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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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About Physics and philosophy

I would like to ask if there is a room for questions regarding physics and philosophy: 1) On an epistemological basis 2) On a purely philosophical basis, that is, questions about the connection of ...
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Do pure math questions with physics notation belong on physics stack exchange? [duplicate]

I am learning quantum information/computation, and while reading my textbook, naturally some questions arise. Whenever I am stuck on an exercise or have a doubt I post my question on physics stack ...
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Are cold fusion questions on-topic?

I was reading 2-year old meta post here, and it seems most of the answers saying that it should be on-topic (as theoretical physics) as science should answer non-mainstream questions to avoid ...
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Off-topic question

I posted a question on Phys.SE and the question was closed as off-topic. As a matter of fact I did a mistake when selecting the tags, since I used the homework tag. When I realized that I did a ...
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Homework questions, on hold

As a newcomer, I'd like to give you my contribution to improve this wonderful site. In general, homework help is the gold mine of such sites, you do not shows statistics, but the sites that do that ...
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Can we allow non-mainstream questions? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question about a theory proposed by someone I know. It is not a scientifically known one, but it is not so obviously true or false that one can avoid speculating on it, to reason ...
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Are history of physics questions allowed?

I've been meaning to ask about the timeline of discovery of a certain physical phenomenon on the main site, but I thought I should probably ask a more general question here on meta to clear the air: ...
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Is a shopping advice request off-topic in any case?

A question has arisen if shopping advice posts is off-topic and should be kept closed. Examples: Fairly Broad Spectrum Light Source Options Refractive index liquids: Why hard to buy? Where can I ...
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Is this question still too broad?

https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/149004/ was put on hold as too broad, but edited the same day. Now it's been on hold for a few days. Is it still too broad?
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Are questions asking for confirmation of a method off-topic?

I have asked a question relating to how I have approached a problem. My reason for asking the question was my answers seem to be unrealistic. The question is here: How to calculate force on a string ...
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Should we allow questions asking the mathematical solution to physics problems?

An example question: Solution for the Finite 2D Potential Well - Rotational Symmetry It is being voted to close as off-topic. Reading the comments, that seems to be because it the physics is ...
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Is it on-topic to ask about homemade construction of tools?

As a mad scientist, skilled with his hands. I build my own tools, in many cases. I think would be very useful if can ask about contruction of tools related to the Physical (in general). (contruction ...
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Why my question is hold on?

I asked at: Sum of energy from torques of several disks in double rotation It is on hold, but I don't find another forum or question where this problem is resolved. It's possible to use lower number ...
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What does this community mean by students?

So the title says all. What is the meaning of a student of Physics as per this community? I ask this because there are students at many levels: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, undergraduates, ...
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By what criteria do you judge whether mathy questions should or should not be considered off-topic?

Let us take as an example this question. Consider whether you think it should be considered off-topic (for being purely mathematical in nature). Should one's opinion on whether a mathematical ...
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Thoughts on meta post on homework question handling and basic questions

I spend most of my time on the TeX.SE and venture to other SE sites when looking for help. However, the atmosphere here seems to be going the way of the "old" stackoverflow SE. By old, I mean about ...
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Are 'what would happen if' type questions appropriate for this site?

Mainly I'm thinking of the type of questions that pop up there every week: http://what-if.xkcd.com/ If not, which other SE site do you think it's appropriate for them?
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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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Any help available for Solid State Electronic Devices and Materials?

I am teaching and doing research work in Solid State Electronic Devices and Materials, which is a subset of Materials Science & Engineering - a branch of Applied Physics. I want to know if this ...
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Can we please stop applying the homework tag (and policy) to very advanced questions?

This question is inspired by Colin McFauls very reasonable classification of questions tagged as homework due to the very broad notion of the term "homework-like" currently applied at Physics SE, ...
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Question about Other Universes in Physics Exchange

In the Area 51 Exchange I've found that "The Theoretical Physics site didn't have enough activity during the beta. It has been closed, and its content has been merged into Physics". But when I've done ...
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Isn't physics is all about application

I am not complaining, neither I am any kind of rebel here. I am just asking that isn't physics all about the physical phenomenon that used to happen everyday, every second around us. Isn't it's about ...
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Are Problem Explanations Allowed in Physics.stackexchange?

Am I allowed to put a physics problem that pertains to a certain subject, and answer that problem so other people can understand the concept? I think doing this would help other people so that they ...
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How can I make my question On topic? 2

I asked a question about the relation between mathematics and physics a few days ago: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/109506/a-relation-between-the-law-of-multiplication-with-average-...
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How about a “physics problems” stack exchange?

Many of you should be familiar with the theoretical physics stack exchange (and current beta), and are probably familiar with the arguments against that proposal. As someone who's focused basically ...
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Let's refine our definition of what scope we import from Astronomy.SE

One thing after the recent astrobiology discussion was clear: our policy that "anything on topic on the old astrophysics site is on topic here" seems to be a bit vague and under question. While the ...
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The appropriate place for a question about the science behind music

This question is inspired by the heated debate that went down here: Is there physics behind the layout of a piano keyboard? The question itself is fascinating to me, and I'd love to see a long and ...
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Has the entertainment aspect of a question any value besides dry logic?

Physicists are also people and can appreciate nice wording, politeness and paradoxes. I am asking specifically about this imprecise question which appears amusing because it is not strictly defined. ...
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Isn't “video documentaries about physics?” too broad?

This question was recently bumped to the front page: Video documentaries about physics?. It lay dormant for many years, which explains why it wasn't closed under the previous absolutely-not books ...
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Linked Questions across different StackExchange

I was thinking about a whole family of grey questions that the SE structure kind of makes difficult to answer. If there are problems which overlap with two areas, say Physics and one of the ...
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Why was this question marked as a duplicate?

This question isn't duplicate anymore. Why do people criticize beginners? https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/82672/what-is-the-length-of-a-photon
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What can be done about the (current) ongoing flood of homework and very basic questions overwhelming our site?

Since quite some time, the amount of new incoming higher level questions is decaying and the number of very basic ones is increasing, but the current inflood of bad homeworks (the good ones I ...
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Asking about anti-gravity: what is the problem?

A recent question on the site, Is there any anti-gravity material?, has been generating a lot of controversy as to whether it is appropriate or not. I'm personally a little torn on how a question like ...
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How can I make my question On topic?

I asked this question Effects of microwaves on optical properties of human eye a few days ago. I really asked some offtopic things but now i've edited it appropriately. But it is still closed. So ...
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Should this astrobiology question be reopened?

Silicon-based life was closed for being off topic. It's possibly an astrobiology question, and was migrated from the old Astronomy.SE. In which case it is on topic by current rules. Probably. (we ...
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Should this question be on hold?

Which component shows spin squeezing under twisting Hamiltonian? There is a contentious debate emerging about whether this question, currently at revision 5, should be open or not. Standard practice ...
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Asking math questions

I understand that asking pure math questions on the physics site is discouraged and I've seen many questions moved over to math. However, often times such questions are more suited for physicists to ...
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What is our stance on questions about legally or ethically questionable activities?

This question about exercises relating to nuclear bomb design prompted a couple of complaints about the kind of attention it might bring to the site. I wanted to open a question for community input on ...
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Is the question 'explaining gravity to a six-year-old' off-topic?

I recently asked this question about explaining gravity to a 6 year old and it made it into the "Hot Network Questions" list. It generated a lot of discussion and has some very good answers. ...
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Graduate and above level questions aren't homework

I know, I know, it's yet another Meta post about our homework policy. Feel free to downvote and write abusive comments if you're heartily sick of posts about the homework policy. If you're still with ...
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Why we should not discuss new theories? [duplicate]

I heard recently that we should not discuss new theories here. Why we should not discuss new theories when they are very closely resembling the existing accepted theories but with slight modification. ...
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Should we use stronger wording in the help center's on topic page?

The help center page about site scope includes the phrase Some kinds of questions should not be asked here: A little while ago it was suggested (and further discussed) that the use of "should" ...
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Seismic image processing questions on Physics SE

Would I be allowed to post question relating to seismic image processing on Physics SE under the "Geophysics" tag?
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Can I post this on the main site?

Can I post this on the main site? There is a sweater involved. If so, what would be the appropriate tags? (Click picture for the link.) NB: The deadline almost certainly refers to Central European ...
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“What's a good research topic?” questions

Every so often we get a question that goes more or less like I'm a masters/bachelor/highschool student and I really like physics and I'm really interested in (some broad physics field)/(all of ...
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May I ask questions I come across while attempting to write science fiction?

Is it allowed to use the site to see if your ideas are plausible? The questions I have (1) (2) don't contain any hypothetical technologies or physics, only hypothetical planets, but since I am trying ...
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What is the point for placing a question on hold or marking it as off-topic?

I wanted to know what the parameter's on which a question asked by a user is marked as off-topic or put on hold for example look at this question. As much I know this question was related to physics ...
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Should “How do I solve this experimental problem?” questions be on-topic

Brought up by the flag and comments on How to determine whether a large container is air-tight?". I want to address question in which the OP has run into a roadbump in build/calibrating/operating a ...
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Is [fun-stuff] on topic?

I just approved two edits removing the tag fun-stuff from the two only posts that currently have it: What are the limitations of performing music in space? How much force is in a keystroke? (...

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