Does some concrete evidence exist that the physics.SE site offers any help with research? (Note that research in physics may not be confused with theoretical physics, that is a specific thing.) Were new works published there that later obtained recognition from the professional scientific community? Did anybody obtain key insights that prompted his/her research to succeed? Or, possibly, some in-deep reviews of pre-existing papers and textbooks did arise from discussions?

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, in my case, several great insights from posts and individuals here have assisted me in completing my current research in applied atmospheric physics $\endgroup$
    – user60063
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 10:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Sabre Tooth: is it published now? If it is, then are contributions from SE acknowledged there? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 11:00
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    $\begingroup$ Related question on MO.SE: meta.mathoverflow.net/q/617/13917 . Discussion on how to cite Math.SE: meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/4259/11127 and links therein. $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic as a marginal note: physics.SE naturally evolved from unorganized SE crowd, whereas MathOverflow was originally a separate project, designed and managed by scientists from its onset. Ī do not expect great achievements from SE-created sites, but it would be interesting to learn about some achievements, presumedly comparable to efforts spent by participants. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 13:17
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    $\begingroup$ To elaborate on QMechanic's links, the Best of MathOverflow thread currently has 21 answers detailing publications inspired on, based on, or citing, MO questions and answers, including a number of collaborations that started on MO and who have never met in person. But MO was born into a much higher level than P.SE. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 10:31
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    $\begingroup$ Even if it doesn't help you directly, it will help many of your students, so you need to spend less time on educating them. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Examples: arxiv.org/abs/1807.10553 $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Commented Feb 3, 2023 at 14:01


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