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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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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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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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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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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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What do you think about editors editing your English form in the questions?

Edits that improve the grammar or spelling of posts are unquestionably welcome. StackExchange sites generally have a far weaker notion of "ownership" of posts than many other websites, and ...
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Bug in MathJax rendering using Chrome?

Yes, it is a problem with macOS. To fix it, Right-click on some of the misrendered MathJax. Click on "Math Settings". Click on "Math Renderer". Click on "Common HTML".
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How is a moderator's job?

It's not anywhere near a full-time job. We only receive about a dozen flags for moderator attention daily. Most of them require very little of our time. A lot of our activity on the site is organic- ...
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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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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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How is a moderator's job?

Everyone who is a moderator on the Stack Exchange network is completely voluntary and there is no pay. You may see employees with moderation privileges, but being an employee is not the same as being ...
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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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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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Do we have to be nice to chatbots?

I primarily deleted this as it was an answer to a closed question. Comments should be used to suggest changes to a post, not to answer them. The rudeness did affect my decision somewhat. I was not ...
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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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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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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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"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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Has activity on Physics Stack Exchanged decreased over the years?

While I cannot share specifics of the activity data available to moderators in public, it should not be true that the majority of content is older than 2016. We're not dead yet! But due to our ...
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Some doubts about the coherence between rules and practice

I also think the question you refer to is a good conceptual question and I voted to reopen. Opinions differ and people will fall on different sides of the line but one strength of this community is ...
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Asking if a post deleted on MathOverflow could be suitable for the main site Physics Stack Exchange

No, "Is there a crisis in physics?" is both too broad ("in physics" can mean anything from metereology to quantum gravity) and too opinion-based/unclear (it is not clear what ...
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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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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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Should new tags only be created when **no** other tags apply, or just generally when there's not one that applies to a given relevant topic?

Well, if you have the privilege to create new tags, you can use it. The idea is that if other users find your tag useful, they'll start adding it to other questions, and if they don't, they won't. The ...
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Do we have to be nice to chatbots?

I didn't delete your comment, and I haven't discussed it with the moderator who did. If you believe that a chatbot has passed Stack Exchange's captchas and is posting on its own, that is a much more ...
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My comment was deleted while an identical, later posted comment was kept?

Your flag comment (about the duplicate) was automatically deleted by the community bot when the question was closed as a duplicate. The other comment presumably used a format that the software didn't ...
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