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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 we get a vector logo?

Right now, we use a raster logo instead of a vector logo. For those who don't know, a raster is an image made of pixels. If you zoom enough, you'll see the image become pixelated (as is the case with ...
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Qmechanic reaches 100k rep

Please join me in congratulating @Qmechanic upon reaching the 100k rep milestone. We can all agree that his/her contribution to this site has been nothing short of outstanding, and the recognition ...
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We seem to be over-eager to downvote

Take this question: Dark matter clumping This is an excellent question and the answer is not at all obvious. I assume it was downvoted just because it's a duplicate, but is this really appropriate? ...
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In praise of “… and links therein”

We've all seen them: short comments saying Related: http://physics.stackexchange.com/..., and links therein. Also, we've all seen bunches of useful links to ...
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The secret to getting a massive reputation is ___

... obviously to answer simple questions about everyday life: Why are dishwasher washed glasses "squeaky clean"? Not that I wish to be ungrateful, but I put far more effort, and found it ...
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How to conduct a discussion on meta and not kill everyone in trying

Dearest Physicsmeta Stack Exchange readers, I just got done reading through this discussion, its many supporting discussions, its answers, their comments, the answers to the supporting questions and ...
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Question self-destruction: why don't experts ask more questions?

I've been kicking around this site for a little while now and I've realized that I'm very rarely even tempted to post a question. I'm an astronomy grad student with a background in physics, so ...
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Somebody scraped our answers and sold them as a book

I don't know if this has come up in discussion, but somebody scraped various tags on Phys.SE and copy-pasted the results together into several books, including one on QFT, one on GR, and one on optics....
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What is Physics Overflow and how is it linked to Physics.SE?

A community ad caught my eye, and I visited http://www.physicsoverflow.org. What are the links between Physics SE and Physics Overflow and how are they different from each other?
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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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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

Now, I know the need to create standards for asking questions. However, particularly for first time users, the ability to ask questions in a way that this forum expects can be difficult, often due to ...
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Full migration of Theoretical Physics SE questions to Physics SE

The younger brother "Theoretical Physics Stack Exchange" will abolished in a week or so, http://meta.theoreticalphysics.stackexchange.com/questions/245/theoretical-physics-is-closing due to the ...
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Are people voting less than they used to on Physics SE?

It seems to me that the level of voting on Physics SE is noticeably lower than on most other SE sites that I frequent and lower that it has been in the past (I have been a user on the site for several ...
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Be nice with the comments

Just a reminder to please be nice with the comments. It seems to me (in a completely statistically unsound survey based on my own impressions) that we're getting a bit snarky with the comments at the ...
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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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Is Physics SE on your CV?

So there's this careers course thing I'm going to this week as part of some graduate school requirement, and I've been asked to prepare a curriculum vitae for it. I'm probably going to include ...
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Level of questions?

The level of questions (and answers) on Physics is not high enough. I'm not saying this snobbishly, but because if the answers are not high quality and accurate then the website does the community a ...
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Should we rename the homework tag as “problem-solving”, or such?

The "homework" tag is often controversial among new users who complain that their question isn't from a homework assignment (so they get offended, so edit wars happen, and posts get blocked -- e.g., ...
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physics.SE's inability to deal with users who are highly persistent, have kook beliefs, and sound impressive? [closed]

Does Physics.SE's have any way of dealing with users who are highly persistent, have kook beliefs, and sound impressive? Some of these folks seem to be very successful at racking up reputation points ...
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Can the Mods please stop overeagerly move comments to the chat?

I recently asked a question. I got some valuable comments, but the commenters and I disagreed on a few things. After like 5 comments we reached agreement. Then @ACuriousMind stepped in and moved ...
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Have we lost the necessary critical mass of professional physicists?

A while back, we had this discussion in which we tried to measure quantitatively whether the site was gaining or losing non-novice users. Since then, I've had the distinct subjective impression that ...
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Physics Stack Exchange “Ask me anything” (AMA)

Purpose The user base of Physics Stack Exchange is rather diverse in terms of cultural background, career progress, field of expertise, and personality. While the discussion in hbar is lively, it is ...
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Discouraging screenshots of questions - at least the textual part

[This was originally posted as an answer to another question and was transformed into a question following a comment to this effect.] To discourage rapid postings of the type alluded to in another ...
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TagOverflow - an interactive graph of Physics.SE tags

I created a graph of tags from Stack Exchange sites (including Physics.SE), TagOverflow. I made an interactive version of Map of 64 Tags from Physics.SE, with always up-to-date data. Nodes ...
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Deleting 'tHooft's comments

I am afraid that David will delete comments of 'tHooft, and others, on threads where he has participated. I don't like to see any of 'tHooft's writing go anywhere, at least not for a long time, so ...
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Experimental Physics & Engineering

I know that most of us are "paper theorists," but I think we need to remember that experimental physics is physics too! We have several tags for experimental physics (with tag excerpts): ...
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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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Why don't we just ban homework altogether?

This site gets a lot of low-quality homework questions. Since I ignored the homework tag a few months ago, my experience of the site has been much more pleasant. The current homework policy is nice, ...
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Struggling to not draw ire in responses to my few questions … failing

I am a novice at this, and I believe I have only asked a handful of questions in total. The first were all rapidly tagged as "opinion-based", and I can see why. I don't see how to ask for ...
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Ch-ch-ch-changing the site logo to cut out the weird arrow thing

Apparently, Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to the site navigation and theming. Given that that's the case (and that therefore there are designer work-hours already scheduled to attend to our site design)...
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What violation caused this suspension? [closed]

What violation caused this suspension? May I know the reason?
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What can be done about the (current) ongoing flood of homework and very basic questions overwhelming our site?

Since quite some time, the amount of new incoming higher level questions is decaying and the number of very basic ones is increasing, but the current inflood of bad homeworks (the good ones I ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Physics's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Pseudo-answers are the enemy

Pseudo-answers are partial answers, which are mere speculation or irony or an addition to someone else's answer. Pseudo-answers do, sometimes, make great contribution to the thread. However, Physics ...
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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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Winter bash 2016 - hats are live!

Hooray, hats! (Shameless plug towards a hat.) http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com/ Hat options: I am your father - post/vote on meta Running ragged - earn 150 rep on three non-SO sites in 15 ...
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I am just a kid can I be on this site?

Can I a kid be on this site and ask Questions? I want to but I think they would be silly
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Should we rename the homework policy?

The homework policy is a constant source of confusion for new (and sometimes established) users. We see this confusion, for example, when users respond to closures based on the homework policy by ...
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If it's possible, do we want to expand the scope of this site to include astronomy?

It was recently announced that several SE sites are closing, including Theoretical Physics and Astronomy. Given that our scope here is basically a superset of the scope of Theoretical Physics and that ...
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Let's not have posts look like revision histories

Inspired by this meta post on RPG.SE: I think we should keep in mind that posts with lots of "Edit:" and "Update:" sections are a bit hard to read from beginning to end, and we should strive to avoid ...
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Increase weight of downvotes?

I am newer to the SE community so forgive any naivete. I suspect this is a recurring issue, but I regularly come across users whose reputation continually increases despite many incorrect, or ...
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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

I normally only come when clicking on some questions from other StackExchange sites. Every time the questions are protected by user Qmechanic. Is that something like the Community user? I don't see ...
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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 can I downvote or counteract in any (democratic) sense the creation of the Astronomy and Astrophysics site?

Tell me this isn't happening... The Astronomy and Astrophysics site is in the commitment phase at 65%. That site is going to bring fragmentation and general loss of quality to the Physics site. Just ...
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Capturing theoretical-physics crowd with Research Level Tag

Well, theoretical physics has failed (the site, not the discipline). We should make some effort to recapture whatever interest and audience it had. The easiest way to do that would be to introduce a "...
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Let's have a journal club

This idea is not totally original: there was at least an attempt at a journal club in chat in 2011. That, in turn, was inspired by mbq's (and Cross Validated) idea, which seems to have happened at ...
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Should we have a Popular Physics SE?

I've been looking through the new Physics Overflow beta¹ and looking back at some of the discussion about the closure of the Theoretical Physics SE. From a purely personal perspective I would prefer ...
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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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John Rennie, the nerd, crosses the 200k. Congratulations!

That's it! He did it!! John Rennie, on 23-09-2016 became the first man ever in the realms of Phys.SE to reach the summit of 200k! For over five years, he travelled and saved people from the evils of ...