So, some of you may have heard of how a couple of us tried to propose a new physics site for less conceptual questions and more problem solving, the proposal was closed, and we ended up creating a new site outside of the Stack Exchange network (see here for more details). In this post, I'm going to explain the scope of the new site, the current site construction progress, and at the end, ask about what the community thinks about migrating questions and such matters.
The site is currently called Physics.qandaexchange, and is a site that is for students of physics, physics enthusiasts, and all those who love explaining physics. The purpose of the site is to help answer questions users have about solving specific problems about physics. We do require that work be shown, both the thought process and the actual math - to quote our first meta post:
Defining "efforts" is most certainly not easy and merits some thought. [...] We ask that you try to show two main things:
Your train of thought, or why you were thinking what you were thinking. So don't just put the math, necessarily, put why you thought that math was appropriate for the situation. Then, the answerer can clarify whether or not that approach was appropriate, and why.
What you were thinking. This goes more along the lines of your actual attempt, i.e., the math you used to solve the problem. Sometimes this is not applicable like in situations where you have absolutely no idea what to do. In that case we'd ask that you include #1 and why you are having trouble including #2. However, I would always include your math if you have it, even down to the more basic steps.
Feel welcome to join our site and read through this meta post to have an understanding of what our site is all about, and even contribute to the discussion!
This site is incredibly new. Currently, we have a meta, the main site, commenting, answering, flagging, closing, upvoting, downvoting, MathJax accommodation, a basic rep system (I'll be updating this with more information on that for the curious) - in general, the main features of a Stack Exchange site.
One of the main things we're missing is a full chat room - currently, it is moderators only and doesn't accommodate pictures and such, so currently we are using a Stack Exchange chat room (ping us there if you have any questions). We're also designing the background of the site, and the rep system might be updated as we find things we should fix. We're also editing the flagging and closing features such that you pick a reason instead of just typing in whatever.
Please, please, please: ping us if you notice something terribly wrong or just something that bothers you - we'll work on that.
Relations between Physics.SE and Physics Problems Q&A
So now, the open questions I have for the community here.
- Would you be okay with us copying over (and attributing) some of your closed questions that would be on-topic at our site?
- Would you want to have some of our closed questions that would be on-topic at your site? (One of our close reasons is "too conceptual".)
These are just some thoughts to get the ball rolling. Please, tell me what you think!