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For discussions about the site's scope - what questions and topics should and should not be on-topic on the site.

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Is EM theory appropriate on Physics.SE?

I'm having trouble posting anything relating to EM theory derived from Maxwell on this site. I'm continually having posts deleted 7 day ban's refusing to accept references particularly my own work, ...
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Is a question about whether something is possible on topic?

Is a question that asks whether something is possible within the laws of physics on-topic here? (Very vague) Example: assuming any level of technology, can you do this within the laws of physics, or ...
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Posting and self answering basic derivations

It can be difficult at times to find quality derivations for 'some' of the basic formula used in high school physics, so I thought what if I post and self answer the basic derivations. Does this sound ...
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I think that this question is not off-topic

The following question has been closed because it is off-topic: An approximation for path integral kernels However, I'm presenting a new idea in that post: Set N=2 in the formula of the path integral ...
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Why has my question about the Einstein field equation been closed? [duplicate]

I would not have wanted to write this. In fact, I am so sorry of the fact that many times some questions are not considered as they are too stupid. My question Scalar curvature is $0$ for ...
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Soft-question or off-topic question?

Where is the boundary between a soft-question and an off-topic question? The issue has come up in connection to question Does physics explain why the laws and behaviors observed in biology are as they ...
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Why is it so difficult to apply the site policy consistently for opinion-based questions?

I already noticed a certain number of times that some questions have been closed based on the policy for "opinion-based" questions. Reading the rationale for that policy, I find: Many good ...
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Should “fun questions” be considered on- or off-topic?

There are a number of questions on this site that start with a fun, sometimes ironic context. Here are some more recent examples How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? (meta ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

This question How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? underwent a severe close/reopen yo-yo cycle. It was closed once by a moderator, then reopened by community members, then re-...
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“State of research” questions

Are questions asking for what the current research topics in a certain field allowed? Under what circumstance would they be? In case they are allowed, after how much time would it be allowed to ask ...
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Textbook questions

There seems to be quite a lot of questions that demand for textbook answers. These are technically not homework questions - i.e., they are not asking for solutions to problems - but grounded in not ...
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What Limiting Standards should be applied to a Speculative Idea?

What kind of criteria would make a speculative question of sorts a well-founded question? A possible rough draft would be: Clearly display some honest work on the question Question overlapping ...
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Bounty on “entrance exam” question

On the question Why is the center of a torch beam visible even through an opaque body like my finger?, the OP started a bounty stating I really need this material to answer my entrance examination ...
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Why was this question on fiber switches closed?

Yesterday the question How do non-mechanical solid-state optical switches work? was closed as off-topic. I don't quite understand why, as questions about physics lab equipment are considered on-topic. ...
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My question is “engineering” but

My question: What is the ideal gap between two panes of glass for insulation? According to this: Are engineering questions appropriate for this site? When constructing a product for use in the world, ...
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Does 'Semiconductor Physics' have a home in Physics SE?

I have seen a number of questions on PN-Junctions, Avalanche Breakdown, Biasing and MOS...etc, that have gone largely untouched; which is understandable, do these types of questions belong here or ...
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Are Fermi problems allowed on physics.stackexchange? [duplicate]

I am new to physics.stackexchange.com, but I not new to Stack Exchange per se. I asked a question which I consider a Fermi problem: In physics or engineering education, a Fermi problem [...] is an ...
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Why is the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site closing some interesting questions?

I came to the main site for searching an interesting question about a possible universe inside atoms. Here is a list of questions: Universe inside atom Does our Universe reside in the smallest ...
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Deleting answers due to the Homework policy is not beneficial

The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange. I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like ...
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Why would someone think this question NOT mainstream physics?

I've asked a question that's mostly about optics with a little touch of thermodynamics to it: Can you use an invisibility shield to insulate from infrared radiation? But I'm getting 2 close votes to ...
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Should we leave technical astronomy questions to Astronomy SE?

In 2012, when the first incarnation of Astronomy SE closed, the community at Physics SE felt compelled to give a home to astronomy questions and overwhelmingly voted to expand the scope of the site. ...
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May I ask questions about physics lab equipments?

I'm looking for a specific lab equipment, but I don't know the exact English words to describe it, so my searches are useless. To give an idea, I'm interested in a gyroscope with gimbals and a motor ...
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Can we restrict what kinds of identification questions are on topic?

Recently there was a significant discussion about whether a question on the main site should be on topic. I very strongly believe that it is not a good question for the site and should not be on topic ...
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

This question was just closed as off-topic. It is a well presented question, which was well-received, and it got a good, canonical answer. The stated reason for closing was that "it doesn't ...
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Is “here a problem and my solution with my reasoning for each step, where has my reasoning gone wrong?” question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

I specifically used the formulation in the title from here, the only place I found to deal with this. But I do not know, what to take from it. To elaborate: This question arose from comments on this ...
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Is asking how to derive an expression in a paper on topic here?

Is asking how to derive an expression in a paper on topic here? If not where should I ask?
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Why is everyone so keen to answer physics questions by writing down tons of equations? [closed]

As a physicist, when you are tackling some new problem, shouldn't the first thing that comes to your mind be a rough idea? Why can't you answer questions with those rough ideas first? Math is just a ...
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Are book/reference identification questions on topic?

While reading the general policy on resource recommendation, I was not able to answer if paper/book identification qualifies as an on-topic question. This is inspired by this Meta question that asks ...
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Is it valid to ask for a brief translation for a paper in a foreign language?

I have been deterred to ask for a brief translation of an old physics Russian paper in the stack. Is it valid to ask such a question according to the policies of the site? If not, could it be worth to ...
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Are “Do this calculations for me” question allowed here? [duplicate]

I have a problem to be solved (here) and an answer that brings all the necessary calculation steps (here). I can't do the calculations myself because I don't have enough knowledge and skills. I went ...
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Asking if the following post could be suitable for the main site Physics Stack Exchange

I've cross-posted yesterday this on Meta of the site MathOverflow Asking if the following post could be suitable for the main site MathOverflow. I would like to ask if the following questions can be ...
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Can I ask here a simple calculation-like questions that I can't solve myself?

I have a simple (?) calculation like question that I can't solve myself due to not enough knowledge. Nearly like homework question, but hopefully not. Can I ask this kind of questions here? For the ...
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Easing our policy for some topics

At Physics StackExchange, we discuss almost all types of physics topics. Some get more attention and some get less, but it depends upon various things, including our site policy. Our policy has been ...
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Question closed. Anything I can do to reopen it?

Not sure why this was closed: How do you show that the Lorentz metric is preserved for $\zeta^{3,1}?$ I think it was closed because I bit off more than I could chew so to speak and should have just ...
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Is error-analysis not a physics topic?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: How to incorporate the uncertainty of the model coefficients in the prediction interval of a multiple linear regression I am dealing with a ...
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Please help with alternative wording of question to conform with expectation of site

What changes would need to be made to the following question for it to be on-topic on this site? Is there an alternative number to the 100% miscommunicated and hard-to-comprehend “total number of ...
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Question closed because considered opinion-based. How to change it?

I asked the following question a couple of days ago: Difference in material covered between Zwiebach or Adams quant mech I on mit ocw? The original question was deemed opinion-based (which I in hind ...
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Thought experiment closed as off-topic and better suited for engineering. But that's a thought experiment

The question in consideration is: Could there theoretically exist a material so light, that it can levitate in the air just due to the in height decreasing air pressure? I think that's definitely a ...
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Question closed as opinion based, that is unusual but clearly not opinion based

The question in consideration is Actual eletronic games (as in, games played using electrons)? I understand that this question is different from other questions on this site, but I think it can be ...
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Would this question be on-topic here? Might it be likely to receive an answer?

I'm writing a program and need a way to identify and enumerate the number of possible distinct crystallographic domains when depositing one 2D lattice on top of another. I've posed this as a question ...
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Why was this Hot Network Question closed?

Why would this question be closed as Off-topic? How is a 25-year-old can of soda now empty without having been opened or poked? The topic seems to be suitable for this site, and the question was ...
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Questions about physics teaching pedagogy

Are questions that relate to how physics is being presented in teaching on topic in this site?
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Can I ask about these shoes from Dr.Stone? [duplicate]

I'm watching Dr.Stone (an anime/manga) and have noticed the rather odd shoe design used by a people of a village (shown below). Can I ask about how those shoes would be of benefit to the environment ...
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Are Questions about Unrealistic Physics Off Topic?

A few days ago a question was asked about how close one could safely approach a small non-radiating black hole. A comment was made that "Micro black holes do evaporate, so this question is fictional ...
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Are questions of this sort allowed?

So I was tempted to ask this question (after some slight physics edits - see comment section) in physics stack exchange and would like the wisdom of the community if it would be closed or not? Why I'...
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Are negative mass questions on/off topic?

I searched for the question about negative mass and they aren't closed as off-topic. But recently I posted this question and somebody voted to close this as off-topic (non-mainstream). So I want to ...
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Would a site on the interdisciplinary topic of climate change in Stack Exchange be supported? [closed]

The topic of climate change is an exemplary case of an interdisciplinary topic. There is not one single scientific discipline of science working on it, but a wide spectrum. It primarily includes ...
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Can I present an answer in the form of a leading question? [duplicate]

Like "Jeopardy" presents answers in the form of questions can I post a physics question and post my own answer to it? The presentation I want to make is a new type of math method to calculate and ...
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Are all history questions now off-topic? [duplicate]

I saw that this question: Einstein's initial clue that spacetime is curved being flagged as off-topic, as it belongs on History of Science SE. However, there is a tag here for 'history' and it ...
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Can we consider MR Imaging questions as on-topic unless they ask for specific engineering solutions?

Context: This question on basic principles of image formation in medical MRI was asked in May 2014, received an accepted answer at the time, and was left unchallenged until August 2019, at which point ...

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