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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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