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I had never seen that before, but now I will never un-see it. I vote to remove it in the redesign.


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(Edited to reflect the current situation) We now have the new CSS and profile page layout. Prior to this, nobody knew when it was coming (except maybe the design team, but I'm not sure if their scheduling algorithm is any more sophisticated than "what site do we feel like working on today?"). There is/was a list of sites which have had the update and those ...


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Ask and you shall receive. This site is in line for CSS conversion, and, while we're in there, we'll make sure that we match the serif font in the body like Chemistry SE and Math SE. Thanks!


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Nope, moderators don't know who votes on their posts. We can get access to some aggregate information about votes to use for identifying fraudulent behavior. For example, if two (or more) accounts are suspected of belonging to the same person, we have a tool that reveals whether there is a suspicious pattern in how the accounts are voting. But the ...


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With some qualifiers (see below), this bit is nice: vector logo no more awkward arrow The Feynman-diagram to the background of the logo is also gone, and you know what? I'm having a hard time missing it at all. It's not like people noticed it unless it was explicitly pointed out, or at least they didn't for a large fraction of the time. The hat logo ...


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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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The distinction between having social features (like a profile page and chat) and being a social network is also discussed in this mother meta question and in particular this answer. Jeff Atwood explains the importance of having not only a main site and a meta but also a chat in the blog post introducing chat thus: Because you not only need a place to have ...


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No, SE doesn't have a setting to allow this. I recommend holding down Ctrl (on a non-Mac) or Command (on a Mac) while clicking a link to get it to open in a new tab. Alternatively, you could check and see if your browser has a setting to do this by default, or if there is an extension/addon that will let you configure it.


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Please can we not change it. It works perfectly fine and looks nice to me. That's my vote. Cheers.


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Here is one option put forward by the SE developers: switching from MathJax to prosemirror-math. For a quick look at how it works, I'll just pull this from their readme: Examples Unlike other editors, this plugin treats math as part of the text itself, rather than as an "atom" that can only be edited through a dialog box. For example, inline math ...


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(On my screen, anyways) it sits right at the edge between the title bar and the page body, the arrow's line pixel-perfect to the changeover. All I can see is the $▶ t$, and it's so small as to be consistently mistaken for a dirty monitor. I didn't even know it existed until I read this question. Thanks for that, by the way. Now I can't stop noticing it. ...


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Not much of an answer to the real question because (a) it's a single-user solution rather than the whole user-base of Physics and (b) it applies to all websites and not just this one1, but you can change the font yourself. For Firefox, for example, you can select Edit > Preferences Then under the Content tab, select Advanced: At the bottom is the ...


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Adding the word Astronomy might discourage people posting stuff from other branches, but perhaps the Feynman diagram and the hut potential could be substituted by a drawing of Saturn with the rings, or any other explicitly astronomical thing. That would be enough to confirm people who are insecure about posting astronomy questions, that here is the right ...


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Doing this would open up a huge can of worms: suddenly, there's an arbitrary threshold for "activity" that divides posts being worked on. Yes, it's easy to come up with individual changes that most folks probably agree don't warrant much oversight, but applying such simple rules broadly can have disastrous results. Let's examine retagging, since that seems ...


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I definitely agree that some minor edits shouldn't make questions active. The one in particular, as you mentioned, is retagging. Why does this even make a question active in the first place? When you retag, the question itself is not changed, so in what sense is it "active"? I have not seen one situation when a retagged question deserved to be made active ...


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The new CSS has been deployed... uh, sometime in the last week. The new sidebar went live on Tuesday. And the community ads thread should be coming shortly. (I don't have a more specific ETA than that, unfortunately.) We did, however, forget to enable new user profiles when the CSS update happened. I flipped the relevant switches, so that's fixed up now. ...


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It could very well be the diagram that is always drawn for spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB)! SSB is quite an important phenomenon, and its sort of the foundation for the Higgs mechanism that got a Nobel prize this past October.


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feature-request This is more of a minor gripe, and it can ultimately be user-scripted away if necessary, but there's no reason to have bad styling on as a default. This isn't the nineties. Please get rid of the link underlining. It just adds clutter for no real gain. Underlining-on-hover is nice and useful, but always-on underline is a web 1.0 custom ...


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This is a known issue. As a workaround, you can install SOUP (Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch), which will prevent MathJax rendering in HNQ titles unless the site is known to have MathJax enabled.


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status-completed Comments are switched back to serif for your MathJax enjoyment. ~Catija This is mentioned in the longer answer by Chair, but it jumped out at me so I'll post it by itself anyway. Our previous design, for a couple of years, uses a font with serifs so that inline text and MathJax snippets look less dissimilar. The new design uses a serif ...


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Don't worry, it''s just an April Fools Day gimmick. You can toggle it off & on with the Clock icon in tbe top bar.  The Clock icon is supposed to disable / enable it on all pages, but it's slightly buggy, and the devs are working on it. In the mean time, if you use the mobile view you'll see a boring normal display. (The "mobile" button is at the bottom ...


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It's probably impossible to fully enumerate the characteristics of good questions. For the most part, we rely on people's judgment to determine which questions are good. That being said, I think there are some heuristics. In my mind, they mostly depend on the idea of a "hypothetical student" who has studied physics up to the topic and level of the question. ...


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I tried it for a few minutes in Safari on iPad and in Edge on PC and it seemed to work well. In addition to trying hand-editing, I pasted in a few reasonably complicated equations from my existing answers and they rendered properly. I miss being able to preview while I type, but if I had to use this editor I would not leave PSE. It’s nice to have \ket, etc.


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It was not removed. The request was overlooked. Our apologies. We've now updated the site font to match more closely to Chemistry and Math.


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I don't think it's necessary to change the logo: We shouldn't single out astronomy. I personally would say that it's a regular sub-discipline of physics. Some universities do have separate astronomy departments, but by the same logic we should also add "geology" or"geophysics" to the logo, because it's an organisationally separate department at my ...


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Right now, you have the choice of opening in the current tab or a new one (e.g. middle click, ctrl click). Your idea would only permit the latter.


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What ends up being a good question will inherently be subjective. Good for one person is not good for another. We can point to some objective factors which can help to indicate the quality of a question; but at the end of the day the users here are individuals with their own opinions. For the three example questions you provided, I can point to several ...


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Is it possible? Sure. Is Stack Overflow (the company) going to invest enough developer time to produce this (and commit to continue to invest enough developer time to maintain it, which is an even taller barrier)? Who knows. People have asked for this, repeatedly, both on Meta Stack Overflow and on Meta Stack Exchange, over the better part of the last ...


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