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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why was my question closed as duplicate although the linked questions are related to different topics?

I asked this questiion yesterday: Does the shape of the Universe refer to the curvature of spacetime in 5-dimensional space? While I now understand and got good answers, my question was closed as ...
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Answering question with multiple parts?

Suppose a user post a question with multiple parts.I know it's not recommended but suppose he does. Ex: A question with multiple parts I know it's a closed question but it's enough to illustrate my ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

My recent question was manually removed from Hot Network Questions and later closed as a homework question, but it eludes me why. According to the FAQ on homework questions, the definition of ...
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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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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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Why is my question closed when it already has enough details?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Which EMF frequencies have the most spread and permeability? It has enough details and I explained that to a user in the comments, operative ...
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Can I correct grammar in questions/answers even if the message is clear?

I am talking about stuff like principle/principal, its/it's, your/you're, effect/affect. Can I correct these things even though the meaning of the question/answer is clear? Would it come across as ...
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Why is everyone so keen to answer physics questions by writing down tons of equations? [closed]

As a physicist, when you are tackling some new problem, shouldn't the first thing that comes to your mind be a rough idea? Why can't you answer questions with those rough ideas first? Math is just a ...
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Are book/reference identification questions on topic?

While reading the general policy on resource recommendation, I was not able to answer if paper/book identification qualifies as an on-topic question. This is inspired by this Meta question that asks ...
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Bountied homework-like question about QED

Today I noticed this bountied question, which is currently a week old. In my opinion, it’s a homework-like question about QED. But no one has yet voted to close it as homework-like, nor has it been ...
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Answer posted with extremely little potential for acceptance

Does an accepted edit to a question allow the subsequent withdrawal of an earlier answer (which had been posted to it) to be accomplished without any resulting potential for limiting or reducing the ...
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Low-level conceptual questions closed as homework questions when using HW question as motivating example

In the past week, I've had two different questions closed as homework questions. In both questions, I included textbook problems that motivated my conceptual question, but in neither case was solving ...
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Is it valid to ask for a brief translation for a paper in a foreign language?

I have been deterred to ask for a brief translation of an old physics Russian paper in the stack. Is it valid to ask such a question according to the policies of the site? If not, could it be worth to ...
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Physics has switched to CommonMark

Yesterday, I announced on Meta Stack Exchange that we'll switch all sites on the Stack Exchange network to CommonMark, a standardized and well-supported Markdown flavor. You can read up on the ...
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What's the policy around a jocular political comment within a post?

I included a comment that I thought was hilarious (of course, not. I just thought it was a bit humorous) in a recent answer of mine. However, @user76284 removed the ...
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Question with broad application closed as homework question

I just asked a question about how to figure out how fast a room will cool, and what the name for this type of problem is, so I can do more research, and potentially find the answer to it in the ...
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Are “Do this calculations for me” question allowed here? [duplicate]

I have a problem to be solved (here) and an answer that brings all the necessary calculation steps (here). I can't do the calculations myself because I don't have enough knowledge and skills. I went ...
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Why was my question, on the 'cross sectional energy' of a photon, closed?

I don't see why this was closed: Does a single photon have a constant cross sectional energy?
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Have we thought about replacing the negative 'downvoting' of questions with a positive 'requesting clarification'?

Facebook eliminated the dislike for a reason. My personal experience is just wanting to quit after a question gets to -3 for reasons unknown. Downvoting of a question is an inherently negative ...
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Meta-commentary in questions should sometimes be allowed

I've edited in a 'meta-comment' into this question, which was rolled back by a moderator: Note: answer accepted for sake of closing the question, though parts remain unanswered, and will be ...
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Beta Site: Materials Modeling

If this is off-topic, I can take it down, but Phys Meta has generally been receptive to promoting other science proposals/sites in the network. Materials Modeling SE entered private beta at the end ...
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Asking if the following post could be suitable for the main site Physics Stack Exchange

I've cross-posted yesterday this on Meta of the site MathOverflow Asking if the following post could be suitable for the main site MathOverflow. I would like to ask if the following questions can be ...
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Why is this question actually off topic, how should it be modified so it is reopened?

I had asked: A game of boxes with rotating gears which was closed due to it being a "homework/check-my-work" question. The question is NOT homework, it's an original question I had come up with. ...
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Should I “migrate” an answer to another SE site?

Not understanding that it was (possibly) inappropriate, I asked a question on Physics SE that was very similar to a question that I had already asked on Aviation SE. Now that I understand that it was ...
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Should I not ask a question on Physics Stack Exchange if I have already asked a similar question on Aviation Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Is it recommended not to ask a question on Physics Stack Exchange if the same user has already asked a very similar question on Aviation Stack Exchange? I have received a message (from another user ...
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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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Should votes be made visible only upon request?

It appears to me that questions/answers receive votes at a rate quite positively correlated with the votes they already have (of course, this only applies for a certain period of time, I am not ...
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Is it time to unlock/vote to reopen old book recommendation questions?

Looking at old book recommendation questions, I noticed that some of them were closed or locked almost a decade ago. But our policy on book recommendations today is much more liberal. Is it time to ...
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“Homework and check-my-work” close reason confusion

So recently I get my question closed. While it is entirely up to the community to decide whether a question is on topic or not, I got really confused by the feedback: Homework-like questions and ...
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Can I ask here a simple calculation-like questions that I can't solve myself?

I have a simple (?) calculation like question that I can't solve myself due to not enough knowledge. Nearly like homework question, but hopefully not. Can I ask this kind of questions here? For the ...
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How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted traffic on this site?

Given the COVID-19 pandemic forced many professionals and students to work and learn from home, I was curious to see how the site is doing regarding traffic and activity. Are we seeing more traffic, ...
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Acceptability of soliciting comments from participants familiar with a major but untagged theory in PSE

Shortly after a very mild online altercation with an extremely high-reputation user who had overlooked the fact that Einstein-Cartan theory (ECT) requires (as I was obligated to point out, vis-a-vis ...
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Should we have a tag for quantum technologies?

I just noticed that there is not "quantum-technologies" tag on physics.SE. There are various related tags such as quantum-computing, but many other realizations of quantum technologies also do not ...
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Easing our policy for some topics

At Physics StackExchange, we discuss almost all types of physics topics. Some get more attention and some get less, but it depends upon various things, including our site policy. Our policy has been ...
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Question closed. Anything I can do to reopen it?

Not sure why this was closed: How do you show that the Lorentz metric is preserved for $\zeta^{3,1}?$ I think it was closed because I bit off more than I could chew so to speak and should have just ...
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I'm afraid if I ask this question, it would be down-voted on the main site? Simply, because it pertains to the UFO craze

How much energy is needed for a spaceship to go from 0 to Mach 30 in under 10 seconds? The Spaceship has a circumference of $20 ft$. A height of $6 ft$. It weighs $7,000 lbs$ We, humans, stole the ...

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