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This has been bothering me for a while, and I'd like to speak up about it. I see, with a much higher frequency than I would like, comments that look, with rather little variation, like This ...
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How is this question "about engineering"?

Why was this question Why is the ground warm during winter and vice-versa? deemed to be "about engineering" and closed, when the OP clearly stated he was not asking about how to employ the ...
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Soft-question or off-topic question?

Where is the boundary between a soft-question and an off-topic question? The issue has come up in connection to question Does physics explain why the laws and behaviors observed in biology are as they ...
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Relevance of biology-related questions

I'd like to discuss the relevance ("on-topicness") of questions regarding the effects of physical influence on biologic organisms, specifically humans. Recently, there have been these two questions: ...
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Wrongly marked duplicate about why decay is random

I am not sure how to raise this issue, but I was looking for an answer to the question How do we know that nuclear decay is truly random and spontaneous?. This is an important question because we don'...
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Outdated flag reasons

The flag reasons are outdated: It still has "too localised" and others. Shouldn't it be updated? Edit: just a bump to the front page, ...
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How to get explanation why question is unclear?

I have had a big problem over many months with a question. I try to tell the story as factually as possible. Help is appreciated. Here we go... I asked a question on Jan 27 at 14:29. It was closed ...
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Reopening old closed questions

My question is motivated by this related post, which questions the practices for closing [homework-and-exercises] questions. My own question is about older posts that remain closed and about the ...
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Why was q721019 closed?

If you know what Poiseuille's equation is then Physiology question about velocity and radius is perfectly clear and a straightforward answer solves the questioner's conceptual difficulty. Yet the ...
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Please reopen my question about a physical limit

I asked this question about what it is (if anything) that provides and upper limit to the speed of a turbine in a fluid stream: Maximum rotation rate of a turbine in a fluid with a given speed It was ...
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What is wrong with this question?

I ask you to reopen my question which has nothing to do with an alleged homework: A problem involving adiabatic expansion of ideal gas or at least explain what is wrong with it.
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Why was my resource recommendation question closed for needing more focus?

Books on general properties of matter and fluids. Can anyone please tell why this was closed and down voted? The topic comes under properties of bulk matter, which ...
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About an "on hold" question

My question has been put on hold as unclear. I can't understand why. I think I gave sufficient definition of my question and of its purpose. Some further explanation of why it appears unclear would ...
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What is the difference between homework-like questions/check-my-work questions and a normal question?

Yesterday, while I was trying to solve a Schrödinger equation with a specific type, I came across with this question. Then I thought that if I ask a similar question for a different potential and add ...
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Should we flag a duplicate question if it has more engagements comparing the original post?

Look at this question: Does the universe have a center?. (original, unpopular) Now, look at this one: Did the Big Bang happen at a point?. (duplicate, famous) If you notice, the duplicate post has a ...
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Why was this considered a 'bad question'?

Yesterday, I asked a question about capacitors. It was closed under the "homework-and-exercises" tag and my submit-to-review appeal was rejected. I'm not coming here to complain, I'm just ...
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Question closed due to homework policy?

My post Is there a steady state for two conductors at different temperatures connected to a battery? was closed under homework policy. Nevertheless it is clear that is not a homework. How do I reopen ...
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Why was this question closed on grounds of being unclear?

I don't understand why this question was closed? Especially why on grounds of being unclear? It was quite clear, was it not?
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Car Color-Temperature Duplicate Declined

The question from today How much difference to interior temperature would a white car roof make? says essentially "My car is hot so I'm thinking of painting the roof white. How much would that affect ...
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How do we deal with interdisciplinary questions?

As the borders between various disciplines are slowly vanishing with the advent of interdisciplinary areas like Biophysics, Environmental and climate studies, and Complex systems, how do we deal with ...
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Unclear What You're Asking

I recently posted a question closely related to (but not identical to) this one. I promise not to continue posting variants. That said: I have just voted to close this question as "unclear what ...
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