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Choosing a Close Reason

What close reason should I choose for a question like this?
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How to promote “hidden gems”

Upvote mechanism does not always work on this site. I often see great answers with zero votes that are unaccepted. This is what tends happens: Spend significant amount of time adding an answer In ...
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Why aren't “duplicate” questions allowed?

It implies that some random answer from the past is the definitive answer. And we all know that questions can be answered many different ways. And the duplicate question usually isn't an exact ...
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The $F=ma$ competition was February 18th, 2021

The $F=ma$ competition is the largest physics competition in the United States, and took place online the afternoon after this Meta question first appeared. It is a multiple choice exam with tricky ...
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Specific tag to add for my questions

With this question I would like to know what specific tag I can include in my questions on Physics.SE since most of them are about clarifications or curiosities or doubts that I encounter for my ...
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Why was this question on fiber switches closed?

Yesterday the question How do non-mechanical solid-state optical switches work? was closed as off-topic. I don't quite understand why, as questions about physics lab equipment are considered on-topic. ...
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What is the mechanism for questions to go viral?

I have noticed that while most questions get a few views or a few hundred, some rack up, over time, hundreds of thousands. I understand how this sort of thing happens on social media, where "...
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Are some questions closed “too fast”, and is it a problem?

I bring as an example this question, that has been closed after ~12 hours: What exactly are electrons if they exist in orbitals without real boundaries? The OP seems to be someone that does not use ...
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Would the braket extension in MathJax v3 be appropriate and useful for this site?

Since our math editor is currently on the news, here's one aspect worth considering. One thing that's been pointed out on the Meta.MathOverflow threads (here and here) is that v3 of MathJax has been ...
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Why was this circuits question closed?

See: Find the Thevenin's Voltage The question asker seems a little forward, but there is a deeper question he asks if you read his entire submission, an answer to which would be very typical of SE....
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My question is “engineering” but

My question: What is the ideal gap between two panes of glass for insulation? According to this: Are engineering questions appropriate for this site? When constructing a product for use in the world, ...
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The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site

You have probably seen already a link, on the Featured on Meta sidebar, to an announcement of an upcoming upgrade to the text editor on Stack Exchange, Opt-in alpha test for a new Stacks editor. As a ...
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Does 'Semiconductor Physics' have a home in Physics SE?

I have seen a number of questions on PN-Junctions, Avalanche Breakdown, Biasing and MOS...etc, that have gone largely untouched; which is understandable, do these types of questions belong here or ...
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Should the on-topic list use the term “Design of experiments” instead of “Experimental design”?

The list of topics for this site on https://physics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic includes this entry: Experimental designs and results Example: What is needed to claim the discovery of the Higgs ...
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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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Are Fermi problems allowed on physics.stackexchange? [duplicate]

I am new to physics.stackexchange.com, but I not new to Stack Exchange per se. I asked a question which I consider a Fermi problem: In physics or engineering education, a Fermi problem [...] is an ...
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What constitutes a 'near complete' solution?

My answer (posted below) was deleted from the following question: Calculating mass of unknown object using center of mass. The deleter's comment read, "I'm deleting this in accordance with our ...
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Please Consider Re-opening This Question

My question at Evidence that Time is a Natural Phenomenon? was closed as a duplicate of What is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction? I read the related question and I don't see ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Improvement of a poor question by non-authors

There are already many Q&A related to the improvement of a question by the original author. It is quite obvious and well documented how to proceed to improve the form of a question. However, I did ...
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Questions posted on both physics.SE and math.SE [duplicate]

If I have a question about something like group-theory, and I would like both a physicist's and a mathematician's perspective on it, can I just post two identical questions on the two sites? Is it ...
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Why is the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site closing some interesting questions?

I came to the main site for searching an interesting question about a possible universe inside atoms. Here is a list of questions: Universe inside atom Does our Universe reside in the smallest ...
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Is this user a spammer?

A user [link removed] just posted an answer to a question I had bountied. The answer itself is garbled, and it's unclear whether it's a legitimate answer attempt or an attempt at farming reputation ...
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Curiosity about 'total reputation' and 'reputation change' table

This is a mere curiosity, but I looked at the reputation tables and saw the following: Are these mere coincidences? E.g. the total number of users with 5,000+ reputation is exactly the same as the ...
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Effects of check-marking the Community Wiki box [duplicate]

I've done some additions to a PSE question Is the Universe Past-Eternal? whose own author doesn't seem to be very active on the site recently, and hasn't accepted any answer (-I believe mine remains ...
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We can see downvotes on answers by seeing the reputation of a user

If I downvote an answer there is a -1 reputation change. Even though, downvotes and upvotes are supposed to be anonymous. There is a slight chance that user might visit my profile and can see my -1 ...
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Deleting answers due to the Homework policy is not beneficial

The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange. I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

How should I feel about the Stack Exchange reputation point system? I am new to the Physics Stack Exchange site as a contributor. I try to answer questions that I am sure that I know the answer of. I ...
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What should I do when a question is made duplicate to a not really relevant other question?

This question How can photons destructively interfere?, definitely and clearly a question about photons, was made duplicate to a general waves question: What happens to the energy when waves perfectly ...
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Can we set the record straight on this optics question?

This popular question Why can't the human eye focus to make blurry photos/video clear? has unfortunately been overrun by incorrect answers and comments. I'm seeking to draw attention to this in the ...
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Imagination-based questions [closed]

Why doesn’t Physics SE accept imagination-based theory, man? It just makes a person feel so bad when he asked an imagination-based question and it just get closed by higher members (like Qmechanic). ...
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Why would someone think this question NOT mainstream physics?

I've asked a question that's mostly about optics with a little touch of thermodynamics to it: Can you use an invisibility shield to insulate from infrared radiation? But I'm getting 2 close votes to ...
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What should be done with questions tagged [resource-recommendations] that are not actually asking for recommendations?

Continuing on from this discussion: Why was this answer made community wiki? — about a question that had the resource-recommendations tag. As pointed out in Emilio Pisanty's answer, the main ...
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Why was this answer made community wiki?

This accepted answer I wrote a few hours ago was changed to a community wiki: Dynamics and radiation part of Jackson's book - reading advice I realize the original question was not a particularly ...
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What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?

In December 2019, the moderator team posted the question Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?, which was positively received, and there was a clear agreement and intention ...
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Can I answer resource recommendation questions by answer them directly?

For example, question Q care about problem A and need some material about problem A. Can I answer the question by solving problem A directly?
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Why are coloured parts of questions removed?

Out of curiosity, after I learnt the use of MathJax if I thought it necessary (obviously may be not for others), I used the colour code to mark any point of my question, but some users suggest edits ...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able ...
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Languages of references

I understand that Physics Stack Exchange "is an English language site", but I'm wondering whether it's acceptable to provide a generic reference (such as a link) to a source, written in a ...
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“You did the measurement wrong” is not an answer

I've seen two hot network questions in the past two days where one of the highly upvoted answers was a variation on "you did your measurement wrong". In both cases, this answer was ...
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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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Asymmetry between closing and reopening questions

I notice an apparent asymmetry between the two processes of closing a question or voting for reopening. In the former case, a reason for the vote must be given. In the latter, it is not possible to ...
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Why has my question from October 16, 2019 been downvoted? [closed]

One of my questions from October 16, 2019, Why is the ångström not a metric unit? And why is the ångström spelled with the Swedish/Finnish letters "å" and "&#...
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Editing a question invalidating answers

This question kept pushing for more or less the same idea till 21st November. At the time, the question then contained an explicit calculation where the author had tried to explain his work. Two days ...
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Should we leave technical astronomy questions to Astronomy SE?

In 2012, when the first incarnation of Astronomy SE closed, the community at Physics SE felt compelled to give a home to astronomy questions and overwhelmingly voted to expand the scope of the site. ...
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Does this type of question violate the rules?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Commutation and Sharing Same Eigenvalues
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May I ask questions about physics lab equipments?

I'm looking for a specific lab equipment, but I don't know the exact English words to describe it, so my searches are useless. To give an idea, I'm interested in a gyroscope with gimbals and a motor ...
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What is the maximum limit of suspension on the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Today I came across an account (link removed) which had been suspended for a very long time. Is there any other instances for such suspensions? What are the probable reasons of very long time ...
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Does SE allow me to publish my own material (Qs/As) in a peer-reviewed journal?

Does SE return the copyright to its contributors in order for them to partially/completely republish their own material in some peer-reviewed journals, or any written permissions from SE are required?
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Asking for credentials of a user

I saw an answer recently which was very different from all the other answers. It had downvotes, but the author had said someone was deliberately targeting him and downvoting his answers. I looked into ...

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