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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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Why did my comments under the community ad for physicsoverflow get deleted thrice?

In the 2015 community ad proposal thread, I posted an ad for physicsoverflow. Then I posted a comment under it to provide some extra information. Here I'll try to reconstruct the deletions in ...
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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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Why was my recent answer deleted, and was it really an appropriate action?

I recently asked and answered a question on the main site: What are the Energy eigenstates for a modified quantum harmonic oscillator? First of all, this question ended up being re-tagged as homework,...
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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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Rethinking the “too broad” criterion

I was sad this morning to see Gil Kalai's great question about the role of rigor closed for being too broad. I was even sadder this afternoon when Prof. Kalai's narrower follow-up question, was also ...
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Where to ask questions about teaching physics?

There is https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/, https://cseducators.stackexchange.com, and https://chemistry.stackexchange.com which is geared towards teachers. Physics teachers seem to lack such ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I correct grammar in questions/answers even if the message is clear?

I am talking about stuff like principle/principal, its/it's, your/you're, effect/affect. Can I correct these things even though the meaning of the question/answer is clear? Would it come across as ...
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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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Let's make the best of the new Ask page design for this site

As you may or may not have noticed, the new ask page is now live on the network. Go and have a look! Some of the new features are only visible to new users, but it still looks noticeably different ...
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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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Do Physics Hot Network Questions help or harm the site?

There has been some small discussion in the comments of a recent post about Physics SE questions appearing in the list of Hot Network Questions (HNQ). It was also brought up that Physics SE can choose ...
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What is our position on answers that consist almost entirely of copied content?

We know that plagiarism is bad, and unacknowledged citations will be dealt with. However, what about answers that properly acknowledge their sources, but consist of nothing but quotes? I believe ...
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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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Liberal definition of duplicate questions and the health of physics stack exchange.

I've been wondering why there is so little activity on physics stack exchange compared with math stack exchange. It occurred to me that a contribution to the difference is that we may be closing too ...
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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 ...
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Is this question admissable?

A recent question Are Stephen Crothers' claims legitimate? has made me very uneasy. I will explain why: First of all, this question is too open ended. I visited Crothers' website, looked through ...
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Is there a way to make it more obvious that each post should contain *one* question?

Background We get a lot of posts asking several related but independent questions [1]. Often the posts are even formatted as enumerated lists, making it clear that the author knows that he/she is ...
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Why was this flag rejected?

This answer only provides a link. As such, it is not unlikely that it will be deleted, and in fact a user has already suggested that the post does not really qualify as an answer (I may presume they ...
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Getting rid of “theory” tag

Most of the questions tagged theory are either closed (because they are advertisements of non-mainstream ideas) or tagged very irrelevantly. Many people like to pick on meta-tags, I've realised. But ...
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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

I saw that I had several edit suggestions rejected so I decided to take a look at them, out of curiosity. While most of them were fair, or at least understandable, there was one that I found very ...
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How do I ask a question about the state of current research without falling in the “primarily opinion-based” category"?

My questions are getting closed a lot as "primarily opinion-based", which I understand might be entirely my fault. One thing I don't quite understand is why this question got put on hold. I was ...
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Physics Journal Club on chat?

The original idea comes form CrossValidated (see here and here); basically, each month users propose and select in voting one not too specific, yet intriguing or simply interesting OpenAcess paper ...
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The scope of \newcommand changed

It was pointed out earlier today on chat, by Martin Sleziak, that the scope of MathJax new commands changed at some point in the (recent?) past: it was switched for Math SE in January of last year and ...
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Additional chat room owners?

Since the moderators all have lives, we've been thinking about getting some additional eyes on chat in the form of room owners for The h Bar. In most chat rooms, ownership is meant to indicate who ...
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This is currently a site for people at all levels. Let's make something really positive from this - distributed labs.

This is from a meta level positive rant I temporarily appended to an answer to a question about performing the Cavendish experiment at home. I realized how few lab type experiments we reference ...
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Towards a canonical homework question

Note that the site's current policy on homework questions is found at How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? which will always have the current version of the policy. Many ...
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Question completely disappearing

Yesterday there was a question which I answered, and the answer got two downvotes, so I tried to understand what I was not communicating well. The question was about "energy conservation appearing ...
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How can I improve the chances of my question being answered?

How can I write a post that will gain attention from the user's I want to reach? In what way should I write my question in order to maximise my chance of obtaining a wide variety of answers, in case ...
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How do you deal with the slow update for text with large numbers of complex equations?

When typing text with a lot of equations, the update is terribly slow in proportion to the number and complexity of the equations displayed. It even gets updated when typing in a single character. it'...
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I asked a non-homework question that was closed for being homework. How do I re-word it?

I asked a question "How to use the born rule to find..." and it was closed for being a homework-like question. Now this was not a homework question. It's also not the case that I am lazy. I own ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

This answer (10K only; screenshot) is an example of a "super wrong" post. For the purposes of this discussion, a "super wrong" post is an answer which not only is factually incorrect but is incorrect ...
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The role of good mechanics problems

Today I saw that this question Applying energy and momentum conservation to the problem of pulling a bent carpet at a constant speed about pulling a bent carpet was closed for being a homework ...
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Should we include other StackExchange sites in the close vote options?

So for those of us who can vote to close, we all know what the close vote system looks like. Particularly, under "off topic" you have homework, personal theories, engineering, other StackExchange, and ...
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Pinging a user in a comment

If I add a comment, then realise I've forgotten to add the @fred to ping a user I can either: edit my comment and put in the @fred delete the comment and retype it with the @fred Does Fred get ...
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September 6 Physics AMA Secret: question pool

I am Secret and will be the next guest for AMA on September 6 at The h Bar.16:00 UTC (2:00 Syd time and 12:00 EDT. For other timezones, check here). Post questions you like to ask below AMA took ...
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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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Theoretical Physics SE - a place for research-level questions

Just recently, Theoretical Physics - Stack Exchange has entered the open beta phase. It is a research-level question site, so we aim at questions that cannot be answered by a standard textbook. We ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Discouraging the use of personal attacks and epithets such as “crackpot”

While some have noticed an apparent increase in the "noise-to-signal" ratio on this site, what concerns me is the rise in the "incivility-to-civility" ratio. Let us be clear about one thing - the ...
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Choosing the name of the chat room

The name of the chat room was recently changed to the h bar(becue) as a joke because of the multiple posts about food made by the more rapscallionary members of the room. I've seen a few rather terse ...
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What should our site look like?

It is about time to start thinking about the final design of the site; please turn on your creativity and start posting: Colours, shapes, motifs, fonts... anything visual that you think is connected ...

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