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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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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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What questions should be considered to close by 3000+ users? [closed]

As long as we don't have many hi-rep users, it is useful to have a place with list of candidates to close; at least it worked well on other betas. Rules: Add a link to the candidate for closure ...
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Level of questions: what do we do now ?

There has been a lot of discussions about the level of the questions and the quality of the questions. It seems to me that we have a core group of users, that are following Physics SE from a long ...
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Specialized questions

Are specialized questions about some detail of a physics paper appropriate? (ie this)
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Are engineering questions OK?

What would be the real-world implications of the Kessler Syndrome? is essentially an engineering (applied physics) question. If we ignore the specifics of that question, should we accept applied ...
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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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Astronomy/Astrophyiscs related question here? [duplicate]

I'm doing Astronomy as a GCSE (at high/secondary school) and the teacher often goes above the course, and we (the students) often ask above what the course requires. But because its a GCSE there's a ...
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Are “Puzzle” Questions Appropriate?

May I ask questions that I know the answer to, but are puzzles? For example, can I ask whether the level of water in a cup of ice water goes up or down while the ice melts? This is a standard ...
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Wikipedia like questions

My feeling is that we will have a lot of "Basic explanation of xxx [theory | principle | ..." questions. What is your opinion about that ? Mine is that we should not hesitate to point to wikipedia (...
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Can I ask several related questions in a single thread?

I have several physics questions, all of which are about the sloshing mode of water. Should I ask all the questions in a single thread, or create separate threads? Return to FAQ index
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What to put in the FAQ (the “on-/off-topic” section)?

Half a section of the FAQ can be edited (just copied the image from math.SE): It was recommended we just include the on- and off-topic stuff, e.g. copied from Super User: Super User is for ...
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How basic is too basic?

My own daughter asked - only two days ago - "What is physics"? While that may be a little too simple - there's plenty of definitions easily available - how simple can (or should) we go on this site?