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Can anyone ask this question more clearly?

I need to know "How do we know that a photon has some physical form before we observe it?" (by we I mean Physicists who working on quantum mechanics) I think it's very clear، And I do not know how I ...
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Physics and Math tutorial or a directed learning document

Could we create a collaborative online ebook that talks about the important physics concepts covered that is normally covered in school? My normal learning routine has been: Read the textbook Hope ...
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Can we reduce the scientific terms?

Well I think Its my personal problem .When ask a question its answers are in scientific terms and I was unable to understand it . Can you reduce the scientific terms,? and I know it is little bit ...
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Why this site is not allowing to us to comment?

When I tried to comment to a question I was told "you can't comment because your reputation is below 50" and I want to know why they are saying that.
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Is my question now acceptable for this website?

My question was put on hold a short time ago and I made some changes in my question (after considering feedback from other users) to make it more suitable for Physics Stack Exchange. Could any ...
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Role of moderators in reviewing flags

A question I asked a while ago has been put on hold because the moderators think my question does not satisfy the criteria of a good homework question. I disagreed with that assertion so I flagged my ...
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Is it appropriate to deny the right to vote for a person?

Why are users with less than 125 reputation not allowed to cast their vote? Don't they have right to express their feelings?
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Is it OK to direct many effective duplicate questions to an answer written by myself?

A recurring question on physics.stackexchange is "how do I understand gyroscopic precession?" The actual question may take many different forms, but the underlying problem is always that gyroscopic ...
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Why was this question migrated

Why was this question migrated back to the EE forum. Granted it is about an electronics device, but the atomic level behaviour of the seimiconductor junction is definitely a physics question. I ...
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Is age a sufficient indication of expected knowledge level?

This question stems from a few issues and similar meta topics. Probably the best meta reference for this would be the question Is an asker's age relevant?; I consider this to be somewhat of a follow-...
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Please use gender neutral language

In the wake of a recent unfruitful discussion I feel it is necessary for the community to come to an agreement on what kind of language we want to use here. In particular, on whether we want to ...
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What should be done about this question and questions like this, where the OP is just received misguided information?

I am quite sure this question was a result of misguided information presented to the OP about Special relativity. But I think the OP only wanted a thought-experiment kind of proof for length ...
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Why was this question closed on grounds of being unclear?

I don't understand why this question was closed? Especially why on grounds of being unclear? It was quite clear, was it not?
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Why was my answer on decoherence deleted?

My answer to this question was deleted. For anyone who can't see it, the answer was: I hope somebody will correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that the simplest way to phrase the main objection is ...
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This has been bothering me for a while, and I'd like to speak up about it. I see, with a much higher frequency than I would like, comments that look, with rather little variation, like This ...
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Rethinking the “too broad” criterion

I was sad this morning to see Gil Kalai's great question about the role of rigor closed for being too broad. I was even sadder this afternoon when Prof. Kalai's narrower follow-up question, was also ...
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Are there AIs among us?

If I may share a slightly tongue-in-cheek theory about some of the users I've observed on SE, and especially a specific user that has come back recently: This user seems like it could be an AI ...
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Is it proper to ask about the preferrence of units?

I would like to seek an answer to the following question but am not sure if my question will be considered as off topic: I read that bond angles are almost always measured in degrees instead of ...
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Should we add more answers/comments to the original question of the duplicate?

I personally think that the whole point of creating the duplicates is to encourage users to add new answers/comments to the original question of the duplicate. But what really seems to happen is that ...
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Should I upvote answers that I can't verify?

I often come across interesting questions which I can not answer. As a consequence, I cannot verify the given answers, while some seem to be helpful. Is it recommended to upvote such answers, where my ...
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Is PSE the place to ask for clarification on scientific talks?

I've been watching a talk about physics by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and I was left with some questions that were not addressed in the talk's Q&A session. Is it appropriate to ask those ...
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

Whenever I ask a question that is found to be duplicate. If I search the question previously to make sure it was not asked before it does not appear as the language of me and the question is not the ...
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Are questions about derivations in papers published in scientific journals, on-topic?

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question but If I have a specific question about a derivation step in a paper published in Physical Review A, for example. Can I ask it here?
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Use of Material Science Tag

I'm trying to get some clarity on the scope of the material-science tag, or perhaps figure out another tag with the meaning I want. I was reading this question and thought that only a tag of "...
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How to address high volume of low quality questions?

I've noticed that there are an awful lot of people who come here, create new accounts to ask their homework questions, get downvoted and closed then leave. Obviously, we have flags, we can attempt to ...
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Is it really a good idea to show a user's reputation and badges in answers?

I was wondering about this general feature of Stack Exchange sites: when you answer a question, your reputation and number of badges are shown right next to your user name and profile picture. What I ...
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A possible canonical Q/A on symmetric time dilation?

We have lots and lots of questions on the symmetry of time dilation. That is when two observers are heading towards each other how can each think their clock is running faster? These questions ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Do we have any particular recourse for accepted answers that are wrong?

A while back, I answered yet another perpetual motion question. The post essentially asks whether or not you can extract work from Brownian motion, which I consider a good question because of how ...
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Is it OK to use the “unclear” option for closing clear questions by unclear-minded users?

The original intention of the option unclear what you're asking is obvious. Nevertheless, every now and then there are questions in the closing queue that are ...
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LQP review & voting

I often come across answers flagged for LQ in the corresponding review queue which don't really fit into the categories of a LQ post - not spam, not better as a comment, not better as a question, etc. ...
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Should existing vote tally ever be considered when voting?

It seems obvious--the choice to upvote or downvote a question or answer should be based solely on the content. But it's sometimes difficult to ignore what appear to be unfair tallies. I sometimes ...
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Asking a question about someone else's working on another SE

I came across a question on worldbuilding, one which was being debated in the comments. As far as I could tell the working made sense but I thought rather than listen to debates in the comments I ...
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statistics on question types

I have been here long enough to recognize that most of the questions posted here fall into a short list of different classes. examples: obvious homework or exam questions, high-level mathematical ...
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Improving the quality of canonical resource request questions

We currently have a system where there are a bunch of canonical resource request questions linked here, which theoretically cover all the bases; then theoretically almost all questions can be closed ...
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Purpose of homework tag?

Recently I saw many homework posts rejected. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a decently upvoted homework question. Why is this so? Perhaps it is better to remove the homework tag altogether?
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I need help understanding why my question was put on hold

Question: Buoyant force on an object observed by two observers Hold reason: Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. We ...
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Why is this question (still) closed?

H${}$i all. Please, have a look at What is a complete book for quantum field theory?. The post is a standard resource-recommendations request. In fact, it is the canonical post when it comes to QFT ...
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What does “protected by…” below a question mean?

I've noticed (already a long time ago) that below certain questions one can read **protected by...". I never quite well understood why this is written there. So my question is: Why is the statement "...
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Was my question on 'entropy' deleted?

IIRC, I asked about the etymology of 'entropy': was it deleted?
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Profile view number is off

I took a look at somebody's profile four times, but it is showing that nobody has visited their profile. Why?
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Can I pay someone to put a bounty on my question?

I like getting attention for the questions I ask. I enjoy answering peoples questions, but personally, a lot of that motivation comes to get "monopoly money" that I can use to put bounties on my own ...
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How does one know if his question is non-mainstream?

How can one know if his or her question is non-mainstream? Just by asking it? Or is it supposed that the one who asks knows that for him/herself?
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Is there a StackExchange place where I can ask questions about non-mainstream physics?

I have some ideas about sub-quarks and sub-leptons and the structure of them. I can't ask this question on the PhysicsStackExchange place because the only questions you can ask there are about ...
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Why can't deletion by moderators be voted on?

Calculating the height a person can reach in the moon I'm deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please do not give complete or near-complete answers to homework-like questions. – ...
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What happened to the comments on a question?

This question on renormalisation in quantum field theory had a number of comments under the main question, including one of mine; they all seemed to have been removed without any indication that they ...
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Renaming visible-light?

I've noticed the visible-light tag has a tendency to be incorrectly applied in cases where the OP happened to have visible light in mind when they asked the question, but they are really asking about ...
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Crackpots and links to crackpot articles in their profile

So I see that this website is tolerant of people (which I choose to call "crackpots") which have links to their own dubious work in their profile. These people even have thousands of points of ...
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Having trouble understanding how to stay on topic

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: What governs the temperature rise inside an oven? I find myself frustrated with how questions need to be asked... and the pit of 'On Hold / ...
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Why not a tag 'Physics-Misconceptions'?

A major part of truly learning any discipline is weeding out the misconceptions that were either planted by others early in life, assumed 'facts', or poorly taught concepts. The matter of of ...