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Does it matter if answers are correct?

I'm struggling a little bit with this site and I think I'm starting to put my finger on why. Physics is about the nature of reality, there must be (at some level) a way to say something is ...
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Where to ask a question about being a physicist with a hearing disability?

I'm not sure whether perhaps this is the site to ask such a question, and I may as well ask it here, but if it is not appropriate I would like to know where to ask. In a nutshell, I am a 21 year-old ...
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No Monte-Carlo tag?

I was answering this question and saw that it was tagged [molecular-dynamics] which surprised me, since it is nothing to do with MD. I thought I would edit it to include the tag [Monte-Carlo], only to ...
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Misuse of [measurement-problem] tag

It seems to me that the measurement-problem tag is misused almost as much as the mathematical-physics tag. Would it make sense to (1) put a more clear warning on the tag description and maybe (2) ...
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Engineering, what does Phys.SE deem as not Physics?

Right so I posted a question about something (not really important because the response is the important part). One of my responses (who I believe flagged the article) complained that it was not ...
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How is the suspension due to low quality contributions being decided?

According to this answer, it is generally tied to a large number of downvoted/closed questions. What is about the answers? Does the suspended person gets a warning before the ban? What is the limit,...
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Should the tags (mathjax) and (tex) on meta be synonyms?

As far as I can tell, both mathjax and tex are used here on meta for questions about usage of MathJax in posts on the main site. (AFAICT MathJax is the correct terminology, but unsurprisingly many ...
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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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Question deleted without a trace and without notice?

I'm somewhat annoyed that one of my questions just vanished like it never existed. Shouldn't there at least be some kind of notification in my account left? And why not keep questions that don't have ...
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Why was my detailed, informative answer deleted?

I presented a very insightful answer to the question Can electromagnetic fields be used to deconstruct and reconstruct molecular bonds?. I put a great deal of time and effort into including diagrams ...
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Why won't you spend your reputation (on bounties)?

Is it because your total reputation is in front of your name and the size of that number is a sort of prestige? In another discussion when someone expressed frustration that over reputation gain ...
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On-topic answers for seemingly off-topic questions

I was thinking about the recent question "Why is making a white laser so difficult?" A couple of days back (when I first saw it) if I recall correctly, I left my usual off-topic-because-it's-...
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Is a good 'accepted flag ratio' defined?

What's a good ratio for $\frac{\text{Number of declined + disputed flags}}{\text{(Number of flags raised) - (Number retracted)}}$? Just an approximate... 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 or something rough. It ...
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Not poorly received but still no answer: What can be done?

I asked the question Criterion for a Feynman loop diagram to give a finite value long back. Though it wasn't poorly received, I did not get an answer yet. What can I do to improve the question? Of ...
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Can moderators take down comments that are not breaking any rules just because they don't like the comment?

Do mods have to follow a hard set of rules, or can they take down anything that they consider inappropriate? Can they take down questions or comments that are relevant to the community just because ...
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Can my deleted question be reopened?

A question Is the force exerted on the chair transferred to the rope that is pulled on? I asked some time ago was deleted because it did not meet the standard of the Physics Stack Exchange website. I ...
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Pedagogical questions about physics

Sparked by the discussion in the comments in the question How to teach modeling physical systems, especially if it is off-topic, I started looking for pedagogical questions about physics. I didn't ...
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How to answer when the question is based on a wrong premise?

I ask this wondering about my answer to this recent question, though this applies in a more general setting. The situation is that the question asks about the physical interpretation of the typical ...
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Can I ask if my calculation is correct? [duplicate]

Let's say I've been working in a calculation which is reasonable simple but I didn't found it done anywhere else. Can I post is in physics.SE and ask what the community think about it? I know in ...
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Remove the reputation cutoff for the answer ban

There is an automatic answer ban mechanism that stops users from posting many low-quality answers. However, I'm pretty sure users automatically get immunity from the answer ban if their reputation is ...
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Why do software developers make up such a prominent part of Physics SE?

A large number of our most active members are software developers (emphasis on large, because there are way more than I'd intuitively expect). At least three of our moderators mention in their "about ...
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Should an inactive moderator step down?

One of our moderators was last seen on the 22nd of May; it's now the 3rd of June (the same year, luckily). He's also a mod on Chem SE; he was last seen there 1 month ago. I don't want to name him, ...
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How detailed should answers be?

A lot of the most popular questions (viz. those with many views and highly voted answers) here on Physics SE (main site) are simple questions: Why does the cream of an Oreo stick to one cookie? Why is ...
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Seeking attention towards the unanswered questions [duplicate]

Is there a way to re-iterate the attention of the readers towards my questions which remains unanswered for a long time? Can I ask them again?
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What is the meaning of this site's logo? [duplicate]

I am very interested in understanding the meaning of the logo of this website, which looks like a cone with its brim turned halfway outward back onto itself as if trying to turn it inside out. Is ...
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If the community deletes what I know to be an excellent question, is it impolite to gloat? [closed]

A few months back, I posted what I know to be a very insightful question. It was labeled as "off topic" for "reasons" which remain incomprehensible to me. The question has a short answer, which is "...
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Why was my question put on-hold?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: AC Circuits with Frequencies Dependent on Initial Conditions I don't understand why this question was put on hold. It clearly matches all the ...
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Question doesn't appear to be a duplicate

This older question Is the magnetic field zero inside an ideal conductor carrying a current? is explicitly about a regular conductor, but has been marked as a duplicate of a question about ...
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How can we “make it easier for new users to succeed”?

tl/dr What specific policy changes or behavior changes do you think would lower the barrier to entry for new users represented by the current homework policy? This essay is in response to a recent ...
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Is this guy really allowed to sell our stuff like this? [duplicate]

I was distressed to find that someone called George Duckett appears to be (trying to) cash-in on stack exchange by selling things like this. I understand the terms of the license we publish our work ...
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Where to draw line between a physics question and a meta physics? [closed]

I will give two example to put forward my question. Hierarchy Problem now when I heard this question I found it a lot of metaphysical question because it asks why there is so much discrepancy between ...
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User modifies question so that his already posted answer gets correct. Many other problems

I was told there to make a comment under a wrong answer and downvote it and upvote correct answer(s), for dealing with incorrect answers. I present here a case of an answer that was incomplete, ...
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Can I State a Thought About Physics and Ask for Comments

I have what I think is an insight, based on a set theoretic analysis of the Riemann integral, regarding whether or not there are any physical variables that really are continuous, vs. discrete. For ...
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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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Reserving the use of the 'non-mainstream' close reason

In my opinion, the purpose of the 'non-mainstream' close reason is for non-mainstream theories. It's for people who have invented their own theory of everything, put it on Vixra, self-published a book ...
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Should this question really be marked as duplicate like this? They seem fundamentally different

The excellent answers to the question Why do metals only glow red, yellow and white and not through the full range of the spectrum? are valuable and helpful. I'm not sure why this question should be ...
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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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Why is this a bad question to even ask in the first place?

I posted a relatively simple question regarding syntax that I didn't understand: What does self-closing bra-ket mean in Robetson-Schrodinger Uncertainty Relation? I received 2 one-word responses ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

Everybody who's been here for a while knows that the homework policy is not as advertised. If the exercise is sufficiently interesting, and the OP is sufficiently polite, the question often stays ...
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Professor Hawking's March 31st Funeral

The funeral service for Professor Hawking has been scheduled to take place at 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) on March 31. (One source.) Should we schedule a special event in the regular chat room or create a new ...
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I request to write reason if you are marking a question as duplicate to other question

I recently asked a question: Why not Sun's gravity affect angular momentum of Earth? Then QMechanic, a moderator of this web site marked my question as a duplicate of: Tidal force of Sun? ...
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

If a question I asked gets answered by multiple users. And all of them solve the question satisfactorily, which answer should I accept? Should it be the one that was posted first (first come first ...
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Should we curate a “bogus science” wiki or similar?

A recent answer and subsequent comment discussion revealed there are possibly many bogus science sources on the web that are apparently invading the SE network. I understand that downvoting plays a ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

This answer (10K only; screenshot) is an example of a "super wrong" post. For the purposes of this discussion, a "super wrong" post is an answer which not only is factually incorrect but is incorrect ...
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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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Can an “incomplete” comment be considered an unhelpful comment?

Obvious unhelpful comments usually consist of abusive and negative comments as well as completely irrelevant ones and conversational ones. Those kind of comments are easy to spot. But what about "...
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Is it possible to add a discussion tag?

I have some pretty good thought experiments that I would like to share with the physics community here (I'm sure others have them too), but I can't find a way to phrase them as questions. I've read ...
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Tag for free energy

I recently proposed the tag free-energy, and wrote a usage guidance for it; however, it has been almost immediately set as a synonym of energy. I am wondering, however, whether we should have a ...
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Should we keep a list of wrong top/accepted answers?

Sometimes a wrong answer is the accepted answer, sometimes a wrong answer is the most voted answer, sometimes a wrong answer is both at once. Should we make a list of those? The purpose would be that ...
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Answering own question: “work” of the question in own answer

After reading the links provided by the mods in a question I recently posted with an answer, I believe that my question conforms in spirit the criteria that the moderators have tried to infuse in our ...