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A place for helpful comment templates?

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 ...
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Ch-ch-ch-changing the site logo to cut out the weird arrow thing

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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Would the braket extension in MathJax v3 be appropriate and useful for this site?

Just as a place to gather votes as a clear signal: Yes, the braket extension is appropriate and useful. It should be enabled on this site whenever the MathJax version is upgraded to v3. (Vote up if ...
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Can I ask to have a block or left alone by a user?

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 ...
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Can I ask to have a block or left alone by a user?

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 ...
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Is there a way to control the font size of MathJax equations?

It seems MathJax supports size Latex commands: \tiny, \scriptsize, \footnotesize, ...
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Can we have a font which harmonizes better with MathJax?

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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16 votes

Bad behaviour from mod

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 ...
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15 votes

Can we stop closing questions as "unclear what you are asking" for OPs above certain reputation?

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 ...
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Encouraging users to read the full question

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 ...
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12 votes
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siunitx LaTeX package?

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. ...
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Why no reputation for good comment?

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 ...
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Bounty reimbursement

Voting to close bountied questions is a feature that has often been requested at mother meta, see e.g. Allow users to vote to close bountied questions. So far it has not been implemented. Being of &...
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Why do you need 50 reputation to comment on other posts?

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 ...
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11 votes

The Layman Answer Alternative

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 ...
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Maximizing potential of PSE around major announcements in physics

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 ...
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11 votes

Can we introduce the "Submit a Published Paper for Review" feature in Physics SE?

To be blunt: no. We don't have the numbers to do this effectively, not by an order of magnitude at the very least, we would be actively harming other efforts to do similar things, there's no guarantee ...
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11 votes

Bad behaviour from mod

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 ...
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what do I do if I started a bounty on accident

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 ...
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11 votes

Meta-commentary in questions should sometimes be allowed

If you're not satisfied with my answer, you're under no obligation or expectation to accept it. We all write answers that aren't accepted all the time, and I've also written many questions to which I ...
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A better system for close voting

One does not need to be an expert in quantum-mechanics to see that some of the questions are clearly subpar and need to be closed. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to use the skip button! Alternatively, ...
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Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

A large part of the purpose of closing questions is preventing them from being answered. We close questions that we do not wish to encourage on our site, and receiving answers encourages people to ask ...
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How do I find the chat room?

A direct link to the hbar chat room appears e.g. in the right margin on the front page of the physics meta site. Alternatively, the hbar chat room can be found on chat.stackexchange.com. From any ...
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Giving feedback to elaborated or useful answers

The hard truth is that sometimes you can't expect to get any praise, gratitude, or even feedback from the OP. In our Q&A format, all that the site really needs is that a question is asked and an ...
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10 votes

MathJax on Meta

Typically if MathJax is enabled on the main site, we turn it on for meta too. I'm not at all sure why it wasn't done here. No doubt there was a good reason (or at least an understandable one, such as "...
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10 votes

DISCUSSIONS section

You'll find that resistance to setting up a discussion section has a long a storied history on Stack Exchange sites going right back to Stack Overflow. The core problem is that the engine is not well ...
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How can answerers learn, if the downvotes on their answers are not justified?

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 ...
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10 votes

A request to the existing users on the issue of new users

Welcome to Physics SE. I am sorry if you have felt like the site is not welcoming to new users, but I think your feelings come from some misunderstandings of how the site works and the intent of its ...
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Is "check-my-work" defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

Yes, it should be. The site's Help pages do a lot to define the scope of what can and cannot be asked here. New users who take the trouble to go to the on-topic help should expect a reasonably-...
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