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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

This question was just closed as off-topic. It is a well presented question, which was well-received, and it got a good, canonical answer. The stated reason for closing was that "it doesn't ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

This question How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? underwent a severe close/reopen yo-yo cycle. It was closed once by a moderator, then reopened by community members, then re-...
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Is an asker's age relevant?

In Why does Newton's Third Law actually work?, the asker states their age in the question. (They are 10 years old.) On the one hand, their age does not have anything to do with Newton's Third ...
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Should posts targetted at different complexity levels be marked as duplicate?

The question "What books an undergraduate needs to study to get a clear conception of rotational physics?" has been marked as a duplicate of "What are some good books for learning the concepts of ...
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Has my question been put on hold because it seemed like “a check my work” question?

My question was re-opened but has been put on hold again by some members of this website. Is it due to the fact that I had posted free-body diagrams which made the question seem like a "check my ...
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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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Should this question have been deleted?

This question recently came up in chat, because a user lost reputation when their upvoted answer went overboard as collateral damage when its question was deleted: Don't get me wrong, I think ...
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The role of good mechanics problems

Today I saw that this question Applying energy and momentum conservation to the problem of pulling a bent carpet at a constant speed about pulling a bent carpet was closed for being a homework ...
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Why were well-known, valid solutions of the GR “off-topic” or “non-mainstream”? (suggestion)

I've found multiple times the closing of questions about the topic of general relativity/solutions of the einstein field equations. Examples are here and here. These judgement was: "not mainstream". ...
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Downvotes without explanation

Recently I have posted the question Einstein-Hilbert action as an effective field theory. I have received a lot of downvotes and it's ok because it was unclear: in order to repair I tried to close it ...
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Which guidelines does this question violate?

This question was closed for not being about mainstream physics, but the question clearly is on-topic. What guideline, then, is being violated? My guess for the 'real' reason is the opening statement,...
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User modifies question so that his already posted answer gets correct. Many other problems

I was told there to make a comment under a wrong answer and downvote it and upvote correct answer(s), for dealing with incorrect answers. I present here a case of an answer that was incomplete, ...
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Was this plagiarism flag correctly handled?

In a recent question, a user complained that one of their answers (10k+ link at the moment; screenshot answer now undeleted, see the answer timeline for more details) was unfairly flagged as ...
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How are these two questions duplicates?

I recently saw that this question has been closed as a duplicate, and I couldn't disagree more, but for some reason it has passed review with a Leave Closed outcome. The currently-closed question ...
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Why was this question on fiber switches closed?

Yesterday the question How do non-mechanical solid-state optical switches work? was closed as off-topic. I don't quite understand why, as questions about physics lab equipment are considered on-topic. ...
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Question with broad application closed as homework question

I just asked a question about how to figure out how fast a room will cool, and what the name for this type of problem is, so I can do more research, and potentially find the answer to it in the ...
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The Layman books question

This question was recently bumped to the top of the front page by a new answer: Books that every layman should read. I originally wanted to just recommend the new answer be deleted, but the question ...
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Physics question wrongly put on hold as “engineering”

Can somebody please explain what this physics question (Is the strenght of the magnetic field the same across the surface of the magnet's pole?) has to do with engineering? Is physics not about ...
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How to view answers to a deleted question?

I have a question which was asked on this site, but then deleted: namely the answer to "How to use the book Classical Electrodynamics by J D Jackson? [closed]" referenced here when I was doing ...
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Is this question too broad?

Can you deduce absolute motion through magnetism I loved above question. All my doubts at one place. But is it too broad? It seems to ask a lot.
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Should you not give feedback if you vote to close a question to help the questioner better use this website? [duplicate]

My question has been closed again. DavidZ has pointed out that it is acceptable for people to not give reasons for closing questions. I understand that the site does not require them to do that. ...
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Can my deleted question be reopened?

A question Is the force exerted on the chair transferred to the rope that is pulled on? I asked some time ago was deleted because it did not meet the standard of the Physics Stack Exchange website. I ...
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Two questions in one

I know as a general rule it's good to keep questions simple if possible. I also think they can differ from case to case. Can someone please suggest whether to split this question into two? Or leave ...
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Why was this answer made community wiki?

This accepted answer I wrote a few hours ago was changed to a community wiki: Dynamics and radiation part of Jackson's book - reading advice I realize the original question was not a particularly ...
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Two similar-looking mechanics questions are not duplicates

This question about which way a bicycle will move when the pedal is pulled horizontally was closed as a duplicate of this question about how a yoyo will move when it is pulled horizontally. They are ...
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My question was put on hold

My question was put on hold because "homework-like". I would like some clarification on this please. I am not asking anybody to do a conversion of me, I am asking whether the conversion mol/mm3 <->...
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Why was this Hot Network Question closed?

Why would this question be closed as Off-topic? How is a 25-year-old can of soda now empty without having been opened or poked? The topic seems to be suitable for this site, and the question was ...
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What should be done about this question and questions like this, where the OP is just received misguided information?

I am quite sure this question was a result of misguided information presented to the OP about Special relativity. But I think the OP only wanted a thought-experiment kind of proof for length ...
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Why was this question deleted? [duplicate]

I noticed that a question (see below) I asked a while back was deleted without a trace or any notification. I don't have an issue with downvotes and closing. The question is admittedly fairly ...
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Should I re-ask a question that was recently closed by editing it and removing meta-comments?

I recently asked this question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/622976/ This question was closed and I was directed to this meta thread by a comment: https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/13449/...
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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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Why this is opinion-based?

This question is closed as being opinion-based. Perhaps I do not understand English well, could someone explain in more detail what opinion-based is on this question?
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Why is this question downvoted too much?

This question:Why does a bicycle come to rest after travelling a distance? has been downvoted too much. Why is it so. IMO OP seems to know that there should be some force which brings the bicycle ...
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Dismissal of Non-Homework Question

Recently, one of my non homework questions for which I'd provided my attempt at the solution and conclusions, was dismissed. The question was clearly not a homework question, and even some of my ...
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Why my question is put on hold?

I've posted one question here Please guide me. This question is related to electrical self energy from electrostatic but it was put on hold because it was a homework question. So I edited it following ...
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Terribly confused about what this community is about

I'm providing links to a very well received question and my poorly received question and I'd like to know why---in the eyes of this community---one is one better than the other. I'm mystified by what ...
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Why is this question considered engineering?

This question. Seeing it closed has shaken my faith in this community, so I am looking for an explanation. A bullet is the most trivial engineering construction I can think of. Open any physics ...
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Why might providing contact information be considered spam?

My (now changed) answer to the question,"Why is $PV^γ$ constant in an adiabatic process?" received the following comment: You do not need to "archive" the question in your answer, that's what ...
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Why has my question from October 16, 2019 been downvoted? [closed]

One of my questions from October 16, 2019, Why is the ångström not a metric unit? And why is the ångström spelled with the Swedish/Finnish letters "å" and "&#...
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Question closed as duplicate but question clearly demonstrates understanding of duplicate. Is asking something else

I'm fairly sure I am asking something different than the proposed duplicate. And the question itself demonstrates understanding of the proposed duplicate answer Is there an alternative number to the ...
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Should this really be put on hold?

Why are questions concerning the consistency of different parts of mainstream physics with one another considered as questions about non-mainstream physics and put on hold? I asked a question about ...