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This is my view as a long-time user, not as a moderator. It's only my perspective and doesn't represent the views of the other mods. BLUF: We need to grow organically, systematically, and create the environment in which that happens. We need to find the diamonds in the rough. I think the challenge in these conversations we've had over the years is that we ...


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I don't think there is much you can do beyond what you have discussed and what is already in place. You just have to trust the users looking at the question to be responsible to look for duplicates first (this one is hard to trust at times), give good answers, vote appropriately, and go through the close vote queues to agree on duplicate votes already cast. ...


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I used to be of the opinion that we should keep such low quality answers since it's at least an attempt to answer the question, as misguided as the answer may be. But after talking with other members and thinking on it more, I have come to realize that these types of not-even-wrong answers should be deleted because leaving them would provide a platform for ...


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The primary way we influence behavior on Stack Exchange sites is by voting. If you think that a question's formatting makes it unclear or not useful, a downvote is appropriate. If you have the energy to suggest fixes to such questions, whether as comments or as suggested edits, then by all means do! If you lack that energy, just move on to something else.


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One thing we can do is be liberal with downvotes, in order to keep inappropriate questions off the front page, where they deter casual visitors with high standards from sticking around. I'm always a bit surprised and a bit disappointed when I find a two-hour-old question that already has three close votes, but still has zero downvotes. With very few ...


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No. The algorithm for automatic low-quality suspensions is intentionally not public to avoid users gaming it, and manual suspensions (i.e. those issued by moderators and not the SE engine) rarely carry a warning with them for the same reason. Particularly if a user already has been suspended in the past for the same behaviour, a warning is unlikely. They ...


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There are different restrictions that may be imposed upon you, partly based on the performance of your previous posts: General rate limiting: Users below 125 reputation can often only ask one question every 40 minutes network-wide, cf. this meta.SE post. Low-quality rate limiting: If your questions or answers are poorly received, a rolling rate limit ...


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Let's say, for example, that someone creates an answer based on flat-earth nonsense and it were highly upvoted and accepted. Would that be OK? I mean, the nature of the universe is not a popularity contest. "A million Elvis fans can't be wrong" is surely a fallacy and that's especially true when it comes to physics. The alt-text over the upvote button says ...


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There are no flags for this situation by design. The purpose of flagging is to bring a post which requires moderator action to the attention of the moderators (though it may make its way through a review queue first), and moderators do not judge correctness. These are all the ways I can think of to deal with an incorrect answer: Downvote Comment to say ...


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I’m gonna put it out there that the direction of the mother company is to broadly increase the user base, not the number of professionals. You can draw whatever conclusion you want from this, but for my part I will claim that there is bound to be some friction between a goal to increase/not lose professionals and the broader increase in user base. I will ...


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Badly phrased questions (or answers) - for whatever reason - should attract downvotes. I personally avoid editing such questions lest it could be perceived as implicitly encouraging poor postings. The problem of impatience of some users who care not about correct presentation of their posts cannot be solved by mere mortals in a finite amount of time.


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I think the situation you mention is best described by the idiom "If you can't beat it, lead it". People who would be able to find a duplicate, or downvote a poor answer, are confronted with a crowd of new users coming from the HNQ link, who typically have 101 rep and for this reason cannot downvote or VTC, even if they agree. All they can do is upvote. ...


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You can't be "liberal with downvotes" when you only have one per post, and AFAIK serial downvoting is some sort of SE crime in any case. The thing that annoys me most on SE (not just this site) are a few members (I'm not going to name them) who regularly post answers that are somewhere between poor and wrong. If I had nothing better to do, I could post a ...


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Suspensions for low quality contributions are generally tied to a large number of downvoted and/or closed questions (relative to the total number of questions the user has asked, of course). So if you want to know this: Could you point out the questions that constitute a 'low-quality' contribution and why? I would throw the question back at you: which of ...


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This is just one factor among many, but I believe that one of the main things that would need to change to attract and retain professional physicists is the somewhat narrow definition of "physics" that the site has developed over the years. Let me explain: I don't know if it's just because of the company I keep, but virtually every professional physicist I'...


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I debated whether or not to post this; I'm not a long-time user and have little standing in this community, and the question may be inactive anyway. But while I saw bit and pieces (especially from knzhou), I didn't really see the following perspective stated very clearly, so I thought I'd give it a shot. My apologies if this is redundant or doesn't add ...


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Pro or not, people who are into physics are into physics for the physics, not for energy spent on and arguments about question curation or refinement. Look for ways that Physics SE is a little bit more like waking down the hall, grabbing a piece of chalk and posing a question, and a little bit less like, well, arguments about question curation or ...


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If I see a question starting to take off, how can I prevent this situation from happening? This will certainly attract disagreement but, on my view, the desire of one ('I') to have the power here to prevent said situation is damning. I'm all for discouraging, through rational argument and pointed comment, behavior one finds wrong or inappropriate here ...


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