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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

I firmly applaud the stance taken by the moderators here. AI-generated text has many demonstrated problems that disqualify its use, without significant human intervention, for technical (e.g. physics!)...
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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

In a comment, Braiam asks How many of those users came back after the suspension? I looked at 16 profiles with a plagiarism mod message since January 1. (One of the suspensions on the list of 17 ...
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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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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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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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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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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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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Are partial answers to homework questions allowed?

This depends on the quality of the question, I should think. If it only consists of text that is obviously a dump from a homework assignment (or other similar set-piece, like a textbook exercise, say) ...
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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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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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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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Is it OK to copy and paste part of own answer over and over, to answer new questions?

While there is some overlap, I wouldn't call it a 'wall of text' (which has generally negative connotations). Nor is it particularly 'bottish'. The user appears to be legitimately answering a variety ...
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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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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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Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

A large part of the purpose of closing questions is preventing them from being answered. We close questions that we do not wish to encourage on our site, and receiving answers encourages people to ask ...
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What to do when a non-duplicate question has the answer?

If the questions are not duplicates, they should not be closed as duplicates. Of course there is interpretational leeway in how similar questions need to be to justify closing one as the duplicate of ...
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Is direct criticism of another answer in your own answer ok?

There are many posts on this site where users write something along the lines of "this extends SoAndSo's answer" or "this complements SoAndSo's answer," so it seems reasonable that ...
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Deleting an Answer

The very last comment by @DavidZ is self-explanatory and absolutely appropriate: I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete answers to the ...
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Are partial answers to homework questions allowed?

I, like I suspect most long time members of the site, have rather lost the will to live when it comes to discussion of the homework policy and my enthusiasm for reopening the issue is on the limited ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Why was my answer censored?

Answers shouldn't be used to talk to other users. They should just be used to answer the main question. That part that was deleted isn't answering the question, it is just defending your opinions to ...
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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 really just personal preference in how one chooses to construct the answer. Sometimes people will put a "TL;DR" at the top, or the bottom, to summarize things which is kind of what you'...
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Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

I sympathise because I have had this happen to me. In the past I have seen a homework question and thought that even though it was homework there was a nice conceptual discussion to be had. Then as I'...
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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?

I was one of the close voters, but I voted to close as engineering not as unclear. If you just read the question then I think it is unclear, so I can see why people have voted that way. When I post a ...
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