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I struggled with this too. It seems that it's due to a Chrome update. To undo this nonsense, type about:flags in your URL bar and click 'Enable' on the Disable DirectWrite Windows option (4th from above). This fixed it, for me at least. It may be necessary to close and reopen Chrome, or to visit chrome://restart on a new tab, to make this work.


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I have to confess I did exactly the same (my apologies to DavidZ) with the same lack of effect. However I see Luboš is now on 100,026 so we have our first 100k user! Congratulations to Luboš (he said through gritted teeth :-).


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Over a thousand questions were imported from the now-closed Astronomy and Theoretical Physics sites. We did this as quickly and unobtrusively as possible, but for a short while there simply were a huge number of new posts entering the site and the activity monitor reacted accordingly. This is now completed, you should see no unusual activity... At least ...


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This is by design: answers with scores below -3 get grayed out, to indicated that they do not have the community's endorsement.


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What you're seeing is apparently noise from the mass imports from astronomy and theoretical physics. What do you need to know about the upcoming mass migration? From what you described apparently the mass import process was adding questions and then pulling them off the front page, instead of adding them in a way they never appeared there in the first ...


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This is the expected behaviour. If you have upvoted, then to clear your upvote click the upvote button again i.e. it acts as a toggle. If you click the downvote button it (a) undoes the upvote then (b) registers a downvote. Hence the -2 change.


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This is not a bug. The gold badge privilege is described here as follows. You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for.   You can instantly reopen any question closed as a duplicate that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for.   If a question has a tag where ...


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Reputation is copied over from the main site to the meta site once per hour, it isn't always kept in sync. So this is to be expected, and the number will catch up soon.


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The problem is with the STIX fonts on your system. STIX comes in several forms. The original form was a set of 29 fonts with names like STIXGeneral, STIXVariants, and STIXSizeOneSym, each in its own font family. Recently, they were repackaged into a set of 5 fonts in families STIX and STIXMath that are designed to work with Microsoft Word. Unfortunately, ...


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Alas, I was a little optimistic in saying that the new ad threads would be live by now. I switched Physics over to the 2015 post, so barring any caching issues, you should be seeing new ads shortly.


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If two questions are not duplicates of each other and yet their titles only differ in capitalization, then the title is bad and should be changed (preferably on both questions) to a title that is more specific to the individual questions. See How do we write good question titles? for, well, how to write good question titles. Everyone is free to edit other ...


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Not all LaTeX commands are supported. We use MathJax for LaTeX rendering, and the list of macros that are implemented is given on their website. In this case you can use \dagger instead.


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It appears that the question may have been the victim of an automated "bad question" reaper. As I recall the qualification for automatic removal are one month old negative vote total on the question and no answers If it is not that I'm stumped as it does not appear to have been done by anyone (including Community who get the "credit" for closure due to ...


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Tags are not meant to be interpreted as single English words, so it's not a violation of modern English usage. Rather, a tag is an example of a "slug," a condensed representation of a title or phrase used in a situation where a limited character set is allowed. The hyphen is the traditional word separator for slugs on websites. Incidentally, the set of ...


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Looking at your reputation history then 51 p comes from 100 p association bonus minus 50 p bounty plus 1 initial p, which do not count as points earned on Phys.SE. So effectively you have earned 60 p - 51 p = 9 p on Phys.SE. So it seems that you indeed were blocked by the 10 p protection. See also this and this related meta posts.


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It appears, as of now, that seven of your eight suggested edits have been rejected by reviewers. And looking through the list, I agree: they're all reasonable changes, but too trivial to warrant bumping a post to the front page. Your inability to suggest new edits is temporary and will return in a few days.


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It means that the review queue indicator is broken and doesn't work very well. In fairness, it used to be very broken (cf. this post in this meta and this one in the mother meta). That is, it used to display the total number of outstanding review tasks, regardless of whether you could review them or not; SE decided that displaying updated figures on how ...


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As of Oct. 23rd, MathJax 2.1 should be in use. I suspect (but haven't verified) that bug fixes to how primes and superscripts are handled may have caused the change in behavior you're seeing. A quick search turns up only 7 posts illustrating this problem - I've listed them below: Galilean relativity in projectile motion Galilean transformation of wave ...


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Ah, I see what's going on: you have to click the "Answer Your Question" button at the bottom. The site puts in that extra hurdle when you're viewing your own question because otherwise, new users tend to post comments or edits as answers to their questions.


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It looks like one of the fonts didn't load properly for you. (The letters are not in italics as they should be and things like the + and - are in the wrong font -- note that the minus is a little too high, for example.) But MathJax must think the font is available, otherwise it would have switched over to image fonts. Without that font, the browser will ...


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If you want to force a recalculation of your reputation, the reputation page at https://physics.stackexchange.com/reputation will give you an exhaustive breakdown and force a recalc. I currently see your reputation at 2,010, so you're above that threshold, but as dmckee notes it is perfectly plausible for someone to have upvoted one of your answers, ...


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You're not the first to notice this trend; actually, we had some discussion about it in the moderator chat room a few months ago. So I collected some data. Sampling which community ad is displayed on the home page at 10-minute intervals for a couple weeks shows that the distribution among different ads is roughly Gaussian, with no significant outliers. 12 ...


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It's probably caused by a SE script that automatically converts short answers into comments.


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There are two main concerns here: Migrating questions to beta sites is strongly discouraged. This is mostly because beta sites are still in testing and there is no guarantee that they will succeed. Many of them do, but some (like Theoretical Physics) don't really generate enough traffic, questions, experts, and overall liveliness to make a sustainable ...


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Adding 4 spaces to the beginning of a line makes it a code block. Click 'edit' to see the four spaces before this line. It is useful on the programming sites (e.g., StackOverflow) where there is syntax highlighting enabled on those (something we don't have/need here). I've deleted those 4 spaces & the picture now appears.


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There is no reputation penalty for editing a post that gets removed. Your reputation is simply adjusted to what it would have been without that edit. More generally, I don't think the number beside a post in the rep list denotes the net reputation gained from it. What you see in the list is mostly individual reputation-change events - individual upvotes, ...


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Review pages only show close votes cast as part of the review process, and they do not show any votes cast independently, i.e. directly on the question page. Typically, questions are put on the queue by a direct vote to close, so there is usually one more close vote than there are reviews. If more people vote independently of the queue, this difference can ...


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This is generally dependent on the user's system, so the only surefire way to consistently improve it is to upgrade your system. That said, there will always be a point where the page is too big for the MathJax update to work smoothly. This has been answered in the Mathematics Meta site, Feature request: user script or option to turn off instant MathJax ...


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Educated guess: I think the answer here is that the current Astronomy.SE is the second iteration of that site. The first iteration failed at some stage in the Area51 process and Physics absorbed many of their questions. Later, apparently, a second Astronomy site was begun. I suppose it's possible that some post IDs got re-used. Note that the correct link, ...


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