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Your time is valuable -- invaluable, actually, since time is the one thing we can't buy or create -- and you have the absolute right (and responsibility) to use it in pursuits you support. So to "answer" your "question" posed at the end of your post -- the past, present, and future of any company or entity you provide your time (and money,...


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It looks like the comments were removed, so I can't say anything about this particular situation (which is probably a good thing). Some general points. Questions stand on their own. Comments on questions don't degrade the questions then themselves. If you think a user is making derogatory comments, please flag them for a moderator to review and continue on ...


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While I have some sympathy for your viewpoint, you cannot police the world. The issue surely is whether it's a racist company now, not how it behaved when most of white South Africa was complicit (by action or apathy) in the crime of apartheid. Experience shows that even when a company or organization senior management want to apologise for some past action ...


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I might be interested, but I'm generally not a confrontational kind of guy and getting angry messages from disgruntled users isn't my idea of a good time. My concerns are heightened in that my username is my real name and my profile lists my occupation & employer. This was a conscious decision on my part when I joined, since I view my time here as a ...


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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 self answered question I usually make the question as brief and clear as possible. If I were writing it I would have just written "How can this vehicle ...


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User accounts can be deleted for two reasons: Deletion is requested by the user while logged in Moderators delete an account because it is used to violate a site policy as a sock puppet. Examples include multiple accounts created by the same user to upvote their main account, or accounts created by a currently suspended user to circumvent their suspension. ...


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Asking for the solutions to a specific set of physics exercises is not a question about physics as a natural science. It is also neither a request for a resource recommendation, nor a request for a paper containing specific physics. Hence it is not on-topic on our site. Note that asking for the solutions of the questions directly will likely be off-topic by ...


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The company’s past is not irrelevant, but what the company does now is more relevant. Moreover, to quote Desmond Tutu: If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. Engagement always works better than annihilation. I suspect that continually posting respectful and well researched questions on their website, and organizing ...


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Unfortunately, there is not much that you can do other than improving your answer or hoping that the downvoter leaves a comment. Votes are private and there is no obligation for voters to explain themselves. However, if someone targets you and votes on many of your posts in a short span of time, the system will automatically detect and revert the votes.


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Voting to close bountied questions is a feature that has often been requested at mother meta, see e.g. Allow users to vote to close bountied questions. So far it has not been implemented. Being of "low quality" alone is is not a reason to vote to close a question, it's a reason to downvote it. Being unclear, however, is a close reason. Bounties ...


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I would be interested, but to be quite honest if my name were on the ballot I would not vote for myself :D Mainly because I am not active on Meta. I do check the main site every day, but I rarely if ever participate/answer/comment to discussions on Meta. How important is being active on Meta to being a (good) moderator? Also, my reputation is < 25k. ...


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Due to the nature of Stack Exchange as a Q&A site, there should at least be an explicit question to be answered. The most common trap of posting a question for self-answering is that the question usually lacks enough detail for other readers and potential answerers. Regardless of self-answer or not, all questions are expected to be self-contained: has ...


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First off, a general comment: this site (Physics Meta Stack Exchange) is for discussing the policies and community of the Physics Stack Exchange site. The policies and moderation on this site are, for the most part, run by the community, and this is where we discuss those aspects. The site is hosted by Stack Exchange (the company, which also goes by the ...


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Rapidly closing a valid and interesting question only because the questioner uses non-standard terminology seems to me to be very hostile. One of the closure reasons is "needs more detail and clarity". If the OP is using terminology in such a way that makes the question unclear, then that's a valid closure reason. Furthermore, I don't see any ...


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I would be interested in becoming a moderator. I visit the site almost every day, and I try always check on the review queues when I log in. Compared to a the other Stack Exchange sites I visit, Physics gets a lot of off-topic questions—especially homework (and homework-like) questions. While I have never been a moderator on any Stack Exchange site, my ...


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I'm interested, but I feel like i don't have enough experience to know which decision to make when, for example, a question is flagged as homework (sometimes I find that the question isn't bare homework and should be considered on-topic, but it's closed anyway). Is there something one could do to improve their moderation skills, so to speak?


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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? In a word, yes. Stack Exchange is an open Q&A site, and self-answered Q&As should be open to the possibility that someone else can come along and provide an even better answer to the question than the one you initially wrote. (If you're not ...


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Physics is a vast field of knowledge, using many different subfields of mathematics, each with its own conventions and symbols. Even with decades of experience in the field, it is simply impossible to master all possible physical theories and all possible formalisms and symbol conventions. This has a few trivial consequences in general and also applicable to ...


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If the post was just "what if _____ happened?" then that is way too broad. This is even mentioned in the help center for What types of questions should I avoid asking?. Additionally, the answers to such questions don't typically need to refer to any physics. Someone could say what actually would happen, and they technically would have answered the ...


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One thing to consider is that actions of any individual, company or a nation that has existed for a significat amount of time (on the appropriate time-scale) can be called in question: if we apply modern day standards to the actions committed sufficiently far in the past if we look into it in sufficient detail if we apply standards of our community to other ...


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We are not experts in psychiatry, and not even a practicing doc could diagnose someone from a single internet post. He would likely need multiple in persona visits for that. So we can not say from an OP that he would be scyzo. Furthermore, we can not treat them. Scyzophrenia is treated by a combination of mental therapy and medicines, none of them can we ...


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