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How should I handle questions that could belong to physics.SE and other, more specialized, Stack Exchange websites?

First of all, I joined physics.SE only for the purpose of asking this question on Meta. I asked a couple of questions regarding acoustic in sound.SE. For example What are combs, nodes and how to ...
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Squelched on meta - Homework policies

I need to understand the actual stance of this place on homework type questions. The actual practice as I have recently seen on the Physics site seems unacceptable to me. A homework tagged question ...
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Suggestions for the Welcome Modal

This post is for collecting suggestions for the Welcome Modal, part of the new ask page design, which in its default state looks as follows: You can make suggestions along the following lines: ...
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Let's make the best of the new Ask page design for this site

As you may or may not have noticed, the new ask page is now live on the network. Go and have a look! Some of the new features are only visible to new users, but it still looks noticeably different ...
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Can one add 'likely plagiarism' on the close a question option? [closed]

Questions and answers can easily be plagiarised. There ought to be some way of saying so. Is this possible?
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Why can't I see previous edits when I click 'edit' on a question?

Is this deliberate? I don't see any previous edits when I click on the edit button. This has been the case for the last few days. Why? edit To be more precise, when I have clicked on edit in ...
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Where are the community guidelines in dealing with plagiarism?

Plagiarism online is something of a plague. What guidelines does this site set itself in detecting and dealing with such cases? Are there any? And if so, can someone point me towards it?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is it possible to know why exactly [user] left?

It was around, I think, last month that someone in chat noticed that [a specific user] left Physics.SE. I felt somewhat uneasy by that (and I know everyone must have felt it) because he left without ...
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Would this question be on-topic here? Might it be likely to receive an answer?

I'm writing a program and need a way to identify and enumerate the number of possible distinct crystallographic domains when depositing one 2D lattice on top of another. I've posed this as a question ...
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Instead of just down-voting a new post, can't the same person care to explain why? [duplicate]

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: How to exactly evaluate the Magnetic Field associated with the given Electric Field in a lossy medium? My question here is that instead of just ...
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Why was this Hot Network Question closed?

Why would this question be closed as Off-topic? How is a 25-year-old can of soda now empty without having been opened or poked? The topic seems to be suitable for this site, and the question was ...
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Is MathJax in titles OK?

There have been some discussions of this topic on other metas, and it seemed to me that the consensus is to avoid MathJax in titles if possible, for various reasons like improving the look of the ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

Recently some of our (high rep) professional users have either suspended their activities or deleted their account. For example : Ben Crowell (Deleted) dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten♦ (suspended his ...
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Questions about physics teaching pedagogy

Are questions that relate to how physics is being presented in teaching on topic in this site?
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Badly formatted questions and answers

There are several questions like this one, which have basic formatting issues. I'm not talking about formulas, which are not in MathJax, but rather no punctuation (not the case in the linked question)...
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How can a user participate on Physics Stack exchange properly if the user have some problems with English Language

We all know users on our PSE come from all parts of the world and it seems obvious that if someone is using the internet he/she must be writing and understanding English properly. But in some ...
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Serial downvoting of my old question [duplicate]

I am banned from asking questions on the main site due to the previous four questions. I wrote them when I just joined the site almost one year ago, but in recent days I am getting downvoted on my ...
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If a question is not closed for being an off topic homework question, does this mean it shouldn't be considered to be a homework question at all?

Recently, I flagged some posts as "a solution to homework" on the question Net Force of Equal and Opposite Gravitational Forces Don't Equal Zero?. Knowing which posts were flagged is irrelevant for ...
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Why this is opinion-based?

This question is closed as being opinion-based. Perhaps I do not understand English well, could someone explain in more detail what opinion-based is on this question?
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Confused over site policy regarding similar questions

I asked the question Confusion over QM Free Particle Propagator - Shankar 5.1 last night and it was closed as a duplicate earlier today, because it is similar to the question Free particle ...
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Where did my edited Question go?

I had a question the was reviewed and now I can't locate it. It doesn't show up in my questions asked bin.
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Stepping down and taking a break

For eleven years and five months I've been a part of an ambitious experiment in making the internet a better place. For the past nine years and two months that participation has included this site. ...
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Deleted comments at closed question

This question Why cant we measure the alleged curve of ball earth? was closed. Before it was closed I had made a relevant comment. After closure my comments disappeared also. Is this the automatic ...
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Sudden large drop in standing (“top percentage overall”) without numeric change in “reputation”

My standing on the Physics Stack Exchange went from "top 16% overall" to "top 67% overall" during a period when I posted only one question or answer (a question posted Jan.5, 2020, MST), plus a few ...
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Just yesterday, I read this and there dmckee♦ posted this comment, and he said: ...relatively small fraction of the eligible users apply their power with any regularity. Now there is already a ...
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A question (which now looks like it was previously incomplete) being modified in such away that the previous answers become useless

This question was posted by user 202. As can be seen from the edit history that the question was incomplete at first(though I didn't knew that till today) (the previous question was scattered all over ...
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Can this question be salvaged? (updated)

I am making an analogy between the history of arts and physics and wanted to make sure that the physics side is correct. As such, the question is probably not a good fit for this site, but maybe it ...
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Is there any way to know how many users are currently online at a given time? [duplicate]

Usually I find that maximum traffic occurs on this site around (8:00 pm to 4:00 am, as per Indian Standard Time (IST, UTC+05:30)), but I don't have any concrete data related to it. So Is there a way ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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About molecules tag

I recently asked a question related to atomic and molecular physics and noticed that there is a tag of "atomic physics" but not for "molecular physics". To some extent, I think that the latter is ...
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Stop killing suggested edits in the name of “conflicted with a subsequent edit”

I saw this and thought to edit it by adding a blockquote, do some MathJax formatting and editing tags. And so I devoted 7 minutes (on a mobile device), trying to make StackExchange a better place. And ...
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Creating a community wiki post for special relativity questions about comparing events in different reference frames

As I am sure many are aware, we get a fair amount of questions about special relativity that are essentially variances of Alice sees this event happen at this time over here, and Bob sees this ...
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Why has this question been closed?

The following question has been closed with the explanation that it is in breach of the Homework Policy : What will be the total work done by friction on the system (man+boat)? However, it is not ...
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Merge [group-representations] with [representation-theory] [duplicate]

This is the description of the group-representations tag: Use as a synonym to the representation-theory tag So we may want to merge them together already.
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Can I ask about these shoes from Dr.Stone? [duplicate]

I'm watching Dr.Stone (an anime/manga) and have noticed the rather odd shoe design used by a people of a village (shown below). Can I ask about how those shoes would be of benefit to the environment ...
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Why aren't my questions marked as hot?

I've asked a several questions (for example, one about gravity waves (3k views) in the two last days With more than 2k views. So not too long ago. There is another question (I don't want with say who ...
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Why is this question considered too broad?

This question. Until recent interface changes, I could see that the close reason stated that the question is about engineering, and hence is off topic, but an inquiry I made has shown that this reason ...
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Asking physics joke questions

I would like to discuss the policy around asking questions which are intended as setups for a joke. I searched through the meta, and didn't see anything about this directly, so I would like to gauge ...
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Completely changing a question vs asking a new question [duplicate]

When a OP has one of their questions closed one of the main desirable outcomes is for the OP to edit the question to address the issues that led to the closure. However, where should we draw the line ...
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Should I edit closed or duplicate, but recently active questions?

The title says it all. While surfing through the questions page in Physics SE, sometimes I stumble upon a few closed and duplicate questions which are begging me to get salvaged. Simply put, they ...
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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

Update Based on the votes, we will be giving this experiment a try. We are working with the CM team now to figure out what metrics we can measure for comparisons before and during the test and we ...
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The new “Highly active…” post notice is somewhat jarring, particularly for the owner of the question

Minor issue .. I asked this question: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/223610 Currently the question has the callout: "Highly active question. You have enough reputation to answer this question....
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Is there some rule regarding a user posting the same answer at different (but similar) questions?

Recently I found that one user was posting the same answer (copy of a single answer) at different question though they were similar enough for same answer to be posted. So what is the consensus of the ...
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New notice banners

From I have found that new notice banners have started appearing on questions. Some examples are: But what was the reason for this new look? Why aren't they question closed as homework and exercise ...
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Why is this question considered engineering?

This question. Seeing it closed has shaken my faith in this community, so I am looking for an explanation. A bullet is the most trivial engineering construction I can think of. Open any physics ...
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Is it okay to give a link to video lecture as reference source?

Are questions like this allowed? It seems mentioning video link in a question post is against rules but I never get to read code of conduct until now. I explain everything in my question post and give ...
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What happens to a question on hold?

I am wondering what happens to a question on hold. Is it removed from the forum completely? Is it no longer searchable? Is it no longer visible but rather archived. Is it visible still to the author ...
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Is there a way to post something for discussion, rather than ask a question?

I like the question / answer format, but I would also find it useful to post a piece that I have written (current subjects include cosmology and thermodynamics) to generate discussion, feedback. ...
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A request to the existing users on the issue of new users

I'm myself is not an old user but not a new user too. The Physics SE is a little different from other sites and even other Stackexchange sites, new users who come over here generally asks about a ...

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