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Cross posting a question

Is it possible that this question about teaching torque is crossposted to the science educators Stack Exchange site? As a question I think it's great, just not fit for this particular site. The ...
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(Almost) ten years of Physics Stack Exchange

This is something we should flag early if we want to do something in time for when it happens: the tenth anniversary of Physics Stack Exchange will happen in three months. Specifically, the private ...
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Language that can be perceived as sexist

I consider the phrase “you guys” to be sexist and unwelcoming (even though I am well-aware that many people don’t). I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. After a back-and-forth in comments with ...
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Has Physics.SE had this same trolling experience?

This is now the second time at Matter Modeling SE, where we have received this exact same question (both times by an "unregistered user"): I made the mistake of engaging with it the first ...
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Another thread about deleted comments

This question is entitled If there is an infinite number of universes doesn't that mean there is a universe where there is not an infinite number of parallel universes?. I downvoted this question ...
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Is it relevant to ask questions regarding careers in physics and not actually some physics concept?

I wanted to know something about the education in physics. For example: I like so-and-so field of physics. Then which course would be better for me to pursue in future? I want to study something ...
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What would be the goal of this site if all possible questions have been asked and answered? [duplicate]

From what I heard since I've joined, I've understood that the purpose of Stack Exchange was to make a knowledge repository, but what if one day we document every single possible question which could ...
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What can I do to improve this question which I posted?

Recently I posted this question about Stefan-Boltzmann law which ended up getting three downvotes over the days. So, I'm wondering what exactly I did wrong. I had asked for help from a friend and ...
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Resigning as a moderator

I've decided that it's time for me to step down as a moderator of this site. This has been something I've been thinking about for quite a while; it's a product of numerous events that have occurred ...
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Understanding the voting process

I'm quite puzzled as to why this answer I wrote got three downvotes (here). The OP's question indicates they had a fundamental misunderstanding and probably got lost while self-studying the subject. ...
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Should comments be used for providing “helpful hints”?

I often see users, including moderators, leaving "helpful hints" comments on various posts. They could be posted on off-topic homework problems pointing the user in the right direction on ...
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Are physics-related notation and terminology questions on-topic?

This is prompted by What is the origin of the naming convention for position functions? which asks why s is used as the letter for position. Here are some more examples. which letter to use for a ...
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What are the views of PSE community members on moderator deletion of upvoted answers?

I would like to hear the views of PSE community members on the deletion of my two upvoted answers to this question. I am especially interested in the views of ordinary (non-moderator) members of the ...
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What is the site policy on asking for references for concepts?

Sometimes I find a particular concept which I can't find much description about in the books I know. Is it accepted to ask for references in such scenarios?
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Should we not let an answer/question be deleted?

Since the content on PSE is licensed under CC BY-SA $4.0$, I suppose the content that is once posted on PSE becomes part the free culture (correct me if I am wrong), and thus, even if the author ...
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How are suspension times determined?

How are suspension times determined? http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/04/a-day-in-the-penalty-box/ says it can be anywhere from 1 to 365 days. But unlike in real life, no rules are given for what ...
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Did the question really deserve to be closed?

The question Op didn't format the question in a very nice/ didn't put a lot of background.. however I do think that what the actual substance of the question is actually high value. I recall being ...
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Do we need to delete informative, off-topic comments under old questions?

When I read old posts, I come across some informative comments below the questions which are off-topic, i.e., not aimed at asking for clarification, but they do add some value. I have noticed such ...
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Should we increase the reputation points for editing/ quality of edit?

So, I read this thread and I'm personally on the side that we should try to see what the user is actually is trying to say instead of focusing over lenses on the grammar of the post. Now with that in ...
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Are “check my understanding” questions permitted?

I know that "check my work" questions are off-topic, I understand the reasons behind that, but does this also apply to "check my understanding" questions? For example: My ...
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Re-asking this specific reference request [duplicate]

A few days ago, I requested reference for TVMF. Unfortunately, this question was downvoted without a reason specified giving no space to improve and inappropriately making the question potentially ...
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Should proper English matter?

Some members do not proofread what they have written, some are used to informal communication channels, and some are not native English speakers. The result is that posts frequently have incorrect ...
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Is “check-my-work” defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

On a recent question, there was some discussion in the comments about "homework-like" and "check-my-work". With regard to the latter, the OP pointed out that "check-my-work&...
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Suggestions for the Welcome Modal

This post is for collecting suggestions for the Welcome Modal, part of the new ask page design, which in its default state looks as follows: You can make suggestions along the following lines: ...
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Non-question: experimenting with custom close-reason banners in different contexts [closed]

I'm experimenting with editing close reasons, so here's a "question" that I can immediately close. Here's how the custom close reason looks in the close-question dialog: Here's how the ...
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The homework close reason contradicts itself

The first two sentences of the Homework close reason are: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when asking about specific computations ...
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Can we restrict what kinds of identification questions are on topic?

Recently there was a significant discussion about whether a question on the main site should be on topic. I very strongly believe that it is not a good question for the site and should not be on topic ...
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Question and answer deleted: not in P.SE's interest in my opinion

Very recently a question and answer of mine was deleted [closed, Edit.] here: Cooling of a Uniform Sphere with Convective heat loss at the boundary The question and answer had been deleted by ...
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

This question was just closed as off-topic. It is a well presented question, which was well-received, and it got a good, canonical answer. The stated reason for closing was that "it doesn't ...
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Is this an homework or check-my-work type question?

I recently asked this question on Physics Stack Exchange. I wanted to know if this is an homework or check my work type question?
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Is this question a 'Questions about physics of (a) fictional world“ or a ”Non-mainstream physics" question?

I asked this question on the basis that it's a question about physics of a fictional universe, but is entirely grounded in real physics based on the following rules. Questions about physics of ...
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Distinction between [resource-recommendations] and [specific-reference] tag

Resource reference for Induction due to Time Varying Magnetic Fields (TVMF) I asked the above question with the tag specific-reference. The purpose behind doing so is that the tag page suggests if one ...
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Why is “Absolute Space and Time” thread closed?

I'm interested in the thread Do absolute space and time exist?. But at the beginning of that thread is the statement "closed 2 years ago"? Does that mean you can no longer post comments? Can ...
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Comments to point out errors in OP's understanding

Due to recent questions about the comment policy, and because I have seen this being done often, I am here with another question about comments. On a certain question a user commented A primary ...
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Is “here a problem and my solution with my reasoning for each step, where has my reasoning gone wrong?” question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

I specifically used the formulation in the title from here, the only place I found to deal with this. But I do not know, what to take from it. To elaborate: This question arose from comments on this ...
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Is asking how to derive an expression in a paper on topic here?

Is asking how to derive an expression in a paper on topic here? If not where should I ask?
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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

I saw that I had several edit suggestions rejected so I decided to take a look at them, out of curiosity. While most of them were fair, or at least understandable, there was one that I found very ...
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Why isn't it the norm to put a “TL;DR” one-line answer at the top of an answer?

It's worth to mention that I'm still a newbie on Physics SE and SE in general, but during this year or so I found that different sites have different "standard" ways of answering (and there'...
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Are questions unlikely to be useful to others permitted?

I came to Math and Physics Stack Exchange with a "forum mindset" (partly inherited from Stack Overflow and partly from other math/physics fora), where any problem is welcome, excepting ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

Note: I do in no way want to say that the current moderators somehow do a "bad job" at moderating Physics SE. I think that they do a great work at, well, moderating this network and my full ...
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How do I prevent general analysis questions from being close voted?

This question , which I've asked, I got two close votes on it already but I can not understand why. I think having a complete discussion of my question/ answer to it would benefit the community as a ...
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Is MathJax in titles OK?

There have been some discussions of this topic on other metas, and it seemed to me that the consensus is to avoid MathJax in titles if possible, for various reasons like improving the look of the ...
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Is this question really non-mainstream?

The question What's wrong with this argument that Newton's second law implies all potentials are quadratic? has been closed as being “non-mainstream”. But one could argue that this would come ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Requesting a question to be re-opened because it is not opinion based

I want the question Thoughts on neural networks "discovering" physical concepts to be reopened. I realize that there was a "what is your opinion..." line in it earlier. I have ...
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Care over closing “duplicate” questions

On a number of occasions, I have seen questions closed as duplicates although the linked question either did not have answers, or had only poor answers, and in some cases it had already been closed (...
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Question is not being reopened even after editing

I had asked this question on PSE and it was considered off-topic and hence closed quoting that it was "Homework-like question". After that I edited the question following this guidelines. ...
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Why was this answer deleted as a “complete answer to a homework question”?

I have posted this answer to this question, and it was deleted as a "complete answer". I don't think can be counted as a complete answer, as I left out all the mathematical details to the OP....
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Questions about PhysicsOverflow [duplicate]

I recently discovered https://www.physicsoverflow.org. I read some posts here on meta but none of them answered my questions. I understand that it is not a SE site, but isn't it the same for ...
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Is mass editing of old posts encouraged?

There are badges awarded ("excavator" and "archaeologist") for editing old posts; it is clear that encouraging this can improve the site by ensuring that as many posts as possible ...

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