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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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The role of good mechanics problems

Today I saw that this question about pulling a bent carpet was closed for being a homework question. I think this was an incorrect call that illustrates a flaw with the homework policy and the way ...
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Wrongly marked duplicate about why decay is random

I am not sure how to raise this issue, but I was looking for an answer to the question How do we know that nuclear decay is truly random and spontaneous?. This is an important question because we don'...
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The h Bar is always open! (Chat Guidelines)

The main chat room for Physics SE is called the h Bar (yeah, it's a cool name); it has been an active place for a while now, and a lot of you have probably popped in at some point of time. However, ...
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Is it ok to edit to up vote?

Suppose that a user has down voted an answer to a question that they didn't completely understand. Years later, they read the answer again and find it to be good, but cannot change their vote because ...
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Is it ok to link my own questions from another SE site?

While I was suspended for low quality questions. I asked astronomy.SE if it would be ok to write some of my low quality questions from here to a higher quality there? They said yes and I did and they ...
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Tag cleanups on our meta

I just noticed that a lot of our tags here do not have any wikis/excerpts, and they seem like they're almost identical. Can someone please suggest how they're different and whether or not we should ...
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What does the logo of Physics StackExchange depict? [duplicate]

I am just interested. I guess there is a relation to magnetic fiels or quantum physics but I have no clear idea of it.
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Are there guidelines for reopening questions?

Background My closed question originally asked: Why is the sign of gravitational inertial mass chosen to be positive like EM inertial mass? and was put on hold: On hold as unclear what you're ...
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When “too broad” is really too broad?

Referring to this question, and the discussion at meta. In a nutshell the original question was closed as "non-mainstream" physics, but after the meta question, it was reopened. However, there are ...
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Why directly voting to close a question does not add to your number of reviews in the queue?

If you go into the "close votes" review queue and either selecting "Leave Open" or "Close" adds a count to the number of reviews you have done in the "close votes" queue. However, if you are viewing a ...
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I am not able to understand what should I do on this question to avoid it from being downvoted?

Please help me understanding about How I should improve my questions like this- How does torque operate? What will be going on with disc? from being downvoted? I think I have given the specific ...
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Are questions regarding gravitational waves allowed? [closed]

A question I have is "We know gravitational waves exist, but how do we detect them?" "I have heard astronomers talk about gravitational waves being created when two black holes collide or when two ...
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my reputation increases faster as I get more reputation

I don't know if it is because of my latest question on main or because of all good help I am getting. can someone tell me if there is a reason I get more faster as I obtain more?
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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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What can I do other than wait and edit questions if I am blocked from asking for a while?

I am at a road block because I have some questions with good answers and I don't want to delete them what else can I do?
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Homework Section [duplicate]

I am relatively new to stack exchange and it has quickly come to my attention that many seem peeved by the fact that people are asking homework questions on physics. I understand that this a community ...
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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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Terribly confused about what this community is about

I'm providing links to a very well received question and my poorly received question and I'd like to know why---in the eyes of this community---one is one better than the other. I'm mystified by what ...
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I am having trouble improving how my questions are received

Is there a way I can improve how my current questions are received because no matter what I do they get received worse? They don't even tell me what needs improvement.
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A user is harassing me in main [duplicate]

A user is consistently harassing me. I have warned them and they continued
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am I allowed to ask a user to be an editor for me

I am legitimately curious because if I find someone who understands me can I ask them to edit all my questions that others might not understand?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Can I cross post a question from MSE?

I have a question posted to MSE which is more about physics than math. If it remains on MSE, is it kosher to repost it here at the same time?
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Why are up voting and down voting thresholds different?

To me down votes and up votes should be earned at the same time, but I want to know what the rationale behind them being different.
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How can a question be marked as a duplicate if it's been asked **earlier** than a similar question?

This question has been asked 6 years and 10 months ago. How can it be a duplicate of this question, which has been asked 4 years and 4 months ago? Shouldn't the second be marked as a duplicate?
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Why don't we have the physics MathJax extension enabled? Should we?

As a recent question points out, it would be nice if the site's MathJax environment included something similar to the physics LaTeX package. Fortunately, the list of third-party extensions for ...
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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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What is the effect of the votes to close the question “Why is the MKS unit of time the same as the CGS unit?”

I don't agree with the vote to close the question "Why is the MKS unit of time the same as the CGS unit?". The question is, when Giorgi proposed to replace the CGS system, could he alternatively have ...
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I want to report a user

I want to report a user because he has been the reason why I was banned from the site. I want strict actions to be taken against him and he should suffer to the same extent as me . Please make it sure....
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Why physics SE is much more inactive compared to MSE?

I'm a mathematical physics student and learning mathematics(algebraic geometry, complex geometry etc.) and theoretical physics (CFT, string theory, supersymmetry etc.) in the meanwhile. I found an ...
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What is the general age of users on Physics SE?

I want to what is the age of users in general. I want to ask this because age determines so many things. A student of age 30 can be far better than a student of age 17. I know it’s personal ...
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How can we improve the participation of subject experts and enthusiastic physics students in chat?

I don't use the main site much, but I have been a regular participant on Physics SE's main chat: The h Bar, for the past two years. Lately, I have been noticing a drastic drop in the number of subject ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Straight $\mathrm{d}$ or italic $d$ for differentials?

I have had comments on my questions and answers questioning my use of $$ \int \mathrm{d}r \qquad \text{or} \qquad \int dr.$$ I have always thought that it should not be italiced as it is an operator....
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What are good examples of narrowing a homework question down to a conceptual question?

It is obvious that Physics SE community aren't here to solve specific physics problems. Homework policy, however, states that a question can be narrowed down to a conceptual question. To reinforce ...
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What can I do to clarify what I'm asking?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: solving a biot savart problem to completion I'm gonna be honest, this seems like a classic "close because of miscellaneous reason not related ...
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Why was my question about Quantum Mechanics and FTL drives put on hold?

So, I just asked a question (FTL drives and Quantum Mechanics experiments) about the intersection of quantum mechanics, FTL drives, and some form of relativity (not sure if it's general or special), ...
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Qmechanic reaches 100k rep

Please join me in congratulating @Qmechanic upon reaching the 100k rep milestone. We can all agree that his/her contribution to this site has been nothing short of outstanding, and the recognition ...
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My question is deleted, I am not allowed to ask more questions. Are these really good practices? [closed]

I asked this question which I later learned was apparently preposterous and was heavily downvoted. I was still positive that some one will one day come across my question who will be generous and ...
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Is Vote to Close as Off-Topic an appropriate remedy for questions that are deemed too “populist”?

Background: There are users who have been using the privilege to vote to close a question as off-topic as a way of dealing with "populist" questions (see the discussion here) believing them to be "...
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What is the line between fiction and physics with respect to off-topic?

There is a question I believe to be well on topic, relevant, and interesting. It is asking to consider a fictional scenario and evaluate, as given in the fictional scenario, whether it is possible to ...
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Should this really be put on hold?

Why are questions concerning the consistency of different parts of mainstream physics with one another considered as questions about non-mainstream physics and put on hold? I asked a question about ...
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Does math in my questions need to be in the form of MathJax?

I asked a question recently. With the question I included a picture of the question with my best handwriting. But received very harsh criticism from two users who insisted that the question be in ...
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

I feel concerned about a thought that I had recently. I am wondering if the current policy about duplicate questions may become problematic in the (very) long term for the health of Stack Exchange. ...
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What does conceptual mean?

I've told to come here by another user after my question was put on hold a few days ago for being "off-topic". What does "conceptual" mean? It's a word I see floating around a lot on this site and it'...
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Possibility to retract flag on comments [closed]

I have noticed that even if I mistakenly flag a comment, I cannot be able to retract the flag afterward... I think it will be a good feature to add the possibility to retract flags on comments.
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What to do if my question ban is not getting removed?

I have read on the Physics S.E website that users get a chance to ask question after 6 months of question ban If you're unable to improve your existing questions, you'll get the chance to ask a new ...
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I need more light on the homework policy

Please, I need to know what is wrong if one posts their homework here and it is well formatted? The actual thing is they might have tried solving before coming here in the case where they didn't ...
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What's wrong with my question?

This is my question: Position of a electrical charge with mass at a given time under the influence of the electrical field of another charge It has been put on hold for reasons I can't achieve to ...
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Deleting an Answer

An answer of mine was recently deleted because it was decided AFTER my answer was posted and accepted that the question was off topic. I thought putting a question on hold simply prevented any further ...