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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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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 ...
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Should we allow questions about units and metrology?

In light of What is “International Service of Weights and Measures”?, I did a bit of searching for our policy on questions about units and measurement (metrology)... but I don't think we really have ...
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What should be sent to astronomy.stackexchange?

Obviously, there's a lot of overlap between physics and astronomy. It would be good to have some guidelines for what goes where now that the astronomy beta is live. Example questions for discussion: ...
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Does the Area 51 proposal “Experimental or Applied Physics” duplicate this site?

A new Area 51 proposal "Experimental or Applied Physics" was recently created. While I've looked at your FAQ, I don't know the field well enough to be comfortable making the call on my own—which ...
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Closed question

It is rather strange, that question https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/9993/the-unreasonable-effectiveness-of-mathematics-in-physics that practically reproduces title of talk of (future - 4 ...
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Are questions about general life on topic here?

Referring to this question in particular: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/8312/is-a-work-life-balance-incompatible-with-becoming-an-international-scientist According to experts, in ...
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Paper tearing and other practical questions: off topic or not?

Optimal technique to tear perforated paper along the perforation Here we have a question which is considered to be off topic by some members of the community, but on topic by others (as evidenced by ...
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Specific homework questions - too localized to be of general interest?

Not yet another question on "level" but on "relevance" Should we allow specific homework questions like e.g. Homework about spinning top I lost a factor of two in the electromagnetic field tensor ...
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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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Debunking cold fusion claims

I wonder if debunking of these claims falls within the scope of the site: http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/01/24/1550205/Italian-Scientists-Demonstrate-Cold-Fusion http://www.physorg.com/news/...
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Is asking for references OK?

Or should only substantive questions be allowed? If not, is there another place to ask reference questions? Actually, I would like to ask reference questions, so I will make this a feature-request, ...
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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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Are questions related to science fiction acceptable?

I want to ask a question about a phenomenon from a science fiction movie I saw recently. I looked for existing questions related to science fiction and found a wide range of feedback. For example, ...
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Should we allow questions regarding a specific physics journal?

I was thinking of asking a question not directly related to physics, but to a physics journal. Do you guys think these kind of questions should be allowed? Examples: Is there a .tex template for ...
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Are “How to…” questions for demos and try-this-at-home experiments on topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why not “home-experiment” questions? A point brought to my mind by Evan's questions about shopping, is the place of demonstrations in our efforts here. Demos are effective ...
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Should we allow ill-founded sensational questions [as found in newspapers]?

This has to do with this question https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/2079/is-superstring-theory-dead I raised my main concerns in the comments there. To summarize: the question as stated ...
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Should we repeat common questions?

This recent question on an infinite resistor grid is certainly interesting, but why should we include such questions on the site? The question has already been asked and answered many times on the ...
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Should We Allow Econophysics Questions?

My question on econophysics is closed for being 'off-topic'. But at this stage-- when there is no econophysics forum and the boundary of Physics SE is less defined and rigid-- it should not be closed. ...
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Does this question belong on this site?

The question Sonic boom equivalent for speed of light barrier seems to have provoked much debate in terms of whether this question is appropriate, in level and content, for this StackExchange site. ...
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Mathematical Physics: Does it Belong here?

Does mathematical physics questions belong here, or on math? Say, for example, I wish to ask about Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems-- basically they are just the theorems and the solutions of ...
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Structural Dynamics Numerical Method Question: Does it Belong here?

I just wonder whether numerical solution to structural dynamic question belongs here, or belongs to Math SE? An example of such a question would be: What is the stability of Newmark numerical method ...