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Is it possible to become a good physicist through self study [closed]

Is it possible to self research in physics, in a sense that one can come on par with knowledge/understanding of doctrate and post doctrate students in the subject so that he could publish his own ...
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New image uploading service test

I wanted to let you know that your site is one of the initial few selected for the first step in rolling out our new image uploading service. In principle, this should not change site functionality in ...
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What is wrong with this particular question?

How would one calculate the actual probability of a macro event given what we know of physics? The question is linked above. A couple of the commenters agree it is perfectly legitimate. I’m obviously ...
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Please Review Whether Moderation Appropriately Flagged Question As "Off-Topic" Or Whether Flag Was Politically Motivated

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Does Thermal Radiation From A Colder Object Get Absorbed By A Hotter Object? I have very little faith in the moderation of this site, and have ...
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Fix the "space-expansion" tag

There are two problems with the space-expansion tag. (1) The tag info is factually incorrect. [now corrected, thanks!] Space expansion is a cosmological phenomenon wherein the proper distance between ...
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How should I flag link-only answers?

I noticed this link-only answer and thought I should flag it, but discovered that "link-only" is not in the criteria under the "I am flagging to report this answer as... " "...
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Could this work? A partial solution to closed questions

I am just angry because right when I am in the middle of typing a bunch of stuff for a response, suddenly that "this question is closed" banner pops up and all that hard work goes down the ...
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What the Heck is going On in Physics SE?

I know that there are a good number of questions that come through that are clearly off topic, e.g., "here do my homework please..." However, as of late, questions are being rapidly closed ...
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Why is there a difference between the Stack Exchange sites Mathematics and Physics?

I have a question. Why does the Physics Stack Exchange site not encourage homework-like questions while the Mathematics Stack Exchange site does, or in the very least, does not close those questions. ...
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Ban-evading user who posts nonsense

There is a disruptive person who has been present on the site for months or years but flouts its rules. He posts nonsense and gets banned, sometimes for a year or more. He creates a new account and ...
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What would be a good place to discuss my troubles with learning and practicing physics in an academic context?

After finishing my PhD, I'm struggling with my post-doc search and, more generally, approaching and learning physics in a way that is compatible with academic work. What would be a good place to ...
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Suggestions for the design of a font for physics

Recently I've resumed work on a font I'm currently developing, meant to be released as a completely free, open-source, OFL-licensed font designed specifically for use in academic and formal writing. ...
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Protocols for migration of questions between different Stack Exchange sites?

I'm a bit confused about why this QM question was migrated from PSE to this question on MSE. I believe the more appropriate forum for this specific mathematical-physics question is PSE. Could someone ...
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Why this question is OK, not others

Here is a recent question on the Stone-Neumann theorem, and there are countless others especially on tensor analysis/differential geometry presumably related to general relativity. As this question is ...
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Why are my questions not getting views?

Why are my questions not getting views? Even if they get some views, there aren't any answers or votes.
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Review - Question closed as non-mainstream physics?

My question was closed as not "mainstream physics". Could I ask for this decision to be reviewed please? My question was dealing with the very real nature of combustion, not in any pseudo ...
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Would I get judged on this site?

If I were to make a wrong answer, would people lean towards downvoting my answers more in the future?
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"Serial downvoting" because of multiple terrible answers to the same question

If I'm not mistaken, the user who asked this question appears to have found a hack to make their posts undownvotable: Just answer the question multiple times and make sure they're all really terrible ...
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Where can I ask guidance-related questions about physics?

For example, I want to ask - How is a physics question made difficult in competitive exams? I want to know this so as to overcome the hardness/fear of a question. Where should I ask this question?
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Does Physics Stack-Exchange monitor questions for sensitive information?

If I were an adversary of the US and I needed some information to solve a problem, I might ask a question on Physics Stack-exchange with the goal to get info I'd not get otherwise. Why do I ask this ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why is this question unclear? What details should it have added to make it clear?

I noticed this question which seemed like an honest good faith question (although the asker is clearly not yet competent with using LaTeX). They clearly state how their mental models work, and it’s ...
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Why is the number of people reached by Community bot infinity?

I was on the Physics Stack Exchange site and just somehow went to view the profile page of the Community bot. I did not notice this before that the number of people reached by it is designated as $\...
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Do we want to implement the new AI policy banner on Physics SE?

Over on Meta they recently announced a new option for individual sites to have a "AI-generated content" policy banner, offering several options: We will initially offer two banner text ...
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Proposing answer endorsement badge

Update: A version of this was posted in mother meta exchange in case you want to cast your agreement/disagreement there. Ironically, it being at +3/-3 here is so positively surprising to me that I ...
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Moderators close questions as "homework-like" excessively

Physics Stack Exchange moderators often close questions because they seem them as "homework-like", asserting that it fosters independent learning. However, this practice may inadvertently ...
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Re-open a question about the fate of the universe in the absence of Hawking radiation

I'd like to request consideration to re-open this: What if black holes doen't evaporate by Hawking Radiation? It was closed as being not about mainstream physics. Although I understand there is ...
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May I know how can I improve my question?

Gravitation and Electrostatics - A mathematical analogy or much more? I posted this question, and though really good answers have been posted, it has been closed off. I am a new member here, and would ...
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I want to open question 793805 to post an answer and then close it

I wrote a very extensive answer using a computer program to verify the identity given above, which honestly might be useful for future visitors and contains some good content at least about the levi-...
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Our downvoting policy needs a major rejig

As a new user myself (just 22 days old), I feel as if the downvoting policy needs a major rejig. I agree to the fact that downvotes must be anonymous - as if the person who is downvoting is known, ...
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Advice on appropriateness of question for physics stack

A little while ago I asked a question on the Matter Modeling SE, and it has not received any answers. This question is regarding the way anharmonic force fields are calculated in computational ...
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Etiquette for reposting a question deleted by original poster

If a user posts a question which has potentially interesting answers but then deletes it themself, should the original poster be given credit if another user (who read the original question) decides ...
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Why does this question generate so much traffic?

A couple of days ago this question has been asked (IMHO a good question and it also received two good answers). Now I noticed that this question has extremely many views, especially compared to other ...
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Is direct criticism of another answer in your own answer ok?

This is a question about etiquette and manners. If you are answering or have answered a question and you disagree with something written in another answer, would you think it was ok to directly ...
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On assuming context of the reader in PSE?

So I think I can't guess the context of the reader but as an exercise can someone tell me how to improve my question writing for example here: What is the size of the dirac delta function in FLRW ...
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Request to reopen an old closed question

I was about to ask a question on Physics Stack Exchange, but found it had already been asked, and then closed since it was apparently already answered. I have looked at the link that is given as an ...
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How to properly ask for help on a complicated Question?

I am looking for help on a calculation of mine that is related to Black Hole Quasinormal Mode undergraduate research I am doing with my university. This is not homework or anything, but I'd rather not ...
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How is an old question "modified today"?

This old question, with answers, appeared today with the only indication, "modified today", without any link to what has been modified: Experiment: pendulum with constant driving force How ...
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Is "needs details or clarity" too subjective to be a useful closing criterion?

I have noticed that some questions that are closed with the "needs details or clarity" tag are in fact perfectly clear and specific questions, often with simple and straightforward answers. ...
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Why was this Q&A closed?

I posted this Q&A style question: How do I solve this projectile motion problem?. The reason for posting this is because I know that there are a large number of questions regarding how to approach ...
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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 questions with obvious answers on the web be closed?

I am referring to those questions whose answers can be found easily by googling the question. For eg: This question. I feel like such questions show very little research effort and should be closed ...
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If the current system of closing questions functions well, why are there particularly well-received questions that are closed?

A well-received question that receives a large amount of upvotes means that the physics community at large likes the question and thinks that it is a meaningful question. Questions with very large ...
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Who closed my question?

I asked a question Question about entanglement. I would expect that people commenting on the question would be familiar with this phenomenon and its philosophical issues. But someone made a comment ...
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What to do when a non-duplicate question has the answer?

There is a question asked a few days ago on "Reaching 50% the speed of light using a centrifuge" that is effectively answered by a very nice answer to a different question on "Does a ...
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Why was Yearling badge awarded twice 3 days apart?

When I read it that this badge can be awarded multiple times I thought it means every year it will be awarded once to the active member. But I see that my own badge is awarded twice and only 3 days ...
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Isn't convention tag meant to allow discussion on opinions?

I recently asked this question which got closed because its answer was based on opinions. But that was exactly the point of my question, and hence the usage of tag of "convention". So I am ...
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How to resolve multiple open duplicates of essentially the same question

There are 4 variations of essentially the same question about the effect of pressure on dew point. From oldest to newest they are: How does athmospheric pressure influence dewpoint? To calculate the ...
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Help finding a question about charged metal block expanding in volume

Either myself or someone else had asked a question here about how the volume of a metal block changes as it becomes positively charged (extracting electrons). Going through my question history I ...
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Why is my question off-topic?

The question doesn't involve the application of any physical principles to the design or manufacture of any real-world product, nor does it involve any consideration for practical utility*, costs, ...
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