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Why was my question downvoted, and why won't people give advice when they downvote? [migrated]

I was working through Griffiths' for quantum mechanics, and I came across some problems where we have to calculate expectation values. This motivated me to ask the following question: https://math....
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Can I ask for an example?

I'd like to ask for an example in which the minimum energy principle is used (thermodynamics). However, I've never seen a question in which examples are required, so I got the doubt that it's not ...
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We shouldn't answer homework question directly, should we?

Taking the question as example, where someone solved the problem for the author whereas mine was related to hint (cause there's some steps left to think/solve). But -1 on my answer is for what? ...
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Why was my question immediately closed?

Today I questioned the claim that "SR is way easier and more beautiful to understand with tensors". I think that knowing about vector spaces, their duals and bilinear forms (i.e. bilinear ...
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Is it okay to ask how to find certain labs on physics stack exchange?

I am currently trying to find labs and groups that are exploring a certain topic. The background is that I'm trying to apply to grad school and looking for labs that are suitable for my interest. The ...
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Strange triple downvote on my (well-received) question

Could someone tell me why this question received 3 downvotes yesterday? I really thought it was well asked, it surprises me. Moreover, it received 3 upvotes before, so I believed it was alright. "...
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Reopen question request that may be useful for a large public

Please reopen this question Cosmology : Consecutive steps to get the posterior of parameters 1) determine fiducials, 2) Forecats with Fisher information 3) Validation with MCMC that I estimate useful ...
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Why don't we allow check-my-work questions?

John Rennie's answer in the meta thread currently has ~3x the upvotes of ACuriousMind's accepted answer. This seems to indicate we should allow check-my-work questions. Why do we still consider these ...
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Questions being responded to negatively

I know that there are some similar questions like this one, but I have a genuine concern. For example, the question A puzzling simple question on thermodynamics or another I had deleted. Apparently ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange?

What is the policy on asking homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework questions? Are homework questions allowed? What should I include in a ...
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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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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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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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Data collection: When should (or shouldn't) we exclude questions from the Hot Network Questions list?

The SE team has made several promising changes to the "Hot Network Questions" system. If you have previously found HNQs to be problematic, you are invited to participate in the discussion ...
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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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Book recommendations: On-topic, on-topic but community wiki, or off-topic?

Yes, we've had this debate before. Unfortunately, there's no definite consensus to be found about their community wiki status: Good list, bad list (from July 2013) has the top voted answer (with a ...
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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 any check-my-work questions be made on topic?

It's long overdue that I make this post revisiting our policy on "check-my-work" questions. These are questions, often (but not necessarily) homework-like, that present a complete mathematical or ...
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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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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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Do we have Nobel prize winners on this SE?

Just curious, do we have any Nobel prize winner on this SE? PS: I want to follow some big shots, or the topics they are interested in.
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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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Meaning of non-community wiki answers?

The badges section mentions that when someone earns ''at least 100 total score for at least 20 non-community wiki answers'' in a specific tag, he/she gets a bronze badge for that tag. However, the ...
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Can anyone advice the real name of "Qmechanic"? [closed]

I am a big fan of the rigidity, depth and straightforwardness of "Qmechanic" answers, I wonder if he\she has a book\notes in some fields of physics, I believe we can learn much faster by using them. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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