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Why do some people insist on one unlikely possibility?

There are a few different types of users that can be known to behave like this. Some we can do something about, some we can't, and some we can but shouldn't. The first type of user likely to exhibit ...
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(How) can we encourage non-newbie users to change away from userXXXX?

I'm undecided on whether or not it is desirable to have people change away from user<userID>. Here are some points to consider: SE is about questions and ...
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Please use gender neutral language

Thus, my question: do we, as a community, want to discourage gendered language? Or should we just leave it to the discretion of users what kind of language to use? As I understand it, this proposal ...
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(How) can we encourage non-newbie users to change away from userXXXX?

Instead of making unique names an opt-in feature, it should be default. New users can get a unique name, such as ...
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Temporal coincidences of negative votes

I don't entirely follow what you're concerned about here with respect to downvotes, but everyone can see on your profile when you last took an action on the site (subject to caching, this time is only ...
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(How) can we encourage non-newbie users to change away from userXXXX?

For me it is important that I can recognize a user in deciding whether I should chime in with an answer or not. I tend to have in my head a data base of trust in the physics level for certain users, ...
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Is this user "shadow banned" here (1 rep seems to make no sense, but there's no ban message)?

No, there is no such thing as being shadow banned on the SE network. The user in question has a question deleted as "spam or offensive," which carries a -100 reputation penalty.
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2nd place gets the bounty

You can award your bounty to whomever you like.
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Is it unreasonable to expect feedback for writing an answer from the asker?

No, it is not "unreasonable" to expect feedback on your answer, but we never require users to give feedback. The main feedback mechanism on our site are neither accept marks nor comments, they are ...
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What is the general age of users on Physics SE?

This information is not systematically collected anywhere, so the best that you can expect is a general impression. There are a few users in our chat room who occasionally reveal their age, directly ...
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Ping/Reference a user in the core text of a question

This is not a feature of Stack Exchange, and I don't really think it should be. This is covered well in this answer/question on the main Meta. This isn't really a one on one tutoring site, it's all ...
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What happened to [username removed]?

That user appears to have decided to stop visiting the site. There's some non-public information which confirms that their decision was voluntary. They had expressed an intention to return, but you ...
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