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Is stackexchange open source?

Is the software used to run stackexchange open source? I haven't found any info on this in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stackexchange or http://stackexchange.com/about . A related question is the ...
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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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How should we handle how-to-find-a-specific-reference requests?

We occasionally get "find me a PDF" requests, where a user knows exactly the paper she needs and (presumably because of a paywall) asks how to obtain an electronic copy of it. This has typically been ...
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Does banning homework do long-term harm for only short-term gain?

When I first saw Why don't we just ban homework altogether? my initial reaction was "hell yeah!". As I've thought about the issue more though, I wonder if banning homework will do Physics.SE more ...
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Where can I find a statement of the Physics SE policy on self-citation?

The question How was it determined how many neutrinos result from a single Beta decay? was asked recently and I had previously researched and written up in my book. As the passage in my book ...
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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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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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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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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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Should abbreviations and acronyms be discouraged?

Occasionally, I pass over a question merely because I don't understand an abbreviation or acronym. I wonder if the instructions should encourage the definition of these things in the body of the ...
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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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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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The h Bar is always open! (Chat Guidelines)

The main chat room for Physics SE is called the h Bar (yeah, it's a cool name); it has been an active place for a while now, and a lot of you have probably popped in at some point of time. However, ...
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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 ...
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What is the reason that there are so many questions at this stack (physics) comparing to the others?

As far as I know on this physics stack are far more questions posted than other stacks. But why is that. I can't imagine that a study of biology, chemistry or history etc. would comprise less detailed ...
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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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Would it be useful to link the engineering SE on closed engineering questions or not?

On some SE sites, it is normal that the closing reasons contain also a link to another SE site, where the question could have a better chance to survive: On other SE sites, it is unthinkable and even ...
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Not unclear if there's an answer

I have noticed the "unclear what you're asking" close reason misused multiple times (if asked, I can provide links, but I can think of many). However, there was one recent case that made me write this ...
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Trying to understand why the answer was deleted

My answer to What is special about Maxwell's equations? was deleted by a moderator. The OP asked what is special about the Maxwell equations, which, according to the OP, are basically a ...
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Did the Big Bang happen at a point?

Well, no, as well all know. However this misapprehension comes up time and time again, and surprisingly there doesn't seem to be a single question addressing precisely this issue (though it's covered ...
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Effective Field Theory book club

I suspect this proposal is off-topic here but I thought I would give it a try. I apologize in advance if this is the case. I've begun watching video lectures on Effective Field Theory with a focus on ...
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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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The site that refers the most visits to Physics Stack Exchange is…

I was recently talking on chat about the analytics information available to 25k+ users. This is normally pretty boring, but I went to have a look and I was somewhat surprised. These are the top ten ...
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Question with a lot of discussion in comments remains closed for being unclear

I would like to enquire about this post I have made on StackExchange Physics- Conformal group in 2D being a subgroup of Diff x Weyl - Polchinksi's 'String Theory' This post was closed ...
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Community, help us close questions!

Back in the early days of the site, there was a question about letting the community close questions through the normal 5-votes-to-close mechanism. That was a little impractical at the time because we ...
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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, in ...
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Do we need/want an overarching books question?

The current tag wiki for the books - now resource-recommendation - tag includes, in its final paragraph, the request that If you question is about resource-recommendations, please add your question ...
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Please consider supporting arXiv trackbacks on the mother Meta

One long-standing feature requests for the Stack Exchange engine is the implementation of trackbacks for mentions of the arXiv on Stack Exchange sites. In general, if you have a blog and you blog ...
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Do we have Nobel prize winners on this SE?

Just curious, do we have any Nobel prize winner on this SE? PS: I want to follow some big shots, or the topics they are interested in.
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

On the linked post, a comment was made addressing me with words that might be considered mildly rude by some. I had absolutely no issues with the comment (and thus, I didn't flag it). And yet, the ...
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

Whenever I ask a question that is found to be duplicate. If I search the question previously to make sure it was not asked before it does not appear as the language of me and the question is not the ...
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What the hell, I just lost 582 reputation points

What the...? Users removed? Seriously thinking of quitting this site for good (well, not really).
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Disposition of Area 51 Proposal: Theoretical Physics

Update: The Theoretical Physics proposal will not be closed See: The Theoretical Physic Proposal Back Underway! Over the last 8 months, I have watched an Area 51 proposal to create a Theoretical ...
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Can we get rid of the “philosophy” tag?

I know there are good tags and not-so-good tags, but this one in particular just irks me. Physics is not philosophy; philosophy is not physics, and if we have a "philosophy" tag on the site, it's ...
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Downvoting serial answers without serial downvoting

In the past days I've encountered a particular user who has made a "serial answering": he has answered several different (even uncorrelated) question with almost the same answer and the same sketches. ...
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How should we go about retagging the salvaged posts?

UPDATE from D.Z.: I'm hijacking Manishearth's question to organize the tag cleanup effort, because most of the links are already posted here. Here's how this is going to work: whenever you have time ...
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Ask Me Anything: 22nd August

I'm Mithrandir24601 (if it's not obvious, that's not actually my real name. Finding my real name is left as an exercise for the reader :P Bonus points for those who know both origins of that username) ...
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Is it part of this site's charter to dispel ignorance and raise awareness of science?

This question is inspired by the following question: Is it physically possible to convert matter into the electromagnetic spectrum(specifically x-rays)? The question I put in the title is in part ...
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Getting permission to reproduce an answer (with authorship credit) for a class handout/text

I have seen several answers that I would like to add to a set of handouts or a departmentally generated text. 1) How do I get permission, or is it granted automatically by the nature of this site? 2) ...
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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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Color scheme and the colorblind

I am not an active or knwoledgable user of SE Physics, but as person with a light form of color blindness (actually green/blue weakness), I wanted to bring this to Meta's attention: The Color scheme, ...
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Why is it not allowed to ask about the mathematical prerequisites to understand string theory?

Many people have tried in one way or another to ask about the mathematical prerequisites to study or understand string theory, but all their (up voted!) question have been and are being closed before ...
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How do we deal with perpetual motion and other hoax questions?

Fortunately, no questions of this sort have been asked yet. I suppose it will happen sometime, but I have no idea how we should respond. We could simply mark for deletion, but this will only cause the ...
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How can we improve the participation of subject experts and enthusiastic physics students in chat?

I don't use the main site much, but I have been a regular participant on Physics SE's main chat: The h Bar, for the past two years. Lately, I have been noticing a drastic drop in the number of subject ...
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Do we want and need a set of canonical questions with canonical answers?

This is a proposal that has been discussed to some extent in the h bar chat (especially with @ACuriousMind and @alemi), and a meta post to gauge the response of the rest of the community is long ...
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What's the possibility of a Physics.SE community blog?

It's possible for a Stack Exchange site to get a community powered blog, as done so by many sites seen on SE, e.g. Math.SE. To get our own, what we first need is community support, since the blog will ...
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Problematic behaviour of user

Is the behaviour of a user who: in the majority of his (well) answered questions doesn't accept an answer and goes on asking further and further questions in the comments, almost always exceeding the ...
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Shouldn't we make (more of) our question titles actual questions?

We get a lot of questions on this site whose titles are not written as questions. Recent examples include I don't know how to start with this exercise Finding tension in strings List of international,...
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Very disappointed by my experiment on this site

I am very disappointed by my experiment on this site. Four days ago, I posted this question: Numerical simulation of the double-slit experiment including watching the electrons . After less that 24 ...

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