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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Physics vs philosophy

I understand we deal with mainstream physics here but as physics has been developed from philosophy only why are questions based on speculations and those which are related to looking for ...
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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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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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How to deal with questions based on videos?

Here are two recent questions that I would consider low in quality: Is coherent light required for interference in the Young double slit experiment? What theories explain the wave-particle duality as ...
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Would a question asking for examples of unobservable posits in physical theories be appropriate?

The title really says it all: would a question asking for examples of unobservable posits in physical theories be appropriate for this SE? I know that requests for lists are generally frowned upon. ...
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Why should the “list of breakthroughs in physics” be allowed?

I just noticed the question on Accidental, unplanned breakthroughs in physics which you have probably seen if you're reading this. It's attracted a lot of positive attention, but I cannot for the life ...
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Transfer question from electrical engineering

I don't have rep on that site so could someone consider moving https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/79447/can-a-circuit-be-powered-from-earth-with-a-return-ground-on-mars to physics SE? It ...
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Questions that look like senseless, but with sensible answers

Here are two questions that do not make sense, while reading them: At CERN - What do you call the moment (event) particles crash together in the particle accelerator? Is there a proof of existence ...
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A non mainstream answer for complex mass particle kinematics

This post is about Zephir's answer here. To quote him, In AWT (dense aether model) all particles have complex mass terms due the quantum fluctuations. A the case of photons and neutrinos the ...
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Are engineering questions appropriate for this site?

Often we get questions of the form "How do I build this particular device?" or "Why was this design implemented in such-and-such product?" Are these questions appropriate for the Physics Stack ...
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How should we handle how-to-find-a-specific-reference requests?

We occasionally get "find me a PDF" requests, where a user knows exactly the paper she needs and (presumably because of a paywall) asks how to obtain an electronic copy of it. This has typically been ...
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Would topics of biophysics and medical physics be on topic here?

As well as Environmental physics. Would these topics be considered on topic here - specifically, I am looking at instrumentation for monitoring and evaluation, as well as, for example - a comparison ...
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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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Physics SE should emphasis on problem solving

I observed math SE is more active than physics SE. They don't close problems. I think Physics SE should encourage problem solving. Moderator should not close homework problem. This will help community ...
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Can we ask applied Physics questions?

Are we allowed to ask questions that pertain to the application of physics on this site? For instance: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Bowstring Truss Bridge? Or is there a different ...
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What kind of `[education]` questions should we allow?

I've seen questions about how to study physics or how physics should be taught being dealt with in a variety of ways. Some get downvoted, some get closed by moderators while others are even answered ...
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Question 6157: 'List of freely available physics books' — A broken window that we should fix

Question 6157 is a broken window: List of freely available physics books Were it asked today, it should get closed as Not a Real Question. It's being used to justify the asking of other bad open-...
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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 do I make a question about something I don't understand in a book I am reading?

I am reading about exciton transfer between molecules in this book: Volkhard May, Oliver Kühn - Charge and Energy Transfer Dynamics in Molecular Systems, 2nd Edition I am confused about section 8.2,...
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What can be done to improve Physics.SE as an active forum for physics researchers and student's?

As noted elsewhere, I have personally discontinued use of Physics.SE, since it seems to me that it no longer acts as a forum for research based physics Q&A. Over the past 12 months there has in my ...
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Should we allow game development questions?

I have noticed a substantial uptick in questions relating to practical implementation of physics in video game development. (Here is a search link for such questions.) Some of these appear to be ...
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Why is it not allowed to ask about the mathematical prerequisites to understand string theory?

Many people have tried in one way or another to ask about the mathematical prerequisites to study or understand string theory, but all their (up voted!) question have been and are being closed before ...
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What if we clean several shopping questions..?

Today, I accidentally went through the questions under telescopes tag and all questions confused me totally. Looks like, there are many questions that seem to me like off-topic. I've listed several ...
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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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Are journal requests on topic?

Along the lines of this question and the links to others within, there is some acceptance amongst the community when it comes to paper reference requests on a specific topic. Would questions related ...
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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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Do we allow paper/reference requests?

I've seen this meta question already, but that deals with a slightly different case I think. I'm wondering if questions like this should be allowed. Specifically, I'm wondering if requests for papers ...
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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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Some advice on a question

I wanted to ask a question about how a room temperature changes in certain conditions, but before asking I wanted to be sure of some things: Is it on topic? I suppose so since the main point is ...
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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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Text Game allowed? [closed]

I was wondering if 'text' games are allowed in any form on Physics SE. For example: POSTER describes a physicist LOOP: 1 -> $n$ people guess. $n_i$ gets it right $n_i$ describes a ...
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What should be the status of cold fusion on this site?

There have been a few questions asked about cold fusion on this site, especially in recent days. Invariably they lead to extended arguments, which is not healthy for the site - the whole Stack ...
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Once and for all, what is up with the metaphysics questions?

I don't mean to pollute the site with more discussion of metaphysics questions, but I'm genuinely confused by the community's response to this and I want to figure out what is going on. There were a ...
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Are questions about practical definition allowed?

I was going to ask about definition (explanation) of the word "bias". But I am wondering if it is a right question for Physic forum. This is the part of FAQ describing what type of questions should ...