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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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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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Why does this question generate so much traffic?

Oh boy. Did you take a look at the title? 8.5 billion searches take place per day on google. 10 to 20% are related to you know what… And that title has it all!
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Ban-evading user who posts nonsense

The lesson here is "don't feed the trolls" This probably won't be something that can be solved easily or quickly, or maybe at all. It's a fact that in wider society there are people who ...
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Is telling a user that they can publish their non-mainstream ideas on viXra.org inappropriate?

I think I was the mod who deleted that comment. I did so based on my understanding that posting anything to viXra is likely to seriously damage someone's chance of being taken seriously in the ...
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"No chit-chat" vs. "Always be polite"

This is a non-issue. ${}{}{}{}$
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Is telling a user that they can publish their non-mainstream ideas on viXra.org inappropriate?

Just to say this out loud: the existence of viXra (and the possibility to post there) is not something that should be hidden from people. I think it is perfectly acceptable to post comments mentioning ...
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What to do with a horrible question haunting my question record?

Just continue to participate in the site in a constructive way, and don't worry about one deleted question. If your early participation includes lots of downvoted/closed/deleted questions, you may ...
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"No chit-chat" vs. "Always be polite"

My opinion is that social pleasantries in questions and answers should be strongly discouraged and edited out as needed (especially as part of a more significant edit). This site is not a forum/thread ...
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Moderators close questions as "homework-like" excessively

As someone that spends time closing many of these questions, there is nothing wrong with questions that are “homework-like” in an absolute sense. The problem is when the question either displays ...
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What the Heck is going On in Physics SE?

If you see questions that deserve to be closed or deleted, please use the appropriate flags to put them into the review queues. Likewise for closed questions which deserve to be re-opened.
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What to do when a non-duplicate question has the answer?

If the questions are not duplicates, they should not be closed as duplicates. Of course there is interpretational leeway in how similar questions need to be to justify closing one as the duplicate of ...
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Is direct criticism of another answer in your own answer ok?

There are many posts on this site where users write something along the lines of "this extends SoAndSo's answer" or "this complements SoAndSo's answer," so it seems reasonable that ...
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If the current system of closing questions functions well, why are there particularly well-received questions that are closed?

If the current system of closing questions functions well, why are there particularly well-received questions that are closed? ... And how can such a system possibly be justified when questions are ...
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"No chit-chat" vs. "Always be polite"

Social pleasantries in questions and answers are inappropriate.
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Is "needs details or clarity" too subjective to be a useful closing criterion?

There is a difference between "I can tell what this question is asking" and "The question is perfectly specific and clear". Remember: Questions should be useful for other users on ...
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One of moderators keeps deleting one last single comment with the crucial piece of information, that clearly explains, why the given answer is wrong

Several moderators deleted your comments on ProfRob's answer because you left 17 of them without anyone else commenting in between. Comments are not for extended conversations, even if only with ...
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Is direct criticism of another answer in your own answer ok?

Is direct criticism of another answer in your own answer ok? I think such references should be avoided (and are often annoying to me). They should be avoided for the same reasons that any distraction ...
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Moderators close questions as "homework-like" excessively

This question shows a couple of misunderstandings about how this site operates and its mission. But there is also a grain of truth. First: the “homework closures” you mention are not done by ...
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If I see a question mentioning an AI as the source, should I modify it?

The linked question seems like a good candidate for an exception to our broad preference to avoid chatbot/LLM-generated text in questions and answers, if only because the chatbot seems in this case to ...
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Why was Yearling badge awarded twice 3 days apart?

If you are idle for two years and then return, each 200 reputation points appear to give you a Yearling badge until all of your unclaimed years are used up. (I don't know this for a fact, but it's ...
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If the current system of closing questions functions well, why are there particularly well-received questions that are closed?

This is a good point but I think you are confusing a general good question with a good question for this site. I agree the question is interesting and it comes as no surprise (to me at least) that it ...
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"Serial downvoting" because of multiple terrible answers to the same question

A good question, in the Stack Exchange model, is one that has definitive answers. If a user writes three different answers to the same question, either the user doesn't understand what it means for a ...
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Suggestions for the design of a font for physics

Asking such a question on the physics site would surely get it downvoted and closed rather quickly as: it's not actually about physics (and probably not even a tool a physicist would use unless it is ...
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Why is there a difference between the Stack Exchange sites Mathematics and Physics?

I have a question. Why Physics StackExchange does not encourage homework like questions while Math StackExchange does, or in the very least, does not close those questions. We've had attempts (on ...
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Please Review Whether Moderation Appropriately Flagged Question As "Off-Topic" Or Whether Flag Was Politically Motivated

So first, I know that facts get in the way of good stories but let's agree that no moderator was involved in the closure or comments of your question ont the main site (at least at the time of this ...
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"No chit-chat" vs. "Always be polite"

I have a vague recollection of an increased tolerance for thank-you comments and the like during the era of Let's Be More Welcoming. At that time (among other issues), new folks would reply to ...
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Etiquette for reposting a question deleted by original poster

If someone doesn't want something associated with their name, then don't recreate that thing and associate their name with it. We never know why people delete things.
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Does Physics Stack-Exchange monitor questions for sensitive information?

As a commenter writes: knowing what to share and what to keep silent about is the responsibility of persons who maintain security clearances. Those people are unlikely to answer your question. I know ...
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Would I get judged on this site?

People down-vote bad answers, so that could impair your ability to post on the site at all, as there's a more-or-less secret internal formula the system uses to decide if a poster is so bad (or badly ...
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