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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Add “is your question on-topic” page for new users?

I was looking around on the mother meta, and I saw this interesting post. The second answer mentions this page on stack overflow for new users, where they must check the box at the bottom to confirm ...
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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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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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Can we reopen this question which used to have meaning-distorting grammar?

The question Effect of temperature and surrounding medium in the Cavendish experiment to measure the gravitational constant was closed as 'unclear what you're asking', probably because earlier ...
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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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Leeway in deviating from goals of this site

This post is the second post of a series; the first can be found here and the post that inspired this series of questions can be found here. How much freedom are we willing to grant users in ...
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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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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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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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Heat is both a tag, and a synonym of thermodynamics

Why is this? Should we do something about it?
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How to deal with answers to duplicates?

Questions which have been (or are in the process of being closed as a duplicate) often get answers posted anyway. What's the best way to deal with these answers? The problem with upvotes (even to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Tree of StackExchange Sites

This really cool graph was posted onto meta.SO early December. Dunno how many over here have seen it... I thought it was super-fancy, so I'm sharing it here as well.
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Exact duplicate (closed) questions and automatic link insertion

The current procedure for a closed as exact duplicate automatically insert the link to the question in duplicate. This link is denoted as "Possible Duplicate" should this say "Exact Duplicate" as the ...
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Chemistry.SE private beta invites

We're having a slight problem on chem.SE--we aren't getting many questions. It was suggested on the meta that we ask Phy.SE and bio.SE for people willing to late-join the private beta. I can provide ...
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Are “Help solve this equation” questions “homework”?

I have come across several questions along the lines of "How do I complete this derivation?" where the answer sometimes is just mathematical, but generally they need some sort of physical insight to ...
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Do we need to delete informative, off-topic comments under old questions?

When I read old posts, I come across some informative comments below the questions which are off-topic, i.e., not aimed at asking for clarification, but they do add some value. I have noticed such ...
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False duplicate

I asked this question: What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current? "What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current?" It was closed as a duplicate of "Why is the magnetic field ...
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Tag cleanups on our meta

I just noticed that a lot of our tags here do not have any wikis/excerpts, and they seem like they're almost identical. Can someone please suggest how they're different and whether or not we should ...
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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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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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Car Color-Temperature Duplicate Declined

The question from today How much difference to interior temperature would a white car roof make? says essentially "My car is hot so I'm thinking of painting the roof white. How much would that affect ...
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Comment box glitch

Sometimes it is impossible to post a comment: if I open a box and start writing both the ping and the text I try to write do not appear in the box. Only some red waves appear, the waves that usually ...
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Why is the new CAPTCHA troubling me from posting questions?

Frustrating! The new CAPTCHA really begger's description. First, they want to type a number for verification, then they ask to copy a big code and to paste it. Then what?? Nothing happens! 2 minuites ...