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What is the ultimate purpose of physics.stackexchange - revisited

I note What is the ultimate purpose of physics.stackexchange?, but it seems to me that the accepted answer doesn't answer the question. I have no special wish to get excessively philosophical, but I ...
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5answers
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Questions with an ulterior motive

There are a lot of questions posted which ask about what mainstream physics says about something, but imply that the OP has a completely different opinion. For example: https://physics.stackexchange....
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Reserving the use of the 'non-mainstream' close reason

In my opinion, the purpose of the 'non-mainstream' close reason is for non-mainstream theories. It's for people who have invented their own theory of everything, put it on Vixra, self-published a book ...
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Flagging low quality answers: an experiment

Abstract: We are experimenting with expanding the scope of the very low quality (VLQ) flag. For two weeks, August 8-21, moderators will not decline any VLQ flags. We will allow these flags will sit in ...
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Why were well-known, valid solutions of the GR “off-topic” or “non-mainstream”? (suggestion)

I've found multiple times the closing of questions about the topic of general relativity/solutions of the einstein field equations. Examples are here and here. These judgement was: "not mainstream". ...
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2answers
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Is Physics SE an appropriate location for peer review?

What peer review style questions are acceptable to ask on Physics SE and what actions, if any, should be taken against unacceptable questions? When I originally encountered this question and its ...
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3answers
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

So I see that this website is tolerant of people (which I choose to call "crackpots") which have links to their own dubious work in their profile. These people even have thousands of points of ...
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Why does the community allow or even encourage seemingly meaningless edits to questions and answers?

For example, editing the (long inactive) question to add trivial tags, like faq Change tags to synonymous tags, e.g. Classical Mechanics to Newtonian Mechanics Correct insignificant grammatical ...
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1answer
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Is this question about a recent paper on topic?

Is this question on topic? Or should it be? How come some people are claiming that the Big Bang never happened? I actually had the same question (namely how valid is the conclusion) but felt it ...
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Homework questions, on hold

As a newcomer, I'd like to give you my contribution to improve this wonderful site. In general, homework help is the gold mine of such sites, you do not shows statistics, but the sites that do that ...
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2answers
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Is this question admissable?

A recent question Are Stephen Crothers' claims legitimate? has made me very uneasy. I will explain why: First of all, this question is too open ended. I visited Crothers' website, looked through ...
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Chat session to discuss and possibly finalize close reasons

We have a bunch of proposed close reasons here, and there recently have been a few more good ones brought up there (Like Chris' alternative homework close reason or tpg's "engineering" close reason). ...
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No speculation? What is wrong with speculation? Can't we ask questions about all things, not solely understood things?

I feel bad for asking such a question, because I know there is probably a simple answer. However, I feel baited after reading a conversation of the meta thread about what questions were and weren't ...
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Question about Other Universes in Physics Exchange

In the Area 51 Exchange I've found that "The Theoretical Physics site didn't have enough activity during the beta. It has been closed, and its content has been merged into Physics". But when I've done ...
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Physics vs philosophy

I understand we deal with mainstream physics here but as physics has been developed from philosophy only why are questions based on speculations and those which are related to looking for ...

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