I know this is a frequently discussed topic but I am not happy with the current stance of treating Computational Physics related questions as "Off Topic".
A couple days ago I asked this question (Molecular Dynamics Software for Coarse Grained Polymers) about the suitability of different molecular dynamics software for coarse grained polymer simulations. The question was marked as off topic.
I have been reading the previous discussions on this topic and I cannot see a clear consensus but I would like to put forward some of my thoughts:
- There are no other places in Stack Exchange where this question fits. SuperUser, Overflow, softwarerec all focus on general computer tools or programming and development. I don't expect my question on coarse grained polymer simulations will get much response there. I want Physicists and researchers to answer my question.
Not allowing computational physics related questions unnecessarily splits the content of this site. Just because my question could fit on another stack exchange site shouldn't be reason to remove it from here. The question is related to physics research and this is the Physics site.
The help and tour pages say that questions about "Experimental technology used in physics or astronomy" are allowed. I would consider molecular dynamics software to be part of the technology that is used in Physics.
It seems that the main concern is that the site will be spammed with coding or general tools questions. I can see why this is a concern but I think the community is being overly strict and cautious and as a result is cutting out potentially worthwhile and useful questions.
I would like my questions status to be reconsidered, but more generally, I would like the Physic.stackexchange community to reconsider how strict it is on questions related to computational physics.