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Let's design and get some Physics Stack Exchange swag

e.g. shirts or hats. It would be fun. Post design proposals below as answers and we can take the top voted one after a couple weeks and place an order. I'm happy to do the purchase and distribute ...
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Should pure math questions be on topic?

We've previously had some discussion about the suitability of pure math questions for this site. Currently, pure math questions - by which I mean those that have no physics content, even if they arise ...
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Shall we force to use SI?

It seems a lot users here will be from USA, but still SI units are standard in science-level physics and may encourage broader participation. What do you think?
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Unusual Upvote Trends (Discussion)

Recently, I answered a question, How exactly does gravity work?, which received as of now, 30 upvotes, and I am glad that the community found the answer helpful, and of above average quality. However, ...
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How to deal with negative responses on SE due to personal grudge?

Let's do a thought experiment. Suppose that an SE user X recently encountered an SE user Y who, after X refused to mark Y's answer as accepted, probably downvoted X's question, marked it as a ...
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Concern about question deletion: Science can look after itself and repudiate “offensive” questions by rational repudiation and evidence

I refer to this deleted question and my question is this: Why was this question deleted rather than migrated to History of Science and Mathematics SE? To summarize the deleted question: cites this ...
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Congratulations Luboš Motl [closed]

Luboš Motl has become the first ever user on Physics.Stackexchange to get a Gold Badge for a particular topic . He has earned the Gold Badge for quantum-mechanics , all time top user in the tag. ...
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Why was this question considered “big list?”

I recently asked what the most precice measurement we have taken is (What is the most precise physical measurement ever measured?). With 33 views and 6 upvotes, it got mod-hammered as being a "big ...
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Are we gaining or losing non-novice users?

In any difficult field of endeavor -- ballet, mountaineering, violin-playing, physics -- there are going to be far more people in the world who have devoted a relatively small number of hours to the ...
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Is the “spam” flag appropriate for gibberish posts, or is it reserved for promotional material?

Let's say I come across a post which solely says: akdhlkfahsdkhfalsdhf Obviously this person is doing a little home-row bashing, but how are we supposed to flag this? My first thought was spam, ...
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How to deal with questions based on videos?

Here are two recent questions that I would consider low in quality: Is coherent light required for interference in the Young double slit experiment? What theories explain the wave-particle duality as ...
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Is this considered bad attitude?

In my post Imagine I'm on a spacecraft that was accelerated to 1.0$c$ could I only move backwards?, I asked something that came into my mind and I wasn't able to find an answer for it here. After ...
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Can we do better at reducing bike-shedding?

"Bike-shedding" is a phenomenon where there is excessive discussion of a topic because it seems easy, so everyone feels that they are competent to discuss it. We seem to have a couple of recent ...
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Is PSE getting “flash mob” questions?

In the past couple of days (Jan 1 & 2, 2017), there have been questions asked that have received over 20 votes and over 2000 views. Answers have received dozens of upvotes. Look here and here. ...
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Pointless comments

The post I speak of is below. What does the discovery of a pentaquark signify? Whilst OP has hardly been perfect in their articulation of the question, it does to me seem to be clear what they're ...
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What do you need to know about the upcoming mass migration?

NOTE: the migration is complete so this is now old news. If you're reading this, you've probably heard that the Theoretical Physics and Astronomy sites, among others, will be shutting down this week. ...
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What can be done in order to re-open a closed question?

I recently asked a question that was originally put "on-hold" (you can look at the question here: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/245079/). Now, I’ve read the homework policies several times, in ...
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Good answers to duplicate questions

I had a decent answer that received upvotes to a question that was later closed as a duplicate. Since the answer was well received, I thought it would be good to post it to the original question. I ...
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Reminder that Book Recommendations are on topic

Can whoever is flagging resource-recommendations as off-topic because they are primarily opinion based please stop doing so? The community decided a long time ago that these types of questions are on-...
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Physics swag for top users [closed]

As a thank you for being awesome, if you have at least 1340 reputation (as of Feb 24) and are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://physics.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all &...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016 [duplicate]

N.B. The size requirements for adverts have changed. It is NOT appropriate to simply copy over the images from previous years - they won't work. Images need to be 300×250px or 600×500px for ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Physics is scheduled for an election next week, April 22nd 2019. In ...
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Generalizing the homework policy

In our last chat session two weeks ago (sorry for the delay), we had a discussion about updating the homework policy and homework close reason. I'm making this post to summarize that discussion and ...
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July 2017 Ask Me Anything with Jim (long may he reign)

I'm Jim and if you haven't heard of me then, whatever "it" is, you're probably doing it wrong (I'm always self-advertising). I've been asked to do an AMA several times and I'm finally ...
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(How) can we encourage non-newbie users to change away from userXXXX?

We have a certain number of users of the site who have been here for some time, but still retain their original username of the form userXXXX. I find it relatively annoying as I'm never sure whether I'...
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Why is this question not considered an off-topic homework problem?

This question currently has a bounty on it and is receiving a lot of attention. But to me it looks like a question that is normally closed for being off-topic. The question reads like a homework ...
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Should we re-word the homework-like close reason to better match how we actually deal with homework-like questions?

After an extended debate that lasted several years, our community seems to have settled into a pretty consistent treatment of homework-like questions. When such a question is closed, a banner appears ...
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

I'm new to SE but practically every day I come across constructive, thought-out questions that are very quickly marked as duplicates -- while a simple comparison with the alleged duplicate shows very ...
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August 12 Physics AMA with Daniel Sank: question pool

I am Daniel Sank, guest for the Physics Stack Exchange AMA taking place in the hbar chat room on August 12 at 16:00 UTC [a]. I am looking forward to discussing my experience in the USA physics ...
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Care over closing “duplicate” questions

On a number of occasions, I have seen questions closed as duplicates although the linked question either did not have answers, or had only poor answers, and in some cases it had already been closed (...
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What is the ultimate purpose of physics.stackexchange?

I'm a newbie here and I've noticed that a lot of the questions are at a pretty high level. (I'm just starting a masters program in physics). Does this site have a philanthropic goal of speeding up the ...
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Is the new profile style on SE coming to Physics SE?

I've noticed that other stack exchange sites have a new style of user profile. The new style has a different layout, as well as more statistics, such as "people reached", which is interesting. Is the ...
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What will our list of close reasons look like?

The close reasons have been finalized and implemented here, please direct requests for new close reasons to a separate meta post. As per this meta.SO post, it appears an overhaul of the close system ...
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Replacing the homework policy 1b: what is our scope anyway?

Abstract: Analyzing the data from the last replace-the-homework-policy question was inconclusive. So back to the drawing board, or really back to our starting point: what kinds of questions do we ...
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Are jokes in comments not allowed?

I've noticed a few clever and funny jokes from time to time in the comments, so I thought I'd test the waters with my own comment joke (on topic and technically an answer) and it was popular. However ...
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Why more than a thousand views for my 'closed' question?

I had asked this question some time back. What I intended to know was understood perfectly by the person who has answered it. Since then, the question has been viewed a thousand times earning me a '...
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Can a question be made on-topic by hiding the real reason the OP is asking it?

If this question had been worded like this: "Is it physically plausible that a lightning strike could make your sweat boil and cause your clothes to explode off your body" would it still have been ...
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The Brahms vs. Bieber Effect

Brahms' music is rich and interesting, but not easily accessible to a layman. Justin Bieber's is not very interesting, but he gets downloaded from iTunes a lot. In the last week or two, there have ...
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How should I ask a question to understand the answer I will get?

I'm very curious and like to understand physical concepts. So I search the internet and ask questions on the site. But there is a problem: my understanding isn't complete about the subject ...
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Is the question 'explaining gravity to a six-year-old' off-topic?

I recently asked this question about explaining gravity to a 6 year old and it made it into the "Hot Network Questions" list. It generated a lot of discussion and has some very good answers. ...
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Are homework questions becoming more common?

After hearing that homework questions are far too common one too many times, I decided to take the initiative and try to prove whether homework questions are now the primary new content of the site. ...
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Homework - the view from the chat session

During yesterday's Physics Chat we had an, erm, lively discussion about the evergreen subject of homework questions, and I think we reached as near a consensus as a motley crew of physics nerds is ...
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Why Can't “Bounties” be Awarded To a Question?

I understand that bounties are mostly used to attract better answers but one of the reasons to award a bounty to an answer, as recognized by the PSE, is to reward an existing beautiful answer. I ...
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The Best of Stack Exchange Book

Update: In response to the positive feedback progress is now being made towards producing the first ever physics SE book. If you would like to see your own high quality answer in this book, please ...
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Our best questions come from non-expert users

Earlier today I was eyeballing other people's badges because, you know, badges, and I came upon something of a curious observation. If you look at the answer badges - specifically Nice, Good and Great ...
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How to Help the Physics.SE grow (member-wise)? Qualitatively as well as Quantitatively

Recently some of our (high rep) professional users have either suspended their activities or deleted their account. For example : Ben Crowell (Deleted) dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten♦ (suspended his ...
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Correcting incorrect answers

I have a strong aversion to having edits applied to my work without my approval. Because of that, I don't do that to what others have written. So what should be done with obviously wrong answers? I ...
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Why was the Theoretical Physics site closed?

I tried to ask a Theoretical Physics question, then I found that the Theoretical Physics Stack Exchange site has been closed. Now what should I do?

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