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Yes, we should avoid shortened links. There is no need to use shortened links on our site - almost no post ever runs into the upper character limit for posts, and by default you should use links as hyperlinked clickable text [text](url) so the length of the URL is entirely irrelevant because it is not part of the visible text.


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On Physics SE the best answer is selected by the community. That, IMO, means the answer with the most votes. It is the answer of most use to the community and hence to Physics SE going forward. For that reason I think it is valid to make the most up-voted answer the one at the top of the list. By logical extension, the order of appearance should be vote ...


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Well, we already have an against pinning to the top answer, so I'll do for pinning to the top. I personally like the idea of having some control over the ordering of answers in my questions. I can imagine many scenarios where this is actually a good thing: In general I would say that the person who asked the question is probably the one who is most likely ...


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I think this is a terrible idea.


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I don't think formulae are really special in this regard: If you see an edit but you cannot tell whether it actually improves the post or not, skip it. Whether that's because you're not familiar with the formulae or the topic of the post in general is immaterial. If you see an edit that corrects a typo, approve it. If you see an edit that actually alters ...


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Just to give some voice to the data: Nihar Karve created (and I helped refine) a SEDE query, Questions with accepted answer pinned above highest scoring answer which lists the threads affected by this potential change. Under the current dataset in SEDE, the change would affect 5505 threads, which seem to cover a decently thorough cross-section of the site'...


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I was thinking about making an original post to help others understand the Schrödinger equation as a differential equation, instead of to ask about the Schrödinger equation. PSE posts need to be Q&A. Essentially make the question as if you were actually asking it and didn't know the answer. Then you can make an answer yourself. The post should not just ...


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Yes, see Do we want and need a set of canonical questions with canonical answers? I think this needs to be used with care to avoid turning the site into a blog. In the past when I have been contemplating a post like this I have usually asked here if people think the specific post I had in mind would be a useful contribution. The question you describe sounds ...


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Looking at your reputation tab, this seems to be only the second downvote you’ve received after a year on the site. I’ll let other folks comment on the specifics of your answer (which also has an upvote). But I’ll offer this general advice: don’t worry very much about a single vote one way or the other. The more you write, the more you’ll be able to look for ...


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I don't think I have ever downvoted this kind of questions, or at least the ones I think you are referring to. I do think I had voted to close a couple in the review queues. But I reckon that the vast majority of these questions, especially when asked by (new) low reputation users, can always be answered by some variation of "there is no rest frame for ...


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In my mind, the most upvoted answer should appear at the top. If this is not the accepted answer, the accepted answer should come in second. At worse, this will encourage users (including the OP) to reflect as to why the accepted answer is not the most upvoted in situations where this occurs.


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Well, your posts have to follow the Q&A format of the SE sites. And yes, you are allowed to self-answer, cf. e.g. this meta post.


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I would say, as a general rule, that geographic limitations on this type of question are not appropriate here. Asking for what's popular in a specific geographic area will produce results which are only useful to a thin sliver of future visitors, and that's enough to sink that idea. Resource-recommendation questions are hard to get working correctly, and ...


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The question, in its original form, was correctly closed as a duplicate of the indicated question. The only theoretical limit is as previously answered. Unfortunately, the edits change the reason but not the outcome. Under the edits it is no longer a duplicate, but it is now an engineering question. Engineering questions are explicitly off-topic here. So the ...


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Perhaps if you argue from a very short-sighted, by-the-rules perspective; and indeed, retaining this argument for deleting these comments is probably useful if their volume ever gets out of hand on particularly popular questions. That said, I doubt it's healthy in the long-term to discourage people being nice to each other. Who's it hurting?


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The questions here and here have comments that should have been posted as answers, and replies saying "thanks, please post this as an answer." You have proposed to delete the thank-you comments, which will permit the Roomba to cull the question. A better solution might be to transfer the should-have-been-an-answer comment to an answer, then mark ...


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I was the moderator that rejected most of your flags. There were 4 or 5 flags from the same user in a very short span of time, on questions from 10 (or something) years ago. While the intentions you are now describing are noble, as per the Roomba definition: the annoyance to those searching for a solution outweighs the increasingly-small chance that an ...


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The familiarity of an OP with the terminology should not enter into anything. The broader objective of the site is not so much to provide answers to questions of individuals, but to provide answers that are useful beyond the OP to viewers at large. As a result, I make no accommodation for poor use of terminology in questions (or answers): since the ...


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One could, of course, find some version of such a question that has some nuance that makes it novel. For the vast majority that you mention, however, you've essentially answered your own question: The large number of variations of the question with answer here and on other easy-to-find resources suggests strongly that the asker of such question now didn't do ...


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I think you got the most important part right about reviewing edits: if you can't tell whether the edit is an improvement or not, skip it and let it be reviewed by someone who can. This applies to any edit on any SE site, not just formulas. Having said that, formulas are used in a context, at least in good answers. That context often allows you to ...


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I suspect there will be other perspectives, but I'll get things started with an answer in favor of deleting most comments in these scenarios. Possible criteria: The comments are "chatty" without contributing anything that advances the question toward an answer. Examples are "thank you", "good question!", or "I don't know&...


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I don't think we should. Although thank you comments don't bring anything pragmatically useful to the discussion at hand, there's nothing inherently wrong in expressing your gratitude towards someone who helped you. Even though there's no moral value in flagging these type of comments, I don't think it's prudent to encourage it since it might be interpreted ...


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