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49 votes

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.
26 votes

A place for helpful comment templates?

I use the AutoReviewComments (briefly discussed here) userscript with the following comments: Too broad Please only ask one question per post ā€” only ask several if they are so closely related that it ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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23 votes

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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
22 votes

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.
N. Virgo's user avatar
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18 votes

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 ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
17 votes
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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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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 ...
John Rennie's user avatar
15 votes
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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 ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
12 votes
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siunitx LaTeX package?

If you convince your administrator to enable mhchem here ā€“ chemistry.SE does have it ā€“ then you could make use of MathJax/mhchem's \pu command. ...
mhchem's user avatar
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12 votes

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 ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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12 votes

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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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 ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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11 votes

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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
11 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 ...
BioPhysicist's user avatar
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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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11 votes
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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, donā€™t be afraid to use the skip button! Alternatively, ...
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11 votes

Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

I sympathise because I have had this happen to me. In the past I have seen a homework question and thought that even though it was homework there was a nice conceptual discussion to be had. Then as I'...
John Rennie's user avatar
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 "...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
10 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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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 ...
rob's user avatar
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10 votes

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-...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
10 votes

A better system for close voting

This is already possible via a different system: the close-vote review queue already comes with the possibility to filter the questions it can show you. This can be on the close reason and on the ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
9 votes

Serial up and down voting by a moderator

Voting by moderators works exactly the same way it works for other users, and moderators are subject to the same voting restrictions as other users. The serial voting detection and reversal mechanism ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
9 votes

Dismissal of Non-Homework Question

The closure/on hold banner, which was posted under your question when it was put on hold (and politely linked to in a comment beforehand), contains a link to this site's guidelines for homework and ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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 ...
StephenG - Help Ukraine's user avatar
8 votes

Why are homework questions not given proper answers and they don't have much value here?

At this point I have written and erased several strongly worded paragraphs expressing my intense frustration with the entitlement expressed in your question. You seem to assume that our purpose here ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
8 votes

Can a new physical science SE for beginners in physics be created?

Such a question is not in scope for this particular Meta site, but can be proposed over at Area 51, which is where Stack Exchange sites are proposed. Note that there have been similar proposals (a ...
Kyle Kanos's user avatar
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8 votes
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Vote locked in till the answer or question is edited

You can get notified when posts are edited by using the Stack Overflow Extras extension script. However it's been declined on the mother meta. If you were able to change your vote on a post as much ...
David Z's user avatar
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8 votes
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A new flag: "not-constructive"

If it's vague, flag/vote to close as Unclear What You're Asking. If you think it should be closed but none of the canned reasons fit, then flag/vote to close with a custom reason. If five 3k+ users ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar

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