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Can I ask to have a block or left alone by a user?

No. You can't. Every user with the requisite rep is entitled to vote on the content you post. That's by design: we use a crowd-sourced evaluation. There may exist users that cast more downvotes than ...
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What is the policy for linking? E.g.: Why should we link to abstract pages rather than pdf files? How do we cite arXiv preprints?

There are multiple reasons why it's better to link to abstract pages rather than directly to the PDF versions: Mobile users and users with slow internet connection prefer an abstract page over a PDF ...
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Can I ask to have a block or left alone by a user?

As a user that frequents SE sites intermittently (and with less reputation than most, including yourself), please interpret my upcoming critique as independent from the high-rep user/users you believe ...
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Is there a way to control the font size of MathJax equations?

It seems MathJax supports size Latex commands: \tiny, \scriptsize, \footnotesize, ...
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Up and Down Voting a Moderator

Nope, moderators don't know who votes on their posts. We can get access to some aggregate information about votes to use for identifying fraudulent behavior. For example, if two (or more) accounts ...
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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 ...
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

I suggest paying attention to, and reading some of the suggested questions that pop up when you start to ask yours (I know this feature exists on the desktop site, maybe not mobile). This is an ...
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Editing my own stuff get me suspended?

Well, you were suspended last time around for posting low-quality questions (which are a problem because they create work and annoyance for other members of the site) and making scores of edits that ...
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Answer ban correction

Simple: don't write answers to questions that are going to get deleted. Homework questions get deleted for a reason: we don't want them here. If you answer poor-quality homework questions, you are ...
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I am having trouble improving how my questions are received

Don’t say things like “I know [whatever] due to deep research”. This is pretentious because it is obvious from your questions that you are not yet an experienced physicist, and saying this kind of ...
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Reputation decreases without reason

You are editing a lot of posts which are closed and have a negative score. Such questions are regularly deleted by an automatic deletion routine (often termed the "roomba"). When a question is ...
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Re: Downvoting with no feedback

I would interpret the downvotes on the answers to both of those questions as saying don't answer this kind of homework questions and I agree with that perspective. Providing answers to obvious do-...
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My question got closed saying that it was opinion based

While I do not speak on behalf of the other close voters, the facts are clear: If the velocity is constant, the acceleration is zero. If a quantity is constant, it does not depend on time (in this ...
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Why am I in risk of a questions ban after one duplicate and one closed question?

Deleting the questions will make it worse. One or two bad posts will not cause you to be blocked from using the site. Completely correct, you are not yet blocked. The exact algorithm is secret, ...
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(Why) does this particular question keep getting bumped up by Community?

(On a related note, the user page for Community on Meta states that it pokes up questions every hour. This is definitely false on Meta, so maybe it can be fixed?) It's true - with the caveat that it ...
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Using Comments as Answers

Good idea to make this a question so I can post my comment there as an answer: yes, this is fine. Actually, in order to avoid arguments over whether it does constitute an answer or not, I'll say this: ...
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Raising issues with the chat room

OK, there are a couple different things going on here. Potentially inflammatory posts It's certainly true that chat bystanders can often tell when a conversation is about to turn nasty. And you're ...
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How many times can I down vote a particular user over in a given time frame?

To be very frank: you shouldn't even be contemplating this questions; you should always vote the quality of the content and never the user who posted it. Nor will anyone tell you what the limits of ...
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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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What is threshold to get ban on asking questions?

It's secret, and that message is sent rather early on in most cases so you have plenty of time to improve. If you seem to actively be trying to improve, by reading the policies and cross checking, it ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I quote the comment I left on your answer: I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete answers to homework-like questions. That's why. I'm not ...
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How many times can I down vote a particular user over in a given time frame?

A few things: The user you refer to has cast quite a few votes, but only about 81.7% of them are downvotes, not 90%. Call this pedantry, but I think it's important to distinguish between claims and ...
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Why am I blocked from posting further questions?

You are currently blocked from posting further questions by the automatic question rate limiting, whose different forms I also discuss in this answer. There is nothing any user or moderator on this ...
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Why is the 'physics' tag not allowed?

Your first obstacle is that you need 1000 reputation points to create a new tag. If you think a tag is missing and don't have 1000 reputation points, you can suggest it in this meta post. If you have ...
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How work Physics.SE and Mathematics.SE about mathematical/physic question

Some suggestions: Stop using your "student" notes as a reference. We do not care where your question comes from, and unintelligible scribbles from a student are of no use to us. Stop using books/...
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Problem with deletion of comments

A large proportion of these comments were made by users who have been repeatedly told not to have lengthy discussions in comments, and not to use comments in lieu of providing an answer where they can ...
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Why are coloured parts of questions removed?

The purpose of MathJax is to make mathematical formulas easier to read, not to emphasize text parts of your posts. Use italic and bold formatting for that. A similar question was asked on Chemistry ...
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Why were my posts downvoted and closed?

I will only address your last comment here. Grammar and formatting matter. It is important that you recognize this site not only as a place to learn physics, but also (primarily?) as a place to learn ...
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Can I create two accounts?

Yes, you're allowed to create multiple accounts, but there are some restrictions on how you can use them. Let me quote the key part of that answer: if the second account allows you to do something ...
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Is it possible to search for questions that have been put on hold?

There seems to be no direct way to only search for questions 'on hold', but one can use the search word closed:yes to find all closed questions (that haven't been deleted). For an indirect way to ...
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