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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

I firmly applaud the stance taken by the moderators here. AI-generated text has many demonstrated problems that disqualify its use, without significant human intervention, for technical (e.g. physics!)...
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Congratulations to anna v, our second 200k user

Thank you, Rob, it has been a nice trip these ten years. I was forced to retire from research in 2000, because of civil service rules, and did not want to stay on (with various grants) because money ...
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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

HNQs with $\geq 3$ answer are often protected by a moderator to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. Questions can be flagged to let moderators know that they should be ...
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Update on the Manish situation

Oh, wow, I hadn't realized this was going on :) I first just wish to apologise to the community, both Chem.SE and Physics.SE, for my lack of activity. I'll shortly explain what happened, but I also ...
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John Rennie, the nerd, crosses the 200k. Congratulations!

I would place a slightly different emphasis on this and instead highlight the progress of the Physics SE. A quick play with the Data Explorer tells me that between us the site members have written ...
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Do we want to implement the new AI policy banner on Physics SE?

For voting purposes to determine a consensus: Yes we should add a banner. My personal preference is the first (not allowed), but we could discuss on a separate Meta question if needed.
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I am just a kid can I be on this site?

Only people aged thirteen years and older may maintain accounts. Apart from that, you're welcome to ask whatever you like. Keep in mind that we'll hold your questions to the same standards as ...
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Should history of physics questions be on topic?

Summary History questions are welcome on this site whenever they have any bearing on our modern understanding of physics. However, if a question has only minimal or null bearing on our current ...
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Stack Exchange, Prosus, Naspers, apartheid, and white supremacy

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 "...
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Stepping down and taking a break

It's hard to imagine the site without crossing paths with you frequently. I took a look at some of the stats, and you've posted almost 17,000 comments on the main site -- I can't say I've read them ...
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Somebody scraped our answers and sold them as a book

Actually, on further reflection, I don't think this is OK at all. I'm all for re-use of the Creative Commons content that I post on this site, including commercial use if people can find ways to ...
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Resigning as a moderator

I've been a contributor here for the past seven and a half years and in all that time, David Z, you have been a staple and pillar of the community. Your cool and collected moderating style has always ...
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Discouraging the use of textual screenshots in questions

I agree. Screenshots of text have no place on this site. There is simply no reason that plain text should ever be presented as a screenshot, and plenty of reasons why it shouldn't. If you want to ...
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Generalizing the homework policy

Questions which ask us to perform calculations are off topic. This is too broad. I recognize that it's intended to head off boring copied-from-homework questions like "what's the optimal angle ...
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Stepping down and taking a break

It's been a privilege to learn from you, dmckee --- both in physics and in community building. I offered a few years ago to buy you a beer if we ever found ourselves in the same town, and that offer ...
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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

YES Physics.SE should undergo a 30 day test with 3 votes required to close and reopen questions.
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28 votes
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Suspicious new user accounts?

These are spam accounts. Their about me says "spam account" because recently a couple of moderators have been editing the original content (which may get indexed by search engines and ...
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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

In a comment, Braiam asks How many of those users came back after the suspension? I looked at 16 profiles with a plagiarism mod message since January 1. (One of the suspensions on the list of 17 ...
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Should questions with obvious answers on the web be closed?

Should questions with obvious answers on the web be closed ? No, not unless they are duplicates. We do not need yet another highly subjective reason to close questions. If you think the question has ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

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Very Naive Questions

Topicality The basic problem is that thee is a conflict between what we say this site is: Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of ...
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(Almost) ten years of Physics Stack Exchange

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 ...
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Should proper English matter?

The aim of this site (or least the original aim) is to be an authoritative source of information about physics. That is, anyone with a question about physics can search this site and either find an ...
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

I have a lot of sympathy with your position and I will generally put some effort into trying to interpret questions that are awkwardly phrased. However I think it's reasonable to expect someone asking ...
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How did mathematics end up with two Stack Exchange sites, while Physics only got one?

I'll take this in roughly historical order, and to the extent that I'm aware of things and can remember them, though there is a definite danger that I'm telling the stories as we'd like to reimagine ...
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Resigning as a moderator

A huge loss for the site, not only in terms of (outstanding) moderating expertise but also in terms of institutional memory. Thank you for your years of kindness and for nurturing the site to its ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Of your 65 answers to date, you've written 59 in the last ten days. If you continued at that pace for very long, you would become one of the most prolific answerers of questions in our community. ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

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Questions with an ulterior motive

If the question itself is mainstream and merely appears to be asked "in bad faith", this is not a reason for closure. We judge questions, not their askers. However, many of these questions trot out ...
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Somebody scraped our answers and sold them as a book

I'm the creator of these books. Firstly I should say it was not my intention to break any copyright or cause any ill feeling among contributors. When initially evaluating submitting the books to ...
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