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Why is this question unclear? What details should it have added to make it clear?

I noticed this question which seemed like an honest good faith question (although the asker is clearly not yet competent with using LaTeX). They clearly state how their mental models work, and it’s ...
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How frequently can I ask questions on one site and in one tag?

When I'm studying physics, I get questions I can't answer constantly. I usually leave a question after I try to solve it 2 or 3 times and don't get anywhere. I return to it again after a week or two ...
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Why does this question generate so much traffic?

A couple of days ago this question has been asked (IMHO a good question and it also received two good answers). Now I noticed that this question has extremely many views, especially compared to other ...
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How to properly ask for help on a complicated Question?

I am looking for help on a calculation of mine that is related to Black Hole Quasinormal Mode undergraduate research I am doing with my university. This is not homework or anything, but I'd rather not ...
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Is "needs details or clarity" too subjective to be a useful closing criterion?

I have noticed that some questions that are closed with the "needs details or clarity" tag are in fact perfectly clear and specific questions, often with simple and straightforward answers. ...
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What to do with a horrible question haunting my question record?

The third question I posted to this site was, in retrospect, awful. I deleted it after an hour of it being posted and learned to pose better questions since. Anyway, I’ve become aware that a deleted ...
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Mainstream Physics: Unconfirmed Particles

Asking regarding potential questions I might pose soon. While asking a well formulated question about tachyons in special relativity is allowed (as I did last week), I’m wondering how far that goes. I’...
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How do we deal with interdisciplinary questions?

As the borders between various disciplines are slowly vanishing with the advent of interdisciplinary areas like Biophysics, Environmental and climate studies, and Complex systems, how do we deal with ...
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Formally asking for allowing this *specific* list like question about divergent series

So I'm interested in formally asking if this question to collect examples of divergent series in physics can be opened: There are examples of this that come up in QFT and I found one example closer to ...
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What is the proper way to make a community wiki at physics.stackexchange?

So I posted this: A List of Divergent Series and Where they appear in Physics? And I want it to be a community wiki not a standard Q&A question. The process here appears to be done on the ...
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Why are all questions given a tag homework and exercise and then closed?

Recently, I wrote a question (you can see here). Which doesn't involve finding the value of an expression, nor a difficult calculation. The first thing: This should not be considered a "homework ...
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Is there somewhere that we could officially recommend "companion" Stack Exchange sites?

Some Stack Exchange sites are clearly closely related to each other. For example, "companions" of the physics Stack Exchange site might include: Astronomy History of Science and Mathematics ...
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Physics.SE remains a site by humans, for humans

We, the moderators of physics.SE, are deeply concerned about the recently announced "network policy" regarding computer-generated content on the SE network, which effectively attempts to ...
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I can't ask questions even if there are only 2 questions with negative points, why?

I have been actively asking and answering but now it seems like just because of some negative votes I am unable to ask questions, and downvotes don't even leave the comments.
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Meta question displays differently in Home and Questions

On the Home page of Physics Meta, the question “Why can I still no longer ask questions?” is attributed to user250478, but on the Questions page it is attributed to a user who uses his name. Why do ...
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Do we have ChatGPT policy? [duplicate]

I recently noticed an answer which, according to the author, was written by ChatGPT. The question was very poor (about quantum entanglement, from a person who have learned about entanglement from a ...
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What do you think about editors editing your English form in the questions?

I just got a recently posted question edited by a third person for what I consider very small elements that do not really add or subtract from the understanding or the meaning of the conveyed message. ...
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Why is there so much string theory on the Physics Stack Exchange site?

EDIT: People have generally swayed my opinion here. It's really only the "unanswered questions top voted" tab that seems to have an oversized string theory content. And partly it’s because ...
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Can a question be closed if it exists on another Stack Exchange site?

Can a question be closed or called a duplicate if it has already been asked with or without answers on another Stack Exchange site? Since many topics of physics and biology tend to intersect with ...
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Why was the resource-recommendation tag removed from my question?

In my question I ask for a reference that presents the recursive calculation of the HaMiDeW coefficients. The resource-recommendation tag seemed perfectly suitable to me, but both the tag and my ...
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Why is a question about gravity from a charged capacitor and its answers so much better received than one about gravity from virtual photons?

An example: Why does Gravitational field from virtual photons; does $\rho c^2 = \frac{1}{2} \epsilon_0 |E|^2$? ~230 views have zero votes (+0/-0), and both good answers have only my single upvote, ...
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A rule of thumb of answer satisfaction?

So one rule of thumb I've noticed is that if the upvotes of a question is more than the upvotes of any of the answers. Then somehow the community feels the question was not answered satisfactorily. (...
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Possibility to protect question even when closed?

This PSE question is now closed for being a duplicate. This means that no one (less than 10k rep?/no unprotect priv.) can answer. The purpose of "protect question" is to "Protect this ...
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What to do about old unanswered questions? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to SE and I am wondering what is the best thing to do when I ask a question that remains unanswered (not even through comments) for a long time? Is it allowed to re-ask the same ...
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Please don't use computer-generated text for questions or answers on Physics

For the impatient reader, the guidance is in the title: please don't use computer-generated text for questions or answers on Physics. Computer-generated text violates our expectation that users are ...
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Can we ask for the physics summer internships options on the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site?

I am trying to find summer internships for physics in the USA and as an international student, I am having a tough time finding more options. I was planning to ask this question on the Physics Stack ...
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Can I explicitly ask for a specific proof that involves a long calculation?

Recently, I was unable to perform a physical calculation correctly, and I could not find any explicit proof of it, not online or in any book, to understand what I was doing wrong. This calculation ...
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A question on having my questions closed

How exactly does having a question that I posted being closed, affect me? Does it increase the chance that I'll be banned?
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How can I ask a question on Stack Exchange about a poorly conceptualized physical phenomenon to avoid being closed by a moderator?

Questions that are not clearly described are quickly closed down by a moderator, who are almost unlikely to help the asker clarify their confusion by asking suggestive questions such as "do you ...
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What are the rules for closing a question? [duplicate]

This question was closed by three users, none a moderator. I thought (from observation) that five were needed, or a moderator? What are the rules?
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Why was this question closed that was really active?

I know there are already policies, but I'm asking specifically about the situation I'm providing here. I asked this question: How can quantum tunneling happen conceptually? and there were a lot of ...
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Can I ask for an example?

I'd like to ask for an example in which the minimum energy principle is used (thermodynamics). However, I've never seen a question in which examples are required, so I got the doubt that it's not ...
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(How) Should I move a question from Math SE to Physics SE?

I asked a math question https://math.stackexchange.com/q/4475036/342834 in an area where physicists are likely to have a great deal of practical background. I had originally intended to post the ...
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Why don't we allow check-my-work questions?

John Rennie's answer in the meta thread currently has ~3x the upvotes of ACuriousMind's accepted answer. This seems to indicate we should allow check-my-work questions. Why do we still consider these ...
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Questions being responded to negatively

I know that there are some similar questions like this one, but I have a genuine concern. For example, the question A puzzling simple question on thermodynamics or another I had deleted. Apparently ...
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Is sharing recreational physics models allowed?

As someone interested in physics and creating theories for games, I tend to develop realistic physical models that might explain them out of curiosity. However, I do not know if it fits the Physics ...
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I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions?

I solve physics problems from a textbook that I enjoy. However, I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions? (I was ...
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Education tag and questions on physics education

Today, I have seen this question closed as an opinion-based question. I have read previous (short) discussions about the issue of questions on physics education topics in SE (see also this), but I do ...
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Has it become time to change the homework policy?

I believe at this point the strict homework policy is reducing the ability of the site to grow. The initial idea of banning homework so that people don't use this site as course help has been long ...
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How does community wiki get decided on?

What are typically the criteria for marking a post as Community Wiki, besides having too many edits? I ask because I had a previous question get labeled as CW; if I understand correctly this label ...
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Why are "big-list" questions no longer allowed?

I've recently seen the following (actually very long and well accepted) question on MathOverflow. Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics. Which I think is a great "question" and one ...
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How do I see the reason a question was closed?

I often see "question has been closed" sometimes stating "off topic" with no other rationale. It says potential improvements should "address reasons for closure," but I'...
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Once a question has been cross-posted on a different site (i.e., a cross-site duplicate) and received an answer on the other site, what should we do?

The topic of cross-site duplicates has come up in many Physics.Meta questions so far, for example: Is it OK to cross-post a question that you previously asked in other SE site? Should users be cross-...
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Too focused on theoretical physics? Or how come there is so little experimental physics being asked here?

The vast majority of topics in this SE seem to be either school/college course related (i.e. with no relation to experimental practice) or academic topics related to all sorts of theoretical physics. ...
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Inapproriate content to title

Recently this old question came to my notice because of a downvote: Do magnets redshift light? The content of the question is all about a hypothetical experiment full of unphysical hypotheseis: ...
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Is this question on-topic? Infinitely fast and strong laser targets the Earth

I would like to ask a purely hypothetical question regarding the following: What if I had an infinitely strong and fast laser that can cut through anything it passes. If it has a fixed diameter (let's ...
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Should I avoid asking too many questions in a given time period (say, a day)?

Recently I've been getting a lot of physics questions, and I'm at the point where I'm asking a couple a day. Should I restrain myself, or can I go willy-nilly as long as they meet the standards of the ...
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How can we bring an old question back to the users' attention?

The question we want to ask might have been posted by another user years ago. It is possible that the question did not get any answers or the answers were/are not satisfactory. What should we do for ...
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Maybe add an indicator showing level of question

There is an existing discussion/request for a system to tag or otherwise indicate level of questions: Can we have a level-of-question tag please? Differentiate research-level questions? The idea is ...
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The “experience of a photon” question

I’m sure everybody is aware of the question that people love to ask, i.e. some variation of “what’s the experience of a photon (or someone traveling at $c$, etc)?” This question is always roundly ...
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