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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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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 ...
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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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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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Bounty (not) awarded automatically - the exception that proves*) the rule?

I have read various posts on bounties, as well as the help center. There, I find the following: If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty ...
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A dubious duplicate

The following question Is the definition of the meter arbitrary? was marked as a duplicate of Is the second defined arbitrarily? - which is itself a duplicate of How is a second measured? And why ...
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How does a simple question get put hold for being unclear?

https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/277688/space-elevator-solved I don't understand what is unclear about this question?
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Why close list-based questions?

I'm confused about the rationale behind closing list-based questions. The problem is that almost any question can be rephrased into a list question, and vice versa. Consider the following examples: ...
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Is it okay to bump questions?

Most of my questions are about quantum field theory. They tend to get extremely few views and a handful of positive votes before sinking off the bottom of the active list. My non-QFT questions are ...
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I can not log in "meta.physics.stackexchange". Why?

For example, I want to write an answer to the topic: Be nice with the comments that has the address: "meta.physics.stackexchange.com/questions/7243/be-nice-with-the-comments" If I press &...
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Question about beat frequencies of light

Someone recently asked a question about whether you could observe beat frequencies of light. I think it was within the last week. Can anyone remember the question? Despite what I think are obvious ...
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Books for fractals in physics - question undelete

I recently found this question Fractals in physics. Suggest book titles which is currently deleted (screenshot). I'm not sure it's a great question but it seems to matter to some people. When it ...
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Adding an autocomplete for search

Has autocompletion been discussed for the search at the top right of a stackexchange sight? I'm relatively new to stackexchange in that my oldest account is 5 months old, so I am not sure if this has ...
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Comparison of Q&A Sites

What other Physics Q&A sites are there? How would you compare them to stackexchange? (Level of questions, size of user base, etc)
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What's our official position on fictional physics?

It seems to have become de facto policy that questions about fictional physics are off topic, unless they're sufficiently precisely written. I recently realized that wasn't mentioned in our FAQ so I ...
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Why was q721019 closed?

If you know what Poiseuille's equation is then Physiology question about velocity and radius is perfectly clear and a straightforward answer solves the questioner's conceptual difficulty. Yet the ...
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Are questions front-paged for unspecified reasons perhaps related to popularization of a site?

Can a question be "front paged" by staffers for reasons that are not closely related either to significant developments in physics or to edits (either to the question itself or to the ...
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Do we have a policy or guidance for questions with no one right answer?

This question does not seem to have a single correct answer posted. Which of the following are true: Assume that there will never be one right answer posted (i.e. because there is not in principle a ...
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Should we offer more feedback when we vote against reopening a question?

Here on Physics.SE, it culturally seems to be much easier for us to close questions than to reopen them. Recently, I've noticed several cases where a closed question, which appears to be on the edge ...
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Why was my resource recommendation question closed for needing more focus?

Books on general properties of matter and fluids. Can anyone please tell why this was closed and down voted? The topic comes under properties of bulk matter, which ...
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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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Should we have a tag for quantum technologies?

I just noticed that there is not "quantum-technologies" tag on physics.SE. There are various related tags such as quantum-computing, but many other realizations of quantum technologies also do not ...
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Is this question off topic? or is it actually unclear, and if so, what remains unclear about it?

I have a very well defined mathematical problem ABOUT physical systems that I put a lot of work into trying to state clearly but it was closed as unclear: Superluminal change in moment implies ...
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Is the new activity indicators in PSE main page really useful/necessary?

I currently use both physics.SE and math.SE, and one difference I noticed was the new activity counters and notifications on PSE, which were absent in its math counterpart. Now, in my experience so ...
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Is this really a duplicate (object dropped in liquid)?

This question was considered a duplicate because of a previous question titled "Height of Water 'Splashing'". However, the previous question only considers the height of the splash, whereas answers to ...
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About an "on hold" question

My question has been put on hold as unclear. I can't understand why. I think I gave sufficient definition of my question and of its purpose. Some further explanation of why it appears unclear would ...
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Two similar-looking mechanics questions are not duplicates

This question about which way a bicycle will move when the pedal is pulled horizontally was closed as a duplicate of this question about how a yoyo will move when it is pulled horizontally. They are ...
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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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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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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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When it comes to the Suggested Edits queue, what would you consider a healthy ratio of accept-to-reject?

Some data first. As of today, there have been 27636 suggested edits: 23490 have been approved, 4146 have been rejected, 6873 were improved. The top 20 reviewers have the following stats: What do ...
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A slight confusion in resubmitting of a closed question (a genuine attempt to re-word the original)

I asked a question, but it was declared a duplicate of this, this and this, but none of them answered what I originally had in mind. [probably my mistake, the question must have been poorly worded]. I ...
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What is a "bad post"? and how many of them can I have before I am banned?

I don't want to get banned, how can I prevent a bad post?
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Problem with questions

About five minutes before I posted this, a question came up in the feed asking users to come up with innovative project ideas for a highschool project with a photoresistor. The question had no ...
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Stop [efficient-energy-use] tag!

The tag efficient-energy-use seems to be rather ill-defined. The tag wiki excerpt states: Use the tag Efficient Energy Use in questions having to do with processes or engines or constructions where ...
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Redirecting questions related to basic definition/misunderstanding of entropy and black holes

Every 2-3 days a question pops up on the site related to basic definition/misunderstanding of entropy/black holes. In the process of searching for related questions, I find that there are many answers ...
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What happened to the appearance of Physics Stack Exchange all on a sudden?

Physics Stack Exchange is changed! Even at 11:30-12:00 IST, the site was as usual. But when I visited the site again at 2 IST, the appearance of Physics SE. was different! Picture speaks more than ...
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Can we get the hat frequencies?

I get the impression that the Darth Vader hat is the most popular. I can't imagine why, anyone would think that (a) physicists are all sci-fi geeks and (b) there's a new Star Wars film out. Anyhow, ...
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Why is the main page of PSE looking so weird in my Opera browser?

Pictures would say better: Then this; notice a large bar in the right part of the page; the conspicuous part is the appearance of hot questions at the bottom: What is going on? I'm using Opera 30....
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Installing Geant4 alongside GEANT3: Question for Physics StackExchange?

I intend to ask the following question: Can I install Geant4 (wiki) alongside GEANT-3 (wiki) on my Ubuntu 15.04? I have already installed GEANT3. How can I install Geant4 without making any problems? ...
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Unanswered Questions where OP gets the answer

I find that there are many questions which are marked as Unanswered but when checked , are usually ones of homework questions where a user comments the OP's mistake and the problem is solved . ...
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Are questions asking for confirmation of a method off-topic?

I have asked a question relating to how I have approached a problem. My reason for asking the question was my answers seem to be unrealistic. The question is here: How to calculate force on a string ...
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Tag for mesoscopic physics?

I'm just wonder if a tag for mesoscopic physics should be welcome? I guess so :-) Enjoy up/down-voting for this forgotten topic :-) Some examples found those days: https://physics.stackexchange....
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Linked Questions across different StackExchange

I was thinking about a whole family of grey questions that the SE structure kind of makes difficult to answer. If there are problems which overlap with two areas, say Physics and one of the ...
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Is this meta.TP post still extant?

The question Papers and preprints worth reading, Jan-midFeb 2012 is a resource-recommendation question imported from the now-defunct Theoretical Physics site. I don't think it is constructive or that ...
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Illustrative pictures for the tags Info page

I find that the tags Info page is somehow hard to read. Would it be useful to have a simple pictures to illustrate the tag like the Wikipedia pages, for example putting the figure on the right hand ...
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To get good answers ask a good question!

No really, scientists have proved it using our fellows over at Stack Overflow as guinea pigs. I wonder if there's enough questions on the PhysicsSE for a similar analysis to be meaningful ...
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Mathematical modeling stackexchange

There is currently a proposal for a mathematical modeling stackexchange on Area51: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/57490/mathematical-modeling?referrer=B5TWQ70QNWlDGxDR-o9vQA2 This is ...