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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Chat tutorials?

I recently took a bit of stick for suggesting that the Minkowski metric was an easy way to understand special relativity, and this morning I suspect I've managed to be more confusing than helpful ...
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Why this question has been closed?

Why this my question has been closed? https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/109273/is-this-picture-of-the-universe-valid
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Policy on closing/holding/duplicate questions of the type "why positve and negative charges attract"

Example this question was closed as duplicate. It is a duplicate as a question and when one goes to the link one finds a good answer in fairly theoretical terms, the first part not really geared ...
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Standardizing $\latex$ use on the site to make searching for formulas easier

Is it possible to publish/link to/include a guide or a reference to a preferred guide to writing LaTeX on the site so that (if possible) searching by formula would be easier? That's pretty much it...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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Low-quality answers

A bunch of answers just came into the low quality review queue (coincidentally, many by the same user...) and they all share one characteristic: they are incorrect, but they do attempt to answer the ...
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What can I do to improve this question?

I think there is some confusion regarding my question (which is not obvious to me). And for now it has $4$ downvotes and $2$ upvotes (and the comment section has become a mess). Can someone enlighten ...
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Where are the community guidelines in dealing with plagiarism?

Plagiarism online is something of a plague. What guidelines does this site set itself in detecting and dealing with such cases? Are there any? And if so, can someone point me towards it?
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Examples of the questioner going the extra mile

I'm trying to improve my penning-down-a-question skills. I have been through the guidelines and this great meta post. I was hoping to get some examples (/list) of a well phrased question. In order to ...
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Unclear What You're Asking

I recently posted a question closely related to (but not identical to) this one. I promise not to continue posting variants. That said: I have just voted to close this question as "unclear what ...
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Community♦ Gifted questions

On Community♦'s page if says and I quote : {Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention} What algorithm is used for this random throws of questions ? Does it bring ...
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Why not make it possible to accept 2 answers instead of 1?

In many occasions, one find more than one correct answer, or that 2 answers complete each others in such a way that both answer the question posted. In such situations one tend to mark both of them ...
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"Develop method by which to see electronic display in sun-light", help me to make this engineering question into physics

I would like to be able to see a display such as computer screen or mobile phone display in sunlight. This question is more about engineering so have to refine this somehow. It consists of novel ideas ...
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Can we make a "new idea" tag possible duplicates

Possible duplicates: Capturing theoretical-physics crowd with Research Level Tag Also Can we make a theoretical-physics tag? Cane we capture the I was reading or I was watching a video and question ...
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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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Proposed Tag: 'derivation'

Would a 'derivations' tag be useful? i.e. for questions asking about the derivation of established laws and equations. In my experience, understanding derivations (at least of college-level physics ...
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Misuse of downvoting

I think this question is unsuitable for this site as opinion-based, and should be closed. Yet, at the time of writing it has only one closure vote (mine), but 6 downvotes. I think this is indicative ...

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