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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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20 most viewed questions that need answers

Here are 20 most viewed questions that need answers. Some of these questions may have answers with negative votes. Only questions with upvotes will be removed from this list. This list will be updated ...
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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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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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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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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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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 - 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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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 getting around ...
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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does it matter if answers are correct?

I'm struggling a little bit with this site and I think I'm starting to put my finger on why. Physics is about the nature of reality, there must be (at some level) a way to say something is ...
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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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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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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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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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Time you spend on Physics SE

I'm not sure if this is on topic on meta but we don't have a meta-meta to ask whether it is appropriate to ask this on meta. Anyway my question is the following: How much time do you spend on average ...
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Why do so many posts use the term 'in doubt' or 'have a doubt' regarding established physics?

An oddly large number of articles are titles with, or include in their opening line, a phrase like 'I have a doubt regarding gravity'; see the articles at the bottom, for examples. In most cases, it ...
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Off-topic: what is it for?

I am a relatively new member of the site and haven't spent enough time to read through rules and meta posts yet to really understand how it all works. So when I see the occasional discussion in the ...
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Use of lmgtfy.com

Naming no names, but please can we have a ban on using lmgtfy.com in comments. I appreciate how frustrating it can be that users post questions without having done the most basic Google search. But ...
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Up and Down Voting a Moderator

Do moderators know when you are down or up voting all their answers? Is it anonymity for all?
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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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Should this question have been deleted?

This question recently came up in chat, because a user lost reputation when their upvoted answer went overboard as collateral damage when its question was deleted: Don't get me wrong, I think ...
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English as a second language and more

Are people who do not speak english fluently not allowed here on SE-physics? (Since they may not be able to format properly or choose the clearest words). Usually i can understand what someone is ...
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Polymath project equivalent for Physics?

See here and here if you wish to know about Polymath. I for one would love to be a part of some collaborative problem solving endeavor. Although it can be said that quite some physics research is ...
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

I am bothered by answers chosen by OP questions which are evidently wrong within standard peer reviewed physics , this is an example Since one of the aims of the site is to be searchable and be a ...
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Plagiarism checks?

Without mentioning any names, I observe the following. Some answers given on the main site by certain individuals are consistently long and not really relevant to the question, instead giving ...
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June 13th Ask Me Anything feat. Bernardo Meurer

I'm Bernardo and I've been invited as the next guest for the Physics Stack Exchange AMA. The session will take place on the h Bar, on June 13th at 16:00 UTC. If you, much like me, gets awfully ...
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Maximizing potential of PSE around major announcements in physics

I don't think I need to tell you that recently there was an historic discovery that captured the interest of the popular press and general public, as well, of course, as that of the broader scientific ...