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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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 ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

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 ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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 ...
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Badly formatted questions and answers

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 ...
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Can we do better at reducing bike-shedding?

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 ...
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Can I get a warning before I am suspended?

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 ...
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Can we do better at reducing bike-shedding?

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 ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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 ...
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How should we deal with upvoted incorrect answers?

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 ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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 ...
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Badly formatted questions and answers

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. ...
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Will I still get banned?

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 ...
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Does it matter if answers are correct?

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 ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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 ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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 ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

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" ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

I think we should leave them be, because the downvotes make it clear that it is wrong, and showing that something is wrong is useful information. For example, if I read an answer that retells "...
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How should we deal with upvoted incorrect answers?

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 ...
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