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I guess I'll kick it off with an idea: how about a chat session or two? I know we don't have regular chat sessions like we used to, but perhaps just a time at which anyone interested can converge in the chat room to exchange stories or whatever they like. I'm not necessarily saying that this would be better than a video meetup or any of the other ideas, but ...


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One problem with answer-comments you seem to not have considered is that they can be wrong. Answers can be downvoted, but comments can only be upvoted, so there is no proper mechanism to show that an answer-comment is considered wrong and the one-sided upvote mechanism may make it look more authoritative than it is. We do leave comments like "Please ...


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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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Specific to the case that you brought up, I'd note that the OP on your post made a different, unrelated edit to the question about 1 minute after yours. I can imagine a scenario where the OP was concurrently editing, you beat them in, and they didn't want to give up what they were doing so rejected yours just as a means to get past whatever screen they got ...


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It's not generally off-topic, but that doesn't mean that every question asking for the derivation of an expression in a paper is on-topic. Also, keep in mind closure decisions are always made individually for questions by the users voting on the questions, so everything I'm going to say here is what I think would happen, not what definitely will happen. I ...


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First of all, let me just assure you that your edit was perfectly fine. It was a fault on the reviewer's side to reject such an edit. Please don't let this deter you from making useful edits. Why could this have happened? It is possible that the OP might have pressed the wrong button, however, this wasn't the first suggested edit that they reviewed, so it's ...


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While I agree that comments are not for answering questions (they can be used, for example...giving hints). No, comments should not be used to give hints. If you have an answer, then just post an answer. If you are giving hints for something like a homework question, then it is likely that the question isn't on topic anyway. Instead of leaving a hint, just ...


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Speaking for myself: I do not understand what you mean by " find the points on the curve where the particle would become at equilibrium." Presumably that would be "reach equilibrium" and not "become at equilibrium". Next, the notation is unclear. Your curve is parametrized by $(x,g(x))$ which is a bad choice because you also ...


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The current version (v11) has several problems. It is not focused, as evident by the plethora of questions in the post. And you're really not asking about any physics concepts per se, you're just asking for the results of physics calculations: Basically I want to find a description of points of equilibrium for which the body was moving already (kinetic ...


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I'll pick on your last two sentences, if I may: Should content that points out errors with the OP's logic/understanding be posted as a comment or as an answer? The ultimate guideline for these things (as far as I'm concerned): If it answers the question, it should be posted as an answer Otherwise, if it explicitly or implicitly suggests a change to the ...


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I suppose there are different scenarios where this could be applicable: The invalid assumptions are not a key point in the question, and they would not really need to be addressed in an answer to sufficiently answer the question. The invalid assumptions are a key point in the question, and so they would need to be addressed in an answer to sufficiently ...


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As the person whose comment triggered the question, I would like to say that I agree with everything David Z wrote, but not with everything that BioPhysicist wrote. My understanding of this site is that it is the responsibility of the OP — and no one else — to write a good question. They are rewarded for doing so and penalized for writing a bad one. The ...


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