Colin McFaul
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Is this question admissable?
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12 votes

That question is definitely close-able under the rubric of "Unclear what you are asking," in addition to "too open-ended." In the comments to that question, Ben Crowell points to a meta question he ...

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Why don't we just ban homework altogether?
8 votes

I would say that our ultimate goal should be the burnination of homework. But I agree with several others who have said that that is unworkable in the short term. My experience with questions tagged ...

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What is the number in parentheses randomly changing on my chrome tab?
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6 votes

That's the number of questions with new activity since you last refreshed the page. If you click over to that tab, the top of the questions list will have a gray box with the message "1 question with ...

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Should we rename the homework tag as "problem-solving", or such?
6 votes

This is a fantastic idea. I fully support it. I have noticed the same behavior you have: people don't like calling their question "homework," especially if it isn't part of an assignment. I have taken ...

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Why is the required reputation for moderator voting so low?
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If you want to go this direction, you should also take into account recent activity. I just compared my recent activity to yours. Based on that, I think I have more of a right to vote than you do.

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Is there anyway we can require a person to write something to explain a downvote?
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I read through a few of the threads that @dmckee linked to, and I'm happy to see that what makes sense to me seems to be the consensus. I only recently earned enough rep to even cast downvotes, so I ...

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Are we clear on what the "not an answer" flag is for?
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NOTE: When I write up the first part of this, I am referring only to the context provided at the questions and answers themselves, at the time I am writing v1 of this answer. In the second part of ...

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Do you think that we need moderator elections?
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The current moderation team is doing just fine. We officially have 5 mods: David Z, dmckee, Manishearth, mbq, and Qmechanic. mbq's activity has been sporadic recently, but I see all 4 of the others ...

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Isn't "video documentaries about physics?" too broad?
1 votes

I agree, for all the reasons you listed. I have flagged and voted accordingly.

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Let's have a journal club
1 votes

The paper that partially inspired this idea was a letter in the October 24 Nature regarding a new method for using NMR to measure the temperature in a chemical reactor (It's Nature, so not Open Access,...

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Why was a meta discussion about another user's suspension deleted?
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I'd like to point two things out about the deleted discussion. It started nine months ago, and was closed 8 months ago. The OP of this question was not a member of SE when that discussion took place....

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Are questions about practical definition allowed?
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"Bias" is a funny word. There is an everyday meaning. There is a technical meaning in statistics. And there is a technical meaning in some areas of physics. There might be other fields that use the ...

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