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What does this community mean by students?

So the title says all. What is the meaning of a student of Physics as per this community? I ask this because there are students at many levels: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, undergraduates, ...
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Is this question about a recent paper on topic?

Is this question on topic? Or should it be? How come some people are claiming that the Big Bang never happened? I actually had the same question (namely how valid is the conclusion) but felt it ...
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Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats?

Last year, we had the Winter Bash on Physics Stack Exchange. For those who weren't around or don't remember, the event is one where completing various achievements on the site earns you different ...
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Getting rid of the popular science tag

Related: What is the purpose of the popular-science tag?, Can we encourage the "research-level" meta tag? What about a "popular" tag? We currently have a tag called popular-...
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Why is Phys.SE so restrictive in the Q&A it is willing to accept?

There is already a Physics Overflow. Why then not being more lenient in the Q&A to be accepted in Phys.SE? Mathematics SE has 10 times as many questions. SO leads with +10M questions. Those other ...
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Massive downvotes of some questions

On occasions, some questions (usually posted by less experienced users) get massively downvoted - say, score of -5 or less. Given the reputation cannot go below 1, is there a practical site ...
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Revisiting history

I've been following the history tag for some time now, and it led me to this Phys.SE question, which was recently closed. While the cited reason was This question does not appear to be about ...
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How are suspension times determined?

How are suspension times determined? http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/04/a-day-in-the-penalty-box/ says it can be anywhere from 1 to 365 days. But unlike in real life, no rules are given for what ...
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A hat! I've got a hat!

I take it the Christmas hat season has opened? Watch out you werewolves! Why no announcement this year? I guess SE do it every year, so maybe it's now just taken as routine. However I'm surprised ...
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A weird spike in downvotes in May 2013

As of today there's a pretty neat new privilege, site analytics, that lets you see a couple of neat graphs. I was playing around with it and noticed something odd: a very strong spike in downvotes in ...
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is there no way to block spam coming from variable new users with the same nonsense?

The past days spam appears under variable user names. Is there no way to block it? IP addresses? phone numbers in content? I just got a response when i tried to post only the first sentence that : ...
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How should we assign credit for ideas?

Professional physicists often jealously guard their good ideas, since they are afraid that competing researchers might steal them and publish first. As a junior scientist, I am sometimes appalled by ...
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How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted traffic on this site?

Given the COVID-19 pandemic forced many professionals and students to work and learn from home, I was curious to see how the site is doing regarding traffic and activity. Are we seeing more traffic, ...
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Asking physics joke questions

I would like to discuss the policy around asking questions which are intended as setups for a joke. I searched through the meta, and didn't see anything about this directly, so I would like to gauge ...
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A canonical relativistic rocket question?

John Baez's old web site has disappeared, presumably since he's no longer associated with the university whose server they were on. In particular his page on the relativistic rocket equations is gone, ...
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Book recommendations: On-topic, on-topic but community wiki, or off-topic?

Yes, we've had this debate before. Unfortunately, there's no definite consensus to be found about their community wiki status: Good list, bad list (from July 2013) has the top voted answer (with a ...
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Should we cancel the fortnightly chat session in the Physics chat room?

In the early days of the Physics SE we struggled to get people interested in using our chat room The h Bar. One of the tactics we used was to schedule a one hour chat session once every two weeks, and ...
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Can we encourage the “research-level” meta tag? What about a “popular” tag?

I have been reading a bit of the meta discussion going on about the question quality here at the Physics StackExchange (SE). Especially in the wake of the demise of the TheoreticalPhysics SE, there ...
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Good examples of turn-around questions that get closed → fixed → reopened and answered

I just watched the question Why is 2 a pseudoreal representation and there is no 2-2-2 anomaly? turn around from being fundamentally ill-posed, under-researched and essentially unanswerable in its ...
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New site proposal specifically for problem solving in Physics on Area 51

"Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics." At present Physics Stack Exchange is more inclined towards answering specific ...
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What tag warnings should we have?

I just saw this post on the Mathematica SE meta, referencing this one on Ask Ubuntu, with a new feature SE is trialling in SO. These are "tag warnings", which are meant to alert users about things ...
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Should this “homework-like” question about the AKLT Hamiltonian be reopened, or remain deleted?

It's been suggested via a flag that this question, which was deleted by Community after being closed for ten days, has value to other users asking similar questions. I personally don't understand the ...
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Has the “soft-question” tag become a bad idea?

I took a quick peek at the newest 'soft-question' questions when I noticed something particularly disturbing, most of them are marked either as [closed] or [duplicate]. There were so many that I ...
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Is it appropriate to use the low quality review system to get rid of 'bad' answers?

It seems that posts often come up for deletion in the low quality posts review queue which are clearly 'bad' answers but answers nonetheless. The answers are often 'bad' because they are short but ...
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Has our policy on astronomy questions changed now that Astronomy beta is open?

I noticed that this question was migrated to the new Astronomy beta site: https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/q/1845/ My understanding was that since the merger with the old astronomy site, all ...
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Do we like hats? [closed]

Stack Exchange is doing an event this year in which... well, let me just use Aarthi's words: Winter Bash 2012 Last year, on our Gaming site, we hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users ...
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A review queue for misused tags

Qmechanic just raised on chat the need to take some more action on the mathematical-physics tag, and I think it's about right: the tag, despite some loud all-caps in the tag wiki excerpt, gets misused ...
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Is it time to unlock/vote to reopen old book recommendation questions?

Looking at old book recommendation questions, I noticed that some of them were closed or locked almost a decade ago. But our policy on book recommendations today is much more liberal. Is it time to ...
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Links/resources for the 2016 moderator elections

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Here are the relevant links and resources: Election page: Includes a brief statement from each candidate. Official questionnaire: Questions that ...
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Tag cleanup - burnination

In my recent perusal of the tags, I came across a couple that seemed unnecessary. Can we get rid of the following tags? proof-that-1-plus-1-is-2 Seriously, why? Even Mathematics doesn't have this as ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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What should be the status of cold fusion on this site?

There have been a few questions asked about cold fusion on this site, especially in recent days. Invariably they lead to extended arguments, which is not healthy for the site - the whole Stack ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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As a user of Physics.SE, how do I make my own experience smoother and more enjoyable?

Related: How can we improve participation on Physics.SE? (Not a dupe, this is about what a user can do to improve his/her own experience, and that is about more global changes) This post is meant to ...
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Once and for all, what is up with the metaphysics questions?

I don't mean to pollute the site with more discussion of metaphysics questions, but I'm genuinely confused by the community's response to this and I want to figure out what is going on. There were a ...
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Why do some random-seeming questions have huge numbers of views?

I am sometimes surprised at certain questions that have received huge numbers of views. For example, I just stumbled across this question. I mean it no disrespect - it's a perfectly nice question - ...
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Data collection: When should (or shouldn't) we exclude questions from the Hot Network Questions list?

The SE team has made several promising changes to the "Hot Network Questions" system. If you have previously found HNQs to be problematic, you are invited to participate in the discussion ...
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Is Physics SE an appropriate location for peer review?

What peer review style questions are acceptable to ask on Physics SE and what actions, if any, should be taken against unacceptable questions? When I originally encountered this question and its ...
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Site design, take 2

There are rumors that the site redesign will happen soon, so I open this thread for some more suggestions, ideas and possible good points of previous design.
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Why do some people insist on one unlikely possibility?

Once in while, someone will insist that dark matter is not particles (which is totally possible but not likely) and insist curved space (or [insert theory here]) is the only thing possible. When you ...
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Why were well-known, valid solutions of the GR “off-topic” or “non-mainstream”? (suggestion)

I've found multiple times the closing of questions about the topic of general relativity/solutions of the einstein field equations. Examples are here and here. These judgement was: "not mainstream". ...
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Do we have a troll here?

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Is the site working?

I signed the petition and committed to participating in this website. This pledge accounts for some of my involvement. However, it seems clear from tracking the site statistics that Physics-Stack-...
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How to suggest an edit to fix a 1-character typo

I tried to make a suggested edit for a post1 that was otherwise great, but the OP had made a single-character typo. When I tried to correct the typo, I was told that the edit needed to be 6 characters....
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Downvotes without explanation

Recently I have posted the question Einstein-Hilbert action as an effective field theory. I have received a lot of downvotes and it's ok because it was unclear: in order to repair I tried to close it ...
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When Should Moderators Override Community Vote to Reopen?

Recently this question was reopened by 5 reopen votes from 5 members with more than 500 reputation points (including me) which at this point of the forum's history is quite a few votes. Only 38 ...
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(Why) does this particular question keep getting bumped up by Community?

I've noticed several (>~3) times over the past few months that the question About the proposal to ban homework has been bumped up the front page of Meta, on separate occasions. I don't think it ...
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Why does Google give better results than PSE search about PSE's own pages?

I had been faced with this several times before. But this time I decide to ask it in a Meta post. I typed this phrase in the search box of the PSE: ...
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How can we encourage our users to answer physics oriented math questions on Math.SE?

There's always been a bit of fuzz around the issue of on-topic-ness of math (and engineering, but that's a discussion for another day) type questions on our site. Many questions which are in content ...

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