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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

I firmly applaud the stance taken by the moderators here. AI-generated text has many demonstrated problems that disqualify its use, without significant human intervention, for technical (e.g. physics!)...
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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

HNQs with $\geq 3$ answer are often protected by a moderator to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. Questions can be flagged to let moderators know that they should be ...
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Should history of physics questions be on topic?

Summary History questions are welcome on this site whenever they have any bearing on our modern understanding of physics. However, if a question has only minimal or null bearing on our current ...
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Discouraging the use of textual screenshots in questions

I agree. Screenshots of text have no place on this site. There is simply no reason that plain text should ever be presented as a screenshot, and plenty of reasons why it shouldn't. If you want to ...
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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

In a comment, Braiam asks How many of those users came back after the suspension? I looked at 16 profiles with a plagiarism mod message since January 1. (One of the suspensions on the list of 17 ...
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Very Naive Questions

Topicality The basic problem is that thee is a conflict between what we say this site is: Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of ...
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Should I avoid asking too many questions in a given time period (say, a day)?

There is no rule against asking too many questions. More questions make the site better. If you have three questions today, ask them! There are, however, rules about asking too many low-quality ...
rob's user avatar
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

Recently I've noticed a few people posting questions in rapid succession, each with a screenshot of a problem. If you look at the questions as a whole, it's obvious they've split their entire problem ...
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Which of several disagreeing answers to accept?

It isn't compulsory to accept an answer. If you feel that neither answer is acceptable then do not accept either of them. If you haven't received an answer that satisfies you then placing a bounty is ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

To discourage rapid postings of the type alluded to in the question, methinks screenshots of text should be outright banned. I can understand a screenshot of a figure, but if it can be easily done ...
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Why does this question generate so much traffic?

Oh boy. Did you take a look at the title? 8.5 billion searches take place per day on google. 10 to 20% are related to you know what… And that title has it all!
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

and then it is hard to tell if the curve is starting to increase again or stabilizing around a constant value of 7%. I don't think this is hard. It's pretty obvious to me that the duplicate closure ...
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Poor reception of 'why' questions

Not all "Why X?" questions are created equal. The appearance of the word "why?" alone tells you nothing about a question. Let's go through your examples first to see explicitly what I mean: The ...
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

I agree and would vote to reopen if the closing vote weren't a mod. Reasons: One does not know before asking the question what the answer is going to look like. Once you've seen the answer then one ...
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Why can't I post something on Physics Exchange for 2 days?

There are a set of automated quality control policies active on the site that set temporary (and no-so-temporary) bans on posting. These bans are specific to either questions or answers and are ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

10k users can see the statistics of all protected questions here. Here are some screenshots for the rest of users: Let's play a game: some of these users are human, and the rest are AI's. Which is ...
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Massive downvotes of some questions

There are some effects of highly negative score not related to reputation: A question below -4 will be pushed of the front page (i.e. what visitors see at `physics.stackexchange.com? ), cf. this meta ...
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Does 'Semiconductor Physics' have a home in Physics SE?

There’s absolutely a place for semiconductor physics questions here. I’m pretty sure I’ve asked some. Some questions on the topics you list are actually questions about electromagnetism and the ...
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Is EM theory appropriate on Physics.SE?

To address the question in the title: Is EM theory appropriate on a physics forum Yes, it is. The electromagnetism tag on this site has 12 thousand open questions. This is the second biggest tag on ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Too focused on theoretical physics? Or how come there is so little experimental physics being asked here?

There are two questions here: I am wondering is there a separate SE aimed at experimental physics No, and in my opinion there shouldn't be. The most important asset of this website is the set of ...
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

There are a few ways: If you have >3k rep, you can directly vote to reopen. This will put the question in the reopen review queue. Once in the reopen review queue, users with >3k rep can vote to ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

Accept the answer you find most helpful. It's your question, and the only criterion you need is how helpful you found the answer. It's not uncommon that someone will post an answer then someone else ...
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Discouraging the use of textual screenshots in questions

I agree that text should not be a screenshot. A link could refer to the text and the content described. That elsewhere reference refers indirectly to me, because I am not open to learning mathjax . ...
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

As long as there are new inventions and new discoveries, there will be new questions. For the network as a whole: find your favorite programming language that is less than ten years old, and search ...
rob's user avatar
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Care over closing "duplicate" questions

People should be encouraged to close questions as duplicates, but they should certainly take care to choose an appropriate duplicate target. Even if the target does have answers that correctly answer ...
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The $F=ma$ competition was February 18th, 2021

The exam is over now! Thankfully, nothing went awry on this particular site.
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Bounty on "entrance exam" question

[moderator hat off: personal opinion] We don’t close homework-like questions based on where they are from. We close homework-like questions when they are about doing some single-purpose computation (...
rob's user avatar
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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
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Why can't I post something on Physics Exchange for 2 days?

This is the message you're shown when you try to ask a question. I'm quoting it in its entirety in the hope that you read it this time: It looks like you might need a break - take a breather and come ...
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