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Defining what is on- and off-topic for the site

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Is a question about calculators in SI format according to “what topics can I ask about here”?

I put the following question (10k-only link) and immediately received down-vote, thus, deleted it. Could be question is off-topic, could be someone is happy trigger of down-votes. Yes, I known is a ...
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Is my question off topic? If not, how to get more attention?

I recently asked this question regarding simulation of Diffuse Interstellar Bands for molecules. So far it had only 12 views and any interaction, is it off topic? If not, How do I get more attention?
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Notify users when homework-and-exercises posts are found acceptable for answering

Could this site somehow let contributors know if a homework and exercise question has been reviewed and found acceptable for answering? Right now we only know when a question is found to be ...
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Which physics SE questions should be redirected to Worldbuilding SE?

Worldbuilding SE looks like a pretty active place. They have a 'physics' tag, a 'science-based' tag, and a hard-science tag, and many of the people who frequent the site also have reasonably active ...
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Is my question in the wrong place?

How much degenerate matter is there, compared to other states of matter? hasn't had any replies. I'm thinking about starting a bounty on it, but maybe it would be more appropriate in Chemistry or ...
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Engineering, what does Phys.SE deem as not Physics?

Right so I posted a question about something (not really important because the response is the important part). One of my responses (who I believe flagged the article) complained that it was not ...
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On-topic answers for seemingly off-topic questions

I was thinking about the recent question "Why is making a white laser so difficult?" A couple of days back (when I first saw it) if I recall correctly, I left my usual off-topic-because-it's-...
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Pedagogical questions about physics

Sparked by the discussion in the comments in the question How to teach modeling physical systems, especially if it is off-topic, I started looking for pedagogical questions about physics. I didn't ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

Everybody who's been here for a while knows that the homework policy is not as advertised. If the exercise is sufficiently interesting, and the OP is sufficiently polite, the question often stays ...
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Is it possible to add a discussion tag?

I have some pretty good thought experiments that I would like to share with the physics community here (I'm sure others have them too), but I can't find a way to phrase them as questions. I've read ...
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Answering own question: “work” of the question in own answer

After reading the links provided by the mods in a question I recently posted with an answer, I believe that my question conforms in spirit the criteria that the moderators have tried to infuse in our ...
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Can we reduce the scientific terms?

Well I think Its my personal problem .When ask a question its answers are in scientific terms and I was unable to understand it . Can you reduce the scientific terms,? and I know it is little bit ...
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Why was this question migrated

Why was this question migrated back to the EE forum. Granted it is about an electronics device, but the atomic level behaviour of the seimiconductor junction is definitely a physics question. I ...
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Rethinking the “too broad” criterion

I was sad this morning to see Gil Kalai's great question about the role of rigor closed for being too broad. I was even sadder this afternoon when Prof. Kalai's narrower follow-up question, was also ...
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Is PSE the place to ask for clarification on scientific talks?

I've been watching a talk about physics by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and I was left with some questions that were not addressed in the talk's Q&A session. Is it appropriate to ask those ...
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Are questions about derivations in papers published in scientific journals, on-topic?

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question but If I have a specific question about a derivation step in a paper published in Physical Review A, for example. Can I ask it here?
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Is there a StackExchange place where I can ask questions about non-mainstream physics?

I have some ideas about sub-quarks and sub-leptons and the structure of them. I can't ask this question on the PhysicsStackExchange place because the only questions you can ask there are about ...
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Having trouble understanding how to stay on topic

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: What governs the temperature rise inside an oven? I find myself frustrated with how questions need to be asked... and the pit of 'On Hold / ...
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Is new physics a bad fit for Stack Exchange?

My interest is in new physics, from the point of view of propulsion, and experiments that can confirm or disprove related new hypotheses. New physics attracts people who want to casually speculate and ...
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Where exactly lies the line between physics and philosophy/meta physics?

I understand that the physics stack exchange community wants to see physics questions, not philosophical questions about things that are certainly unattainable. My question here is where you exactly ...
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Does the community welcome engineering physics questions?

Does the community welcome engineering physics question? e.g. How to build an AOM driver with a DDS board? What is an Evaluation Board? How to using AD9915 chips to build a ~400 MHz AOM driver?
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Does this question belong in stack exchange physics or philosophy?

I recently had a question which I wasn't sure if this would be the correct site for as it seemed too speculative. But by the time I completed it, it seemed, more concrete than I'd imagined. I would ...
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Did my question deserve a hold?

Background: I've been using several SE sites for several years now. I am used to their systems and strict rules, respect them, and try to obey as much as possible. However I do not understand this on-...
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Overly abstract?

This question and prose contained in Experiments are monads (I think), but are they comonads too? admittedly sounds like word salad to me, but unlike other theory questions over my head this doesn't ...
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Should questions about the first use of a notation be on topic?

There's been some disagreement on the topicality of "Where do Feynman Diagrams Appear for the first time?", so I wanted to bring the issue to meta to get input from the community. It could be ...
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Is this legal to post my physics question here for verification only but not for answer?

Is this legal to post my physics question here for verification only but not for answer? I just want to make sure that my question is on-topic, not off-topic, and fits the rules, like it's not too ...
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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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Lab journal best practices - on topic?

I had a question about best practices for keeping a lab journal (specifically, should one only record experiments, or should one also include research for experiments, or time spent looking around on ...
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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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Any checks for possible nefarious use? [duplicate]

Not that I'm suggesting censorship, but are there any checks in the Physics Stack Exchange system that exclude questions seeking answers that might be used for evil or destructive purposes? I suppose ...
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May I ask a question about philosophy of physics?

Is it permitted or not or frowned upon? I couldn't find a tag for it. But I hope you'd rather see discussions about "what is physics?" and "falsifiability" (and some of the stuff that Smolin ...
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Are the implications of magic on-topic?

I was about to post a question here, but felt unsure if it was topical here, or if I should post on World-Building instead. In a nutshell, my question has a premise that something magical (and ...
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Leeway in deviating from goals of this site

This post is the second post of a series; the first can be found here and the post that inspired this series of questions can be found here. How much freedom are we willing to grant users in ...
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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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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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Is Minecraft On-Topic?

Long question short: Changing Minecraft's Gravity via Code: StackOverflow, Math, Physics, or SciFi&Fantasy? Actual Question: Premise: So, some quick background on the question I want to answer....
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Why are these off-topic questions off topic?

Today I've seen a bunch of examples on the site of a certain type of question. In order to avoid priming responses, I'm not going to give this type of question a name. Instead, let me show by example ...
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Can moderator or user with high reputation be held to the rules?

I keep getting down voted instantly and as a quick as I flagged my last question it got denied without reason. Can moderator or a user with privileges be kicked for down voting to much? Is there a way ...
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What are the goals of this site?

This discussion question is inspired by this post on the current homework policy question. The main question is What are the goals of this site? Some things to think about when answering: What is ...
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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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Replacing the homework policy 1b: what is our scope anyway?

Abstract: Analyzing the data from the last replace-the-homework-policy question was inconclusive. So back to the drawing board, or really back to our starting point: what kinds of questions do we ...
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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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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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Should history of physics questions be on topic?

When we last visited the issue of history questions, the dedicated History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange was in its early stages. At that time, we decided against closing questions for ...
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Are questions about regularization on topic?

My understanding is that physicists use regularization in aspects of quantum field theory. indeed you will find regularization in EVERY book on quantum field theory (which in my understanding IS ...
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Question deleted?!1234567890

what the hell?! I had a Phys.SE question about regularization that had a beautiful answer by a kind user named tparker and a moderator migrated it to Math.SE! It was a question about quantum field ...
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Which questions should be asked in physics stack exchange?

I asked this question yesterday. Someone posted a comment that was saying: "This is a very common question. Google your exact title : there are 3+ pages of answers." Now, I have some questions: ...
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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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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.