- Is non-mainstream physics allowed here?
- What defines non-mainstream physics?
- What sort of questions and answers are disallowed by this policy?
- What should I do if I see a question or answer containing non-mainstream physics?
Is non-mainstream physics allowed here?
No, questions and answers about non-mainstream physics are not allowed here.
We are not a substitute for peer-review, and cannot evaluate new theories. While some questions can lead to legitimate new theories, the question will need to be specific in order to fit this format.
What defines mainstream physics?
Mainstream physics is physics which has been accepted by a significant portion of the physics community. In the case of modern physics, if a theory has not been published in a reputable journal, it is not considered mainstream.
What sort of questions and answers are disallowed by this policy?
Any post that attempts to work within the bounds of what we have determined to be "mainstream physics" is considered on topic for this site barring any other issues. For example, a question that proposes a new concept or paradigm, but asks for evaluation of that concept within the framework of current (mainstream) physics is OK. Similarly, a wrong answer that makes false statements but claims to work within the bounds of a mainstream theory is also allowed.
On the other hand, if a question or answer uses a non-mainstream theory as its premise and attempts to go forward in that direction, it can be safely closed or deleted.
What should I do if I see a question or answer containing non-mainstream physics?
Firstly, be certain that it is indeed off topic by the above rules. Note that if a post is simply wrong, leave a constructive comment explaining why, and downvote.
If the post is indeed non-mainstream, leave a comment stating the fact and linking to this meta post. For questions, flag or vote to close as non-mainstream. For answers, use a custom moderator flag mentioning that it is non-mainstream.
This is something one would expect in some "social" or even "humanitarian" branches of science (although i do not say that this is scientific, but it is indeed mainstream presently)
However it strikes me as very odd that positive branches of science (physics, mathematics, biology etc..) have to take such "measures" to guard a forum or a community from error or "heresy" or "non-mainstream-ness" (if i may use such a term).
It seems as if mathematics or even physics is a result of voting of which law is valid and is not a matter of natural reality.
It is as if some very wicked (but clever) person can divert the innocent viewers of this forum and make them believe other physical laws (by a mere manipulation of text and voting systems) hold in natural reality.
Of course in such a case "extreme measures" must be taken, the "natural" processes must be guarded from falling from their natural/realist (or should i say mainstream) status by voting them down or up.
Changing the forum's name to "mainstream physics" , since a definition of "mainstream" is in place it would indeed be valid and reflect the site's purpose and content.
Instead leave "physics" site name as non-reflecting the site's purpose and content.
It would lead to misunderstanding as encompassing talks / theories and discussions about actual physics (as in nature ) and hypotheses about physics etc.. instead of "mainstream physics" as some people want to frame it as THE PHYSICS (please nothing personal here).
Of course changing the name would immediately make apparent the fact that it is non-encompassing all physics or formulations or alternative hypotheses except what is sponsored (with a grain of salt) as "mainstream". This would beat the purpose of the mainstream (but not of physics) as trying to frame the talk around physics (and science)
One should not buy into that or accept that framing merely on mainstream authority.
Thank you again