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Why was this question considered “big list?”

I recently asked what the most precice measurement we have taken is (What is the most precise physical measurement ever measured?). With 33 views and 6 upvotes, it got mod-hammered as being a "big ...
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Remove the reputation cutoff for the answer ban

There is an automatic answer ban mechanism that stops users from posting many low-quality answers. However, I'm pretty sure users automatically get immunity from the answer ban if their reputation is ...
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Question closed by a single person without any chance of editing

I had recently asked the following question: Uniform discrete physical theories And the question was closed without any comments whatsoever. The reason cited was that it was too broad. I don't see ...
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What counts as sufficient prior research when asking a question?

On Physics Stack Exchange, people asking questions are expected to demonstrate that they've put a certain amount of effort into answering the question themselves. What exactly counts as sufficient ...
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My question was closed on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic?

My question was closed1 on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic? Here we keep a list of other internet sites that might help students2 of physics. ...
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Should history of physics questions be on topic?

When we last visited the issue of history questions, the dedicated History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange was in its early stages. At that time, we decided against closing questions for ...
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How work Physics.SE and Mathematics.SE about mathematical/physic question

In these two years I'm always trying to understand how to write well my questions. Some of my Physics questions necessarily also require mathematical knowledge that I don't have at the moment and the ...
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Is it OK to copy and paste part of own answer over and over, to answer new questions?

Here I report a subjectively funny case of a person who posts a wall of text over and over, since at least two years, to answer questions. He does modify it in order to adapt it to the asked question, ...
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Does serial downvoting mean that my answers are bad?

I am getting serially downvoted now. Five questions were downvoted in short order. Are the answers I gave so bad? See: Links to the answers: https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/486605/ https://...
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Cases in which self-edits are an unethical mean to generate attention

I made 6 minor edits to my latest answers. The last edit (addition of a link to a lecture on the topic) I did 2 days after I gave the answer. I noticed that the question received a lot of new ...
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A question erroneously labeled as duplicate

A question was submitted by user929304 titled: Balance of a spinning coin This question is about the case of rolling motion, as in, for instance, rolling down an incline. So you see a coin rolling ...
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Why is this question not considered an off-topic homework problem?

This question currently has a bounty on it and is receiving a lot of attention. But to me it looks like a question that is normally closed for being off-topic. The question reads like a homework ...
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My question was downvoted without a reason [closed]

Does Fisher Information quantify only the precision of the instrument? I had asked a question recently. There were some comments by someone named Solar Mike. On repeatedly asking him/her on ...
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Why was this question put on hold? Reason given was that it is a homework question

What would theoretically lead to a greater burn if both materials are kept at a constant temperature when applied to the skin? Water or Brass? This is a question that would help with the ...
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No response to question

I recently asked a question which did not receive any attention at all (no comments or answers, just a like). What should I do?
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There should be an aerogel tag

I asked a question about pertaining to aerogel, and could find the tag for aerogel. Aerogel is an innovative technology, I mean before Kistler made it, who would have imagined that jellies were more ...
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How should we handle how-to-find-a-specific-reference requests?

We occasionally get "find me a PDF" requests, where a user knows exactly the paper she needs and (presumably because of a paywall) asks how to obtain an electronic copy of it. This has typically been ...
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Should it be mandatory that close votes be accompanied by comments?

I have read the help page various times to get help with asking questions. While that helped, I still sometimes find my questions downvoted or voted to close. That is without explanation. That leaves ...
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Penalty time for obscene posts?

I’ve noticed that obscene, offensive posts get deleted fairly quickly, perhaps automatically based on the large negative downvote they get. But I have not noticed offenders quickly being given penalty ...
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Two questions in one

I know as a general rule it's good to keep questions simple if possible. I also think they can differ from case to case. Can someone please suggest whether to split this question into two? Or leave ...
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Can we ask about book for studying? [duplicate]

I'm starting to study a new topic (spinors) and I don't know where I can study it, is it possible to ask for studying material?
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What, really, is a good question?

So it seems like the general consensus of a "good" question is one that includes adequate research/reasoning to provide context for/justify the question being asked, and if applicable cites sources ...
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How do you cite yourself?

In this answer I cited some work I did a while ago. To what extent should we allow self-linking? I have noticed in some cases there is self-linking that is only tangentially related to the ...
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Are resource recommendations allowed?

What is the policy on asking for recommendations of books or resources on Physics Stack Exchange? What is a resource recommendation question? What sort of resource recommendation questions are ...
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Can you help me to make question 483886 more specific?

I did this question but they say it's too broad, I modified but I think they consider it still to broad. I don't understand why, can you help me? What is the approach to the mathematical modeling?
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Are engineering questions appropriate for this site?

Often we get questions of the form "How do I build this particular device?" or "Why was this design implemented in such-and-such product?" Are these questions appropriate for the Physics Stack ...
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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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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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Should abbreviations and acronyms be discouraged?

Occasionally, I pass over a question merely because I don't understand an abbreviation or acronym. I wonder if the instructions should encourage the definition of these things in the body of the ...
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Can I ask several related questions in a single thread?

I have several physics questions, all of which are about the sloshing mode of water. Should I ask all the questions in a single thread, or create separate threads? Return to FAQ index
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Referring people with SR-questions to test-bodies in the Schwarzschild solution? [closed]

I guess mostly because of how relativity is taught in schools, with a strong focus on exercises in special relativity where gravity is totally ignored and then maybe a little bit of info on general ...
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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 over there. ...
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Inconsistency in moving comments to chat

In this question, 5 comments on knzhou’s answer were moved to chat, but 5 questions on Ben Crowell’s answer were not moved. Neither were 9 comments on the question. (On my answer, 11 were moved, which ...
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Why is this question asking about lectures closed as a duplicate?

This question is currently closed for being a duplicate of this question. The closed question asks about recommendations about video lectures for quantum lectures while the second question asks about ...
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Is the new activity indicators in PSE main page really useful/necessary?

I currently use both physics.SE and math.SE, and one difference I noticed was the new activity counters and notifications on PSE, which were absent in its math counterpart. Now, in my experience so ...
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Is this really a duplicate (object dropped in liquid)?

This question was considered a duplicate because of a previous question titled "Height of Water 'Splashing'". However, the previous question only considers the height of the splash, whereas answers to ...
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Is the duplicate policy hindering the site?

In a couple of recent situations I have found myself at odds with the duplicate question policy of the site. The most recent case was this question Proof of Ohm's Law [duplicate] that was marked as a ...
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Community, help us moderate the site!

Related: A guide to moderating Physics Stack Exchange yourself: close voting Community, help us close questions! When I first discovered community moderation on this site, I was pretty ...
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Is it ok to ask for recommendations? [duplicate]

Generally, it is frowned upon on StackExchange to ask for recommendations, unless the site is specifically for that purpose. Here on Physics, is it ok to ask for recommendations (e.g. for books that ...
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What to put in the FAQ (the “on-/off-topic” section)?

Half a section of the FAQ can be edited (just copied the image from math.SE): It was recommended we just include the on- and off-topic stuff, e.g. copied from Super User: Super User is for ...
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Is a question with a time-dependent answer a good use of the FAQ feature? [duplicate]

We have a very old question, [How many stablised qubits have been achieved in Quantum Computing?], from 2011. We also have a much more recent question, Quantum computing records (entangled qubits), ...
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How do we write good question titles?

Writing a good title can require some thought. A title, while short, must help other users get an idea of what your question will ask so they can decide whether or not to click and read the entire ...
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How do I dispute a moderator's action?

A moderator closed/migrated/deleted a post, and I disagree with this. How should I proceed in getting this reversed? Return to FAQ index
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Are we going to enforce the prior research aspect of good questions or not?

A question was asked about resistance and voltage today which struck me as off-topic because of no apparent research. Also, there was no conceptual discussion which indicated a difficulty about ...
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Is the « peer pressure » badge something to be proud of?

This may sound like a silly question but I believe it is not. I recently deleted a question in order to rewrite it, as there were (a lot of) concerns regarding the definitions used and more generally ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Physics's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Asking about the origin of an equation?

Some grad colleagues in a local forum were asking about a certain system of equations of unknown origin, and I was wondering if I would be allowed to ask about it in the Physics Stack Exchange. My ...
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Banes and Boons of “extra” Bounties

In the past few weeks I have seen users placing "extra" bounties on questions with answers that are "exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty." While the said answers undoubtedly make some of the ...