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A question erroneously labeled as duplicate

A question was submitted by user929304 titled: Balance of a spinning coin This question is about the case of rolling motion, as in, for instance, rolling down an incline. So you see a coin rolling ...
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My question was downvoted without a reason [closed]

Does Fisher Information quantify only the precision of the instrument? I had asked a question recently. There were some comments by someone named Solar Mike. On repeatedly asking him/her on ...
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Why was this question put on hold? Reason given was that it is a homework question

What would theoretically lead to a greater burn if both materials are kept at a constant temperature when applied to the skin? Water or Brass? This is a question that would help with the ...
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Why is this question not considered an off-topic homework problem?

This question currently has a bounty on it and is receiving a lot of attention. But to me it looks like a question that is normally closed for being off-topic. The question reads like a homework ...
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No response to question

I recently asked a question which did not receive any attention at all (no comments or answers, just a like). What should I do?
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There should be an aerogel tag

I asked a question about pertaining to aerogel, and could find the tag for aerogel. Aerogel is an innovative technology, I mean before Kistler made it, who would have imagined that jellies were more ...
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Should it be mandatory that close votes be accompanied by comments?

I have read the help page various times to get help with asking questions. While that helped, I still sometimes find my questions downvoted or voted to close. That is without explanation. That leaves ...
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Two questions in one

I know as a general rule it's good to keep questions simple if possible. I also think they can differ from case to case. Can someone please suggest whether to split this question into two? Or leave ...
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Penalty time for obscene posts?

I’ve noticed that obscene, offensive posts get deleted fairly quickly, perhaps automatically based on the large negative downvote they get. But I have not noticed offenders quickly being given penalty ...
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Can we ask about book for studying? [duplicate]

I'm starting to study a new topic (spinors) and I don't know where I can study it, is it possible to ask for studying material?
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What, really, is a good question?

So it seems like the general consensus of a "good" question is one that includes adequate research/reasoning to provide context for/justify the question being asked, and if applicable cites sources ...
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Can you help me to make question 483886 more specific?

I did this question but they say it's too broad, I modified but I think they consider it still to broad. I don't understand why, can you help me? What is the approach to the mathematical modeling?
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Referring people with SR-questions to test-bodies in the Schwarzschild solution? [closed]

I guess mostly because of how relativity is taught in schools, with a strong focus on exercises in special relativity where gravity is totally ignored and then maybe a little bit of info on general ...
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Inconsistency in moving comments to chat

In this question, 5 comments on knzhou’s answer were moved to chat, but 5 questions on Ben Crowell’s answer were not moved. Neither were 9 comments on the question. (On my answer, 11 were moved, which ...
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Is the new activity indicators in PSE main page really useful/necessary?

I currently use both physics.SE and math.SE, and one difference I noticed was the new activity counters and notifications on PSE, which were absent in its math counterpart. Now, in my experience so ...
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Why is this question asking about lectures closed as a duplicate?

This question is currently closed for being a duplicate of this question. The closed question asks about recommendations about video lectures for quantum lectures while the second question asks about ...
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Is this really a duplicate (object dropped in liquid)?

This question was considered a duplicate because of a previous question titled "Height of Water 'Splashing'". However, the previous question only considers the height of the splash, whereas answers to ...
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Is it ok to ask for recommendations? [duplicate]

Generally, it is frowned upon on StackExchange to ask for recommendations, unless the site is specifically for that purpose. Here on Physics, is it ok to ask for recommendations (e.g. for books that ...
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Is the duplicate policy hindering the site?

In a couple of recent situations I have found myself at odds with the duplicate question policy of the site. The most recent case was this question Proof of Ohm's Law [duplicate] that was marked as a ...
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Is the « peer pressure » badge something to be proud of?

This may sound like a silly question but I believe it is not. I recently deleted a question in order to rewrite it, as there were (a lot of) concerns regarding the definitions used and more generally ...
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Are we going to enforce the prior research aspect of good questions or not?

A question was asked about resistance and voltage today which struck me as off-topic because of no apparent research. Also, there was no conceptual discussion which indicated a difficulty about ...
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Is there a place where can I read about the history and growth of physics stackexchange?

I'm just curious on how that community has grown over the years.
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Physics's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Asking about the origin of an equation?

Some grad colleagues in a local forum were asking about a certain system of equations of unknown origin, and I was wondering if I would be allowed to ask about it in the Physics Stack Exchange. My ...
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Banes and Boons of “extra” Bounties

In the past few weeks I have seen users placing "extra" bounties on questions with answers that are "exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty." While the said answers undoubtedly make some of the ...
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Single uncontrolled measurements as an answer

TL;DR if you don't want background information: Should we allow answers which only provide a single experimental measurement to remain posted as answers? The other day, an old question What is the ...
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Has Stack Exchange changed how it counts daily visits?

I realize that this is almost certainly a network-wide question, but I am asking it here, because this is the only site on which I have seen it manifest: Has there been a change in how daily visits ...
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How to handle references to literature in predatory journals

Are questions or answers that cite, refer to or are based on work published in predatory journals (in the sense discussed here, here, or here) to be tolerated? If no, how do we check if a journal is ...
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Why this answer was downvoted?

Hello everyone I want to know that the answer (link given below) was almost complete and correct I think that the answer didn't require any update but why it was downvoted? https://physics....
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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I did ask the exact same question. But, why did Qmechanic put mine on hold, while he/she kindly edited the exact same earlier question?

My question Is it possible that gravitons don't exist, but are actually something like phonons? Previous same question Could gravitons be quasiparticles like phonons? Of course, it is my fault ...
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Is it possible to see how many times a particular tag badge has been awarded?

I'm curious because the main badges have a count associated with them (i.e., "altruist, 177 awarded"), but it's not apparent that you can find out how the number of times a tag badge has been awarded. ...
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Where am I supposed ask questions regarding Physics education/research?

I asked this as a soft question How to explore Physics research as an undergraduate, keeping in mind the ever increasing weightage on publications? I have explictly asked if this is the right place ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Physics is scheduled for an election next week, April 22nd 2019. In ...
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How to respond to an answer to a clearly duplicate question?

I have often noticed that even when a question is an obvious duplicate and it has been pointed out in the comments, some of us are posting answers to such questions without clarifying as to why they ...
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Question was closed as homework

I am wondering why this question was closed as homework.As OP said ,It was from an exam ,but I think it was not a homework type question.
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Moderator deleted my answer

Moderator Rob deleted my answer for the question Pendulum in a lift with the comment Hi, welcome to Physics! We aren't a homework help site, so I have temporarily deleted this complete answer to a ...
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Why was this question put on hold?

I was about to answer this question: Testing the second type of equations of Lagrangian Mechanics when I refreshed the page and saw it was put on hold as off-topic. Now, it might be a duplicate (...
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Why “Leave Open” votes don't cancel the “Close” votes?

Once the question has been closed, one can cast re-open votes and a question requires exactly as many re-open votes as close votes in order for it to be re-opened. Given the homogeneity of time, I ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

On the linked post, a comment was made addressing me with words that might be considered mildly rude by some. I had absolutely no issues with the comment (and thus, I didn't flag it). And yet, the ...
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Cascade of mostly trivial edits by a user

Example today . Many times I cannot see any real changes between the left and right side, but it might be my browser or his/her browser. Are people increasing their reputation by corrections? It ...
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What to do to my duplicate marked question?

I recently asked a question Can't we make big magnetic plate to levitate using gravity?. Maybe late, but I edited the question to prove it unique, but nothing seems to happen. Should I ask the ...
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Can anyone advice the real name of “Qmechanic”?

I am a big fan of the rigidity, depth and straightforwardness of "Qmechanic" answers, I wonder if he\she has a book\notes in some fields of physics, I believe we can learn much faster by using them. ...
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Where should I post a question about logic circuit minimisation?

I have a question about some logic circuits (I have the Boolean functions and truth tables) that I would like to minimise. Where would I post a question about this? I was thinking Physics firstly but ...
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An Issue with Detecting Identical Titles

I was editing a question titled "newton's law of restitution" and I edited the title to "Newton's law of restitution" (There were latex issues in the body of the question and I was not editing the ...
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Are partial answers to homework questions allowed?

I gave a partial answer to a homework questions here (now deleted; screenshots: question, answer) and was firmly told in comments that even partial answers to homework questions are not allowed. Is ...
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Dealing with edited questions/answers

While it's not something usual, I've noticed that sometimes people edit my question or answer with a more complex notation or incorrect information/formulas. While I don't think this is done with ...
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Is this a bad question?

One of my question that I asked a week ago is not yet answered. I just wanted to ask if there was something wrong in that question. Here’s the link Can flames be Frozen?
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My question was put on hold

My question was put on hold because "homework-like". I would like some clarification on this please. I am not asking anybody to do a conversion of me, I am asking whether the conversion mol/mm3 <->...