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My question was closed on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic?

My question was closed1 on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic? Here we keep a list of other internet sites that might help students2 of physics. ...
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

Now, I know the need to create standards for asking questions. However, particularly for first time users, the ability to ask questions in a way that this forum expects can be difficult, often due to ...
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Allowance of Computational Physics questions

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 (...
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How can “torus shape” planet be “non-mainstream” physics?

Refer to this question: How would the rotational and orbital mechanics differ on a torus-shaped planet as compared to a spherical planet? This is asking about torus-shaped planet rotational and ...
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Why am I in risk of a questions ban after one duplicate and one closed question?

A moment ago, I wanted to ask a question on this SE about the amount of energy in human blood, but it warned me that I'm in risk of no longer being able to ask questions on this account due to a large ...
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Tips for quickly and efficiently searching for duplicate questions on Physics SE

There have been some recent discussions that it's getting increasingly difficult to find duplicates or near-duplicates of questions posted by new users, on the main site. Similar concepts are getting ...
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Why was this question considered “big list?”

I recently asked what the most precice measurement we have taken is (What is the most precise physical measurement ever measured?). With 33 views and 6 upvotes, it got mod-hammered as being a "big ...
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How do I dispute a moderator's action?

A moderator closed/migrated/deleted a post, and I disagree with this. How should I proceed in getting this reversed? Return to FAQ index
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Why more than a thousand views for my 'closed' question?

I had asked this question some time back. What I intended to know was understood perfectly by the person who has answered it. Since then, the question has been viewed a thousand times earning me a '...
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What can be done in order to re-open a closed question?

I recently asked a question that was originally put "on-hold" (you can look at the question here: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/245079/). Now, I’ve read the homework policies several times, in ...
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Question with a lot of discussion in comments remains closed for being unclear

I would like to enquire about this post I have made on StackExchange Physics- Conformal group in 2D being a subgroup of Diff x Weyl - Polchinksi's 'String Theory' This post was closed ...
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Is it part of this site's charter to dispel ignorance and raise awareness of science?

This question is inspired by the following question: Is it physically possible to convert matter into the electromagnetic spectrum(specifically x-rays)? The question I put in the title is in part ...
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Fixing the closed-question notices following changes to the software

About a year ago, the post notices on closed questions changed across the entire SE platform. This changed a number of aspects of the Q&A engine software's behaviour and how it communicates meta ...
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Very disappointed by my experiment on this site

I am very disappointed by my experiment on this site. Four days ago, I posted this question: Numerical simulation of the double-slit experiment including watching the electrons . After less that 24 ...
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Good examples of turn-around questions that get closed → fixed → reopened and answered

I just watched the question Why is 2 a pseudoreal representation and there is no 2-2-2 anomaly? turn around from being fundamentally ill-posed, under-researched and essentially unanswerable in its ...
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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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How are these two questions duplicates?

I recently saw that this question has been closed as a duplicate, and I couldn't disagree more, but for some reason it has passed review with a Leave Closed outcome. The currently-closed question ...
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The gamma^5 question

The question Can one show that ${\gamma^5}^\dagger = \gamma^5$ directly from the anticommutation relations? was recently closed as homework-like. I agree that this is in somewhat of a grey area as far ...
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Why are estimation questions off-topic?

A recent attempt on my part to re-open an estimation question has failed, so I thought it might be worthwhile to continue the discussion on meta. The original question: Estimate number of hairs on ...
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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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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 guidelines should moderators use to decide when to close questions?

Recently, Noldorin has closed three questions that I've noticed: They are a question about using household devices to experiment with electromagnetism , econophysics, and whether a certain definable ...
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The role of precedents in closing questions

In deciding whether a question should be closed, moderators and users of sufficient reputation refer to the official physics S.E. policy, and act accordingly. In law, if a particular decision is ...
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Should this astrobiology question be reopened?

Silicon-based life was closed for being off topic. It's possibly an astrobiology question, and was migrated from the old Astronomy.SE. In which case it is on topic by current rules. Probably. (we ...
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Request for further clarification on question on hold

This question was put on hold recently (and answered in the comments). I do not question the decision but would appreciate further guidance about the particular reason so I can adjust future ...
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Why has my question been closed?

Why has my question, entitled Automobile Air Bags, been closed? This really leaves me baffled. I've asked a conceptual question regarding the question above ,I've shown my efforts to understand it,I'...
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Duplicate meta-question on duplicate questions

I've read the meta questions on duplicates. This question may well be a duplicate, but there are some unlearned lessons in those answers. Two questions prompted me to raise this issue in meta. If ...
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Prematurely closed “duplicate”

This question, asking why oceans look blue but rivers don't, was closed as a duplicate of another question, which was answered with a good explanation of why large masses of water, including oceans ...
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Reopening a question about the recent LIGO event

My recent question about the significance of further LIGO events was appreciated, it appears, by all but five people. I'm lobbying for reopening. This question is not too broad--it's exactly ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

My recent question was manually removed from Hot Network Questions and later closed as a homework question, but it eludes me why. According to the FAQ on homework questions, the definition of ...
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Is a shopping advice request off-topic in any case?

A question has arisen if shopping advice posts is off-topic and should be kept closed. Examples: Fairly Broad Spectrum Light Source Options Refractive index liquids: Why hard to buy? Where can I ...
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Why is there so little answering of elementary physics questions?

I have begun to notice that it's nearly impossible to get answers for queries on classical mechanics concepts on this website (despite them involving advanced ideas). While say a quantum mechanics ...
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Can this string theory question be reopened? [closed]

In my opinion (and others said so in the corresponding comments too) this question, asking about some difficulties that occur in investigating the string theory landscape (such as the measurement ...
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Why was my question closed as duplicate although the linked questions are related to different topics?

I asked this questiion yesterday: Does the shape of the Universe refer to the curvature of spacetime in 5-dimensional space? While I now understand and got good answers, my question was closed as ...
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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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Why was this question put on hold?

I was about to answer this question: Testing the second type of equations of Lagrangian Mechanics when I refreshed the page and saw it was put on hold as off-topic. Now, it might be a duplicate (...
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How can I challenge if I think my questions are unfairly closed or put on hold?

I think I my questions have been clear enough and still they have been put on hold, or closed. There are a couple of members who are always among the close voters. Is there a way I can stop this bias? ...
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A request to reopen my question

I recently asked a question which was closed for being off topic. I have been directed to two links by the moderator: (1) (2) . After going through both the links, I am posting a request here to ...
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On the subject of moderation by single individuals

Possible Duplicate: Can we please let the community close questions? I quit using Physics Forums because of a single case of moderation. I started a thread on the site to do a general relativity ...
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Do moderators avoid unilateral close votes, or close votes in general?

Our moderators have mentioned that they avoid closing questions unilaterally, unless it's a slam-dunk case. I think I've seen similar stances on other sites' metas, and this seems like a good general ...
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Why was my question, about a collection of textbooks to use to prepare for QFT, closed?

It was called "Need A Collection Textbooks To Use As Stepping Stones to QFT" In my mind, asking about a "no-nonsense intro to QFT" and asking for a set of textbooks together which would prepare one to ...
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Why is this question about measurement off-topic?

The question Reliable length scales in nature has been received very poorly, for reasons I don't really understand. In the help center, it is stated that questions concerning "Experimental designs ...
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Homework Policy and what justifies closure

Reading through questions on the Q&A Stackexchange, I came across this Question regarding rotational mechanics. I'd been confused a few other times in the past by homework closures and had come to ...
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Is my question “Is everything in the universe discrete” a duplicate?

My question, "is everything in the universe discrete" was quite rapidly put on hold as a duplicate of "does the Planck scale imply that spacetime is discrete". I understand my question might have ...
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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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Is Physics SE being targeted by people opposing the modern view of physics, and so called myth busters?

I have only been a member for a few months, but find the site both very good, and pretty fair. Not saying all is perfect, but enough good, imo. I looked to see if there was a similar question to the ...
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How much time will it take to review ON HOLD questions?

I have asked a question before 3 days and it was put on hold. After that i have done all the required editing in the question and also put the comment but till now it haven't been reviewed. I think ...
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Mainstream physics closed as non-mainstream

This (admittedly naive) question (asking whether the existence of tachyons would have observable consequences) seems to me to be clearly about mainstream physics, though it was closed as non-...
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Question asking rare examples of the use of SO(8) and Spin(8) triality

I am just curious, why this question is put on hold Physics application of $SO(8)$ and Spin(8) triality, while other questions that have broader ends (a real open list) are left open. e.g. Physics ...
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Marked as duplicate when it is not a duplicate

https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/107091/soft-question-the-best-way-to-learn-physics-road-map was marked as a duplicate to How to learn physics effectively and efficiently when I have ...