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Are sophisticated Astrophysics Q's better asked in the Physics SE or Astronomy SE?

My interests primarily pertain to Astrophysics (and Astrochemistry). This subject appears to have two masters: Physics SE and Astronomy SE. How do I decide where to post, and how would you ...
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How do I post diagrams in a question?

How do I post a free body diagram or any rough sketch in a question? Is there a code or something else?
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Is this a good question? - How come Land Speed Records for Cars get higher speeds than motorcycles? (Even though they're less aerodynamic?)

Is this a good question? How come Land Speed Records for Cars get higher speeds than motorcycles? (Even though they're less aerodynamic?) Is it because more rocket can be packed onto a car, as ...
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Would a “How to make magnets” question be allowed on this site?

I want to make some homemade magnets (the stronger the better), but am not sure whether these types of questions are really welcomed on this site. Any other site's suggested if I should not post it ...
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How should I ask general physics questions about numericals?

Just wanted to ensure something. I am new to this website. I am in high school and preparing for physics olympiads. So suppose I face some problem or have a question while solving numericals for books ...
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Refreshing your question

Is there a way to make your question pop back up in the front/top again, so that more people see it? I get upset because if your question is not answered in the first second it will never get answered....
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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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Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?

Reputation is a rough measure of a user's experience with the site. It can also be used as a (not very accurate) proxy for their overall expertise in physics. Our user population consists of people ...
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Voting to close in review tasks

Could someone explain how does the vote: close/leave-open work in the context of review tasks? Consider, please, this example: there are 6 votes there (4-close and 2-leave-open), and the question has ...
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Examples of good homework questions

I want to start this meta question as place where people can put links to well asked homework-like questions. The point is that if not so good questions are asked then we will have a meta question ...
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Is there a way incorporate mathematical expressions/tricks crucial to physicists on our site?

Every now and then someone asks a "homework" and "mathy" question which gets held or closed because it's homework and math. Here's a recent example. As worded the question is definitely a "do my ...
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How to respond to a pool of existing poorly worded questions without creating a duplicate?

What's the right way to post a self-answered question on a topic which underlies many existing questions? Consider in particular a case wherein many questions have been posed about Topic X. These ...
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Can I ask a series of questions in enumerated subsequent posts?

I recently wanted to ask about a series of questions relating to pretty much the same topic. It was a pretty narrow topic, but I had too many questions to put in one major post. Therefore, I was ...
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Why is the new CAPTCHA troubling me from posting questions?

Frustrating! The new CAPTCHA really begger's description. First, they want to type a number for verification, then they ask to copy a big code and to paste it. Then what?? Nothing happens! 2 minuites ...
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Are there acceptable circumstances to delete and repost questions? What are they?

It's a pretty standard rule on SE sites (and on this site, in particular) that you shouldn't delete a question and then repost essentially the same question as a new post; instead, you should just ...
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What is threshold to get ban on asking questions?

I have been registered with Physics SE for almost two months, I am not a physicist (programmer) and here not to get my homework done, but more of curious person. I have asked 8 questions so far, 3 ...
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How to ask debunking questions

What is the proper format to ask debunking questions without being marked as off-topic, yet be able to step through the entire theory logically? Specifically, I am looking at Wallace Kluck's claim on ...
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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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Why am I in risk of a questions ban after one duplicate and one closed question?

A moment ago, I wanted to ask a question on this SE about the amount of energy in human blood, but it warned me that I'm in risk of no longer being able to ask questions on this account due to a large ...
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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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Unusual Upvote Trends (Discussion)

Recently, I answered a question, How exactly does gravity work?, which received as of now, 30 upvotes, and I am glad that the community found the answer helpful, and of above average quality. However, ...
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What counts as sufficient prior research when asking a question?

On Physics Stack Exchange, people asking questions are expected to demonstrate that they've put a certain amount of effort into answering the question themselves. What exactly counts as sufficient ...
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I am in danger of being blocked from asking any more questions

Finally a warning banner has been installed to tell users that they are going to be banned to ask questions. This is very good. It saved me for getting banned again. The banner says:"...edit your ...
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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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Realistically, are atmospheric physics questions on topic and acceptable?

I have very serious doubts from my experience here (albeit, limited). Two things that I have rightly or wrongly observed from the responses (and lack thereof) to my questions: The answer I got was ...
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Should I ask new Question or modify my old post?

I some time ago asked This Question but i also want to ask "Why it makes sound like 'ting', 'ting' before lighting up ?" should I modify the post or post a new question ?
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Why is the following question “on-hold” worthy, and how could I improve it?

Link to the question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/98637/learning-roadmap-for-picking-up-enough-mathematical-know-how-in-order-to-model Alternatively, where could I go in order to have ...
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Community♦ Gifted questions

On Community♦'s page if says and I quote : {Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention} What algorithm is used for this random throws of questions ? Does it bring ...
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How is no of views determined?

For every question, there is a number of views. What does it mean ? How many times a question has been viewed/opened ? How many times it has been opened by a unique member of community ? Or something ...
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Why were some of my flags got declined?

https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/89374/velocity-at-the-very-moment-of-collision Some comments are posted on this question out of which I flagged these two: 1 The last part is a ...
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Our best questions come from non-expert users

Earlier today I was eyeballing other people's badges because, you know, badges, and I came upon something of a curious observation. If you look at the answer badges - specifically Nice, Good and Great ...
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Can I post this on the main site?

Can I post this on the main site? There is a sweater involved. If so, what would be the appropriate tags? (Click picture for the link.) NB: The deadline almost certainly refers to Central European ...
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What is the mark “favorite question” for?

"This is a favorite question (click again to undo)" is what you get if you position the mouse pointer on that star that appears besides each question. What effect does that star have?
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Can this post be completely removed?

I posted this question (https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/82329/inducing-thoughts-with-brain-waves) and mentioned that if this was too off-topic, I would be willing to close it, it was even ...
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Physics vs philosophy

I understand we deal with mainstream physics here but as physics has been developed from philosophy only why are questions based on speculations and those which are related to looking for ...
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Should we allow embedding videos in questions or answers?

The question hit me when I saw this question which I know two brilliant youtube answers for it. I already posted my answer, but it would be much nicer if I could embed and include the videos in my ...
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Please undelete this question on String Theory

For some reason, Community has deleted my question. As far as I know, Community only deletes questions upon a certain number (6?) of "Spam" and "Offensive" flags. What's so spam-like or ...
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not so good questions with well researched answers [duplicate]

A question if I may. What is the policy here about deletion of not so good questions that may have good, well researched answers attached? Are they deleted eventually? Well researched answers often ...
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Should we rename the homework tag as “problem-solving”, or such?

The "homework" tag is often controversial among new users who complain that their question isn't from a homework assignment (so they get offended, so edit wars happen, and posts get blocked -- e.g., ...
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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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How to sort Good+Recent questions

There is currently a flood of boring questions by new users. It has been a while since I have seen some interesting questions. But then I realised many of the recent interesting questions might get ...
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I cannot post questions

I can't post questions on the website, I click post and it takes me to the "/questions/ask/submit" page. Nothing happens after that. Please help!
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What would it look like if rep for questions counted the same/more than answers?

I suppose we can't change the way reputation works on just our site so eventually if this became a serious proposal change it would have to happen on the mother Meta. But before I go and get flamed ...
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We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer:

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer: please explain why you're recommending it as a solution. Answers that don't explain ...
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Does this question belong here?

I'd like to post a question, but not sure that I should post it either here or Space Exploration.SE Why an asteroid doesn't make a sonic bang while entering the atmosphere?
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Questions that look like senseless, but with sensible answers

Here are two questions that do not make sense, while reading them: At CERN - What do you call the moment (event) particles crash together in the particle accelerator? Is there a proof of existence ...
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C'mon, let's rescue the “clockwise” question

The recent question on the precise meaning of "clockwise" has received a ton of close-votes and downvotes (partly, I think, because of the original tone of the question). As @babou and I have argued, ...
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Should “How do the Einstein's equations come out of string theory?” be FAQ?

There are many questions here that ask about how GR comes out of string theory. For example, this, that, this also, that also, even this, even that, (finally) and again. And almost all of the ...
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How many questions may a user ask within one post?

I'm under the impression that a user may post a question with as many questions inside the main post as they wish, providing they're relevant to the main question. However, I've come across recent ...
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Question self-destruction: why don't experts ask more questions?

I've been kicking around this site for a little while now and I've realized that I'm very rarely even tempted to post a question. I'm an astronomy grad student with a background in physics, so ...