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Policy on asking questions in physics [duplicate]

In the stack overflow site where people post questions on programming, it makes sense to have a policy where the question asked should state the efforts made by the asker to solve the problem and the ...
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Bite-sizing homework

Well, meta posts about "homework" keep on coming, but we still don't seem to have a solution that sticks, so I'll give it another shot. For what it's worth I think the current system isn't so bad that ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange?

What is the policy on asking homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework questions? Are homework questions allowed? What should I include in a ...
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Mass of a coin question went viral, despite inital downvotes and negative comments

I noticed that this question from a new user, Can I compute the mass of a coin based on the sound of its fall? went viral, attracting tens of thousands of views and hundreds of votes. The numbers ...
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Generalizing the homework policy

In our last chat session two weeks ago (sorry for the delay), we had a discussion about updating the homework policy and homework close reason. I'm making this post to summarize that discussion and ...
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Closing "Insufficient Effort" questions

Some time ago, John Rennie asked, ...in many cases it looks as if the OP simply can't be bothered to put any effort in. Do we have a policy for closing (or not closing) such questions? The Meta ...
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What does everyone mean by "insufficient research effort"?

Lately I've noticed a lot of close votes, down votes, and comments to the effect of "this question is too low level" or "the answer is on the internet if you search for it" or "you should already know ...
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What is the current policy about questions which are easily answered googling?

What is the current policy about questions which are easily answered googling? (This question is probably a duplicate but I'm trying to find a definitive answer since most of them are quite old). I ...
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Why is Phys.SE so restrictive in the Q&A it is willing to accept?

There is already a Physics Overflow. Why then not being more lenient in the Q&A to be accepted in Phys.SE? Mathematics SE has 10 times as many questions. SO leads with +10M questions. Those other ...
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Use of lmgtfy.com

Naming no names, but please can we have a ban on using lmgtfy.com in comments. I appreciate how frustrating it can be that users post questions without having done the most basic Google search. But ...
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What is the meaning of **effort** that Phys.SE wants in homework questions?

Always do I have seen most of the homework tagged questions are hold, with a close reason to show minimal effort. I thought Phys.SE wanted the asker to show his attempt. But recently, I got amazed ...
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What are good examples of narrowing a homework question down to a conceptual question?

It is obvious that Physics SE community aren't here to solve specific physics problems. Homework policy, however, states that a question can be narrowed down to a conceptual question. To reinforce ...
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Are we going to enforce the prior research aspect of good questions or not?

A question was asked about resistance and voltage today which struck me as off-topic because of no apparent research. Also, there was no conceptual discussion which indicated a difficulty about ...
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Pointless comments

The post I speak of is below. What does the discovery of a pentaquark signify? Whilst OP has hardly been perfect in their articulation of the question, it does to me seem to be clear what they're ...
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Is it appropriate to tell someone to ask their teacher first?

Physics (PSE) often gets questions from beginner physics students that would easily be answered in person, and are basic physics contained in a text: "How do I calculate the potential 3 cm from a ...
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Textbook questions

There seems to be quite a lot of questions that demand for textbook answers. These are technically not homework questions - i.e., they are not asking for solutions to problems - but grounded in not ...
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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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Did my question deserve a hold?

Background: I've been using several SE sites for several years now. I am used to their systems and strict rules, respect them, and try to obey as much as possible. However I do not understand this on-...
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What, really, is a good question?

So it seems like the general consensus of a "good" question is one that includes adequate research/reasoning to provide context for/justify the question being asked, and if applicable cites sources ...
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Suggestions for the Welcome Modal

This post is for collecting suggestions for the Welcome Modal, part of the new ask page design, which in its default state looks as follows: You can make suggestions along the following lines: ...
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Re-asking a Duplicate Question

What should I do if I want to ask a question which has already been asked but does not have satisfactory answers? How can I make the older question active again, or re-ask the question without it ...
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Upper Troposphere temperature with 1K increase of surface temperature [closed]

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Estimate the change in temperature in upper troposphere when there is a 1K surface temperature increase I was directed here to ask a homework ...
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Is there a way incorporate mathematical expressions/tricks crucial to physicists on our site?

Every now and then someone asks a "homework" and "mathy" question which gets held or closed because it's homework and math. Here's a recent example. As worded the question is definitely a "do my ...
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Not enough research effort flag

Is there a flag for flagging as insufficient research effort? Or do I need to use a custom reason flag? (Should I even flag a question as such? I know a lot of people do...) Sorry if this is a dumb ...
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Does "insufficient effort" cover previous SE questions?

There have been numerous questions put on hold as showing "insufficient effort", generally in cases where the question has a simple, easily-found-out answer. But there are also a lot of questions that ...
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Is this a bad question?

One of my question that I asked a week ago is not yet answered. I just wanted to ask if there was something wrong in that question. Here’s the link Can flames be Frozen?