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Tag synonyms for voting

Post here tag synonym proposals for voting. For example: what tags should by synonyms of "quantum-mechanics"? See also this meta post. This post can also be used to suggest minor changes to a tag, ...
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Should we rename the homework policy?

The homework policy is a constant source of confusion for new (and sometimes established) users. We see this confusion, for example, when users respond to closures based on the homework policy by ...
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Tag burninate & blacklist requests for voting

As suggested by Natheniel in Redundant tags I, I'll make a single question and let people vote on the answers (containing redundant tags to burninate.).
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Getting rid of the popular science tag

Related: What is the purpose of the popular-science tag?, Can we encourage the "research-level" meta tag? What about a "popular" tag? We currently have a tag called popular-...
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Capturing theoretical-physics crowd with Research Level Tag

Well, theoretical physics has failed (the site, not the discipline). We should make some effort to recapture whatever interest and audience it had. The easiest way to do that would be to introduce a "...
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Can we encourage the “research-level” meta tag? What about a “popular” tag?

I have been reading a bit of the meta discussion going on about the question quality here at the Physics StackExchange (SE). Especially in the wake of the demise of the TheoreticalPhysics SE, there ...
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Can we please stop applying the homework tag (and policy) to very advanced questions?

This question is inspired by Colin McFauls very reasonable classification of questions tagged as homework due to the very broad notion of the term "homework-like" currently applied at Physics SE, ...
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Can we get rid of the “philosophy” tag?

I know there are good tags and not-so-good tags, but this one in particular just irks me. Physics is not philosophy; philosophy is not physics, and if we have a "philosophy" tag on the site, it's ...
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Physics subfield tags and general tag rules

Since we have a fairly broad definition for what is allowed for discussion, we'll probably end up with a number of variations on the standard physics subfield tags. What are some general rules we ...
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Should we get rid of the homework tag?

Some other sites in the SE network have recently been moving toward eliminating the homework tag. I think this would be useful for us to consider as well, particularly in light of questions like this ...
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Map of 64 Tags from Physics.SE

I've just made a map of tags for Physics.SE. In short: tag size is related to tag popularity and edges are related to tag co-occurrences in questions. For me it looks as a "snapshot" of ...
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Tag cleanup - pluralization

As I was casually going through the list of tags, I noticed several whose pluralization stood out as... off. It seems to me that for non-unique things (so I'm excluding sun, earth, etc.) that are not ...
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Are there too many and/or specific tags?

Best with an example: there is a tag in the Physics Stack called "wavefunction". Is there any one who actually works on "wavefunctions"? Questions related to wavefunctions are questions about the ...
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What are the meanings of “books” and “reference-request”?

It's been (slightly) bugging me for a while that we have two tags for questions about reading material, books and reference-request. I've never been quite clear about what the difference is, or should ...
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State-of-the-art tag?

I don't know if this has been asked before (or possibly in other SEs), but a quick search didn't turn up anything. This question or this one are questions that ask about, roughly, what recent ...
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Proposal: Kapitza Tag

For a long time, I've admired Kapitza's Problems in Physics [pdf]. It is a collection of 224 questions Kapitza and colleagues used to form the focus of a postdoc candidate oral exams. They really ...
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Should we rename the homework tag as “problem-solving”, or such?

The "homework" tag is often controversial among new users who complain that their question isn't from a homework assignment (so they get offended, so edit wars happen, and posts get blocked -- e.g., ...
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FAQ questions (on the main site)

There are many questions which should be faq on the main site in my opinion. So I'm starting this meta post to vote on questions which could become faq. Add answers to propose faq questions, and ...
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Has the “soft-question” tag become a bad idea?

I took a quick peek at the newest 'soft-question' questions when I noticed something particularly disturbing, most of them are marked either as [closed] or [duplicate]. There were so many that I ...
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What tag warnings should we have?

I just saw this post on the Mathematica SE meta, referencing this one on Ask Ubuntu, with a new feature SE is trialling in SO. These are "tag warnings", which are meant to alert users about things ...
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What is the [soft-question] tag for?

That's it really. Not contesting anything, just asking.
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What is the purpose of the popular-science tag?

I have just noted that we have a popular-science tag. What is its purpose? Does it mean that the answers are expected to be pop science level, that just the question is pop science but the answers can ...
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Redundant tags I [duplicate]

There are a lot of tags which are too oddly specific and not really about a specific idea in physics, e.g. temperature coulomb-branch pressure speed acceleration capacitance angular-...
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Burninate the “physics” tag

What's the purpose of the physics tag? Every question is supposed to be about physics. I've tried removing some myself but new users keep using it.
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Should old questions about history of physics be migrated to hsm.se?

A quick search for not-closed not-migrated history questions shows a handful of results. Given that newly asked questions about history are usually migrated to hsm.se, should old (i.e., more than 2 ...
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What tag should we use to indicate “how does X work?” ?

This can help distinguish questions about specific problems and theoretical physics from "practical" ones that tend to generate interest in people that are less interested in science and math. I am ...
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Raising the privilege limit for tag creation from 300 to 1k?

I have observed .3k users creating a lot of new tags that often in the end have to be manually remove again, which are time consuming for editors, and which, in turn, create unnecessary extra traffic ...
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What is the fate of the engineering tag?

Given the discussion related to whether Engineering questions are on topic, we also need to consider whether the engineering tag has any reason to exist. We discussed it in the chat room using the ...
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Just to be clear, we do support the homework tag, right?

I stumbled across this recent meta question on the computational science site. What struck me was one of the community associates pretty much declaring that the homework tag should be abolished, since ...
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Redundant tags II [duplicate]

Redundant tags I has been made more specific to overtly specific tags. Here are some which don't even seem to be about physics. x-ray-crystallography laws-of-physics approximations complex-...
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Is linking to an illegal pirate site for freely downloading copyrighted books a violation of copyright here?

I am currently editing the string-theory tag wiki, and I am adding some links to freely downloadable, copyrighted books at some illegal pirate resources located in third parties. However, is ...
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What to do with tag wikis?

Having gained 1500 reputation, I didn't lose any time and created a tag wiki for classical-mechanics. I quickly found out that creating something useful isn't easy at all. Actually, I am not really ...
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Can we burninate the “paradox” tag?

paradox doesn't help characterize the physics content of a question. Sure, there are some questions that deal with (apparent) paradoxes, but I think it's enough that the question title or body ...
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Is it possible to add a discussion tag?

I have some pretty good thought experiments that I would like to share with the physics community here (I'm sure others have them too), but I can't find a way to phrase them as questions. I've read ...
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What are the boundaries of “biophysics” on Physics SE?

The question Presumably, biophysics questions run a wide range from those that are primarily biology questions with a little physics input to those that are primarily physics questions applied to a ...
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A review queue for misused tags

Qmechanic just raised on chat the need to take some more action on the mathematical-physics tag, and I think it's about right: the tag, despite some loud all-caps in the tag wiki excerpt, gets misused ...
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Should we rename the books and reference-request tags?

Now that our new recommendation policy is in effect, I would like to propose a change that I think will alleviate some misuse of the associated tags: books → resource-recommendation reference-request ...
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Do practice problems encountered in independent study or exam review get the “homework” tag?

I tagged this question as homework, and the user replied that it wasn't homework, but a practice problem for exam review. In my view, exactly the same question could be asked as homework and exam ...
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Metaphysics tag

I bet you have noticed that recent outburst of metaphysics tagging by Anixx. Unfortunately the tag lacks description. What does 'metaphysics' tag mean? Does it have the same meaning as '...
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Should we replace the [mechanics] tag with more specific ones?

As it stands right now, I think the [mechanics] tag is useless in the best cases, and a little harmful in the worst cases. The problem is that it way too broad to be considered a topic. The number ...
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Can we have a level-of-question tag please?

I really like the idea of using this site and its battery of questions as a way to check my own understanding of the physics that I am learning. However, the big problem is that I can't seem to filter ...
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How may one suggest improvements on a tag wiki?

How may one suggest improvements on a tag wiki? E.g. the name of Huygens in the aether tag description is spelled Huygen.
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Why can a question have both a tag and its synonym simultaneously?

This is probably answered somewhere, so apologies for my weak search-fu... Why can a question have two tags that are synonyms? Shouldn't the synonym instead appear as its "parent" tag? For instance ...
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Editing tags not allowed because not 6 characters?

I was trying to edit the post "Big Bang Anybody?" by adding a popular-science tag to it.. While until now, even if I didn't edit the body of the post, I could still edit the tags. However, it seems ...
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Homework and Exercise Tag

Why is there a complete homework and exercise tag, when all the question asked under that category are termed as off-topic. This tab accounts as the second largest tab but still the moderators down ...
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Purpose of homework tag?

Recently I saw many homework posts rejected. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a decently upvoted homework question. Why is this so? Perhaps it is better to remove the homework tag altogether?
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Do we need the relativity tag?

Do we need the relativity tag? Most questions using it are generally because it's a popular science question and the OP doesn't know which to use or because the OP used it along with general-...
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Should we add a 'misconception' tag?

I suspect that many of the questions asked in the physics stack exchange are based on misconception. While I don't necessarily support down voting or eliminating such questions (assuming it's not ...
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Can (or should) we have a banner for homework questions?

Back when we sorted out the book recommendation and resource recommendation requests, we made it so there was a permanent banner instructing those answering to abide by our policies regarding the ...
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Changing the name of the [tag:research-level] tag?

The tag research-level is supposed to be applied to questions which are not popular-science, which want technical answers. However, I think the name is very deterring to those who want to ask such ...