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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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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 ...
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On possibily migrating astrophotography questions from Physics.SE to Photography.SE

I opened a question on this topic on meta.photography.se so that the proposed recipients can weight in.
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Any advice on how to modify or improve my question for improved clarity

What technologies and advances in current mathematical theory will be necessary to predict quantum probability with 100% Certainty? If not is this off topic in a specific way? Does the way this ...
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If it's possible, do we want to expand the scope of this site to include astronomy?

It was recently announced that several SE sites are closing, including Theoretical Physics and Astronomy. Given that our scope here is basically a superset of the scope of Theoretical Physics and that ...
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Questions about “Atomic Structure”

Well, I'm new on "Physics.SE" and, I'd like to learn if we're allowed to ask, discuss and learn about the "Atomic Structure" and "Electrons" on the "Physics"? If so, I'd love to give it a try very ...
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Experimental technology questions: on topic?

So far the scope of Physics Stack Exchange has been defined to exclude experimental technology questions, which are those questions about the devices that one uses to do physics, rather than about the ...
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Would the question about physics books recommendation for younger kids be on-topic?

I'm looking for a book that would be appropriate for advanced elementary school aged kids describing basics of physics (for those fluent in Russian, an English equivalent of the book "почему вода ...
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Are physics-related notation and terminology questions on-topic?

This is prompted by What is the origin of the naming convention for position functions? which asks why s is used as the letter for position. Here are some more examples. which letter to use for a ...
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Should “general reference” questions be closed on Physics SE?

There are a few recent questions ( Magnetic Susceptibility- Permeability and What is a Free Body Diagram? and How to compute drag coefficient given initial position, initial velocity and final resting ...
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What's our official position on fictional physics?

It seems to have become de facto policy that questions about fictional physics are off topic, unless they're sufficiently precisely written. I recently realized that wasn't mentioned in our FAQ so I ...
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Should I post a question if I know the answer? Should I answer my own questions?

Recently I had some questions and was going to post them here. While trying to find the best formulation for them I've found the answers. Posting questions with immediate answers is welcome e.g. on ...
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Objective criteria of “do my homework” questions

In the FAQ it is said that "do my homework" questions are not welcome on physics.stackexchange. So far I was sure that I know what are that questions: Formulation of some non-conceptual problem: "...
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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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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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Are “What are some intersting Foo problems?” questions off-topic?

Two recent questions from one user What are some interesting calculus of variation problems? What are some interesting coupled harmonic oscillators problems? From my point of view these are "make a ...
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Is the question “Who is it appropriate to acknowledge in a journal paper?” OK to go on the Physics Stack Exchange site?

The question is: If I write a paper where I am the sole author, and the only person I have discussed the research with before publication is my non-physicist partner, is it appropriate to acknowledge ...
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Does the Area 51 proposal “High Energy Physics” overlap with this site?

Similar to my question Does the Area 51 proposal "Experimental or Applied Physics" duplicate this site? (which could still use a consensus—hint, hint …) There's an Area 51 proposal named ...
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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 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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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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Questions about student-level problems

Yesterday we had a question, Probablistic problems in physics?, which I initially closed, but (as Ron pointed out) perhaps I shouldn't have. My reasoning was that: these questions, or at least their ...
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why was this question closed?

Why was we don't serve tachyons around here closed? To me is seemed on topic because it asked about the physics in a joke that only physicists would appear to understand.
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Astronomy / Physics discussion on topic distinction

We've had some sporadic discussions about how to determine the topic boundary between Astronomy.SE and Physics.SE and what kinds of questions should be transferred over to the astro site. They've also ...
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Questions concerning a career in research on or off topic?

I have a question about research careers, or rather PhD programmes but I'm not sure if it is on or off topic. From several threads here on meta I gathered that there is no general consensus on these ...
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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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Questions about (barely) hypothetical scenarios: on topic or not?

The question Would Portal-style portals transmit gravity? was recently migrated from scifi.SE. Some people think it's off topic, some people don't, and I can kind of see both sides so I'm not quite ...
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where should questions about questions asked at stack physics exchange be asked?

Where and how would I ask a question such as: "what do you consider to be the most profound question asked at stack.exchange.physics while you've been here?" On the one hand I don't think it falls ...
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Should we allow philosophical / interpretational questions?

I've seen some rather philosophical or interpretational questions pop up lately. These questions tend to get closed very quickly. I'm wondering if this is neccessary, since such questions can have ...
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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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Are questions about obtaining a degree on-topic?

I have a question about obtaining a grad degree in the sciences and I was wondering if it fits on the site. It's not a physics questions per se, but I would consider it a question best asked of a ...
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Are these electronics-related questions on topic here?

There have been some arguments that the following two questions (and perhaps others like them) are off topic at this site, and perhaps should be migrated to electronics.SE. What does the community ...