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Fix the "space-expansion" tag

There are two problems with the space-expansion tag. (1) The tag info is factually incorrect. [now corrected, thanks!] Space expansion is a cosmological phenomenon wherein the proper distance between ...
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Isn't convention tag meant to allow discussion on opinions?

I recently asked this question which got closed because its answer was based on opinions. But that was exactly the point of my question, and hence the usage of tag of "convention". So I am ...
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How can I know which is the oldest tag of Physics Stack Exchange?

How can I know which is the oldest tag of Physics Stack Exchange?
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Adding tags to review queues

I recently encountered the review queues section, where I found that questions of my watching tags don't appear. It would be really nice if the site adds this functionality.
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Should new tags only be created when **no** other tags apply, or just generally when there's not one that applies to a given relevant topic?

On the privileges page for creating tags it says: When should I create new tags? Most common tags already exist on a mature site. You should always favor existing tags; only create new tags when you ...
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Do we need a popular videos tag or specific author tags?

There are frequent questions based on external videos, specifically YouTube popular physics videos. For example, there are many questions based on Veritasium experiments. Would it be worth it to have ...
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

I'm about to complete my four-year physics degree and want to write briefly on the topic of this site. I've spent a lot of time on the physics Stack Exchange site (not on this account) and believe, ...
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Why is there a homework tag if the posts keep getting closed?

Almost every time I ask for a specific concept using an example in a book, my post keeps getting closed. I didn't want for an answer to the specific problem or get my answer checked, but only to ...
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Can one earn a golden tag after adding 100 000 tags?

I was attended to a question here on this site after I noticed in a question that a member does a whole lot of tagging these days. But they always did. In 2016 they added about 20 000, in 2018 about ...
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One-way speed of light tag? [duplicate]

Should we make a tag for one-way speed of light questions? I saw this question which included a link to this search, which combines a tag search with a text comprehension search in what seems like a ...
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Maybe add an indicator showing level of question

There is an existing discussion/request for a system to tag or otherwise indicate level of questions: Can we have a level-of-question tag please? Differentiate research-level questions? The idea is ...
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What is the proper way to use the "laser" tag?

I recently asked this question. The question itself depends on specialist knowledge about laser devices. As you can see in the comments, the user José Andrade said that, by not using the laser tag, a ...
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Why aren't my watched tags yellow?

The questions tagged with my watched tags used to be yellow, and I found that super useful. Why are they not yellow now? Is this a problem on my end, or a change of the site?
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While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only?

While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only? Let us say someone wants to narrow the number of proposed questions, for example, from 100 to just 4-5 questions he or ...
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Why are there few answers on homework-and-exercise questions?

I actually asked a question with the homework-and-exercises tag. Then, I was searching some question with the tag. I had visited 50 pages. Most of the questions don't have answers. And, most of the ...
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Why there's no tag of quantum chaos in physics.stackexchange.com?

Why there's no tag of quantum chaos in physics.stackexchange.com?
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Should we have a one-way speed of light tag?

We have numerous questions on the site about the speed of light, and we have the speed-of-light tag for them. However, since the end of October 2020, when the video Why The Speed Of Light* Can't Be ...
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Someone other than the OP adding "homework-and-exercises' tag to a question, and then the question gets closed as a homework-type-question?

On this question by Kashmiri, here, it was originally posted without the "homework-and-exercises" tag. And if you look at the question itself, nothing about it seems homework-type. Later the ...
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Specific tag to add for my questions

With this question I would like to know what specific tag I can include in my questions on Physics.SE since most of them are about clarifications or curiosities or doubts that I encounter for my ...
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A better system for close voting

In my close vote queue, I sometimes get questions on high-level quantum mechanics or general relativity that I don't know enough to judge. This is annoying to me personally but on a larger scale, it ...
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What should be done with questions tagged [resource-recommendations] that are not actually asking for recommendations?

Continuing on from this discussion: Why was this answer made community wiki? — about a question that had the resource-recommendations tag. As pointed out in Emilio Pisanty's answer, the main ...
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Tags for calibrating answers to the level of question

A problem I find with the site is that often answerers don't know how to calibrate an answer to the level of the questioner. This was both good and bad for me personally as I'd get insight into topics ...
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New tag "Physical quantities"

I would like to ask a question about function quantities, but I didn't find any adequate tags. If I didn't miss something, it might be useful to introduce a new tag, for example "physical ...
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Distinction between [resource-recommendations] and [specific-reference] tag

Resource reference for Induction due to Time Varying Magnetic Fields (TVMF) I asked the above question with the tag specific-reference. The purpose behind doing so is that the tag page suggests if one ...
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Unable to add the [classical-electrodynamics] tag

Resource reference for Induction due to Time Varying Magnetic Fields (TVMF) I asked this question 5 minutes before posting it here. I have tried to add the tag classical-electrodynamics but it just ...
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How do tags get associated badges?

I have a general question about how topic tags become associated with a vote-based badge. For instance, if I receive 100 upvotes on answers for at least 20 non-community wiki answers with the ...
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Adding length-contraction tag won't work

I recently asked this question. Before posting, I added the tags special-relativity and length-contraction, but after posting, only the special-relativity tag remained. I tried multiple times to edit ...
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Should we have a tag for quantum technologies?

I just noticed that there is not "quantum-technologies" tag on physics.SE. There are various related tags such as quantum-computing, but many other realizations of quantum technologies also do not ...
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About molecules tag

I recently asked a question related to atomic and molecular physics and noticed that there is a tag of "atomic physics" but not for "molecular physics". To some extent, I think that the latter is ...
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About synonymous tags

While asking asking a question I noticed that there are two similar tags weak-interaction and weak-interactions which leads to question for their necessity. Should any of these be deleted? If not why?
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There should be an aerogel tag

I asked a question about pertaining to aerogel, and could find the tag for aerogel. Aerogel is an innovative technology, I mean before Kistler made it, who would have imagined that jellies were more ...
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Suggesting a tag: "crackpot_theory" (you get the idea)

Re Is there any reliable place where i can put my theory of universe (it explained/predicted the behavior of almost everything i came across) and my comment to it. Lots of similar things have been ...
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Tag cleanups on our meta

I just noticed that a lot of our tags here do not have any wikis/excerpts, and they seem like they're almost identical. Can someone please suggest how they're different and whether or not we should ...
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Why is the 'physics' tag not allowed?

Why is the 'physics' tag not allowed? Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: The 'physics' tag is not allowed. Creating the new tag 'physics' requires at least 1000 reputation. Try ...
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No Monte-Carlo tag?

I was answering this question and saw that it was tagged [molecular-dynamics] which surprised me, since it is nothing to do with MD. I thought I would edit it to include the tag [Monte-Carlo], only to ...
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Misuse of [measurement-problem] tag

It seems to me that the measurement-problem tag is misused almost as much as the mathematical-physics tag. Would it make sense to (1) put a more clear warning on the tag description and maybe (2) ...
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Should the tags (mathjax) and (tex) on meta be synonyms?

As far as I can tell, both mathjax and tex are used here on meta for questions about usage of MathJax in posts on the main site. (AFAICT MathJax is the correct terminology, but unsurprisingly many ...
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Tag with no tag wiki description which should be merged

I just discovered there is a floating (no tag wiki description) elementary-particles tag, which description is included in the particle-physics tag. Should not these be merged?
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We should reassign [tag:non-linear-dynamics] to [tag:complex-systems]

I propose we make the tag non-linear-dynamics a synonym of complex-systems. Currently, non-linear-dynamics is set as a synonym of non-linear-systems, but I'd like to argue that the most common usage ...
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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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Tag for free energy

I recently proposed the tag free-energy, and wrote a usage guidance for it; however, it has been almost immediately set as a synonym of energy. I am wondering, however, whether we should have a ...
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Use of Material Science Tag

I'm trying to get some clarity on the scope of the material-science tag, or perhaps figure out another tag with the meaning I want. I was reading this question and thought that only a tag of "...
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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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Why doesn't the LaTeX code under the tag "operators" shows what it's supposed to show?

For a question about physics, I accidentally came along the "operators" tag. Why is the LaTeX code visible below this tag and not what it is supposed to show? I can't see a mistake in the code. Or am ...
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Renaming visible-light?

I've noticed the visible-light tag has a tendency to be incorrectly applied in cases where the OP happened to have visible light in mind when they asked the question, but they are really asking about ...
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Why not a tag 'Physics-Misconceptions'?

A major part of truly learning any discipline is weeding out the misconceptions that were either planted by others early in life, assumed 'facts', or poorly taught concepts. The matter of of ...
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Why does the quantum-computing tag redirect to quantum-computer instead of the opposite direction?

I find this a confusing way to lay out our tag space. Lots of questions (say, this one as a recent example) are about quantum computing as a field, or about some specific aspect of a given quantum ...
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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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Problems with tag notes

On the physics tags page, the tags mathematical-physics and mathematics are described as "Just because your question involves ...
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Would it make sense to have a rainbow tag?

I just posted a rainbow related question and thought that a rainbow tag might be useful given that there are a few questions about it. Didn’t want to create one without consulting meta though.
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