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Is it me or is the favicon shimmering?

You know, the logo on the tabs. It starts to shimmer and look a bit more green for tabs on the main page when left too long. Is this an intentional design change? Or am I just sleep-deprived?
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How to get the only answer marked as correct

I have answered a question here. It is the only answer to a reasonably up-voted question (+7), but it has not been selected as the correct one. Short of tracking down the original poster, is there any ...
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Should I avoid posting comments to simply say “Thanks” or “It has been helpful (+1)”?

I very often feel the need of posting a comment to simply say thanks for some idea in a comment, like a nice reference or a pedagogic suggestion, or simply to remark that the answer I accepted was the ...
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Is it correct to a ask a question in PSE and in other sites like Physics Forums? I suppose that there shouldn't be any problem, but I can be thought as favouring the competence, althought Physics ...
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A distinctive mark for the most voted answer

Yes, the most voted answer floats to the top. But somehow the green mark is indirectly telling the (specially casual, unregistered) reader something like "this one is better". I think it would be ...
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What is defination of ACTIVE?

Here is the BETA badge which says: Actively participated in the private beta. What is the active here?
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Auto-delete spam

Nowadays, there is a big wave of questions from black-magic spammers. What if there could be an option like auto-delete user or prevent-spammer as he tries to post phrases like "black-magic, +91 ...
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Should I accept an answer that merely includes a link to a source for the (exact and detailed) solution?

When an answer provides a link to a document , website , etc. that includes a complete and exact treatment of the problem, but the answer itself has nothing in it's body (just the link), should I ...
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What reputation is needed to flag as spam?

We seem to be getting a rush of spam this morning. I see the spams quickly earn lots of downvotes but remain present. Since only 6 spam flags are required to delete the post I'm a bit surprised they ...
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Question with two, three right answers?

I have a little dilemma. There is simple question that came up in my actual research that I'd like to ask, but I think it's forbidden by stackexchange rules, because it has more than one correct ...
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is there no way to block spam coming from variable new users with the same nonsense?

The past days spam appears under variable user names. Is there no way to block it? IP addresses? phone numbers in content? I just got a response when i tried to post only the first sentence that : ...
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Can we have a graphing tool for Physics.SE?

Post linked with this MSO post Graphing tool is very important for answering and asking some questions in Physics. Graphing tool must include the function plotting and drawing some free shapes. ...
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What can I do if I note closevotes on a perfectly good question but have no access to the reopen / close queues?

What can I do, if I note that perfectly good questions are closevoted but still open, and I dont have access to the reopen / close queues? Having access to these higher rep review queues, I could ...
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Should something be done about the misspelling of (e.g., Nobel laureates') names?

I enjoy having this name. It makes me feel proud if someone handles it right.1 The name 't Hooft is quite often misspelled on the main site. At least 12 questions/answers with tHooft At least ...
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Why did this post get downvoted? Dodgy Physics?

I wrote an answer to a question about temperature and dimensional analysis. I am skeptical about the motivations. I cannot see at the moment if it was not just a random downvote by someone having fun. ...
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What kind of [education] questions should we allow?

I've seen questions about how to study physics or how physics should be taught being dealt with in a variety of ways. Some get downvoted, some get closed by moderators while others are even answered ...
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Change of policy: Make reasons for suspensions public

There have been a couple of controversial suspensions or bans now on this site. Current rules prevent the moderators from giving details of suspensions. This is bad, because it raises suspicions and ...
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What's a Good RSS program for a Macbook Pro [closed]

I have used RSS feeds on other websites before and in the past I'd just use Mail on my Macbook to hook up to these RSS feeds. Whenever new updates would come through I'd get the update as an email. ...
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How do I format a physical quantity (unit of measurement + numerical value)?

I tried $I = 1 v / R$ but v looks like a factor rather than unit of measurement. Does tex work in meta?
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Moderators, could you please explain why Dilation has just got banned?

Yes, he has been critical of over-moderation on the physics SE but as far as I could see he was always polite and respectful about it. I cannot see why this alone should have got him banned? What have ...
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Why do i see a question in pink color?

Why is the question in the mid colored pink? I have been watching this from about an hour or so.
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How can I downvote or counteract in any (democratic) sense the creation of the Astronomy and Astrophysics site?

Tell me this isn't happening... The Astronomy and Astrophysics site is in the commitment phase at 65%. That site is going to bring fragmentation and general loss of quality to the Physics site. Just ...
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siunitx LaTeX package?

It's a drag having to type things like $1.38 \times 10^{-23} \, \mathrm{JK^{-1}}$ all the time. Would it be possible to have the siunitx package installed on this site? Then we could get the same ...
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The other day this topic came up in chat, so I thought it would be good to have it settled officially. Which, if any, internet protocol should be encouraged for users inserting links into their ...
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When to use Community Wiki option?

When should this community wiki button be ticked while answering or edit?
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Two suggestions to improve the quality of this fantastic site

There is a couple of (probable) improvements I would like to suggest for this fantastic site. Moving closed questions with a high number of up votes (for example $>10$) to a dedicated ...
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It has been said that "citations are the source code of Physics.SE" References are how citations are added to a posting. Should we recognize good citation/reference practices via: a badge after a ...
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Who is the target audience for these answers?

I was looking through questions on the home page, and I noticed this: Does entanglement not immediately contradict the theory of special relativity? Now, it's obvious from the way the poster posed ...
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I wanted to upvote this answer and so I did. However, half an hour later the upvote was registered to this answer. I upvoted the intended answer again. Then this appeared, suggesting I upvoted yet ...
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Yes another closed question, question

What makes this closed question less worthy than this very similar question that did not get closed? Both questions are broad and open ended yet one gets a load of upvotes and the other gets shut ...
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How can we suggest synonyms to tags?

I have seen that tags have synonyms of it under it's description. How can I suggest a tag synonym?
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Do we want the citation tool from Math.SE?

Related: How can I cite a question in SE? Math.SE has a citation tool. Basically, if you click "share" on a post, there's a little "cite" link: Clicking that, you get: This lets one properly ...
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I can not login through mobile view of stackexchange website. when i click over login, why there is no login option through some mobile browsers?
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How can I cite a question in SE?

Is there a way to cite a StackExchange question, in a way similar to arXiv.org for instance ? For arXiv, I can just write arXiv:1303.6666 for the article at link http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.6666 and ...
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Minor typo(ish) in the non-meta FAQ

In this section of the FAQ the Mathjax code is missing the \$ symbols ;)
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What makes this question too localised?

This question probably has one of the best answers I have received on physics.stackexchange and I think the question itself was clear enough too. The moderator who closed it for being "too ...
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Gauging prefered expertise level for answering questions

I'm new to Physics.SE and StackExchange in general. I've been using the site for several days now and even answered a few questions. By almost any measure though I'm amateur interested in physics ...
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When you ask a research level question, don't you expect a research level answer. Why would I ask a question that I could answer from a standard text?
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Question 6157: 'List of freely available physics books' — A broken window that we should fix

Question 6157 is a broken window: List of freely available physics books Were it asked today, it should get closed as Not a Real Question. It's being used to justify the asking of other bad ...
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Question marked as inappropriate and closed

The following question has been closed and has been marked as inappropriate for this forum. Free online study materials and codes for Monte Carlo simulation in statistical mechanics But this ...
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When can tags be merged or made synonym?

I have recently asked a question about the surface energy of solids when only the surface-tension tag was still available. Now there is also a surface-energy tag which is, in my opinion a more broad ...
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How can i make a sum symbol to ask a math related physics question? I mean Riemann Sum. What is the short cut of Riemann sum or how can i ask a question that has mat symbols, formulas?
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“Chat with an expert”

After visiting a question I had posted on this site a few months back, I had noticed something strange with this site. In the bottom right corner appeared a black rectangle (respecting the general ...
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Why do so many posts use the term 'in doubt' or 'have a doubt' regarding established physics?

An oddly large number of articles are titles with, or include in their opening line, a phrase like 'I have a doubt regarding gravity'; see the articles at the bottom, for examples. In most cases, it ...
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How should I use “No Action Needed” while reviewing in “Physics.SE”?

We've got this new option called "No Action needed". I think this got rid of two things. I've got no evidence. But, I think... 1) Skip: I use this when I don't know what the post actually means. For ...
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How can I dispute a declined flag?

How can I constructively dispute a declined flag, if I think that my flag was really legitimate and should not have been declined? I am interested to know what can be done generally in this case, but ...
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Should /q/59448 be reopened?

The question Has there been a proposed explaination to the observation of wave-particle duality? has been closed as not a real question. While the posting isn't particularly well formulated, the ...
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Shouldn't there be a mechanism to allow the author to delete questions even after there are answers?

There can be many reasons why one would want to do it for example, the author framed the question in some weird way and hence it led to some unproductive conversations/answers but over time when the ...