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Questions being responded negatively

I know that their are some similar questions like the one above but I have a genuine concern. For example this question A puzzling simple question on thermodynamics or another I had deleted. ...
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Is sharing recreational physics models allowed?

As someone interested in physics and creating theories for games, I tend to develop realistic physical models that might explain them out of curiosity. However, I do not know if it fits the Physics ...
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Education tag and questions on physics education

Today, I have seen this question closed as an opinion-based question. I have read previous (short) discussions about the issue of questions on physics education topics in SE (see also this), but I do ...
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Why was this question closed as a homework-like question?

I consider the question in this post to be a conceptual question. This is because OP didn't understand which time interval to calculate - the question wasn't about the calculation itself. ...
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Why is this question closed? I am finding no satisfactory answers from the personal comment

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Can time dilation be used to prove that relativistic mass does not really increase at speeds near $c$?
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Why has my answer to whether the fine structure constant been deleted?

My answer to this question on whether the fine structure constant can be calculated has been deleted by a moderator on the basis that the linked article is to a "non-mainstream publication." ...
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Post flagged as duplicate, but I still don't know the answer to my question! [closed]

This post was flagged as duplicate to this, but I couldn't understand all the replies very well. Mr John Rennie's reply seems to agree with my initial thought process, but I could be wrong; Is the ...
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Has it become time to change the homework policy?

I believe at this point the strict homework policy is reducing the ability of the site to grow. The initial idea of banning homework so that people don't use this site as course help has been long ...
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Is the purpose of physics.stackexchange to teach or to provide a stage?

I question the purpose of some Internet websites which include the present. As a now returning student of physics, admittedly with slower or less remembered skills, I find that the answers offered ...
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Why was a question manually removed from hot network questions?

Yesterday I’ve run into a post and decided to give a pretty long answer to it. My purpose was to post a thorough answer that could attract attention of many people who are not otherwise generally ...
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How does community wiki get decided on?

What are typically the criteria for marking a post as Community Wiki, besides having too many edits? I ask because I had a previous question get labeled as CW; if I understand correctly this label ...
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Is Many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics considered non-mainstream on this site?

I have asked a question about the Many-worlds interpretation of Quantum mechanics and it was closed just 3 minutes after it was asked. Is this topic unwelcome? P.S. In 2012 I made a questionnare about ...
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Is a "how should these experimental results be interpreted?" question admissible?

I can't remember seeing posts about the interpretation of experimental results on SE, so I am not sure whether such a question is SE-legitimate. Concretely, after reading some rather old and largely ...
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Should users answer questions that they think should be closed?

From time to time I come across posts that are closed by a user/users who has/have also submitted an answer to the question. I feel like this goes against the goal of closure, which is to prevent ...
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Comments sent to chat and addition of a new comment after that

In this closed question, the comments were moved by @rob to a chat. I was not interested in chatting, I just wanted to make an observation on the question itself, so I wrote a comment, which I found ...
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I need to get a better idea about essential mathematical prerequisites for GR from a book. How can I improve the question?

In reference to my question here: What would be essential math topics to read for general relativity (from a particular book)? I'm reading a book and wanted to get a clear understanding on what topics ...
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Can one earn a golden tag after adding 100 000 tags?

I was attended to a question here on this site after I noticed in a question that a member does a whole lot of tagging these days. But they always did. In 2016 they added about 20 000, in 2018 about ...
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Rationale behind downvote button

First: as a new non-scientist member of Physics SE I want to say thank you for the wealth of knowledge, interest and patience with my ignorance I have encountered here. Second: I was very surprised to ...
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The same question, little interest in the maths community and blind opposition here

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: A new way to define matrix-vector products, to relate physical fundamental constants and units of measure I wonder why such a question could ...
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Making others solve my problems..ok?

Sometimes I get problem ideas from real life. Is it OK to ask for a solution here, even though I would (probably) be able to solve it myself? As a disclaimer, those problems are weird enough to ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

My answer to a question was deleted under homework policy. The question didn't seem like homework. It was a genuine doubt why the user was getting a wildly different answer than the solution.
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Why are "big-list" questions no longer allowed?

I've recently seen the following (actually very long and well accepted) question on MathOverflow. Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics. Which I think is a great "question" and one ...
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Why close an answered question when both answer and question have positive vote counts?

Especially when a user cannot delete their own question.
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Why is the question on wifi being a force being downvoted so much?

An hour ago, the question Can (and should) wifi internet be considered a force? was asked, and it already has 5 downvotes as of me writing this post. The absence of close votes suggests other users ...
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Why was this vector calculus question closed?

I just came across this question, which was closed under the site's homework policy. However, I fail to see how it is related to a specific calculation or is "check-my-work-like". While it ...
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Measurement of mass increase doesn't concern physics. Really?

This question has been closed: How was mass increase measured? because: I’m voting to close this question because it concerns the history of physics – Bob D and then: Closed. This question is off-...
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Closed question of a problem with shown attempt...please help me!

Sorry, I have done a question here where I have presented a problem that I have solved. I know that usually the questions are closed without any suggestions or help by the user if a problem is ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How could this question have been asked to avoid closure under the "homework-like question" policy?

I'm confused as to why the question Falling to Earth from orbit was closed as a "homework-like" question. I don't know whether the OP found our advice about asking homework(-like) questions ...
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Why was this question down voted and closed as non-mainstream?

The question Are the following claims flaws in Relativity? was closed for not being mainstream physics, and it received a number of down votes. Now, I haven't studied SR past brief coverings in my ...
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This is not a duplicate

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: If antiparticles are particles moving back in time, would messages from the future be possible? It was marked a duplicate of Is anti-matter ...
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Who can I ask for feedback to reopen a question?

I have a question that was closed with the following motivation: We deal with mainstream physics here. Questions about the general correctness of unpublished personal theories are off topic, although ...
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Why is this specific question on particle physics being downvoted?

I just found and answered this question on why some particles are defined with square roots in their expressions. It has a bunch of downvotes, but the comments doesn't seem to clarify the reason for ...
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Once a question has been cross-posted on a different site (i.e., a cross-site duplicate) and received an answer on the other site, what should we do?

The topic of cross-site duplicates has come up in many Physics.Meta questions so far, for example: Is it OK to cross-post a question that you previously asked in other SE site? Should users be cross-...
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Too focused on theoretical physics? Or how come there is so little experimental physics being asked here?

The vast majority of topics in this SE seem to be either school/college course related (i.e. with no relation to experimental practice) or academic topics related to all sorts of theoretical physics. ...
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What to do when duplicate targets disagree?

There are several questions on Physics S.E. which have been marked as duplicate targets, yet their answers disagree with another. Two such examples would be Is energy conserved in an expanding ...
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Are questions front-paged for unspecified reasons perhaps related to popularization of a site?

Can a question be "front paged" by staffers for reasons that are not closely related either to significant developments in physics or to edits (either to the question itself or to the ...
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How can I improve my question?

I asked a question. It's getting downvoted and so far it's only been viewed 14 times. It's not obvious to me why it's being downvoted. Why is there disapproval against the question I asked? I would ...
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Why do physics SE math seem more abstract than mathematics SE questions?

I just wish to point out a recurring observation... comparing the questions in physics SE and math SE (which you can also do by opening the math SE page), the math SE questions often seem more down to ...
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Once a question has retained one net upvote, is it undesirable for each answerer to upvote it?

I've been in the habit of upvoting each question I'm answering, but it has recently occurred to me that this may be counter-productive in a collective enterprise such as PSE, since whoever posted the ...
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Inapproriate content to title

Recently this old question came to my notice because of a downvote: Do magnets redshift light? The content of the question is all about a hypothetical experiment full of unphysical hypotheseis: ...
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One-way speed of light tag? [duplicate]

Should we make a tag for one-way speed of light questions? I saw this question which included a link to this search, which combines a tag search with a text comprehension search in what seems like a ...
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Is there a way to easily/automatically merge the many Veritasium questions?

There is a new Veritasium video, The Big Misconception About Electricity, which is prompting a bunch of nearly identical questions. Currently, although the questions are nearly identical most ...
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Why was my question closed for not being focused when it actually was?

I asked a question a few days ago. It got closed for needing to be “more focused.” According to the site guidelines , in the Needs more focus part, it says: This can often be fixed by breaking the ...
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Community Post for online courses similar to Book Recommendations

The overarching book recommendations answer has been quite helpful for a lot of people me included. Is there / should we make a similar one for online lectures? Or maybe add it to this answer. I mean ...
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In what ways is this question lacking detail or clarity?

I asked this question about what a strangelet would look like to the naked eye, and it was closed because it needed details or clarity. As far as I can tell, there was no need for either, because it ...
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Is this question on-topic? Infinitely fast and strong laser targets the Earth

I would like to ask a purely hypothetical question regarding the following: What if I had an infinitely strong and fast laser that can cut through anything it passes. If it has a fixed diameter (let's ...
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Should I avoid asking too many questions in a given time period (say, a day)?

Recently I've been getting a lot of physics questions, and I'm at the point where I'm asking a couple a day. Should I restrain myself, or can I go willy-nilly as long as they meet the standards of the ...
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My question was downvoted after it was closed, can I ask the community to delete it?

I have this question: Bomb attached to accelerating charge, as viewed from a co-moving frame? Now it was closed, and then it was downvoted. I do not understand why we are allowing downvotes (or any ...
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Are future physics discoveries properly categorized as mainstream or not? [closed]

"Non-mainstream" physics is often equated to fallacies and fringe theories, including on this forum. Mainstream physics is rigorously categorized in specific historical scientific contexts, ...
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