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With all of the other vote-controlled mechanisms on SE, you have every bit of information you need to vote. For example, wrt closing and reopening, you can see the post and all the comments. You're not making a blind decision. In this case, the suspension details (the warnings, the exact offence, etc) are private and only viewable by moderators (and the ...


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I had never seen that before, but now I will never un-see it. I vote to remove it in the redesign.


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The offensive comment from Fawad has been deleted, but as a room owner I can see it and I can confirm that Fawad told ACuriousMind to shut the fuck up. I think Fawad should consider himself very lucky not to be banned for an extended period.


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Suspensions are private, and in some cases like vote fraud most of the details have to remain private at all times. The users voting to undo a suspension don't have access to all the information about the incident, how are they supposed to make a reasoned judgement without knowing what exactly happened? When a user is suspended, a lot of the information ...


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No. You can't. Every user with the requisite rep is entitled to vote on the content you post. That's by design: we use a crowd-sourced evaluation. There may exist users that cast more downvotes than up, and that is allowed. It just means that user has very stringent standards of quality; as long as those standards are applied evenly the user is free to ...


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As a user that frequents SE sites intermittently (and with less reputation than most, including yourself), please interpret my upcoming critique as independent from the high-rep user/users you believe are targeting you. You seem to be intentionally ignoring the community's critique, falsely assuming that you are the victim. I appreciate your curiosity - it ...


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The argument of the StackExchange folks against meta tags is reasonable in most cases, but it doesn't apply here in my opinion. Jeff Atwood quoted 2 arguments against meta tags here, but neither applies very well to this proposal. Shog9 wrote: I think the [subjective] tag is useless at best and actively harmful at worst. Useless, because for all the ...


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Ask and you shall receive. This site is in line for CSS conversion, and, while we're in there, we'll make sure that we match the serif font in the body like Chemistry SE and Math SE. Thanks!


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There is nothing about rep that magically makes some whose first language isn't English suddenly become a master at the language. Nor is there some way rep prevents someone from asking a meaningless question. So, to the titular question, No, there should not be a rep threshold for unclear question. What should be done in cases of unclear questions, ...


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This is a technical writing problem, and it is your problem as the author. Start with a good, representative title. If your title reads like a different or simpler question than you intend then you have communicated something other than what you intended. If you can't state the question in the title there is a good chance you are trying to cram too much ...


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I use the AutoReviewComments userscript with the following comments: [Q] Too broad Please only ask one question per post - only ask several if they are so closely related that it wouldn't make sense to split them up since they cannot reasonably be answered separately. That way, answerers that might be able to answer one question but not the others ...


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To me personally it was always clear that astronomy (containing observational and theoretical astrophysics for example) IS physics, such that it would not be necessary to add it to the logo of physics SE. But after rethinking and discussing this a bit with my office mate (he is an astrophysicist), I'm no longer too opposed to adding astronomy to the logo ...


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There's been an awful lot said here already, so I'm gonna cut to the chase: popular-science is clearly a meta tag, in the same way that homework is a meta tag - it can't stand alone when describing a question. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad or should be removed though. [popular-science], like [homework] has value in describing the sorts of answers ...


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We give the short indication on the profile to avoid the Streisand effect, so other users get a general idea of why an account was suspended. The user that was suspended is always welcome to contact us (the Stack Exchange team) to let us know if they feel the suspension was unwarranted or excessive. There are checks and balances on everything that community ...


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It seems MathJax supports size Latex commands: \tiny, \scriptsize, \footnotesize, \small, \normalsize (default), \large, \Large (capital "L"), \LARGE (all caps), \huge, \Huge (capital "H") Which go from smallest to largest. A quick test showed that \large or \Large worked rather well for the equation you have above (getting larger might be just too much). ...


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For the record: I asked you to not ping users in chat who hadn't shown any indication of being interested in being pinged by you: Please do not ping random users in an attempt to get a question answered. If someone wants to answer your question, they will do so on their own. -- link to transcript The (currently) four stars on the message suggest that ...


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To be perfectly clear: We expect you to take responsibility for your actions. This includes every one of your actions on this site, but in this particular context, it's worth emphasising that it includes setting bounties, allowing other people to access your account, and lying or other deceptive behaviour. If you set a bounty and then regretted the ...


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We are not a forum, but a question and answer site. It is not the aim of the SE model to encourage debate, but to provide (more or less) definite answers to definite questions. Though comments may contain worthwhile information, reputation is granted for contributions towards good questions and answers. Comments are transient by design, and subject to ...


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Just from a brief look at this, it seems to me like a bad idea to enable it, for several reasons. It changes the behavior of various commands. Example: \sin\left(\frac{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{2}}}{2}\right) $\sin\left(\frac{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{2}}}{2}\right)$ \sin(\frac{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{2}}}{2}) $\sin(\frac{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{2}}}{2})$ ...


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Absolutely. I've only been helped a few times now, but I would want to professionally acknowledge some of the most interesting answers and posters. From a practical point of view, it is also very useful. Say, for example, one of my audience members wants to dwell deeper to an answer that I cite.


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If you convince your administrator to enable mhchem here – chemistry.SE does have it – then you could make use of MathJax/mhchem's \pu command. $1.38 \times 10^{-23} \, \mathrm{J\,K^{-1}}$ could then be written as \pu{1.38E-23 J K^-1} See how it renders at chemistry.SE. Background information: MathJax is a LaTeX implementation, written in JavaScript. ...


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And what would such a flag do? Alert the moderators? What if they lack sufficient expertise in the flagged topic to make a good call? Alert high-rep users? So that they can... criticize the post for you? Perhaps a better idea would be to just indicate publicly that the post was flagged. We could even maintain a count of the number of such flags, and display ...


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It's unfortunate to hear that you are so personally offended. I assure you that the people who implemented this policy were probably not aware of your existence when they made it, so I hope that knowledge helps to lessen the amount you feel personally insulted. The sad reality is that this policy works extremely well. 50 reputation points is not difficult ...


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I won't give my opinion on this directly, but I would like to point out the site description from the first line of the Tour page: Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics and astronomy. So, I would read that to mean that answering questions for the layman (qualified in your post as ...


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I'm not a big fan of live Q/A because I don't think they produce really good answers. Personally I find a good answer requires me to go offline for a few minutes and think about exactly what is being asked and the best strategy for answering it. However I think the chat session worked really well and was very enjoyable. many thanks to everyone involved. ...


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Is there a way for moderators to act as intermediaries between users who provide an answer, and users who have downvoted said answer? As a moderator, that's not a job that I want. Users who can't communicate in a civil manner with each other on our site can spend their time elsewhere. This is a great community, but it's not the only place to talk to ...


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Every user is able to provide whatever details they would like in the "about me" section of his/her profile. The full text can be viewed by visiting the user's profile. If the user has earned enough Rep, we will show a summary of their profile when their usercard is hovered over as part of a user. With this, we highlight more about a user. Stack Exchange, ...


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This will be the official "poll" answer: vote this up if you agree that the logo should be changed, down if you disagree. In the latter case it would be great if you can express your reasons for disagreeing in a comment. A rough conception of what the modified logo could look like is provided in the question. This is not a finalized design, so please do not ...


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Bans and suspensions need to be carried out by moderators. There's no correlation between someone's ability to answer/ask physics questions and their social intelligence. Moderators, on the other hand, are usually judged by a community over a long period of time as possessing a character which enables them to consistently deal with people in a calm, fair ...


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