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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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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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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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Is this question about a recent paper on topic?

Is this question on topic? Or should it be? How come some people are claiming that the Big Bang never happened? I actually had the same question (namely how valid is the conclusion) but felt it ...
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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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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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What does everyone mean by “insufficient research effort”?

Lately I've noticed a lot of close votes, down votes, and comments to the effect of "this question is too low level" or "the answer is on the internet if you search for it" or "you should already know ...
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Is Physics SE a good place to ask for textbook references?

I sponsor a high school astronomy club. Most of my students have completed AP1 Calculus BC and are ready for a calculus-based discussion of astronomical physics. I am searching for a source-book to ...
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Citing all your work

Many times I have answered questions only to be told to cite it. So I research and find somebody has already published it. With as much brains around here is it not possible to arrive at the same ...
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How is this question still open?

Usually people get mad because we close things too quickly without considering whether they are really on topic or not. But What are the next generation physics experiments? has been open for 2 days ...
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Why is this question about measurement off-topic?

The question Reliable length scales in nature has been received very poorly, for reasons I don't really understand. In the help center, it is stated that questions concerning "Experimental designs ...
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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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Is this question about the pinhole camera model appropriate for us?

There is a question on Stack Overflow, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8728759/need-some-help-to-understanding-the-formula, which is off topic there and is being considered for migration to ...
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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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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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Is Physics SE an appropriate location for peer review?

What peer review style questions are acceptable to ask on Physics SE and what actions, if any, should be taken against unacceptable questions? When I originally encountered this question and its ...
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Is this question about the meaning of derivations on topic?

Are derivations of physical laws less important than the laws themselves? This question is attracting a lot of attention, but there is a significant disagreement about whether it's on topic. I want ...
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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 ...
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“No math, please” questions

There are more and more questions, which are formulted like "Can you explain that without math?" or "I know that there is math, but is there an explanation in plain words?" or even "Can you tell ...
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What are the boundaries of “biophysics” on Physics SE?

The question Presumably, biophysics questions run a wide range from those that are primarily biology questions with a little physics input to those that are primarily physics questions applied to a ...
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Compensation for Full Time Moderators [duplicate]

Do moderators here get any kind of compensation for all their efforts and help?
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Should “Biophysics” fork?

I see that in Area51 a proposal exists to create an independent Biophysics SE site. I have mixed feelings, but I support the initiative (so far its popularity is low). In any case, I think that in ...
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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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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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Network science can be a branch of physics

I asked a question about some natural network and after about one hour the question came "On Hold". A similar thing happened here. There is many physicists that work on this area, such as ecology ...
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Do we need/want an overarching books question?

The current tag wiki for the books - now resource-recommendation - tag includes, in its final paragraph, the request that If you question is about resource-recommendations, please add your question ...
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Should “biased views and crackpottery” comments be deleted?

For example, the comments in this answer: Entropy and the principle of least action. Original comment sequence: There are many issues in this answer. For instance, it confounds the general concept ...
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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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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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Ultimately, what will the Physics Stack Exchange Become? Are there long term goals?

It was sometime back that I realized what we are synthesizing here (possibly) is an archive for an expert system. Put the Physics Stack Exchange together with an AI machine and you have a super-...
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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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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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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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Should pure math questions be on topic?

We've previously had some discussion about the suitability of pure math questions for this site. Currently, pure math questions - by which I mean those that have no physics content, even if they arise ...
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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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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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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 we allow software questions?

I recently migrated away a Mathematica question. Now, our faq does not explicitly allow software questions so I assumed that it was off topic, and sent it away. BUT--it seems like this question may ...
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Computational science in the FAQ

One area that I've noticed that is missing from our FAQ is an item about computational physics, and use of computers in doing physics research. So far we've been taking the view that general questions ...
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Adding computational science to the list of on-topic items in the Help Center

Recently we've been discussing here whether questions on numerical algorithms should be allowed when the context is a physics problem. The last time this was discussed on Meta seems to be here (a ...
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Should we allow computational questions?

I'm wondering whether questions such as these should be considered appropriate on this site: Mathematica to help for an Hamiltonian problem https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/107/conversion-...
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Should we allow software questions? (take 2)

I recently noticed this question: What is the format for "local catalog" files used by JSkyCat? Apparently it was migrated from Astronomy SE, and was on topic there according to the ...
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Should we allow software questions? (take 3)

So it was alluded to in Should we allow software questions? (take 2) that software recommendation questions are generally off-topic but as pointed out by @dmckee on neutron transport approximations ...
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Installing Geant4 alongside GEANT3: Question for Physics StackExchange?

I intend to ask the following question: Can I install Geant4 (wiki) alongside GEANT-3 (wiki) on my Ubuntu 15.04? I have already installed GEANT3. How can I install Geant4 without making any problems? ...
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Can we ask time-travel questions?

I have an extremely curious question relating to time-travel paradoxes which I believe has not been thought of before. Can I ask it in the main site?
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Connections between interpretations of theories

I would like to ask if questions about connections between different interpretations of physical theories can be posted(let me be exact: an example of a question like that is "What are the connections ...
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Clarification regarding conceptual doubts

According to one of the answers to my post: Physics.SE is not a homework help site, it is not meant to be a resource to teach people physics, and it is not a resource intended to help right ...
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About answering questions with pasting from other sources when not knowing the answer and have found might-helpful info in the web

The title is maybe in need of modification. The question is this: If I have found a question I'm not in position to answer(because of lack of knowledge), but have found something interesting in the ...
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Quantum Brain Dynamics and brain-physics questions

Are questions concerning Quantum Brain Dynamics theories or questions regarding physics used for analysis of the brain (example: applications of classical EM field theory in brain or other areas of ...
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Can I ask a question that is supplementary to another's users question?

I have found this question about potential energy What is potential energy truly?. I can not make comments. Can I ask a question supplementary to this question? Thank you.

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