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### Help in reopening a question [closed]

I had this old question which was closed which I think I have now find a satisfactory discussion to from Frank White's Fluid Mechanic book which is discussed exactly on chapter-1 page -6 (8th edition) ...
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### If I make edits to a bountied question, do people who have answered get notified of it?

I have asked a question and put a bounty on it. Looking at the 2-3 answers, it seems there might be a bit of confusion about what exactly I am looking for in the answer. If I add an edit to my ...
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### For those of us who are in academia, is there a category of questions that you use PSE for?

I am not sure if this exactly fits into the intended scope of the meta but I will try it out. This is clearly an explicitly subjective question with no universally correct answer, but I suspect that ...
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### Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Clearly, marking a question as a duplicate of either my own question or of a question that I answered is not against the rules. But, there seems to be a conflict of interest in the context of the &...
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Let's say i have written an answer to a question. I feel like i have done a good job of answering it and covered all the points that needed to be covered. Now, if i see some another answer that i feel ...
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### Misuse of downvoting

I think this question is unsuitable for this site as opinion-based, and should be closed. Yet, at the time of writing it has only one closure vote (mine), but 6 downvotes. I think this is indicative ...
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### Posting and self answering basic derivations

It can be difficult at times to find quality derivations for 'some' of the basic formula used in high school physics, so I thought what if I post and self answer the basic derivations. Does this sound ...
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### When are questions with multiple different possible answers good?

It is well known that we do not encourage/allow questions that solicit open-ended discussions or that can only be answered by providing personal opinions, etc. However, at least to me, it seems a bit ...
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### Why there's no tag of quantum chaos in physics.stackexchange.com?

Why there's no tag of quantum chaos in physics.stackexchange.com?
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### I Hate this website [closed]

It is clear that I cannot ask any problem related questions. I think it is good to ask homework or exam questions as the connection between theory and application can be made clear. I know you lot ...
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### I think that this question is not off-topic

The following question has been closed because it is off-topic: An approximation for path integral kernels However, I'm presenting a new idea in that post: Set N=2 in the formula of the path integral ...
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### Is there any way I can gift some reputation points to another user?

I want to talk in a chatroom with some user to discuss a topic. But that user has less than 20 reputation. Is there any way I can gift him 20 of my reputation points?
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I want to ask about Anatoli Bugorski, the scientist who accidentally put his head in an active particle accelerator. My question is about the shape of his wound, and I don't understand why it was ...
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### How can I set a bounty?

I'd like to set a bounty to one of my questions, but I can't find a link for that. Is that because I have commented that question myself? The question is this.
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### How much editing of a question is acceptable? (e.g. Chicken Question)

In regard to the chicken question meta post one of the answers included this paragraph: This opinion is based purely on the actual question, and ignores the silly story. Surely the silly story can be ...
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### Why has my question about the Einstein field equation been closed? [duplicate]

I would not have wanted to write this. In fact, I am so sorry of the fact that many times some questions are not considered as they are too stupid. My question Scalar curvature is $0$ for ...
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### Are downvotes (on the meta side) regarded as a (negative) answer to your question (on which you can answer yes or no)?

In this question I asked whether it is a good thing to edit a question with the purpose of downvoting it. It got downvoted 7 times (up till now). This was written: Downvotes on Meta are different ...
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### Congratulations to anna v, our second 200k user

With nearly six thousand answers posted over her first decade with us, anna v surpassed the 200,000 reputation milestone this week. Her patient explanations, broad knowledge, and insightful writing ...
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### How acceptable is prosemirror-math as an editor style for this site?

This is a follow-up to one of the possible answers raised in the thread The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site. Prosemirror-math is a math editing framework that allows for ...
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### Soft-question or off-topic question?

Where is the boundary between a soft-question and an off-topic question? The issue has come up in connection to question Does physics explain why the laws and behaviors observed in biology are as they ...
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### Why do we have a profile page and an ability to chat if SE is not a social network?

I was reading these exchanges about the (lack of) ability to follow other posters: Automating the ability to "follow" posters I can follow posters, presumably like many others do, simply by ...
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### Why is it so difficult to apply the site policy consistently for opinion-based questions?

I already noticed a certain number of times that some questions have been closed based on the policy for "opinion-based" questions. Reading the rationale for that policy, I find: Many good ...
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### Can you follow other users? [duplicate]

Suppose you are interested in another users content (maybe he/she's a professor or you have a lot in common) and you want to keep updated with their questions/answers/content, how do you follow others?...
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### Is it okay to edit a question (on the main site) to downvote it after you initially upvoted it?

On the PSE main site (so not on this site), I normally never downvote a question or answer, but sometimes you change your thought about this (after upvoting). Is it okay to edit (when I wanted to ...
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### Should “fun questions” be considered on- or off-topic?

There are a number of questions on this site that start with a fun, sometimes ironic context. Here are some more recent examples How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? (meta ...
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### Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

This question How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? underwent a severe close/reopen yo-yo cycle. It was closed once by a moderator, then reopened by community members, then re-...
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### Community polls on Physics SE?

I recently came across this (admittedly, pretty old) question on Mathematics Meta: Do we want community polls? In summary1, it is proposed to have a meta post to find out information about the site's ...
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### “State of research” questions

Are questions asking for what the current research topics in a certain field allowed? Under what circumstance would they be? In case they are allowed, after how much time would it be allowed to ask ...
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### Why can't I vote two times to reopen a question?

This question received hot attention initially. Then it was closed. I and others didn't agree and voted to reopen. And so it was. Then, again, the question was closed. I wanted to reopen it, but ...
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### Question appearing blurred (less visible). Any explanation?

Please, find a screenshot of my PhysSE homepage. Is there any explanation why that question would appear semi-visible?
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### Should I re-ask a question that was recently closed by editing it and removing meta-comments?

I recently asked this question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/622976/ This question was closed and I was directed to this meta thread by a comment: https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/13449/...
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### Textbook questions

There seems to be quite a lot of questions that demand for textbook answers. These are technically not homework questions - i.e., they are not asking for solutions to problems - but grounded in not ...
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### Temporal coincidences of negative votes

Is it possible that a user after just a few minutes that I have been logged on Physics.SE contextually receives a negative vote? Is it possible that a user who has a high number of reputation can have ...
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### What Limiting Standards should be applied to a Speculative Idea?

What kind of criteria would make a speculative question of sorts a well-founded question? A possible rough draft would be: Clearly display some honest work on the question Question overlapping ...
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### Is it okay to get into a long to and fro discussion in the comments?

Is it okay to get into a long to and fro discussion in the comments, with the user asking the question? If that is not okay, then where can we discuss? I have seen some comment threads are imported ...
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After answering this question I noticed this comment that says pretty much the same thing I said. Should I delete my answer because the comment was posted first? Should the commentator have written ...
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### Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

Quite often I spend a lot of time and effort to put together an answer to possibly not-so-robust questions (lacking details or an unclear question) only to be closed before I can submit. It is ...
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### Shall we switch the titles of these two questions that are duplicates of each other?

I tried to change the title of this question: QM without complex numbers, to "Quantum mechanics without complex numbers" which I think is more descriptive (I mean the definition of QM might ...
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### Should we have a one-way speed of light tag?

We have numerous questions on the site about the speed of light, and we have the speed-of-light tag for them. However, since the end of October 2020, when the video Why The Speed Of Light* Can't Be ...
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### How to Answer homework-like questions?

Is it a bad way to hint at the solution and, ask them to do what they understood and edit the original question to include their steps, and then they follow it up pointing out the mistakes and ...
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### A downvoted question vs. a very well-received duplicate version of the same question!

Some months ago I asked a question entitled The "Satellite Paradox": Twin paradox in orbiting satellites, and a duplicate version entitled Special Relativity in Free Fall has recently ...
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### Bounty on “entrance exam” question

On the question Why is the center of a torch beam visible even through an opaque body like my finger?, the OP started a bounty stating I really need this material to answer my entrance examination ...
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### How should one ask a physics question about an engineered artifact?

My question was closed as being off-topic: humidity - Why do fireproof safes "capture and hold in moisture"? - Physics Stack Exchange But I'm struggling to think of why this isn't an ...
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### Someone other than the OP adding "homework-and-exercises' tag to a question, and then the question gets closed as a homework-type-question?

On this question by Kashmiri, here, it was originally posted without the "homework-and-exercises" tag. And if you look at the question itself, nothing about it seems homework-type. Later the ...
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### A toolbar for MathJax commands would be helpful

As I was just writing my answer, I felt the need for the in-built MathJax toolbar for ease in writing equations and formulas without adding commands like \pi R^2 inside double \$s. It will just create ...
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### Choosing a Close Reason

What close reason should I choose for a question like this?
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### Request to reopen an old question

I am following the advice given in community wiki answer and making a request to the Physic.SE community to reopen this question. The reason I believe the question should be reopened is because it is ...
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### Conditions for on-site preservation of an answer

I answered a question made by someone who has not been seen on the site since April 29, 2016. It's my impression that "accepted" answers (answers accepted by the participant who had ...