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Please Consider Re-opening This Question

My question at Evidence that Time is a Natural Phenomenon? was closed as a duplicate of What is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction? I read the related question and I don't see ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Improvement of a poor question by non-authors

There are already many Q&A related to the improvement of a question by the original author. It is quite obvious and well documented how to proceed to improve the form of a question. However, I did ...
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Questions posted on both physics.SE and math.SE [duplicate]

If I have a question about something like group-theory, and I would like both a physicist's and a mathematician's perspective on it, can I just post two identical questions on the two sites? Is it ...
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What specifically is wrong with this homework question? [closed]

Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. I also read this: How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? So ...
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Why is the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site closing some interesting questions?

I came to the main site for searching an interesting question about a possible universe inside atoms. Here is a list of questions: Universe inside atom Does our Universe reside in the smallest ...
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Is this user a spammer?

A user [link removed] just posted an answer to a question I had bountied. The answer itself is garbled, and it's unclear whether it's a legitimate answer attempt or an attempt at farming reputation ...
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Curiosity about 'total reputation' and 'reputation change' table

This is a mere curiosity, but I looked at the reputation tables and saw the following: Are these mere coincidences? E.g. the total number of users with 5,000+ reputation is exactly the same as the ...
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Effects of check-marking the Community Wiki box [duplicate]

I've done some additions to a PSE question Is the Universe Past-Eternal? whose own author doesn't seem to be very active on the site recently, and hasn't accepted any answer (-I believe mine remains ...
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We can see downvotes on answers by seeing the reputation of a user

If I downvote an answer there is a -1 reputation change. Even though, downvotes and upvotes are supposed to be anonymous. There is a slight chance that user might visit my profile and can see my -1 ...
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Deleting answers due to the Homework policy is not beneficial

The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange. I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

How should I feel about the Stack Exchange reputation point system? I am new to the Physics Stack Exchange site as a contributor. I try to answer questions that I am sure that I know the answer of. I ...
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What should I do when a question is made duplicate to a not really relevant other question?

This question How can photons destructively interfere?, definitely and clearly a question about photons, was made duplicate to a general waves question: What happens to the energy when waves perfectly ...
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Can we set the record straight on this optics question?

This popular question Why can't the human eye focus to make blurry photos/video clear? has unfortunately been overrun by incorrect answers and comments. I'm seeking to draw attention to this in the ...
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Imagination-based questions [closed]

Why doesn’t Physics SE accept imagination-based theory, man? It just makes a person feel so bad when he asked an imagination-based question and it just get closed by higher members (like Qmechanic). ...
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Why would someone think this question NOT mainstream physics?

I've asked a question that's mostly about optics with a little touch of thermodynamics to it: Can you use an invisibility shield to insulate from infrared radiation? But I'm getting 2 close votes to ...
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What should be done with questions tagged [resource-recommendations] that are not actually asking for recommendations?

Continuing on from this discussion: Why was this answer made community wiki? — about a question that had the resource-recommendations tag. As pointed out in Emilio Pisanty's answer, the main ...
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Why was this answer made community wiki?

This accepted answer I wrote a few hours ago was changed to a community wiki: Dynamics and radiation part of Jackson's book - reading advice I realize the original question was not a particularly ...
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What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?

In December 2019, the moderator team posted the question Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?, which was positively received, and there was a clear agreement and intention ...
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Can I answer resource recommendation questions by answer them directly?

For example, question Q care about problem A and need some material about problem A. Can I answer the question by solving problem A directly?
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Why are coloured parts of questions removed?

Out of curiosity, after I learnt the use of MathJax if I thought it necessary (obviously may be not for others), I used the colour code to mark any point of my question, but some users suggest edits ...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able ...
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Languages of references

I understand that Physics Stack Exchange "is an English language site", but I'm wondering whether it's acceptable to provide a generic reference (such as a link) to a source, written in a ...
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“You did the measurement wrong” is not an answer

I've seen two hot network questions in the past two days where one of the highly upvoted answers was a variation on "you did your measurement wrong". In both cases, this answer was ...
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Fixing the closed-question notices following changes to the software

About a year ago, the post notices on closed questions changed across the entire SE platform. This changed a number of aspects of the Q&A engine software's behaviour and how it communicates meta ...
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Asymmetry between closing and reopening questions

I notice an apparent asymmetry between the two processes of closing a question or voting for reopening. In the former case, a reason for the vote must be given. In the latter, it is not possible to ...
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Why has my question from October 16, 2019 been downvoted? [closed]

One of my questions from October 16, 2019, Why is the ångström not a metric unit? And why is the ångström spelled with the Swedish/Finnish letters "å" and "&#...
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Editing a question invalidating answers

This question kept pushing for more or less the same idea till 21st November. At the time, the question then contained an explicit calculation where the author had tried to explain his work. Two days ...
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Should we leave technical astronomy questions to Astronomy SE?

In 2012, when the first incarnation of Astronomy SE closed, the community at Physics SE felt compelled to give a home to astronomy questions and overwhelmingly voted to expand the scope of the site. ...
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Does this type of question violate the rules?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Commutation and Sharing Same Eigenvalues
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May I ask questions about physics lab equipments?

I'm looking for a specific lab equipment, but I don't know the exact English words to describe it, so my searches are useless. To give an idea, I'm interested in a gyroscope with gimbals and a motor ...
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What is the maximum limit of suspension on the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Today I came across an account (link removed) which had been suspended for a very long time. Is there any other instances for such suspensions? What are the probable reasons of very long time ...
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Does SE allow me to publish my own material (Qs/As) in a peer-reviewed journal?

Does SE return the copyright to its contributors in order for them to partially/completely republish their own material in some peer-reviewed journals, or any written permissions from SE are required?
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Asking for credentials of a user

I saw an answer recently which was very different from all the other answers. It had downvotes, but the author had said someone was deliberately targeting him and downvoting his answers. I looked into ...
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Why is it that people send questions from here over to 'Worldbuilding' even if they don’t fit there either?

Recently a user made a post on Worldbuilding about making a flying saucer in real life stating that he was told to go to Worldbuilding by a user on Physics Stack Exchange. Unfortunately I don't have ...
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Is it encouraged to write an answer to your own question if it is just a summary of the comments?

I recently asked a question on how the uncertainity principle applies to a situation described there. There have been some comments, which, I think are at least partial answers. I commented that and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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