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Unclear What You're Asking

I recently posted a question closely related to (but not identical to) this one. I promise not to continue posting variants. That said: I have just voted to close this question as "unclear what ...
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Physics Stackexchange rules?

From help pages: "If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I ...
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

I'm new to SE but practically every day I come across constructive, thought-out questions that are very quickly marked as duplicates -- while a simple comparison with the alleged duplicate shows very ...
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Asking questions in another language than English

I will start by referring to a question on MSE (Math Stack Exchange) (this) and an answer on Physics Stack Exchange Meta (this). Let me cite the questioner on MSE: Imagine I want to ask an ...
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Ways of promoting questions on PhysicsStackExchange

Is there way of promoting our questions to seek attention without bounties? I have seen people changing titles, keeping weird and strange titles ("The dark black holes"), sometimes even challenging ...
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Bounty going to waste - what should I do?

I recently put a bounty on a question, but still no one is answering it. When the bounty period ends, will the bounty just go to waste? If no one is answering I would prefer to just answer the ...
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Downvote of newcomers with less than 100 points

There was a small dispute about the downvote of newcomers with less than 110 point: ...the SE is supported by only a view enthusiasts. And they are doing this very well. But how to grow up more ...
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Does questions pertaining the depiction of dimensionally abnormal space belong here?

I want to ask a question along the lines of "What would we see if there are four accessible spatial dimensions, and we are 'lifted up' then rotated in the fourth axis?" It will be hard to explain/...
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Why is there so little answering of elementary physics questions?

I have begun to notice that it's nearly impossible to get answers for queries on classical mechanics concepts on this website (despite them involving advanced ideas). While say a quantum mechanics ...
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productivity and self improvement questions

You can ask productivity and self improvement questions related to programming or computers on software engineering stack exchange . See for example this question , https://softwareengineering....
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Few questions by medium and high reputation participants - EDITED: how to get more? [duplicate]

EDITED after the question was marked as a possible duplicate: I don't think that all items noted in the comments were part of answers before, not fully developed and explained, and which could be ...
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How broad can a resource-recommendation question be? [duplicate]

I am looking for text books of the same style as 'Nuclear and Particle Physics' by W.S.C.Williams - that is, with clearly labeled definitions and sections of concise explanation. However, I am looking ...
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Is this question on book recommendations allowed?

I would like to ask the following question, and would like to know if it is allowed: What are the books similar to the books by David Griffiths, but in the following areas: Classical Mechanics, ...
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Can a new physical science SE for beginners in physics be created?

Can a simple physics SE be designed for people who have little or no training who are enthusiasts none the less? That way moderators can instant migrate lessor questions there instead of instant close?...
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Is PSE getting “flash mob” questions?

In the past couple of days (Jan 1 & 2, 2017), there have been questions asked that have received over 20 votes and over 2000 views. Answers have received dozens of upvotes. Look here and here. ...
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Remind users to do basic research before asking questions

While any of us can need an explanation of some concept we need to get clear in our minds and can't quite grasp, it does seem sometimes that even the most basic step is sometimes lacking. Could/...
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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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How to handle questions about “physical meaning”?

I'm sorta new here, so this may already have a standard procedure, but I haven't found it anywhere if it exists. Anyway, I've been seeing a lot of questions along the lines of: "What is the physical ...
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Could StackExchange serve as a resource for the physics subject GRE?

I recently went trough the marginally pleasant experience of having to take both the general and the physics subject GRE tests in order to apply to graduate programs in the US. I prepared exclusively ...
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Should we rename the homework policy?

The homework policy is a constant source of confusion for new (and sometimes established) users. We see this confusion, for example, when users respond to closures based on the homework policy by ...
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Homework policy

My main issue with how the site deals with 'homework questions' is about assumptions. I am an A level physics student and I never ask homework questions on this site. However I will ask questions ...
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Math and engineering questions: where do we draw the line?

I was reading through some old meta discussions recently, and I was interested in some of the points made, but they never quite seemed to be implemented or discussed further. They also seemed to be ...
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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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Killing the wrong node in a question's logical chain

I noticed a question on which an interesting misunderstanding lead to inappropriate closure. For the moment, let's think of a question as a chain of proposals linked together through reasoning. Only ...
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How does a simple question get put hold for being unclear?

https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/277688/space-elevator-solved I don't understand what is unclear about this question?
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Policy on asking questions in physics [duplicate]

In the stack overflow site where people post questions on programming, it makes sense to have a policy where the question asked should state the efforts made by the asker to solve the problem and the ...
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Mistaken block on asking questions

The site says we are no longer accepting questions from this account when I try to submit a question in physics section. I don't even have a bad reputation. All I asked was one single question which ...
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Very Naive Questions

I am troubled by the comments on this question and many others like it. The (obviously very naive) questioner posits a physically impossible situation (often FTL travel as in this case, but there are ...
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The fine line between astronomy and physics [duplicate]

So, a few questions recently came up on the feed: What is Venus's core made of? How can core of Mercury be a molten liquid? They made me wonder: when does something belong on the astronomy.SE ...
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What should be sent to astronomy.stackexchange?

Obviously, there's a lot of overlap between physics and astronomy. It would be good to have some guidelines for what goes where now that the astronomy beta is live. Example questions for discussion: ...
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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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Re-asking a Duplicate Question

What should I do if I want to ask a question which has already been asked but does not have satisfactory answers? How can I make the older question active again, or re-ask the question without it ...
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Why close list-based questions?

I'm confused about the rationale behind closing list-based questions. The problem is that almost any question can be rephrased into a list question, and vice versa. Consider the following examples: ...
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Why can't a question be deleted with answers which are not upvoted or accepted?

If you want to delete a question with an answer, you have an option to delete that question. But when you have made that option to delete the question it seems not possible. Is that a mistake of this ...
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What is the [soft-question] tag for?

That's it really. Not contesting anything, just asking.
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I need to know if I can ask some homework problems on here?

This is my first post. I need to know if I can ask some homework problems on here? Not full problems but after I provide my attempt at the problem.
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Encouraging users to read the full question

Sometimes on my own questions and other people's questions, I see users posting very useless comments that just show they only read the title of the question, and blazed through the specifics ...
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Engineering questions and answers that are closely related to Physics

I found an old question asked 5 years ago. How much power to keep surface of aluminum plate at given temperature?. How do I answer this in a physics kind of way? This is my original answer: By ...
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Canonical question for two masses falling in Newtonian gravity

Some variation of this question gets asked a lot: We have 2 point masses, $m$ and $M$ in a perfect world separated by radius $r$. Starting from rest, they both begin to accelerate towards each ...
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Poor reception of 'why' questions

Several times, I've seen 'why' questions dismissed unfairly when a better answer could be given, because of a kneejerk reaction that a 'why' question can never have an answer, because physics is built ...
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What is the procedure if your question is answered in a comment? [duplicate]

One of my questions got answered in a comment. What do I do? I could formulate it into an answer myself and write that down, or should I just leave it? Maybe delete the question even?
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Questions regarding the proof of a physical identity

Is it really on topic to ask questions regarding an exact proof/how to approach the proof of a particular identity, or a physical equation?
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Canonical question about the flow of time

I was looking at: Is there really a direction of time? which is yet another question related to the flow of time, and I was thinking that it would be nice to have a master Flow of Time question that ...
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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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Questions on Mathematica permissible?

I am doing a lot of physics on Mathematica and am running into questions regarding the software. Are these ok to ask in the main section? Anywhere where they might be more appropriate?
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It is on-topic to ask about computer software useful to do some particular task?

I want to plot some phase diagrams that look professional (Example). I don't really know what tools are usually used to do this kind of diagrams, I've been looking around and found some alternative ...
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Suggestion: sticky posts for topical questions

I'm pretty new here but I was struck by the number of duplicate questions about gravitational waves in the wake of the LIGO discovery a few days ago. This lead me to wonder, perhaps not uniquely, ...
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Can I ask a question that I asked in the Engineering stack exchange here, if I don't receive the desired answer?

I asked a question on StackExchange:Engineering. It was active for few days. I edited it again, but I didn't get the response after that. Can I ask the theoretical part related to Physics that was ...
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How much mathematics is allowed to be the focus of questions? [duplicate]

Since there are mathematics and mathematical-physics tags, I was convinced that it is perfectly legitimate to ask for a mathematically rigourous proof, i.e. a methematically correct, once given the ...