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I happened to notice this question, and this is something I always had a strong opinion about so I figured I might as well share it: no, providing hints is not a suitable use of comments. The underlying rule I'd go by is this: in order for a comment to be appropriate as a comment, it should be implicitly or explicitly suggesting an edit to be made to the ...


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Since a question is supposed to be well researched, I would say that the type of comments you suggest are, in fact, covered in the "When should I comment?" section. Specifically these two points are relevant: Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post; Add relevant, but minor or transient, information to a post (e.g....


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If a user wants to delete an answer of theirs, we usually assume good faith. Perhaps they've decided their answer is wrong, in which case we definitely want them to be able to remove them. In the unusual case that an answer is deleted that demonstrably should not have been , the answer can be flagged for moderator attention by any user who notices the ...


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In general: Bottom line: I think that the substance of op's question is excellent even though the actual presentation of it is not so great. Then edit the post to bring the presentation up to an acceptable level. Bad presentation is absolutely a good reason to close questions. If you find a question that you care about which you think has a good substance ...


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David Z, I've not been participating much on Physics Stack Exchange much for years now, so I was most disheartened to come back exactly one day after you retired! You have been an amazing and vital support to this site for more years than you probably care to admit. I wish you the best on any new endeavors!


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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 current amicable atmosphere.


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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 represented our site well and I have no doubt that your input has been instrumental in shaping us into a community that can be respected as a source of physics ...


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It totally deserved to be closed. Indications are that the OP wanted something short and quick, possibly because of some deadline on a test or an exam. Moreover there is no way to answer this question using physics principles, so it is better suited to MathSE than PSE.


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I answered the question before it was closed (although I think Buraian’s excellent answer is better than mine) and I voted to reopen it after it was closed. The reason given for closing was “off-topic”, but that is nonsense. The concept of a vector, the important distinction between a vector and its components relative to a given co-ordinate system, and the ...


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I voted to close the question for the reason that it belongs on Mathematics SE. The main closure reason was the homework reason, which I do disagree with. I think this question aligns more with the "needs detail and clarity" reason. To address some misconceptions: however I do think that what the actual substance of the question is actually high ...


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I think I should have some sort of indicator that my editing is seen as valuable to the site, unless of course, this site doesn't actually value people sending time to edit and fix questions. There are many things one can do that are valuable to the site that don't give you reputation, for example leaving useful comments, spending time in the various queues,...


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As a Q&A site it makes sense that the fastest way to earn reputation is by asking and answering good questions. Note that once you hit 2,000 reputation you will stop receiving reputation points for edits anyway since your edits no longer require approval.


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To paraphrase this answer, if a full and complete answer to the question is "yes", the question is probably off-topic. I would suggest one way to ask a "check-my-understanding" question is to submit the question as a question, on its own, and at the same time to submit your current understanding as an answer. You would want to be up-...


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The tooltip on the downvote button is "this question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful", which I think is a good description of what we should be using the downvote button for. And I do believe that it's possible for bad writing to make a question not useful, if the writing severely interferes with understanding it. In ...


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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 authoritative answer or ask a new question and hopefully receive an authoritative answer. And I think this has worked well. The quality of many of the answers on ...


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