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Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats! (In other words, upvote this if you want hats)


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(Edited to reflect the current situation) We now have the new CSS and profile page layout. Prior to this, nobody knew when it was coming (except maybe the design team, but I'm not sure if their scheduling algorithm is any more sophisticated than "what site do we feel like working on today?"). There is/was a list of sites which have had the update and those ...


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I agree with a strong caveat. The tag wiki excerpt must function as an exceptionally well-tuned tool to catch the great homework/problem-solving questions, turn the borderline cases into good questions, and prevent bad questions as far as possible. The way tag synonyms work at Ask a Question time is the following. You type in the tag you think you should ...


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Ask and you shall receive. This site is in line for CSS conversion, and, while we're in there, we'll make sure that we match the serif font in the body like Chemistry SE and Math SE. Thanks!


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I think there is one real (or at least, really potential) issue with problem-solving: it could be applied to almost every question on the site. Presumably people wouldn't go around editing it in willy-nilly, but it is likely that new users will apply it without discrimination to their questions. I'm thinking "Oh, I have a problem, and I'd like it solved". ...


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How about homework-and-exercises? It is self-explanatory, and that way we still call a spade a spade while simultaneously leave open the possibility that it might not be actual homework.


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Yeah, I think that makes sense. The question in its current form seems like just the kind of thing the new recommendation policy is designed to encourage, and we should definitely have one open question about intro QM books. (Of course we also have to make sure the answers are in shape, but that can happen whenever.) Since this is an active meta discussion ...


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Here's my go: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when they are about specific computations instead of asking about the conceptual frameworks that underlie the calculations. Homework questions can be on-topic when they are useful to a broader audience, but please read the links above carefully ...


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Absolutely. I've only been helped a few times now, but I would want to professionally acknowledge some of the most interesting answers and posters. From a practical point of view, it is also very useful. Say, for example, one of my audience members wants to dwell deeper to an answer that I cite.


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I liked the answer by @EmilioPisanty but I wanted to simplify the language a little bit (after all, there are a lot of non-native speakers and younger people active on the site) and clarify the last sentence. I used this tool to "optimise" the readability of the text. Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic on this ...


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Yes, I agree that this is a good idea. (Obviously, upvote if you agree and downvote if you don't.)


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What demonstrates a complete rejection of an idea better: A unilateral decision by a moderator to delete a answer A hail of downvotes from the community placing the answer deep in negative score territory. (And with questions a hail of downvotes plus a community close.) Further, given the number of times a week one moderator or another is accused of "doing ...


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Yes we should get rid of the theory tag.


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Yep, I've thought that this might be useful. I just didn't have any particularly good ideas for what the new tag should be. I was thinking homework-like, so let this answer be the proposal for that. (Although to be honest, I think problem-solving sounds better.)


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I can't think of anything else that the teleportation tag would be used for, at least not within the scope of actual physics (and hence of this site). Unless there is some such thing, yes, I'd say go for it. Of course there do seem to be some existing questions with the teleportation tag which quantum-teleportation would not apply to. Most of them are ...


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nmr Pro: the abbreviation is widely understood and recognized. Con: it's better to have longer tags that are self-explanatory instead of just initials.


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This is done. The volume of migrations isn't huge, but there are enough of them to demonstrate a reasonable amount of overlap - so, no need to have to bother the moderators about this.


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Let's look at some data: In the past 365 days, 15 tags have been created by users with less than 1000 reputation at the time of creation and then used more than once: Name Used User Link Created RepOnCreation ------------------------- ---- ------------------------------ ---------- ------------- klein-gordon-...


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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 "we forgot"). But I can't think of any reason that still holds given our current standards, so: $$ \mathrm{late} > \mathrm{never} $$


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Yep, this has already been proposed here, and it'll be implemented as soon as we have custom close reasons enabled. That might be happening later this week. Incidentally, the spam flag should only be used for actual spam, by which I mean purely promotional posts with no relevance to the site. Things like CIALIS VIAGRA PRON xxx.example.com!!!!1!! OK, I'm ...


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Changed the title from Balance of a spinning coin to Balance of a rolling coin, and reopened question.


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There is indeed some room for debate on whether all questions on this site must absolutely be about physics, or whether some non-physics astronomy questions are a good fit here. But this debate is irrelevant: questions on this site do not have to specify that they're about physics. The tag conveys no information. Further, it leaves the option for new users ...


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Alas, I was a little optimistic in saying that the new ad threads would be live by now. I switched Physics over to the 2015 post, so barring any caching issues, you should be seeing new ads shortly.


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nuclear-magnetic-resonance Pros: Allowed as of today. Cons: There aren't any cons. This is the solution we wanted.


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To offer something authoritative: pursuant to our discussion in chat and the strongly supported suggestion for its removal, the mods are currently working on getting this tag blacklisted. I'll update here when it is done (or if the process fails for some reason).


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I think this is a great idea. There are lots of places besides a journal article where a proper citation is appropriate, and there are lots of reasons to cite good discussions even if they don't contain "original physics". For instance, I might cite a derivation given on SE in a set of review notes, or I might provide students with a reference to a post ...


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I'm all for the general idea, but the current proposed text is a bit ambiguous. As Shog9 put it, someone looking at this may think: "Not all homework questions are allowed" ... ok; does that apply to my homework question? Naw, probably just other peoples'. Those guys homework questions are awful; they don't help me at all. Good job, site, disallowing ...


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