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Do Physics Hot Network Questions help or harm the site?

There has been some small discussion in the comments of a recent post about Physics SE questions appearing in the list of Hot Network Questions (HNQ). It was also brought up that Physics SE can choose ...
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Can we do better at reducing bike-shedding?

"Bike-shedding" is a phenomenon where there is excessive discussion of a topic because it seems easy, so everyone feels that they are competent to discuss it. We seem to have a couple of recent ...
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Dupe specific Physics.SE question on Math.SE and Engineering.SE for different perspectives

Currently there is a terrric question open asking how to measure surface area. It is clear that from an engineering perspective there would be a variety of different methods proposed, while from a ...
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Is it right to post the same answer twice?

This question was marked as a duplicate of this question. The first one was about the chain-shape of a stream of flowing milk and the second one was about the helical shape of a stream of flowing ...
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When is the bounty awarded?

My answer to a question with bounty was accepted, I suppose by the OP, but I did not get the bounty, not yet, anyway. Granted, the bounty was posted by a different person than the OP. I was under the ...
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How to navigate answers?

I have been using/contributing to StackExchange for about a year. I have thus seen what must be a common phenomenon: the same, or very similar, questions coming up again and again. I know there is ...
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Can I present an answer in the form of a leading question? [duplicate]

Like "Jeopardy" presents answers in the form of questions can I post a physics question and post my own answer to it? The presentation I want to make is a new type of math method to calculate and ...
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Regarding asking a question [duplicate]

Actually when I was a new user to the site, I posted the homework-type questions. But as the time passes I learn, and understand how to ask a good question, as I learn a lot from the site. But now ...
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Anonymous comment feature to explain anonymous downvote? [duplicate]

Recently my questions were downvoted, though the reason for such is unknown to me (also it's not quite a big deal for me) but I believe that if the downvoter had given me some suggestions for ...
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Reason behind my negative user experience?

Let me first begin by saying my overall user experience on the Physics Stack Exchange site has been wonderful. According to this it is okay to downvote poorly written questions. Now in the past I've ...
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While asking asking a question I noticed that there are two similar tags weak-interaction and weak-interactions which leads to question for their necessity. Should any of these be deleted? If not why?
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Fast successive upvotes and downvotes: Is critical thinking forbidden here? [closed]

There is recently an odd reaction to my questions/answers. I see when somebody dislikes any, it is straightforwardly downvoted $-$ probably by somebody else. Or, when I ask a challenging question, in ...
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Shouldn't there be a “follow” option on profile page of users? [duplicate]

Sorry if I had given a wrong suggestion! But I think that Physics Stack Exchange is also a Q/A social media platform, so it would help us to trust the answers of the highly followed users. The follow ...
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Are all history questions now off-topic? [duplicate]

I saw that this question: Einstein's initial clue that spacetime is curved being flagged as off-topic, as it belongs on History of Science SE. However, there is a tag here for 'history' and it ...
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Why is this question on hold?

If gravity is a fictitious force, whats its real force counterpart? Why this question is on hold? I tried to ask the same question in 3 ways!(not including the title) And some people have put it on ...
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Am I getting serially downvoted?

Why does frictional force cause a car to move? Also, is friction a reaction force? There is the above link for the question to which I answered. I don't find the reason for the answer to be downvoted....
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Resource recommendation for Physics

Like this recent post on Chemistry SE which is the collection for different types of resources for learning Chemistry ( which I find quite useful) do we have any such thing over here at Physics SE? If ...
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Why was my recent answer deleted, and was it really an appropriate action?

I recently asked and answered a question on the main site: What are the Energy eigenstates for a modified quantum harmonic oscillator? First of all, this question ended up being re-tagged as homework,...
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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed?

Parent question: Erasing comments for questionable reasons I am trying to get a general policy. My initial concern was about comments to answers that asked for details and/or corrections, and were ...
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Erasing comments for questionable reasons

Warning: Apparently one is not moderator after they reached 10K, unlike what SE privilege help pages declare, which led to the following incorrect assumption of the answer's author directly erasing ...
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How to get a direct link to a particular answer?

I'm kinda sure that I have seen direct links to answers posted before. How can I get a link to a particular answer? Or am I wrong?
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Edit rollback query

Yesterday, this question was asked and I believe the question itself is fine, but my question regards the edits. I edited the question by paragraphing it and improving the grammar in many areas. The ...
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Shouldn't there be a language translation technique on the physics Stack Exchange site?

As we know that the physics Stack Exchange site is an international website, there must be a language translation technique for non-English speakers as they face problems to express them freely.
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Request to re-open statistical mechanics question

I recently asked a question on the Physics stack exchange: Derivation of temperature / entropy relation from statistical mechanics. It was put on hold for being 'off-topic'. The question looks like ...
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How can an observation, an empirical measurement be considered to be none mainstream theory? [duplicate]

I desire to contribute for the community. I want to work within the community guidelines while contributing original perspectives. Please note that "original perspective" does not automatically equate ...
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Should we re-word the homework-like close reason to better match how we actually deal with homework-like questions?

After an extended debate that lasted several years, our community seems to have settled into a pretty consistent treatment of homework-like questions. When such a question is closed, a banner appears ...
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False duplicate

I asked this question: What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current? "What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current?" It was closed as a duplicate of "Why is the magnetic field ...
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How to sign/log out on this website?

How do you do it? I don't see a "sign/log out" button anywhere. The quality thing is really annoying right now.
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Can we consider MR Imaging questions as on-topic unless they ask for specific engineering solutions?

Context: This question on basic principles of image formation in medical MRI was asked in May 2014, received an accepted answer at the time, and was left unchallenged until August 2019, at which point ...
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Are the criteria for an automatic question ban known? [duplicate]

I’m asking because I noticed a member who has asked five questions, all of which have been significantly downvoted (on average, worse than -7), but who has not received a ban. I thought that members ...
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Examples of the questioner going the extra mile

I'm trying to improve my penning-down-a-question skills. I have been through the guidelines and this great meta post. I was hoping to get some examples (/list) of a well phrased question. In order to ...
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Why was my question closed even though the duplicate is different and was unanswered?

I asked this question a few months ago- https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/479846/proof-of-ohms-law (auto-deleted; screenshot) I was looking for a particular proof and explicitly mentioned ...
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How can answerers learn, if the downvotes on their answers are not justified?

I am not going to link the specific answer that prompted me to write this post because I want to make a general point. I am aware of the policy of not forcing users to comment when they downvote, as ...
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Ethical violation in chat? [closed]

Background So the relevant transcript starts here: https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/51655733#51655733 My summary of it goes like this: There's a derivation I am not content with. ...
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Is it possible to see deleted answers?

I saw a thought-provoking answer to my question: How many worlds are there during branching in the many worlds interpretation? Is there anyway for me to re-see the answer before it was deleted?
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Which criteria rule in Physics?

I admit I'm a little frustrated. Long ago I asked questions from physics that I didn't know the answer to, and these questions were ignored. Now I know a lot of answers. So I asked questions and gave ...
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Is this question off topic? or is it actually unclear, and if so, what remains unclear about it?

I have a very well defined mathematical problem ABOUT physical systems that I put a lot of work into trying to state clearly but it was closed as unclear: Superluminal change in moment implies ...
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Strange account suspension date

I happened to notice an account (link removed) shown as suspended until the nonsensical date of “Mar 18 '92 at 16:28“? I am not asking why the account is suspended, but why the “until” date is 27 ...
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Why did all the comments on my answer vanish so quickly?

I had a couple of comments under my answer (this one), and was about to reply to a comment of the question author when I noticed that the author had accepted the answer and deleted his account. Then, ...
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How to place a bounty on a slight modification of a question that is not mine?

I have been thinking a lot about the question: If a mass moves close to the speed of light, does it turn into a black hole? But I didn't find the answers satisfactory. I have two options: Ask the ...
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Help with book suggestions [duplicate]

If I am to ask for book suggestions on a certain topic, where should I ask? Should I ask on Physics Stack Exchange? If so, what tag should I use?
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Time of waiting to exit out from the question ban [duplicate]

Having since a few days this message "You have reached your question limit. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more." I wanted to know the ...
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Unable to Post Questions [duplicate]

I was just now trying to post a question via my Android based smartphone using the App on Physics SE but it is not accepting my question and sending a message stating that we are no longer accepting ...
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Why was this question considered “big list?”

I recently asked what the most precice measurement we have taken is (What is the most precise physical measurement ever measured?). With 33 views and 6 upvotes, it got mod-hammered as being a "big ...
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Question unilaterally closed by a moderator without any chance of editing

I had recently asked the following question: Uniform discrete physical theories (now closed and auto-deleted as RemoveAbandonedClosed; screenshot). And the question was closed without any comments ...
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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?

As a comment to one of my contributions, I received the comment: In the future please link to abstract pages rather than pdf files. Fine. I am happy to follow up on this suggestion. Can anybody ...
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Error in grammar/distribution of votes

Recently, I came across an incident in which I flagged a question as it was unclear. But, the message reads: Put on hold as unclear what you are asking. Even, I suffered a deduction of 2 votes. When I ...
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How Can I Ask for an Expert Opinion Without Getting My Question Put On Hold for Soliciting Opinions?

Recently this question about the von Neumann Interpretation of QM (a.k.a. the Consciousness Causes Collapse Hypothesis, CCCH) was put on hold within days of being asked. The reason given was that it ...