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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 higher-rep side. This means that the site's user base really does consist of two different populations with very different behaviours: novice users with reps ...


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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. You don't show up yet in this sitewide query because of the schedule on which its cache is updated, but if you poke around in dates in the past, you'll see that ...


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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 have written the comment as an answer instead? Yes, they should have. Should I delete my answer because the comment was posted first? No, you shouldn't. One ...


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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 deal with wrong information in comments is limited. Of course, this is not something we moderators enforce too aggressively, because if someone posts a good ...


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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 matter to me. To be honest, this is a bit of a weird goal. The specifics of your CV will depend on what type of job you're applying for, and indeed (as ...


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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 references. (Concerning self-citations, see this meta post. For link-only answers, see this meta post.)


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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 have communicated something other than what you intended. If you can't state the question in the title there is a good chance you are trying to cram too much ...


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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 nullifying the effect of the homework policy and you are providing an incentive for the users whose questions you answer (as well as others who see that those ...


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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](link_to_their_answer), we also need to consider ... There's no need to repeat everything that userX said, since readers can just click the link & read it for themselves. ...


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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 and the question posting date. The figure below1 shows the result of the query: There is a slope at the early part (t ~< 200), suggesting that the most ...


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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 as you see them. What makes you avoid casting a down-vote or commenting on a bad answer? Interpreting "you" here as plural (rather than me specifically), ...


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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 instead the question up-vote value was reduced to 5 (from the original value of 10 just like answers). I doubt the team will be willing to revisit this decision ...


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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 other hand, if an answer consists completely of well-acknowledged quotations then it deserves to stay on the site - it's not doing anything against the rules, ...


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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, understanding the physical principles at work more than the underlying equations. Some questions ask about specific parts of a derivation, or a rigorous argument for a ...


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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 remotely a "last resort" to suggest an experiment has a fault. It's exactly what happens anyone who publishes results they cannot explain - the first ...


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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: The fact that the content of an answer is taken from someone else's comment is not, itself, a problem. This means that you can post the content of someone ...


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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-my-work-for-me questions only encourages more of them, and they are a clear drag on the quality of the site. This is a gray area, but if I see a Q&A pair ...


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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 link to your answer in chat (if you have access to it) and invite people to read it and vote on it as they see fit. This is better than asking for upvotes since ...


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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 verbatim posting of a question set as homework or some other form of course work then I suspect most would agree we do not want to see such questions here. So we ...


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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 the form of an automatic answer ban, please raise a custom flag on a typical post of theirs to guide our attention to it. We have acted on this type of ...


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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 anything. Maybe, in the case that the post is written by the author of the paper, we could provide a link indicating that journal is predatory, but nothing ...


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When you get hit with the automatic answer block, you get linked to a page that describes how your situation and how to get out of it Read it. Now, improve your existing answers. You have some deleted link-only answers; elaborate on them and undelete. Don't ask questions or leave comments in the answer box, such stuff gets flagged and deleted. Do not delete ...


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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 sure what to add to that. (Maybe if you can elaborate on why you were confused by that message, I can provide something more useful.)


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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 cubic smoothing spline (Matlab's csaps with parameter p = 0.1). According to this, with increasing reputation a user has more and more questions, but at some ...


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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 week old, and you feel they answer your question, I don't think it would be a problem to combine them into an answer, as long as you give proper attribution when ...


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Questions and answers on Stack Exchange site are not just for the asker. Posts will remain around, be indexed by search engines and visited by many people over the years (Google is responsible roughly one-quarter of all Physics SE traffic). So, yes, answers that lie outside the OP's skill range are acceptable. You can assume the OP won't accept them, but ...


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Treating Wikipedia as authoritative (i.e. "Wikipedia say X and that settles it!") would be laughably silly, but Wikipedia is a fairly reliable source for all kinds of basic and widely available knowledge. Several uses of Wikkipedia that are (in my opinion, with my moderators hat taken off) completely appropriate: To support a argument or derivation only ...


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And what would such a flag do? Alert the moderators? What if they lack sufficient expertise in the flagged topic to make a good call? Alert high-rep users? So that they can... criticize the post for you? Perhaps a better idea would be to just indicate publicly that the post was flagged. We could even maintain a count of the number of such flags, and display ...


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