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Wrongly marked duplicate about why decay is random

I am not sure how to raise this issue, but I was looking for an answer to the question How do we know that nuclear decay is truly random and spontaneous?. This is an important question because we don'...
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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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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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2016 Moderator Election Chat October 4 16:00 UTC

The election chat has concluded; see the transcript. Our next regularly scheduled chat session, October 4 at 16:00 UTC/12:00 EDT, will be devoted to the current election. We'll be holding the session ...
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Do we need a canonical question linking photons and light beams?

It seems to me that we get lots of questions from people baffled about the way light behaves given that it's made up of photons. For the latest example see: How does a photon 'know' when to ...
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How to deal with “spam” for papers?

I noticed some answers that: have nothing or little to do with the question; include an undisclosed link to a paper that is either by the answer’s author or particularly liked by the answer’s author –...
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Minor design updates to site

You may have noticed some minor updates to site design this week, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: Use SVG icons for retina display Fix ...
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What's the purpose of the tagline in the Bounties section of the profile?

This struck me as rather odd. The Bounties section of any given profile, for any of the three tabs (active, offered and earned), contains a list of post links with the amount of rep of the bounty in ...
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Relevance of biology-related questions

I'd like to discuss the relevance ("on-topicness") of questions regarding the effects of physical influence on biologic organisms, specifically humans. Recently, there have been these two questions: ...
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: 9pm UTC / 5pm EDT on the 6th - now!

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Best of PSE 2016 - Best answer directed at the layman

What was, in your opinion, the best layman answer in 2016? A layman answer is an answer directed at those without expert training in physics. Vote either by posting an answer linking to your ...
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Should we have a one-way speed of light tag?

We have numerous questions on the site about the speed of light, and we have the speed-of-light tag for them. However, since the end of October 2020, when the video Why The Speed Of Light* Can't Be ...
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Why Does Marking a Question As a Duplicate Require the Original Question to Be Well-Answered?

If a recently asked question which is exactly the same as (or is contained in) an old question then why does marking the new question as a duplicate require the old question to have an either upvoted ...
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To make successful question migrations, we need also proper tagging

If we vote a question to migrate away to a different SE site, there is also a non-trivial and lesser known requirement (documented here): The question needs to have a tag, which exists also on the ...
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How to get explanation why question is unclear?

I have had a big problem over many months with a question. I try to tell the story as factually as possible. Help is appreciated. Here we go... I asked a question on Jan 27 at 14:29. It was closed ...
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Resource recomendation - very specific topic?

Let us say that I want source of information that gives worked examples for a very specific topic (let us call it X). I have access to a (pretty good) library and have searched both this and the world ...
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The site toolbar looks broken in Opera

The site toolbar looks broken in Chrome. How can I fix it? I have the same problem but in Opera. I've read in one comment that this isn't a problem in Opera but it's for me. Edit: This is really ...
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Would it be useful to have a "dimensional regularization" tag?

I'm aware that we have a "regularization" tag, but I don't think this is the same as dimensional regularization. I've only just started learning about these concepts, so I'm not 100% sure, but I ...
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state of the art technology questions

I want to make a question about state-of-the-art mirror technology and beam divergence for space and astronomy applications. Since engineering questions seem to be, if not considered off-topic, at ...
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Stack Exchange Fellowship and Grant Program: Looking for reviewers to assess thesis proposals

Stack Exchange will be introducing a Fellowship Program awarding grants for original and independent research projects. Undergraduate Honors Theses, Independent Study Projects, Masters Theses, and ...
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Who is this person with a Ψ character and what is the CHAOS team?

Just like to drop a note on who I am and what my team does. I'm Seth, a member of the CHAOS (community development and evangelism) team at SE headquarters in New York. We're in the SE sites learning ...
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Astronomy / Physics discussion on topic distinction

We've had some sporadic discussions about how to determine the topic boundary between Astronomy.SE and Physics.SE and what kinds of questions should be transferred over to the astro site. They've also ...
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Best of PSE 2016 - Best baby-steps answer

What was, in your opinion, the best baby-steps answer in 2016? A baby-steps answer starts from simple principles and finishes with a complex and rich result. Vote either by posting a link to your ...
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Is Physics SE being targeted by people opposing the modern view of physics, and so called myth busters?

I have only been a member for a few months, but find the site both very good, and pretty fair. Not saying all is perfect, but enough good, imo. I looked to see if there was a similar question to the ...
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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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Is there a search engine to look up formulas in physics.stackexchange?

I was wondering if there is a site where it is possible to look up formulas. For math.stackexchange, it is possible to use https://www.searchonmath.com/ or https://approach0.xyz/search/. But those don'...
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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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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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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 are the criteria for journals being "reputable" hence mainstream physics?

"Mainstream" physics is a requirement of the Physics SE site and the definition of "mainstream" is in terms of "reputable" journals. There are a lot of journals that cover or intersect with physics. ...
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Tag(s) for amorphous solids, glasses and quasicrystals

I would like to discuss the creation of one or more tags for amorphous solids, glasses and quasicrystals. There are many question on the site which address specifically glasses and the glass ...
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Math and engineering questions: where do we draw the line?

I was reading through some old meta discussions recently, and I was interested in some of the points made, but they never quite seemed to be implemented or discussed further. They also seemed to be ...
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guest chat session top guest wishlist/ call for desired speakers

the new Physics SE guest chat sessions have gone generally well this summer (some brief summary/ history); we now have 3 basically successful events with talented/ qualified speakers and am personally ...
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Publications Citing Physics SE?

What publications (papers, books, etc.) have cited questions or answers of Physics StackExchange?
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rep cap and accepted answers

Yesterday I hit the rep cap thanks to some unexpectedly well received answers. Here is what I don't understand: I got three answers accepted, which I thought should give me 45 "cap free" points. Add ...
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Dealing with level of resources in requests

One of the things that bother me the most about book* recommendation requests is the endless stream of similar requests that can spout around any specific topic, for all the different possible reader ...
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Use bounties more often

If you have reputation to spare, and notice good questions, throw a bounty. It saves the good questions from being lost in the flood. Currently there is only one bounty, which is unusually low ...
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Make a poster!

I'm planning of putting up some A4 chem.SE posters in my institute, and I though that it would be useful if I had some for Physics as well (more useful, in fact, since I'm in the Physics department) ...
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On possibily migrating astrophotography questions from Physics.SE to Photography.SE

I opened a question on this topic on meta.photography.se so that the proposed recipients can weight in.
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What are the best questions that could be turned into science fair projects?

I just came across this post: Cooling a cup of coffee with help of a spoon and think it would make a great science fair project for elementary and middle school students. Are there other physics ...
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Introducing Physics.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers

StackExchange is looking for students and teachers who might be interested in helping us kick off/formalize a university pizza ambassador-type program. Physics.StackExchange would like to sponsor ...
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Is the signal/noise ratio here inherently linked to overall growth of the SE network sites?

A hypothesis: The spectrum of non-physical/-technical topics/proposals via AREA51 is exponentially growing. While this is a minor problem for insulated communities/topics, like programming/cstheory, ...
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Should /q/59448 be reopened?

The question Has there been a proposed explaination to the observation of wave-particle duality? has been closed as not a real question. While the posting isn't particularly well formulated, the ...
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What constitutes non-answers?

The flag reason for non-answers is the following: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or ...
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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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The on-topic page in the help center does not mention engineering

It recently came up in a meta post that OP had checked out the on-topic page in the help center, and could not see anything about engineering. That does seem to be the case, and although the tour ...
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I am not able to understand what should I do on this question to avoid it from being downvoted?

Please help me understanding about How I should improve my questions like this- How does torque operate? What will be going on with disc? from being downvoted? I think I have given the specific ...
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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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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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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 ...