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I just wonder why the questions are duplicated (https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/75524/the-sound-change-the-light?noredirect=1#comment156943_75524 ) ?

Because I ask physics things in physics site (even less quoting, and edited it as a physics problem), and English questions in English site (ELL.SE). Can't SE change? Am I running against a wall of obstinacy?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm going to move this to meta, but ... you aren't going to be happy with the outcome. $\endgroup$ – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Aug 30 '13 at 2:58
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    $\begingroup$ The link is dead so nobody will have a clue what this is about... $\endgroup$ – Michael Aug 30 '13 at 3:05
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee im happy... for i can't ask here... thank you. $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 3:26
  • $\begingroup$ the link is alive for me, but dead for others? but sure alive for moderators , i think . @MichaelBrown $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 3:27
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    $\begingroup$ I see that you know about meta-sites, and posted this rant to the main site none the less. Why is that? $\endgroup$ – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Aug 30 '13 at 3:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Lincoln The link definitely doesn't work for me, even after taking off the redirect stuff or the question name at the end... have you cleared your browser cache? $\endgroup$ – Michael Aug 30 '13 at 4:12
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelBrown It's a deleted post, so only he and >10k users can see it. He links to Emilio Pisanty's comment "This question asks exactly the same as the old one; therefore it is a duplicate. It is OK to ask about the physics but you've been indicated that this is unlikely to represent physical reality, which makes your original question off-topic (apart from ill-phrased)" $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Aug 30 '13 at 4:28
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee: I think he doesn't have enough rep... $\endgroup$ – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Aug 30 '13 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth gotcha $\endgroup$ – Michael Aug 30 '13 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee i don't know "posted this rant to the main site none the less."? more enlish?... my english level not so high as you... $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 7:24
  • $\begingroup$ er... what i indicated is not important, you can tell me where is wrong in physics. @Manishearth $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 7:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Lincoln: He meant that if you know about meta, why did you post it to the main ? . $\endgroup$ – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Sep 1 '13 at 8:38
  • $\begingroup$ @DImension10AbhimanyuPS i don't have enough rep. $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Sep 1 '13 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Lincoln: I know that, as I've commented above. $\endgroup$ – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Sep 1 '13 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ so someone migrated it... $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Sep 1 '13 at 9:05
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Physics.SE is for questions about physics.

Physics means observations of the way nature behaves , note: observations.

This rumble thing you are obsessing about is not an observation. It is a figment from the imagination of the author you have quoted. Physics.SE is not about interpreting dreams or visualizations or fairy land propositions or ....

You have also latched onto sonic weapons in your comments. Whales die because of sonic weapons so they do have strong effects. You could form a question on the lines:

Can sonic weapons create waves?

or

can a sonic boom move walls , made out of wood? stone? glass?

The answer to this last is observational from the meteor that fell in Russia a while ago. Yes, they can have a lot of energy.

These are physics questions.Rumbles in the imagination of a writer are not, unless boundary conditions are strictly given, and then one can talk of a gedanken experiment. Rumbles and oily sheens are not boundary conditions for problem solutions.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well, the oily sheen was on the wall, so it's sort of a boundary condition ;) $\endgroup$ – user10851 Aug 30 '13 at 6:07
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisWhite , yeah, why can't they tell me what's wrong in physics? because if i post my question in sci-fiction of SE, they dont know too, it seems. $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ my internet speed is quite low to watch the youtube... but sometimes it works... $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 7:34
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The mere fact that you read something strange does not qualify it as a physics question. People can write anything they like, and no one and nothing stops them from writing unphysical nonsense. In fact, some of us read unphysical nonsense for entertainment, so we pay them to write unphysical nonsense.

We do not feel obligated to answer question about such writings, however, and even say so in the help center (note the bit about "fictional physics").

So, long answer short: your question is off-topic, and there is no version you can ask that will be answered here.


am i running against a wall of obstinacy?

No, you are not.

We, on the other hand, are. You reposted that question twice, despite being told clearly and repeated that it was off-topic.

You seem bound and determined to push on us a question that clearly falls outside the bounds of what we accept. You are in the wrong on this, and the only polite thing for you to do is quit it.


Stack Exchange sites, like Physics.SE are not open forums where anything goes. We maintain high standards by enforcing tight bounds on what kind of content we accept and then using a crowd-sourced evaluation to sort content by quality.

We intend to continue maintaining those standards.

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  • $\begingroup$ thanks for explanation. but people can't just explain why this text is nonsense in physics? but as i think , a sound like a sonic bomb can effect object. this question is low quality and off-topic...? $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Aug 30 '13 at 3:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Lincoln: Nope. That's not how the site works. You can add a feature request though, but it won't be accepted, most likely . $\endgroup$ – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Sep 1 '13 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ @DImension10AbhimanyuPS then where can i ask this? in sci-fiction SE? seems they dont know physics. $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Sep 1 '13 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Lincoln: You'll have to ask it at SciFi.SE and wait for a while... $\endgroup$ – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Sep 1 '13 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ @DImension10AbhimanyuPS actually ..., i can just ask it at scifi.se , just ask them what does it mean... $\endgroup$ – Lincoln Sep 1 '13 at 9:03

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