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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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vote to answer?

Is there a mechanism to "vote to answer"? Some questions appear unanswered, but in several cases for rather pedestrian reasons like the original poster never visited the site again, in spite of ...
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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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Restrict the word "why" in questions

There's way too many nonsense questions being asked, all starting with the word "why". It devalues the site greatly, making it appear more like a gathering of conspiracy theorists and other crackpots....
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Why is my question closed?

How can a point-particle have properties? I have edited the parts that were open to criticism. It has 4 upvotes, and people who are trying to answer it in the comments. Why is it closed? Should it ...
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old question reappearing after months

From time to time old (about 2 months) questions reappear anew, the last author named then is "community". Is this a kind of routine? What is the idea behind?
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why negative voted questions are hidden from featured list?

It's something special with negative numbers? there is something like an absolute zero for votes? I can't understand why zero is so important. I would like my question be seen in the list, I have ...
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Help reviewing new users' posts [closed]

I just want to bring your attention to the review site where you can see questions/answers posted by new users so we can assist them in getting to know the SE system and maybe improving their posts. (...
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The Brahms vs. Bieber Effect

Brahms' music is rich and interesting, but not easily accessible to a layman. Justin Bieber's is not very interesting, but he gets downloaded from iTunes a lot. In the last week or two, there have ...
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Should the light source question be opened or closed?

This question has been causing a fair amount of controversy lately. Some people think it should be closed, some people think it should be opened. So I think we should get the community's input on it. ...
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Is it possible/good/worthwhile trying to get older questions to the front so that new users see them?

This is probably an issue just because the site is young but I still keep coming to great older questions that I missed and that haven't received the attention they should've. This is because I ...
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What is the [soft-question] tag for?

That's it really. Not contesting anything, just asking.
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Should we repeat common questions?

This recent question on an infinite resistor grid is certainly interesting, but why should we include such questions on the site? The question has already been asked and answered many times on the ...
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How to deal with closed questions and questions to be closed ?

The current system is to add an answer to What questions should be considered to close by 500+ users? for question to be closed, but it is not obvious what to do when the question are closed. The ...
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Is it possible to select questions by two or more tags at once?

For example: reseach-level + particle-physics + quantum-field-theory
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How to deal with ambiguous / wrong wording in questions and answers?

How do we deal with wording that is wrong or ambiguous? Particularly when the mistake is a very common one, or a widely miss-understood one. For example, the question on water in a vacuum, someone ...
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What questions should be considered to close by 3000+ users? [closed]

As long as we don't have many hi-rep users, it is useful to have a place with list of candidates to close; at least it worked well on other betas. Rules: Add a link to the candidate for closure ...
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Quantitative Questions?

While I am not too bothered about the level of questions per se on this site so far, I am slightly disturbed by the lack of any quantitative questions. The existing range from high-school to ...
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Differentiate research-level questions?

"Research-level question" = looking for research level answers, citing articles, giving an overview of articles/subfield, instead of repeating textbook/Wikipedia type knowledge and basic clarification....
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