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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 you agree, down if you don't.)


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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 didn't accept answers. It's fine! The features of this site are centered around providing lasting value to future users. Meta-commentary is not useful, since ...


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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, use the review queue tag filter to focus on questions you do feel comfortable in, e.g. newtonian-mechanics and thermodynamics. Your suggestion leads to ...


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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-complete description of the main guidelines. That said, the Help pages already link directly to the guidelines on meta, and if OP can't be bothered to follow the link ...


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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 tags. This allows users the possibility to focus on the parts of the queue where they are most effective and most comfortable that they are making informed ...


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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 more questions of the same kind. For instance, if we waited to close every homework-like question until someone had given away the solution in an answer, then ...


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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'm nearing the end of an answer explaining the concepts the question gets closed. If this happens then consider posting your own version of the question, but ...


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Well... if you want clarifications you can use comments for that. Speaking for myself I downvote questions mostly because I believe they are inappropriate - poor or no prior research, easy duplicates of another question already posted, poor typesetting, downright silly. I downvote answers because at least some elements are incorrect. In both cases I want ...


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I think this is a very bad idea. When looking at answers, you should always pay attention to the content, not just who is posting it. Experienced users can be wrong, and newer users can still provide very good answers. Having the reputation system already adds bias, which you could argue is somewhat detrimental to fair voting based on content. The ...


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I think most experienced users of this site would agree that things like "$|\psi>$" often look ugly enough for one's eyes to bleed at least a little. But the minor level of annoyance from looking at that text (or the short time it takes to correct it) has to be balanced against the experience presented to new users when the site tells them that they're ...


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Your proposal concerns the underlying Q&A engine that powers all of the Stack Exchange network, so the best venue for it is the Meta Stack Exchange network-wide meta. However, that doesn't mean that it is off-topic here -- and, indeed, posting it here allows for a useful gauge of support from this site's community. SE is currently restructuring its ...


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not all metacommentary is censored; this question references and comments about multiple other Q&A's It seems that you're confused about what 'metacommentary' means. The term refers to text included in a question that refers to 'meta' aspects of that very same question, i.e. to administrative aspects of that thread that have nothing to do with the ...


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You can't bookmark an answer, but you can follow it. This is a new feature which isn't completed yet; at the moment, there's no list of followed posts in your profile, but this will be implemented soon. One of the downsides may be that you receive notifications about edits and comments on that answer; for a full list of differences, see this proposed FAQ. ...


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Ideally, questions and answers should be evaluated on their merits. I agree that the displayed score can bias subsequent votes to some degree, but that's actually inherent in the design of the Stack Exchange model. Votes are intended to send a signal to the post author (and to affect their rep), but their primary purpose is to indicate to other readers ...


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So... what exactly are you proposing that we do about it? I mean, I agree that this is undesirable behavior; while we do generally want to allow people to delete their own questions within reason, they shouldn't be able to do so when it takes away content contributed by others that may add value. SE has taken some action on this in the past, but it probably ...


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kerning, noun: in typesetting, the horizontal distance between symbols keming, noun: poor-quality kerning I've had many mentors who knew less about typesetting than I did. I put them in the same category as people whose accents are hard to understand: whether I learn from them has more to do with me than with them. Different people can have different ...


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"Function quantity" appears to be a concept confined to the Lisp programming language, and it is not widely used in physics. (If it is, then the burden is on you to show otherwise, to be blunt.) To the extent that questions about this would be on-topic here (and not just questions about programming), then they would be suitably covered by the ...


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The $\ce$ command is provided by the mhchem package, which is available in MathJax but currently not loaded by default on Physics or Physics Meta. A workaround is to use $\require{mhchem}$ somewhere in the question or answer where you need it, e.g. $$ \require{mhchem} \ce{np->d\gamma} $$ Note that, since 2019, statements like \require are local to ...


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If this is happening to you frequently, then the problem is that you have different idea of what kinds of questions are on-topic than (some of) the people who are reviewing the close-vote queue. That’s a totally normal and okay difference of opinion. The way to deal with the conflict is not employ or develop some technical countermeasure so that you can ...


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For a composite topic like quantum chaos it is recommended to use a tag combination: quantum-mechanics and chaos-theory. Tip: To find questions about, say 'quantum chaos', it is often more reliable to search directly on keywords is:q quantum chaos rather than tags (as tags are not always applied).


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Tags of this sort are known in SE parlance as "meta tags", i.e., tags which don't actually describe what the question is about, and instead describe some other ("meta") aspect of the question. As a general rule, since over a decade ago, meta tags are strongly frowned upon; see the original blog post for much of the reasoning for this. In ...


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The migration pathways can be edited if there is a good reason to, and having a lot of overlap with another site and having a lot of questions that should be migrated over are usually a good opportunity to open a dedicated migration pathway -- we have one with Math.SE, for example. The guidelines for migrating are generally: Don't migrate crap Be certain ...


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I think the links given in the close banner for closing homework like questions and check my work questions give sufficient information. These links aren't visible in the actual close banner for users who cannot vote to close questions and are not the OP. The first link is accessible through the help center. I'm looking for the second, but the first link ...


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If a question is gathering close votes, but you believe that it's worthy of being answered, then you can assist the OP in salvaging it. We don't just close questions because they are bad, or because they're duplicates. We close potentially good questions that need further work precisely to prevent answers from being posted prematurely. When a question is too ...


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I've marked this as status-deferred since it recently came up again after three years of minimal activity and interest. If someone wants this feature, let's have a fresh thread about it.


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I think it would be useful to have the MathJax help link (at Math Meta) in the Your Answer menu bar in addition to the Question Dialog. It would help both new and experienced users who are giving answers have that resource while constructing an answer. It might also help new users to realize that they should use MathJax rather than taking photos of ...


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I agree that answers should be calibrated to the level of the question, but I have to say I think a tag for this would be useless: if someone doesn't do this calibration already I doubt a tag would change that. I agree that it is quite annoying to find hifalutin answers, but one can just downvote, or upvote better calibrated answers. if the acceptance is ...


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Yes, one should consider the "difficulty level" the OP can handle. But at the same time, SE posts don't exist in a vacuum. Posts are open for all to look at and learn from. So perhaps higher level answers are helpful to way more people than the person asking the question. I think a good balance is to meet the OP where they are, but to also add any ...


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Status-declined by mother meta. If you disagree, I recommend taking it up with them. However, I personally agree with their conclusion.


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