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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### Why are many of my questions closed?

Every time I ask a question on this site, the community deals with it in a strange way, such as closing it, marking it as a duplicate, deleting it, or voting down. I don't know that this only happens ...
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### I don't understand what is “unclear” with my question

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Possible reactionless drive My question is [on hold] as "unclear what you're asking". From my analysis the system should work and start to ...
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Is this an adequate resolution of the "paradox" of the arrow of time? This question was closed on the grounds that it is not "mainstream physics", and I was referred to this page. That ...
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### Guru's are always right? Censorship in place of scientific arguments

EDIT2 All these answers and comments below have been a truly learning experience for me. I was told a lot of useful and important things, for instance that I can write an answer myself, that I can ...
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### Why is this answer not considered spam?

This answer mentions concepts ("canonical particles" and their "radius of hardness") that only appear in the website it links to and in a book recently published (by a company of questionable ...
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### Can I ask theoretical physics questions on physics.stackexchange?

Can I ask theoretical physics questions on physics.stackexchange?
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### Should there be a special section for non-mainstream physics?

I know that this place does cannot peer review the many "pet theories" out there. These things get asked here quite a lot. Information about this is detailed in the wiki. What I am asking is: should ...
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### Are cold fusion questions on-topic?

I was reading 2-year old meta post here, and it seems most of the answers saying that it should be on-topic (as theoretical physics) as science should answer non-mainstream questions to avoid ...
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### FAQ for Physics Stack Exchange

Frequently Asked Questions This thread is an index of Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources, for Physics Stack Exchange. General questions about Stack Exchange For general questions about ...
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### Tag for *Personal Theory*?

We get a fair number of questions that are simply people "asking" about their personal theory. These get tagged in all sorts of random ways, typically. I've just seen one suggesting a black hole ...
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### Suggesting a tag: “crackpot_theory” (you get the idea)

Re Is there any reliable place where i can put my theory of universe (it explained/predicted the behavior of almost everything i came across) and my comment to it. Lots of similar things have been ...
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### Concerning appropriate questions: Where is “mainstream physics” emphasized?

In a comment to my answer here I was asked: and can you provide source for that this forum is only for mainstream physics, what is mainstream? I thought that this was written in the help page, but ...
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Okay, so we have the question VTC reason of "we deal with mainstream physics..." yadda yadda yadda. And everyone is grateful for it. But what about answers? Surely everyone would agree that we don't ...
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### Questions “about” vs “in” non-mainstream physics

In a comment on the accepted answer to this question about non-mainstream physics, @jdm said: +1, I'd add two things: 1) Questions about non-mainstream physics should be ok, e.g. ("Have Podkletnov'...
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### Splitting EmDrive questions into reference-request and reference analysis

We just got another EmDrive question, https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/185380/emdrive-in-relation-to-newest-nasa-article-does-it-extract-energy-out-of-the-q, and much as you would expect it ...
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### Why we should not discuss new theories? [duplicate]

I heard recently that we should not discuss new theories here. Why we should not discuss new theories when they are very closely resembling the existing accepted theories but with slight modification. ...
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### The mainstream-physics close reason has a link to meta with the user ID of a moderator. Can it be removed?

Basically, what it says on the tin. The mainstream-physics closure dialog, which is accessible on the closure dialog as well as on closed questions (example), contains a link to the mainstream-physics ...
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### Would having a second set of tags relating to the nature of the question make sense?

Yesterday I asked a question which was based on a conceptual confusion, as was revealed by the excellent answers I received. It made me think that it would be nice if that fact was visible straight ...
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### Why has this question been put on hold?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: What is wrong about the following reasoning concerning hypersphere cosmology? I was wondering why it is put on hold. It is honestly not clear ...
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I am wondering as to the exact policy of flagging answers. I have flagged answers which promote non mainstream science four times. Of these four times, the first three times the flag was accepted. ...
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I have what I think is an insight, based on a set theoretic analysis of the Riemann integral, regarding whether or not there are any physical variables that really are continuous, vs. discrete. For ...
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### Fast successive upvotes and downvotes: Is critical thinking forbidden here? [closed]

There is recently an odd reaction to my questions/answers. I see when somebody dislikes any, it is straightforwardly downvoted $-$ probably by somebody else. Or, when I ask a challenging question, in ...
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### Deleted comment

My comment got deleted in the topic Aspiring scientist. It got deleted - fine. But I don't see who did it? Is it normal here, is it norm? I would like to be aware of moderators who do that without ...
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On Wiki Pedia, for example, when you make an edit (to the source) , there is a box called "Common edit summaries." And also minor edit summaries. So that many common edits can be given quick ...
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### Is there a StackExchange place where I can ask questions about non-mainstream physics?

I have some ideas about sub-quarks and sub-leptons and the structure of them. I can't ask this question on the PhysicsStackExchange place because the only questions you can ask there are about ...
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### Where can closed and deleted questions and comments be searched for - and how can deletion be appealed? [duplicate]

I have a question that was deleted and some closed when I was just getting started as an author (again here after many years). I did not think the closure and deletion was fair, but I had no ...
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### What are the criteria for journals being “reputable” hence mainstream physics?

"Mainstream" physics is a requirement of the Physics SE site and the definition of "mainstream" is in terms of "reputable" journals. There are a lot of journals that cover or intersect with physics. ...