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Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?

Yes, it does. I tried exploring this using this SEDE query, whose results go something like this: This is a log-log plot and it shows two distinct regimes, with a definite linear correlation in the ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Of your 65 answers to date, you've written 59 in the last ten days. If you continued at that pace for very long, you would become one of the most prolific answerers of questions in our community. ...
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Why is an answer sometimes given in the comments?

Personally, I think that if a statement answer the question, even if it's just a few words long, it should be posted as an answer and not as a comment Yes, that is correct. Should the commentator ...
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Give an answer or Comment instead?

when should simple questions be given answers like this in the comments? NEVER For at least two reasons: comments can be (and often are) deleted, and comments can't be downvoted, so our ability to ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Rob's answer covers most of the ground, but I'll chime in with some additional comments. I hope that I create enough reputation and put my Stackexchange reputation in my CV. So, the reputation points ...
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Answers quoting non-peer reviewed material

No. A non-peer reviewed reference is better than no reference. The reader can judge the legitimacy of a reference him/herself. In general, Phys.SE encourages answerers to back up claims with ...
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Encouraging users to read the full question

This is a technical writing problem, and it is your problem as the author. Start with a good, representative title. If your title reads like a different or simpler question than you intend then you ...
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Answer ban correction

Simple: don't write answers to questions that are going to get deleted. Homework questions get deleted for a reason: we don't want them here. If you answer poor-quality homework questions, you are ...
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"You did the measurement wrong" is not an answer

I think we ought to generally consider experimental error as a legitimate explanation only as a last resort. Practically by definition physics is defined by experimental verification. It's not even ...
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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?

You can reference material from other answers, even answers on the same page that were submitted after your answer, but you do need to give proper attribution. Eg, As [userX mentions](...
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Age - Score Relation

Are there fewer votes on old answers? Using my recent Data Query Age-Score correlation, I gathered the average net scores of answers as a function of the number of days between the answer posting date ...
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Why isn't bad content downvoted and commented on enough

TL;DR: Voting is one of the things that makes the SE sites work (the review queues being another big one); if you aren't downvoting, you are not helping this place work; so downvote on the bad answers ...
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Increase weight of downvotes?

This request has a long history going back to the early days of Stack Overflow. You'll notice that question is marked as declined. It was actually status-pending for months before being declined and ...
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What is our position on answers that consist almost entirely of copied content?

Unacknowledged or unmarked quotes are plagiarism, plain and simple, and they deserve the full weight of community displeasure to be heaved on them: comments, downvotes, and eventual deletion. On the ...
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Re: Downvoting with no feedback

I would interpret the downvotes on the answers to both of those questions as saying don't answer this kind of homework questions and I agree with that perspective. Providing answers to obvious do-...
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Why is everyone so keen to answer physics questions by writing down tons of equations?

There is more than one kind of physics question, and more than one kind of physics answer. Some questions ask for getting an "idea" or "intuition" of how something works, ...
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How should I ask a question to understand the answer I will get?

What should I do when face a response like this? Vote it up if you find it useful, don't if you don't (although I would implore you to not vote it down unless you find it needlessly obfuscated), and ...
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Using Comments as Answers

Good idea to make this a question so I can post my comment there as an answer: yes, this is fine. Actually, in order to avoid arguments over whether it does constitute an answer or not, I'll say this: ...
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Asking for an upvote to my *correct* answer to a 5-year-old question

Honestly, asking people to upvote your answer is considered to be in bad taste. So the blunt answer is no, we won't upvote your answer because you asked us to. What you can do, however, is post a ...
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Answering "Homework-Like" Questions With Hints

The homework policy remains a contentious issue and feelings can run high about it so I'm reluctant to stoke the flames any higher. However if we take the narrow interpretation of homework as the ...
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Remove the reputation cutoff for the answer ban

Greetings from one of your human exception handlers! If you think that there's a user who needs some intervention to produce better-quality content, and you suspect that intervention is not coming in ...
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How to handle references to literature in predatory journals

I don't think we need any additional policies about referring to or questioning about papers published through predatory journals. Assuming the paper is mainstream... Well, we don't really need to do ...
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Should we downvote answers that begin with "I think..."?

I think this is a terrible idea.
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Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?

I think the story is both more complicated and more simple, and it helps to look at questions and answers separately: The superimposed curves are very strongly smoothed versions of the data, using a ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I quote the comment I left on your answer: I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete answers to homework-like questions. That's why. I'm not ...
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Is it encouraged to write an answer to your own question if it is just a summary of the comments?

This behaviour isn't really frowned upon, so it should be fine. This answer by David Z is basically on that exact topic, and gives good advice how to do it properly. Given the comments are over a ...
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Why do users answer questions?

We have discussed this before although that question is only tangentially related to this one. Based on that question though, you should find that the most active people who answer questions have some ...
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Age - Score Relation

This seemed like an interesting question, so I figured I'd do some research, too. I started with Kyle's SEDE query, and made a few changes to it: Since the original question was about answering old ...
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The Layman Answer Alternative

I won't give my opinion on this directly, but I would like to point out the site description from the first line of the Tour page: Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active ...
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