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Should comments be used for providing “helpful hints”?

I often see users, including moderators, leaving "helpful hints" comments on various posts. They could be posted on off-topic homework problems pointing the user in the right direction on ...
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Should we not let an answer/question be deleted?

Since the content on PSE is licensed under CC BY-SA $4.0$, I suppose the content that is once posted on PSE becomes part the free culture (correct me if I am wrong), and thus, even if the author ...
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New tag “Physical quantities”

I would like to ask a question about function quantities, but I didn't find any adequate tags. If I didn't miss something, it might be useful to introduce a new tag, for example "physical ...
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What happens after being put in the penalty box two (or more) times? [duplicate]

I've been thrown in the penalty box because I allegedly made rude comments and I had to cool down. What happens if one is thrown in the box for a second (or third, fourth...) time? Will he/she (or I) ...
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What happens after being put in the penalty box twice (or more)? [duplicate]

I've been thrown in the penalty box because I allegedly made rude comments and I had to cool down. What happens if one is thrown in the box for a second (or third, fourth...) time? Will he/she (or I) ...
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Problem with deletion of comments

Someone decided to delete all comments posted under my question here: Do "almost black holes" exist? This is insane, there were valuable comments. They should have been moved to chat if they ...
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What are the principles for editing another person's question?

If I wish to edit a question to improve its quality, what are the general guidelines to keep in mind? Sometimes I feel I deviate from the OP's original style when I use formatting. So, what all ...
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Resigning as a moderator

I've decided that it's time for me to step down as a moderator of this site. This has been something I've been thinking about for quite a while; it's a product of numerous events that have occurred ...
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Can this question be migrated, if the reason to close it was specifically being off topic and more of an engineering question?

I have this question: Why are turbines more effective than propellers on airplanes? Unfortunately, it has been closed. The reason is off topic and specifically belonging rather to Engineering. I do ...
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Why do I get a -1 point every time I downvote a post?

Do you lose reputation for downvoting?
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Using chemical formulas

Using chemical formulas I've tried using, now be careful: dollar-sign backslash letter "ce" opening-brace chemical-formula closing-brace dollar-sign. Unlike on Chemistry, it is not working ...
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Did the question really deserve to be closed?

The question Op didn't format the question in a very nice/ didn't put a lot of background.. however I do think that what the actual substance of the question is actually high value. I recall being ...
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Should we increase the reputation points for editing/ quality of edit?

So, I read this thread and I'm personally on the side that we should try to see what the user is actually is trying to say instead of focusing over lenses on the grammar of the post. Now with that in ...
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Are “check my understanding” questions permitted?

I know that "check my work" questions are off-topic, I understand the reasons behind that, but does this also apply to "check my understanding" questions? For example: My ...
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What to do when you have multiple good answers?

Alright, this is probably a weird question but sometimes I get two competing answers to a question both of which I think are very good. So, in case of a tie, how do I choose the answers?
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Should proper English matter?

Some members do not proofread what they have written, some are used to informal communication channels, and some are not native English speakers. The result is that posts frequently have incorrect ...
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Inconsistent editing privileges [migrated]

How come I have the ability to edit questions and answers without the edit being reviewed, but if someone else’s edit is pending review, my approval of it is insufficient? Is this a bug or a feature?
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Re-asking this specific reference request [duplicate]

A few days ago, I requested reference for TVMF. Unfortunately, this question was downvoted without a reason specified giving no space to improve and inappropriately making the question potentially ...
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Non-question: experimenting with custom close-reason banners in different contexts [closed]

I'm experimenting with editing close reasons, so here's a "question" that I can immediately close. Here's how the custom close reason looks in the close-question dialog: Here's how the ...
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The homework close reason contradicts itself

The first two sentences of the Homework close reason are: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when asking about specific computations ...
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Why don't some questions on Physics Stack Exchange have any answers for the past many years with very high votes? Why are they not active now?

The below links are two examples of such questions which are not answered in 7-8 years. I also read on that questions that they were active some 3-4 years ago. What is the problem with these types of ...
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Why did I not get my badge? [duplicate]

Its been weeks since I asked 5 well received questions, but I haven't yet received the Curious badge. Can anybody tell me the reason to this?
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Can we restrict what kinds of identification questions are on topic?

Recently there was a significant discussion about whether a question on the main site should be on topic. I very strongly believe that it is not a good question for the site and should not be on topic ...
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Is “check-my-work” defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

On a recent question, there was some discussion in the comments about "homework-like" and "check-my-work". With regard to the latter, the OP pointed out that "check-my-work&...
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Question and answer deleted: not in P.SE's interest in my opinion

Very recently a question and answer of mine was deleted [closed, Edit.] here: Cooling of a Uniform Sphere with Convective heat loss at the boundary The question and answer had been deleted by ...
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Is this an homework or check-my-work type question?

I recently asked this question on Physics Stack Exchange. I wanted to know if this is an homework or check my work type question?
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

This question was just closed as off-topic. It is a well presented question, which was well-received, and it got a good, canonical answer. The stated reason for closing was that "it doesn't ...
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Distinction between [resource-recommendations] and [specific-reference] tag

Resource reference for Induction due to Time Varying Magnetic Fields (TVMF) I asked the above question with the tag specific-reference. The purpose behind doing so is that the tag page suggests if one ...
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Unable to add the [classical-electrodynamics] tag

Resource reference for Induction due to Time Varying Magnetic Fields (TVMF) I asked this question 5 minutes before posting it here. I have tried to add the tag classical-electrodynamics but it just ...
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Is this question a 'Questions about physics of (a) fictional world“ or a ”Non-mainstream physics" question?

I asked this question on the basis that it's a question about physics of a fictional universe, but is entirely grounded in real physics based on the following rules. Questions about physics of ...
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Why is “Absolute Space and Time” thread closed?

I'm interested in the thread Do absolute space and time exist?. But at the beginning of that thread is the statement "closed 2 years ago"? Does that mean you can no longer post comments? Can ...
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What happened to the 'Related' sidebar? [duplicate]

Previously, whenever I asked a question, there used to be a 'Related' tab on the right side. It used to display links to a lot of related posts. Now, I cannot see the tab 'Related' anymore. It was ...
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“Talkative” badge on meta

Yesterday I was awarded the Talkative badge on the main site for one message being starred out of ten message posted in chat. According to me, chat is same for main ...
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Is “here a problem and my solution with my reasoning for each step, where has my reasoning gone wrong?” question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

I specifically used the formulation in the title from here, the only place I found to deal with this. But I do not know, what to take from it. To elaborate: This question arose from comments on this ...
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Is asking how to derive an expression in a paper on topic here?

Is asking how to derive an expression in a paper on topic here? If not where should I ask?
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What differently can I do to be helpful to the community by answering?

When I joined Stack Exchange I started answering questions and gained a positive response from the community. But these days, I don't feel like my answers help anyone anymore. If you look into my ...
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(Almost) ten years of Physics Stack Exchange

This is something we should flag early if we want to do something in time for when it happens: the tenth anniversary of Physics Stack Exchange will happen in three months. Specifically, the private ...
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Comments to point out errors in OP's understanding

Due to recent questions about the comment policy, and because I have seen this being done often, I am here with another question about comments. On a certain question a user commented A primary ...
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Do we need to delete informative, off-topic comments under old questions?

When I read old posts, I come across some informative comments below the questions which are off-topic, i.e., not aimed at asking for clarification, but they do add some value. I have noticed such ...
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Recommending migration pathway to HSM.SE for questions

In closing questions to transfer to another site of SE, so the "Belongs to another site of SE" option, there is no ready option for the HSM.SE, a really crying need: cf. this question, a ...
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Why don't we add the option “other sites” in the close votes option?

We all know that some questions are posted in PSE but they should belong to another Stack Exchange site. When you vote to close a question, via Close question > A community specific reason > ...
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Why is nothing displayed under the 'Related' sidebar? [closed]

Previously, whenever I asked a question, there used to be a 'Related' tab on the right side. It used to display links to a lot of related posts. Now, I can still see the tab 'Related', but no ...
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Why isn't it the norm to put a “TL;DR” one-line answer at the top of an answer?

It's worth to mention that I'm still a newbie on Physics SE and SE in general, but during this year or so I found that different sites have different "standard" ways of answering (and there'...
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Are questions unlikely to be useful to others permitted?

I came to Math and Physics Stack Exchange with a "forum mindset" (partly inherited from Stack Overflow and partly from other math/physics fora), where any problem is welcome, excepting ...
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How do I prevent general analysis questions from being close voted?

This question , which I've asked, I got two close votes on it already but I can not understand why. I think having a complete discussion of my question/ answer to it would benefit the community as a ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

Note: I do in no way want to say that the current moderators somehow do a "bad job" at moderating Physics SE. I think that they do a great work at, well, moderating this network and my full ...
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How do tags get associated badges?

I have a general question about how topic tags become associated with a vote-based badge. For instance, if I receive 100 upvotes on answers for at least 20 non-community wiki answers with the ...
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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

I saw that I had several edit suggestions rejected so I decided to take a look at them, out of curiosity. While most of them were fair, or at least understandable, there was one that I found very ...
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Removing deleted questions from the “Followed posts” list

My "Followed posts" list is littered with deleted questions, which I cannot remove off the list, as they've lost their "unfollow" option. How do I prune off these entries?
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Edited MathJax not properly rendered in Review queues

I posted this question on Stack Exchange Meta as a bug. I'm posting it here for informational purposes and I'd suggest going to the Stack Exchange Meta version and upvoting that if you want (or ...

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