic physics" but not for "molecular physics". To some extent, I think that the latter is ...
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Stop killing suggested edits in the name of “conflicted with a subsequent edit”

I saw this and thought to edit it by adding a blockquote, do some MathJax formatting and editing tags. And so I devoted 7 minutes (on a mobile device), trying to make StackExchange a better place. And ...
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Creating a community wiki post for special relativity questions about comparing events in different reference frames

As I am sure many are aware, we get a fair amount of questions about special relativity that are essentially variances of Alice sees this event happen at this time over here, and Bob sees this ...
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How can I re-flag a question?

There are some posts which I have flagged and some action is genuinely required for those posts. I would say they are recent, but there were even more recent flags raised by me which were quickly ...
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My quarter reputation is more than my total reputation!

What is this? Is this some sort of wizardry? Or is the server bad at counting? Jokes apart! Why is my quarter rep more than my total rep?
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Why has this question been closed?

The following question has been closed with the explanation that it is in breach of the Homework Policy : What will be the total work done by friction on the system (man+boat)? However, it is not ...
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Who posts in the “Backup Room -The H-Bar”?

While visiting the chat section I found a room named Backup Room – The h Bar.Though it seems to me that people don't chat over there rather I found that list of hot network questions are posted. But ...
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Why is the +number in the physics SE users list different from the +number in my profile (on a yearly basis)?

My reputation change on the user list on the Physics SE site this year is about +1500, as can be seen. But according to my profile on that site which can also be seen, my reputation change is only ...
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Merge [group-representations] with [representation-theory] [duplicate]

This is the description of the group-representations tag: Use as a synonym to the representation-theory tag So we may want to merge them together already.
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Possible vandalism?

Sorry to bother everyone, but I found this particular link over on the physics main page Could the recent evidence of a gravitational force orbiting the solar system indicate not the existence of a ...
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Should I myself edit the question or encourage the OP to do so?

Everyday, many questions are posted on this site(Physics SE) which need to be edited because of many different reasons (like MathJax, grammar, typos, tags etc.). Now, I am okay with the grammar, typos,...

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