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How can “torus shape” planet be “non-mainstream” physics?

Refer to this question: How would the rotational and orbital mechanics differ on a torus-shaped planet as compared to a spherical planet? This is asking about torus-shaped planet rotational and ...
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Why was this Very Low Quality flag declined?

I have always felt that the criteria for the use of the Very Low Quality flag are fuzzy, confusing, and ultimately wrong, and I recently had a VLQ flag declined that I would like some clarifications ...
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Beta Site: Materials Modeling

If this is off-topic, I can take it down, but Phys Meta has generally been receptive to promoting other science proposals/sites in the network. Materials Modeling SE entered private beta at the end ...
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Regulating user names: protecting researchers

There is a user on physics.SE with the name michio kaku https://physics.stackexchange.com/users/27903/michio-kaku who I strongly doubt is the real michio kaku given his response here A question for ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Physics is scheduled for an election starting next week, September 26th. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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What can be done to improve Physics.SE as an active forum for physics researchers and student's?

As noted elsewhere, I have personally discontinued use of Physics.SE, since it seems to me that it no longer acts as a forum for research based physics Q&A. Over the past 12 months there has in my ...
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Replacing the homework policy 1: what existing questions should be on/off topic?

TL;DR: post examples of current questions which are edge cases for the new policy, look through the list, and vote answers UP if you think they should be ON TOPIC vote answers DOWN if you think they ...
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Closing “Insufficient Effort” questions

Some time ago, John Rennie asked, ...in many cases it looks as if the OP simply can't be bothered to put any effort in. Do we have a policy for closing (or not closing) such questions? The Meta ...
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Are engineering questions appropriate for this site?

Often we get questions of the form "How do I build this particular device?" or "Why was this design implemented in such-and-such product?" Are these questions appropriate for the Physics Stack ...
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How can we improve participation on Physics.SE?

A lot of members have recently noticed a drop in the net question quality on this site. Many of us feel that this is fixable, so I'm trying to take steps in that direction. Roughly, what we need to ...
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Is there a way to post something for discussion, rather than ask a question?

I like the question / answer format, but I would also find it useful to post a piece that I have written (current subjects include cosmology and thermodynamics) to generate discussion, feedback. ...
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Answering old questions

Should I answer old questions (over a year), even if they have been already answered? I think that this practice is correct, but since in many forums it is discouraged I'm not sure.
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Was this plagiarism flag correctly handled?

In a recent question, a user complained that one of their answers (10k+ link at the moment; screenshot answer now undeleted, see the answer timeline for more details) was unfairly flagged as ...
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Re: Downvoting with no feedback

I have tried very hard to comply with the spirit of this forum but obviously still have not got the hang of it. I write a short comment and then am told it should be an answer. I answer a question ...
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Graduate and above level questions aren't homework

I know, I know, it's yet another Meta post about our homework policy. Feel free to downvote and write abusive comments if you're heartily sick of posts about the homework policy. If you're still with ...
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Should I avoid posting comments to simply say “Thanks” or “It has been helpful (+1)”?

I very often feel the need of posting a comment to simply say thanks for some idea in a comment, like a nice reference or a pedagogic suggestion, or simply to remark that the answer I accepted was the ...
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Do we want the citation tool from Math.SE?

Related: How can I cite a question in SE? Math.SE has a citation tool. Basically, if you click "share" on a post, there's a little "cite" link: Clicking that, you get: This lets one properly cite a ...
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Why are simple questions downvoted?

Why are questions like "Why does objects with zero acceleraton move?" downvoted? To me it seems like a person genuinely wanting to understand a physical concept and coming here for help. It just ...
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What should we name our chat room?

Many other StackExchange sites have a name for their chatroom. MSO has "The Tavern," SU has "Root Access," SF has "The Heap," etc. Our chatroom here is "Physics." Lame. We need a better name. I ...
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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

Update Based on the votes, we will be giving this experiment a try. We are working with the CM team now to figure out what metrics we can measure for comparisons before and during the test and we ...
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Which of several disagreeing answers to accept?

Last week, I asked a question about an everyday physical phenomenon (In aluminum, how does electricity travel through the surface oxide layer?). I was fortunate enough to get two answers and some ...
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How to deal with users that just won't use MathJax?

This is essentially a duplicate of 27153, from math.SE. I have noticed that there is a bunch of users that consistently refuse to use MathJax in their answers. One of these users, in particular, has ...
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What “practical” physics problems do you “actually” face?

The FAQ states: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. This bit is highlighted. This sentence has an obvious meaning, which is wrong. Almost ...
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How do you cite yourself?

In this answer I cited some work I did a while ago. To what extent should we allow self-linking? I have noticed in some cases there is self-linking that is only tangentially related to the ...
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What is the correlation between answer quality and score?

There has been a general sense among a number of users, myself included, that simplistic, almost throwaway answers can get very high scores, while thoroughly researched, high-level answers can ...
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Can we try to cut the vitriol during this election?

Well, we're a day into the nomination phase of Physics Stack Exchange's third election. We already have 8 candidates for the two positions available, and no doubt we'll get plenty more. A pattern has ...
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Community, help us moderate the site!

Related: A guide to moderating Physics Stack Exchange yourself: close voting Community, help us close questions! When I first discovered community moderation on this site, I was pretty ...
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Ask Me Anything 12th July: guest's introduction and questions

I will be the next AMA guest. So here it is a brief introduction of myself, and you can suggest some topic/questions that can be discussed during the session. Academic Background. I obtained a master ...
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A “cite this paper, will you?” button?

Just for everyone's attention, a nice question has popped up in the MathOverflow meta: Formatting citations to the literature on MathOverflow, shooting towards a button that will insert a formatted ...
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Has any new physics problem been solved as a result of discussion on Physics StackExchange?

Every now and then, there are very interesting science questions being posted on the Physics StackExchange. Some of these questions concern very up-to-date research. Does anyone know if any ...
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Tag synonyms for voting

Post here tag synonym proposals for voting. For example: what tags should by synonyms of "quantum-mechanics"? See also this meta post. This post can also be used to suggest minor changes to a tag, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Opt-in to be always pingable to answer questions

Original idea: List of users with specialities who are willing to be pinged--should we do this? This is a place where users can opt in to be pinged by other users regardless of their chat status. ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Are we a basically friendly lot?

A question was asked in a recent chat whether the Physics SE was getting ruder and/or unfriendlier. My immediate reaction was that it wasn't but then I was surprised to be criticised (in a ...
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Questions for the June 14th Ask Me Anything

Hey I'm the scheduled guest for the june 14th Physics AMA and I was told to maybe make a little presentation and asks for any questions for the AMA people might have, so here it is. About me So I am ...
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Physics has switched to CommonMark

Yesterday, I announced on Meta Stack Exchange that we'll switch all sites on the Stack Exchange network to CommonMark, a standardized and well-supported Markdown flavor. You can read up on the ...
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The practice of answering a question in its comments area

I've noticed that some members provide a perfectly good answer to a perfectly good question in the comments area under the question rather than posting their response as a standalone answer. As this ...
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I am having trouble improving how my questions are received

Is there a way I can improve how my current questions are received because no matter what I do they get received worse? They don't even tell me what needs improvement.
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Reserving the use of the 'non-mainstream' close reason

In my opinion, the purpose of the 'non-mainstream' close reason is for non-mainstream theories. It's for people who have invented their own theory of everything, put it on Vixra, self-published a book ...
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Good list, bad list

The Stack Exchange model does not work well for "big list" questions, and these are banned network-wide for good reason. However, many of the other stack exchange sites allow or even encourage list ...
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How do I dispute a moderator's action?

A moderator closed/migrated/deleted a post, and I disagree with this. How should I proceed in getting this reversed? Return to FAQ index
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The intro-to-QM books question: reopen?

We have several questions asking for recommendations of books for beginner-level quantum mechanics. Many of them are closed as duplicates of this one: What is a good introductory book on quantum ...
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Answering old questions and getting noticed

When I browse through old questions I usually find myself reading the question and maybe the top few answers. Same thing when there is an old question appearing on the front page. From what I've ...
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Should “Biophysics” fork?

I see that in Area51 a proposal exists to create an independent Biophysics SE site. I have mixed feelings, but I support the initiative (so far its popularity is low). In any case, I think that in ...
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Question put on hold for no clear reason

I believe that the question linked to below meets all the criteria for homework questions listed at the Physics Stack Exchange meta site, and that therefore it has been inappropriately put on hold. In ...
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Tips for quickly and efficiently searching for duplicate questions on Physics SE

There have been some recent discussions that it's getting increasingly difficult to find duplicates or near-duplicates of questions posted by new users, on the main site. Similar concepts are getting ...
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Does physics.SE help research?

Does some concrete evidence exist that the physics.SE site offers any help with research? (Note that research in physics may not be confused with theoretical physics, that is a specific thing.) Were ...
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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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Are stingy ratings just due to the nature of physics?

I've noticed a major difference between the physics SE and the other SE sites. People here are mean! Comparatively, the other sites feel like a smorgasbord of up-voting. I understand that the ...

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