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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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Is a question about calculators in SI format according to “what topics can I ask about here”?

I put the following question (10k-only link) and immediately received down-vote, thus, deleted it. Could be question is off-topic, could be someone is happy trigger of down-votes. Yes, I known is a ...
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Lab journal best practices - on topic?

I had a question about best practices for keeping a lab journal (specifically, should one only record experiments, or should one also include research for experiments, or time spent looking around on ...
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Is Minecraft On-Topic?

Long question short: Changing Minecraft's Gravity via Code: StackOverflow, Math, Physics, or SciFi&Fantasy? Actual Question: Premise: So, some quick background on the question I want to answer. ...
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Network science can be a branch of physics

I asked a question about some natural network and after about one hour the question came "On Hold". A similar thing happened here. There is many physicists that work on this area, such as ecology ...
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Is a question about whether something is possible on topic?

Is a question that asks whether something is possible within the laws of physics on-topic here? (Very vague) Example: assuming any level of technology, can you do this within the laws of physics, or ...
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I need more light on the homework policy

Please, I need to know what is wrong if one posts their homework here and it is well formatted? The actual thing is they might have tried solving before coming here in the case where they didn't ...
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Is there a StackExchange place where I can ask questions about non-mainstream physics?

I have some ideas about sub-quarks and sub-leptons and the structure of them. I can't ask this question on the PhysicsStackExchange place because the only questions you can ask there are about ...
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Connections between interpretations of theories

I would like to ask if questions about connections between different interpretations of physical theories can be posted(let me be exact: an example of a question like that is "What are the connections ...
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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 complex ...
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How does the reason for closing a question correspond to the actual question?

My most recent question, Why do we assume fundamental properties like charge or mass do not consume anything? (currently deleted while I rephrase it), was put on hold given the following reason: "We ...
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Where exactly lies the line between physics and philosophy/meta physics?

I understand that the physics stack exchange community wants to see physics questions, not philosophical questions about things that are certainly unattainable. My question here is where you exactly ...
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The fine line between astronomy and physics [duplicate]

So, a few questions recently came up on the feed: What is Venus's core made of? How can core of Mercury be a molten liquid? They made me wonder: when does something belong on the astronomy.SE ...
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Engineering questions and answers that are closely related to Physics

I found an old question asked 5 years ago. How much power to keep surface of aluminum plate at given temperature?. How do I answer this in a physics kind of way? This is my original answer: By ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Question closed because considered opinion-based. How to change it?

I asked the following question a couple of days ago: Difference in material covered between Zwiebach or Adams quant mech I on mit ocw? The original question was deemed opinion-based (which I in hind ...
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Is my question in the wrong place?

How much degenerate matter is there, compared to other states of matter? hasn't had any replies. I'm thinking about starting a bounty on it, but maybe it would be more appropriate in Chemistry or ...
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Remind users to do basic research before asking questions

While any of us can need an explanation of some concept we need to get clear in our minds and can't quite grasp, it does seem sometimes that even the most basic step is sometimes lacking. Could/...
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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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Is “here a problem and my solution with my reasoning for each step, where has my reasoning gone wrong?” question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

I specifically used the formulation in the title from here, the only place I found to deal with this. But I do not know, what to take from it. To elaborate: This question arose from comments on this ...
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Are “Do this calculations for me” question allowed here? [duplicate]

I have a problem to be solved (here) and an answer that brings all the necessary calculation steps (here). I can't do the calculations myself because I don't have enough knowledge and skills. I went ...
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Having trouble understanding how to stay on topic

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: What governs the temperature rise inside an oven? I find myself frustrated with how questions need to be asked... and the pit of 'On Hold / ...
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Leeway in deviating from goals of this site

This post is the second post of a series; the first can be found here and the post that inspired this series of questions can be found here. How much freedom are we willing to grant users in ...
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How much mathematics is allowed to be the focus of questions? [duplicate]

Since there are mathematics and mathematical-physics tags, I was convinced that it is perfectly legitimate to ask for a mathematically rigourous proof, i.e. a methematically correct, once given the ...
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Installing Geant4 alongside GEANT3: Question for Physics StackExchange?

I intend to ask the following question: Can I install Geant4 (wiki) alongside GEANT-3 (wiki) on my Ubuntu 15.04? I have already installed GEANT3. How can I install Geant4 without making any problems? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Question closed as opinion based, that is unusual but clearly not opinion based

The question in consideration is Actual eletronic games (as in, games played using electrons)? I understand that this question is different from other questions on this site, but I think it can be ...
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Can we ask time-travel questions?

I have an extremely curious question relating to time-travel paradoxes which I believe has not been thought of before. Can I ask it in the main site?
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How is this question still open?

Usually people get mad because we close things too quickly without considering whether they are really on topic or not. But What are the next generation physics experiments? has been open for 2 days ...
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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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My question is “engineering” but

My question: What is the ideal gap between two panes of glass for insulation? According to this: Are engineering questions appropriate for this site? When constructing a product for use in the world, ...
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Overly abstract?

This question and prose contained in Experiments are monads (I think), but are they comonads too? admittedly sounds like word salad to me, but unlike other theory questions over my head this doesn't ...
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Is it relevant to ask questions regarding careers in physics and not actually some physics concept?

I wanted to know something about the education in physics. For example: I like so-and-so field of physics. Then which course would be better for me to pursue in future? I want to study something ...
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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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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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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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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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“State of research” questions

Are questions asking for what the current research topics in a certain field allowed? Under what circumstance would they be? In case they are allowed, after how much time would it be allowed to ask ...
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Where am I supposed ask questions regarding Physics education/research?

I asked this as a soft question How to explore Physics research as an undergraduate, keeping in mind the ever increasing weightage on publications? I have explictly asked if this is the right place ...
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Why is this post against the guidelines and especially not about physics itself?

The context is the following question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/242632/84895 (10K link only, partial screenshot here) As the title stays, this got a lot of downvotes and got put on hold ...
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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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Where to ask for a software recommendation about light refraction in a 3D media?

I'm want to simulate and visualize (render) how would light refract inside a glass mug with complex geometry. Since I'm quite sure I cannot code myself something like that, I would ask for a software ...
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What is the line between fiction and physics with respect to off-topic?

There is a question I believe to be well on topic, relevant, and interesting. It is asking to consider a fictional scenario and evaluate, as given in the fictional scenario, whether it is possible to ...
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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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