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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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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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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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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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How should we deal with upvoted incorrect answers?

When a question makes the HNQ list, upvotes and answers from outsiders flood in. The score distributions on these questions are highly abnormal. Often, a mediocre answer that misses the actual point ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Questions that show insufficient effort by the OP

I see regular questions that could be answered by some basic Googling. Examples would be In a large city how much hotter on average is it outside due to the air conditioning of all the buildings? and ...
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In 2016 (pre-election) what activities are involved in being a Physics SE mod?

With a moderator election looming it would be useful to hear from our current moderators how much the role affects their use of the site. Some obvious questions would be how many hours a day does it ...
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Making good posts discoverable when the original question isn't obviously related

I recently answered the question "Which Is More Fundamental, Fields or Particles?" essentially by explaining what second quantization is and why it makes so much more sense than first quantization. ...
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What are the boundaries of “biophysics” on Physics SE?

The question Presumably, biophysics questions run a wide range from those that are primarily biology questions with a little physics input to those that are primarily physics questions applied to a ...
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Area 51 proposal: Science Educators

I recently proposed Science Educators, a site where teachers and tutors of any field of science (physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences) can ask questions. I decided to join forces with all ...
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We have 30,000 questions! [closed]

At the time of typing this we have exactly 30,000 questions! That's a lot of effort by both askers and answerers. Well done to everybody concerned! :-)
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Asking math questions

I understand that asking pure math questions on the physics site is discouraged and I've seen many questions moved over to math. However, often times such questions are more suited for physicists to ...
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How should we deal with academic dishonesty?

Finals are going on for many, and we've had quite a few instances where a student posts a question from a take-home final exam (or something similar). How ought we deal with this? Should we close ...
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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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Answers they are a-changin'

Things have changed in the past few days and I think it's about time it's being discussed. While it's great that we have lots of new people here (including few well-knows physicists) and to attract ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Wrong upvoted answers

What can I do if I observe that a wrong and misleading answer is the most upvoted one among all the answers to a question and commenting, downvoting, and writing a better answer does not help and the ...
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Questions related to geopolitical events

I've raised a question that was put on hold, here: Could a falling office tower cause the melting of its iron or steel support structure? I wanted to post for discussion the reason the question was ...
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Are salutations, sign-offs and other politese appropriate?

Recently physics.SE has seen more users regularly including salutations and sign-off in their posts. That behavior has been strongly discouraged on Stack Overflow for a very long time, and I would ...