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Suspicious new user accounts?

These are spam accounts. Their about me says "spam account" because recently a couple of moderators have been editing the original content (which may get indexed by search engines and ...
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Is it acceptable to quote a Nazi claim on Physics SE?

People can put anything they want in the bio section of their profiles, except for egregious hate speech and pornography. The mere fact that a quote was said by a Nazi, or is attributed to a Nazi, ...
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

Is this OK with you, having reputable physicists (like Cosmas Zachos and Valter Moretti or Urs Schreiber to name a few) alongside crackpots? That's the wrong question. Let's suppose I'm not "OK" with ...
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Account suspensions

Suspensions go to people who break the rules of the site, are warned about it, and don't stop. There is no requirement that the user does not contribute to the site in a valuable way - or in other ...
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Is this user a spammer?

We prefer to reserve “spammer” for users who use their Stack Exchange accounts to post marketing links here. It’s not really any of our business if a user has a Twitter account which is used for ...
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Has Physics.SE had this same trolling experience?

I'm promoting this comment by knzhou to an answer: We get worse questions every day. Downvote, flag, and move on.
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

Users are allowed to put what they want in their user profiles, within reason. Generally speaking, users are allowed to put whatever the heck they want in their user profile. This includes links, ...
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A very active (new) user suddenly disappeared. What happened?

User accounts can be deleted for two reasons: Deletion is requested by the user while logged in Moderators delete an account because it is used to violate a site policy as a sock puppet. Examples ...
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Is promoting external websites in user profiles forbidden?

You can put whatever you want in your profile. (barring NSFW or generally offensive material, though the rules are pretty lax on that too) Sure, feel free to link to Quora there :)
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Why do we have a profile page and an ability to chat if SE is not a social network?

The distinction between having social features (like a profile page and chat) and being a social network is also discussed in this mother meta question and in particular this answer. Jeff Atwood ...
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Dissociate an account from a question

You need to use the contact link and explicitly request dissociation. See this meta post for more information. Note also that you cannot delete questions with positively scored answers anyway.
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Reputation of the user increased without activity

Users that have (or had at one time) more than 200 reputation on any site in the network are granted an association bonus of 100 reputation on every other site.
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'Stalking', Reverse-Voting and the scope of "Serial Downvoting" Confusion

The standard reference for this is What is serial voting and how does it affect me? at Meta Stack Exchange. Note in particular that it does not give specifics on what will and will not trigger a ...
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Is it acceptable to quote a Nazi claim on Physics SE?

I could understand including the quotation, "There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph." Firstly, forget who said it - how is the ...
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Transfer answer from duplicate unregistered user account

Please use the "Contact" link in the footer of the page and choose "I need to merge user profiles" as the reason and explain your case. SE will handle the merge manually.
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Users with identical names

It's not much of a problem. While there may be users sharing a display name with you (many, if your name is Chris or rob), it's unlikely there are other prominent users that share a display name with ...
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Many deleted users

It's probably a coincidence. 155 users were deleted and 46 destroyed by moderators, but that doesn't include self-deletions. I don't know of any way to get specific numbers of how many users delete ...
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What happened to my account on Physics Stack Exchange?

This occurred because your account was deleted on Physics.SE. If you believe this action is in error and you have not received a message from the moderators or the staff, use the Contact form to ...
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'Stalking', Reverse-Voting and the scope of "Serial Downvoting" Confusion

If you go through the profile of a user to find interesting posts, you should try to avoid voting on their posts. Because you're selecting posts by user, this distorts the voting compared to when you ...
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How long does it take to get an account deleted?

Someone at Stack Exchange HQ will need to verify and process your request, so you will probably need to wait at least until Monday during business hours.
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Where are user profile fields?

Easy: Click on your profile on the topbar (whilst on main page, not meta) Click "edit" located under "Questions" (same line as your name) Fill out items as necessary
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Where are user profile fields?

I image that you expected to provide something for "age", "location" and "website". Note that there is nothing that enforces honesty in these values (e.g. my location) or that they are particularly ...
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I cannot access my Phys.SE account because I forgot my username/password. What to do?

(I work for Stack Exchange) Just contact us directly to handle this. Fixing it requires us asking you for additional information that needs to be given privately, so it's best handled via email. Give ...
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I cannot access my Phys.SE account because I forgot my username/password. What to do?

The way to bring it to the attention of a moderator is to post here (or ping one of us in chat), but we can't help you in this way. Revealing personal information like this would be a violation of the ...
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'Stalking', Reverse-Voting and the scope of "Serial Downvoting" Confusion

So my question is, are we indeed allowed to look through similar people's history and read their questions, and vote accordingly? Or is this not to be done? In theory, you shouldn't do that. In ...
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'Stalking', Reverse-Voting and the scope of "Serial Downvoting" Confusion

I'm not sure on the algorithm exactly but I have a feeling if you go to a link, read the question carefully, read all the answers carefully, and then vote up the answers that are useful and vote down ...
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Is promoting external websites in user profiles forbidden?

To expand on what Manishearth said and address the last part of the question: the guidelines on what constitutes excessive self-promotion are outlined in the help center. Avoid overt self-promotion. ...
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My last question - how do I unsubscribe?

Use the contact us link at the bottom of the page and choose the reason "I need to delete my user profile", then follow the instructions (if any) that you receive. It may take a few days for the ...
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Offensive user name

There's no way to flag an account, but you can flag one of the user's posts for moderator attention and explain in the message. Of course, now that you've brought it to our (mods') attention by ...
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

I'm not going to bother going over the SE network policy on profiles again, since two answers already have. Is this OK with you, having reputable physicists (like Cosmas Zachos and Valter Moretti ...
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