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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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Is it OK to cross-post a question that you previously asked in other SE site?

I was wondering if it was accepted. In my case, for instance, I asked a question in other SE site (astronomy) that would be also on topic here. Unfortunately it didn't get much attention since that ...
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Does this question belong in Physics?

I wrote a program that computes the fast insert_name_here transform of a matrix. I am at a loss of what its application is, what its proper name should be, and find an existing algorithm for it. I ...
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Why was my question, about a collection of textbooks to use to prepare for QFT, closed?

It was called "Need A Collection Textbooks To Use As Stepping Stones to QFT" In my mind, asking about a "no-nonsense intro to QFT" and asking for a set of textbooks together which would prepare one to ...
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Why has my question been closed?

Why has my question, entitled Automobile Air Bags, been closed? This really leaves me baffled. I've asked a conceptual question regarding the question above ,I've shown my efforts to understand it,I'...
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

Now, I know the need to create standards for asking questions. However, particularly for first time users, the ability to ask questions in a way that this forum expects can be difficult, often due to ...
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Unclear remark that my question is unclear

What's wrong with this community? Only here, I am experiencing such blunt closing. https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/224413/if-spacetime-is-discrete-what-would-space-expansion-mean -- This ...
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When is it appropriate on Phys.SE to ask the question: What other models would explain our universe?

The experiments at LUX and Xenon500 have all but ruled out particle form of dark matter. If DM exists in our galaxy and interacts with matter, we would have seen it by now. Also, there have been ...
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Views for a question

If a person opens a particular question more than once, are the views incremented just once or multiple times?
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Soliciting for upvotes?

In the comments to this question I advised that giving a full answer to a HW&E question is not what we should do. The question which contains nothing of conceptual value, is clearly a HW question ...
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Questions with strictly no physics content

Recently, I had a question closed because it was, strictly, a maths difficulty. It occurred during my reading of a physics text named in the question. Admittedly, it was not a profound question, and ...
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An incomprehensible warning

I was about to ask a question, when this warning appeared: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. For help ...
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Modification by Community to question in Recently active tab

I was reading the questions on the Recently Active tab which I don't often do (I usually look up the newest questions tab) and found this. But I had viewed the question just a few minutes before that ...
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Fabrication Discussion - Is Physics the place for it?

While Fabrication (usually referring to MEMS/NEMS1 technology) is a fundamental part of physics, somehow I feel the physics stack isn't the place for it. The physics stack seems most suitable for ...
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Asking to clarify an answer

Let us suppose that a user of this site receives an answer to a question of his or hers, but (s)he cannot understand some passages in the proof and, after asking the answerer for clarifications, ...
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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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Standard answers to “why can't ____ be explained by ____ instead?” [duplicate]

There are many questions which come up again and again, virtually every day, trying to propose an alternative explanation for a well-established principle. I think it would be very useful to keep a ...
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Can I ask this question? Is it possible to calculate the velocity of a surface to air missile?

I was wondering if it is possible to calculate the velocity of a surface to air missile like the THAAD missile system?
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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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Are questions about mathematics used in physics always off topic?

This question looks in imminent danger of being closed on the grounds that it's a pure mathematics question. This is something that happened a lot when I was more active on the site, and is one of the ...
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Cross-posting similar/same question on two SE sites

If I have question in Computational Physics, I sometimes feel more comfortable putting up this question in compsci.SE, but nevertheless the response at that site is extremely slow and poor (since its ...
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Would Q's that require reading a particular paper be useful to Physics SE?

It has become clear to me that the CPR idea redacted below is waaay too complex to succeed. The less ambitious "Journal Club" idea of 2 years ago was enthusiastically received, then fizzled. I feel ...
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Procedure to migrate a question to another stackexchange?

So I've been eagerly waiting for an answer to my question: Solving the quantum an-harmonic oscillator pertubatively? Yet, for some reason I haven't got it ... What is the general procedure to ...
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Can I ask a question that has duplicates, with answers none of which I can understand?

I want to ask a question about the Hierarchy Problem and I searched for previous questions. Each of the duplicates has 1 single answer each, and none of the answers is pitched at my own level, (which ...
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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 ?