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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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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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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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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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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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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're looking for. Not everybody does though. The "issue" you describe, where you get a lot of extra information and details before the punchline, is a ...


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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 more questions of the same kind. For instance, if we waited to close every homework-like question until someone had given away the solution in an answer, then ...


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There seems to be conflation of two issues here. One is suggested in the title: how to bring attention to a good answer that hasn't gotten enough attention. The other is the issue of working really hard on an answer to a question where the OP is just not on board with your answer for whatever reason. These are not necessarily the same thing, and I would ...


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I find your answer to be overly long; the essential remains buried somewhere within the technical. The quote is the second part is long and unnecessary and in fact confusing as it goes into tangents on vibrations and such stuff. The second part (containing the quote) is in fact neatly summarized by the last paragraph of this part, which makes the rest moot. ...


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If you are worried about an answer ban, you should not delete answers. See e.g. here or here (although those define an positive contribution record for questions, rather than answers). If the question is been edited in a way that invalidates existing answers, that's bad form. Usually the community's response is to revert the meaning-changing edit and engage ...


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I feel like this question is at least partially based on some bias in what answers you notice... What makes you think everyone is keen to answer questions based on equations instead of explanations? One obvious example that comes to my mind is Marco Ocram, who gained over 5k reputation in less than 8 months, and specifically states in his profile "My ...


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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'm nearing the end of an answer explaining the concepts the question gets closed. If this happens then consider posting your own version of the question, but ...


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I ultimately agree with Jmac's answer; however, I am going to go a little further and say that this can be done at any time. I don't think the fact that the comments are a week old matters. With the exception of comments that link to related questions/material, comments are not intended to be permanent. Comments are intended to either ask for clarification ...


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I can't say why the mod who did the deletion left that particular comment rather than some other wording. But that homework-like question is not really about a concept (other than "I'm stuck") and should probably have been closed rather than answered. In the past, moderators removing such answers would emphasize that the deletion was temporary, and ...


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Something being useful in general does not mean it belongs here. CPR training is a very good thing to provide, if you are qualified to. But I think we can all agree this is not something that we should be doing here. Good-quality derivations of canonical HS problems is a good thing in general. But this does not automatically mean we should be doing it here. ...


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If you're logged out, you'll see a banner like this one in the place where the "answer question" box usually is: Most of our questions don't have this banner and they can be answered by anyone. However, some of our questions attract low-quality answers from visitors who don't yet understand how our site works or what kinds of answers are valuable ...


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If this is happening to you frequently, then the problem is that you have different idea of what kinds of questions are on-topic than (some of) the people who are reviewing the close-vote queue. That’s a totally normal and okay difference of opinion. The way to deal with the conflict is not employ or develop some technical countermeasure so that you can ...


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I did not downvote your answer (I did not even see it until I saw this meta post), but to my mind the biggest problem with it is right at the beginning, where you derive the equation $K=p^2/(2m)$ and conclude that KE is a function of momentum and mass. This is of course true for a particle but not for a system of more than one particle, which is what the OP ...


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Totally fair question; I wondered if I'd end up discussing it here. In general, if a verbatim-identical answer goes in more than one place, then something is screwy with the duplicate system. My judgement was that the new duplicate question doesn't add much value over the older one, and so would probably be purged by the roomba after a while. A good ...


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Other members of the site are upvoting (“liking”) or downvoting (“disliking”) your questions and answers. That is what the grey up and down triangles are for. The integer between them is the net vote. This is the community’s feedback to you on the quality and appropriateness of your question or answer, and it determines your overall reputation, which ...


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You can't bookmark an answer, but you can follow it. This is a new feature which isn't completed yet; at the moment, there's no list of followed posts in your profile, but this will be implemented soon. One of the downsides may be that you receive notifications about edits and comments on that answer; for a full list of differences, see this proposed FAQ. ...


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Notably, neither of the aforementioned questions had any estimate of the uncertainty of their measurements ... which means that the explanations provided in the answers to those threads that you objected to, which are basically of the form "the observations are consistent with experimental noise at the level to which you have reported the latter", ...


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I could add that it is probably appropriate to cite those who helped you to find an answer (like @BioPhysicist and @JMac). Even though they get no reputation or upvote for this, it is considered a polite thing to do in a larger physics community.


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When I got three downvotes I felt that maybe I am doing something very incorrect ... Not necessarily. Your answer got two upvotes as well, so some people liked it. If I were you I would focus on the bigger picture, which is that your answers are mostly getting upvotes and your reputation is steadily increasing. Speaking personally, if one of my answers gets ...


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Comments should only be used to ask for clarifying questions from the OP or to suggest improvements to the question. Comments referring to further/related information are usually fine also. Comments should not be used to answer questions, give hints, side remarks, etc. This is a Q&A site, so having posts loaded with comments doesn't make the finding ...


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Why is an answer sometimes given in the comments? I personally find myself sometimes commenting because I feel like my answer is incomplete or only partially correct. Though I agree with the other answers here that comments should not be used for answering and only to ask for clarification, providing relevant links etc and I try to avoid posting answer-like ...


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If a question is gathering close votes, but you believe that it's worthy of being answered, then you can assist the OP in salvaging it. We don't just close questions because they are bad, or because they're duplicates. We close potentially good questions that need further work precisely to prevent answers from being posted prematurely. When a question is too ...


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When a question attracts a lot of poor answers, it can be marked as protected. This is done automatically in some cases and manually in others. When a question is marked as protected, you need at least 10 reputation in order to answer it. So if you ask any question or provide any other answer that gets at least one upvote you will be able to answer protected ...


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