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Have we lost the necessary critical mass of professional physicists?

A while back, we had this discussion in which we tried to measure quantitatively whether the site was gaining or losing non-novice users. Since then, I've had the distinct subjective impression that ...
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What are the goals of this site?

This discussion question is inspired by this post on the current homework policy question. The main question is What are the goals of this site? Some things to think about when answering: What is ...
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Are two questions that only differ in the desired level of sophistication of the answer duplicates?

This meta discussion is sort of a spin-off from this recent meta discussion about whether or not an asker's age is relevant to a question, and whether or not it should be edited out. Since the issue ...
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What can be done to improve Physics.SE as an active forum for physics researchers and student's?

As noted elsewhere, I have personally discontinued use of Physics.SE, since it seems to me that it no longer acts as a forum for research based physics Q&A. Over the past 12 months there has in my ...
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What is the correlation between answer quality and score?

There has been a general sense among a number of users, myself included, that simplistic, almost throwaway answers can get very high scores, while thoroughly researched, high-level answers can ...
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Does physics.SE help research?

Does some concrete evidence exist that the physics.SE site offers any help with research? (Note that research in physics may not be confused with theoretical physics, that is a specific thing.) Were ...
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How to deal with questions based on videos?

Here are two recent questions that I would consider low in quality: Is coherent light required for interference in the Young double slit experiment? What theories explain the wave-particle duality as ...
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Improving signal/noise ratio

Lubos Motl has fairly complained that the site has had an unfortunate number of questions which are of a pop-sci philsophical flavor (Why is there something rather than nothing? What came before the ...
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Ambiguity in the [color] tag

Nine questions were tagged color. Of these seven related to the perceptual values of different frequencies of visible light, and two related to the characteristic charge of the strong nuclear force. ...
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What to flag for “lack of basic research” questions? [duplicate]

There have been a variety of questions that shouldn't be allowed under current site rules because they are very clearly lacking basic research - 2 minutes on google would probably help them with their ...
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Yet another “What level?” question. This time for physics 101 homework.

Consider "help with coefficient of friction". A basic physics 101 question, and a one-and-a-half step variety at that. As questions-that-students-have go there is nothing unusual about it, but there ...
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Tags for calibrating answers to the level of question

A problem I find with the site is that often answerers don't know how to calibrate an answer to the level of the questioner. This was both good and bad for me personally as I'd get insight into topics ...
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Does this question belong on this site?

The question Sonic boom equivalent for speed of light barrier seems to have provoked much debate in terms of whether this question is appropriate, in level and content, for this StackExchange site. ...
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Remind users to do basic research before asking questions

While any of us can need an explanation of some concept we need to get clear in our minds and can't quite grasp, it does seem sometimes that even the most basic step is sometimes lacking. Could/...
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Is this an example of a good electrical question on Physics?

Questions like this one are potentially on-topic on Electrical Engineering. However, that question is a little too basic for most of our users, and we don't get a lot of homework questions as it seems ...
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Leeway in deviating from goals of this site

This post is the second post of a series; the first can be found here and the post that inspired this series of questions can be found here. How much freedom are we willing to grant users in ...
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How much mathematics is allowed to be the focus of questions? [duplicate]

Since there are mathematics and mathematical-physics tags, I was convinced that it is perfectly legitimate to ask for a mathematically rigourous proof, i.e. a methematically correct, once given the ...
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Why is everyone so keen to answer physics questions by writing down tons of equations? [closed]

As a physicist, when you are tackling some new problem, shouldn't the first thing that comes to your mind be a rough idea? Why can't you answer questions with those rough ideas first? Math is just a ...
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Can we reduce the scientific terms?

Well I think Its my personal problem .When ask a question its answers are in scientific terms and I was unable to understand it . Can you reduce the scientific terms,? and I know it is little bit ...