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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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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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Potentiometer problem with two cells; determine the length where the jockey should meet the potentiometer wire [closed]

So the statement of the problem is "Find x such that the galvanometer shows zero deflection." The answer to the problem according to the source is $x = 3.33m$. So I assumed the cells 10V and ...
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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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Why should we accept the unphysical revisionism that identifies mass as rest mass? [closed]

The best known and one of the most useful equations in all of physics is E=mc^2. Yet there is a clique among physicists who insist on redefining mass as rest mass, thus invalidating this famous and ...
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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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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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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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Why is this specific question on particle physics being downvoted?

I just found and answered this question on why some particles are defined with square roots in their expressions. It has a bunch of downvotes, but the comments doesn't seem to clarify the reason for ...
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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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Asking and answering questions in another language than English

I will start by referring to a question on MSE (Math Stack Exchange) (this) and an answer on Physics Stack Exchange Meta (this). Let me cite the questioner on MSE: Imagine I want to ask an extremely ...
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How can I improve my question?

I asked a question. It's getting downvoted and so far it's only been viewed 14 times. It's not obvious to me why it's being downvoted. Why is there disapproval against the question I asked? I would ...
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What to do when duplicate targets disagree?

There are several questions on Physics S.E. which have been marked as duplicate targets, yet their answers disagree with another. Two such examples would be Is energy conserved in an expanding ...
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What's the health of physics.SE? And what does the future look like?

I'd like to know what the health of physics.stackexchange is in comparison to the other stackexchange sites. And other relevant details like is it continuing to grow? Etc.. (The reason I'm asking ...
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What can we learn from the failure of physics.SE?

SE sites seem to thrive or fail for their own idiosyncratic reasons. Among those that thrive, some thrive because they're useful sources of correct information. Others, like physics.SE, thrive because ...
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Are questions front-paged for unspecified reasons perhaps related to popularization of a site?

Can a question be "front paged" by staffers for reasons that are not closely related either to significant developments in physics or to edits (either to the question itself or to the ...
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Why do physics SE math seem more abstract than mathematics SE questions?

I just wish to point out a recurring observation... comparing the questions in physics SE and math SE (which you can also do by opening the math SE page), the math SE questions often seem more down to ...
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Should I avoid asking too many questions in a given time period (say, a day)?

Recently I've been getting a lot of physics questions, and I'm at the point where I'm asking a couple a day. Should I restrain myself, or can I go willy-nilly as long as they meet the standards of the ...
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Once a question has retained one net upvote, is it undesirable for each answerer to upvote it?

I've been in the habit of upvoting each question I'm answering, but it has recently occurred to me that this may be counter-productive in a collective enterprise such as PSE, since whoever posted the ...
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Inapproriate content to title

Recently this old question came to my notice because of a downvote: Do magnets redshift light? The content of the question is all about a hypothetical experiment full of unphysical hypotheseis: ...
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Physics Problem Solving Site

So, some of you may have heard of how a couple of us tried to propose a new physics site for less conceptual questions and more problem solving, the proposal was closed, and we ended up creating a new ...
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Should we have a one-way speed of light tag?

We have numerous questions on the site about the speed of light, and we have the speed-of-light tag for them. However, since the end of October 2020, when the video Why The Speed Of Light* Can't Be ...
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One-way speed of light tag? [duplicate]

Should we make a tag for one-way speed of light questions? I saw this question which included a link to this search, which combines a tag search with a text comprehension search in what seems like a ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

This answer (10K only; screenshot) is an example of a "super wrong" post. For the purposes of this discussion, a "super wrong" post is an answer which not only is factually incorrect but is incorrect ...
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Community Post for online courses similar to Book Recommendations

The overarching book recommendations answer has been quite helpful for a lot of people me included. Is there / should we make a similar one for online lectures? Or maybe add it to this answer. I mean ...
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Why was my question closed for not being focused when it actually was?

I asked a question a few days ago. It got closed for needing to be “more focused.” According to the site guidelines , in the Needs more focus part, it says: This can often be fixed by breaking the ...
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In what ways is this question lacking detail or clarity?

I asked this question about what a strangelet would look like to the naked eye, and it was closed because it needed details or clarity. As far as I can tell, there was no need for either, because it ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

SE is making the way accepted answers behave configurable per-site and is looking for input from our side what our preference is. Currently, accepted answers - answers that the asker of the question ...
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My question was downvoted after it was closed, can I ask the community to delete it?

I have this question: Bomb attached to accelerating charge, as viewed from a co-moving frame? Now it was closed, and then it was downvoted. I do not understand why we are allowing downvotes (or any ...
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Is this question on-topic? Infinitely fast and strong laser targets the Earth

I would like to ask a purely hypothetical question regarding the following: What if I had an infinitely strong and fast laser that can cut through anything it passes. If it has a fixed diameter (let's ...
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Should we require that circuit questions include a circuit diagram?

I posit the following: Most circuit questions on this site can be easily answered by drawing a circuit diagram, so asking a circuit question without a diagram often bumps up against the homework ...
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Are future physics discoveries properly categorized as mainstream or not? [closed]

"Non-mainstream" physics is often equated to fallacies and fringe theories, including on this forum. Mainstream physics is rigorously categorized in specific historical scientific contexts, ...
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How can I create circuit diagrams for use on this site?

I am writing a question regarding a specific electrical circuit, and which would be significantly clearer if I can include a diagram of the circuit. What software tools can I use to quickly, simply ...
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Closed and then reopened question samples [duplicate]

Many new users are quite unaware of the required format of asking questions. A sample of closed questions that were edited and then reopened could be assistive for most of new users. Also so far I ...
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

One of the differences between Physics.SE and Stack Overflow is that SO has at least one review queue which we don't have: Triage. From the 2014 announcement comes this description: We've been ...
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Silently deleting answers by a new user is not welcoming

This comment-like answer was posted by a rep-1 user with no (AFAICT) other posts, and then silently deleted within 15 minutes, leaving the poster wondering why. The user then posted a copy of the ...
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Helping out in comments, when the question is too weak

I encounter quite often questions that are based on poor research, misunderstanding basic definitions, and likewise. In my opinion such questions should be closed rather than answered. Nevertheless, ...
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Should we downvote answers that begin with "I think..."?

People often speculate rather than answer. If you think you know the answer then you don't.
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Why was this entanglement-harvesting question closed as off-topic?

I just noticed that the question What happens to the vacuum when entanglement is harvested? was closed as off-topic a couple of months ago, and I don't understand why. The topic is basic quantum ...
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Do you think downvote feedbacks would contribute to the site?

This topic was discussed many times before but I hope to inspect it a bit differently. I think it would be awesome if everybody knew why a question was down-voted. That way everyone could see the ...
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Should link-shortener services be off-limits?

Link-shortener services (e.g. exe.io, bit.ly, etc) route traffic to a destination website without allowing the end-user to see what website they are clicking into before clicking. This can be used for ...
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How do I write better answers?

I haven't written many answers, but after I have identified what the user is asking, I usually go with a conversational tone, going over whatever has a question mark over it and any context supporting ...
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Isn't "video documentaries about physics?" too broad?

This question was recently bumped to the front page: Video documentaries about physics?. It lay dormant for many years, which explains why it wasn't closed under the previous absolutely-not books ...
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Should we take the terminology an asker might be unfamiliar with into consideration when it comes to expectations for research effort?

The reason I would suggest that an askers knowledge of terminology should be taken into consideration is that if by research effort we mean looking something up on the internet before asking a ...
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Can we encourage the "research-level" meta tag? What about a "popular" tag?

I have been reading a bit of the meta discussion going on about the question quality here at the Physics StackExchange (SE). Especially in the wake of the demise of the TheoreticalPhysics SE, there ...
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Would original posts meant to share knowledge instead of ask questions be on topic on the site?

For a long time the way I tended to see the Schrödinger equation written, some of the notation was like a foreign language to me, and so I couldn't work out how to actually use it to model anything, ...

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