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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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TagOverflow - an interactive graph of Physics.SE tags

I created a graph of tags from Stack Exchange sites (including Physics.SE), TagOverflow. I made an interactive version of Map of 64 Tags from Physics.SE, with always up-to-date data. Nodes ...
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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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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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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 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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Congratulations Luboš Motl [closed]

Luboš Motl has become the first ever user on Physics.Stackexchange to get a Gold Badge for a particular topic . He has earned the Gold Badge for quantum-mechanics , all time top user in the tag. ...
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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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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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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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Getting rid of “theory” tag

Most of the questions tagged theory are either closed (because they are advertisements of non-mainstream ideas) or tagged very irrelevantly. Many people like to pick on meta-tags, I've realised. But ...
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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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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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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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Tag cleanup - burnination

In my recent perusal of the tags, I came across a couple that seemed unnecessary. Can we get rid of the following tags? proof-that-1-plus-1-is-2 Seriously, why? Even Mathematics doesn't have this as ...
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Once and for all, what is up with the metaphysics questions?

I don't mean to pollute the site with more discussion of metaphysics questions, but I'm genuinely confused by the community's response to this and I want to figure out what is going on. There were a ...
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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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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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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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Tag rename: shm to harmonic-oscillator

Should we rename shm to harmonic-oscillator? I don't think the distinction is worth having two separate tags. To clarify: the purpose of this question is so that if anyone has objections, they will ...
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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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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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A tag for QFT in curved spacetime?

I have recently asked a few questions about QFT in curved spacetime, and have noticed that there is no existing tag for this topic. I looked around the forum some more and found that there are several ...
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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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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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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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Duplicate misspelled tags

There should be just photon-emission but there is also a misspelling of the tag. How does one go about reporting this?
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Can we blacklist the general-physics tag?

This has bothered me for some time, and since bad tags are on the table, I think this is a good time to do it. The original burninate request got good traction, and all that remains is to implement it....
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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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A tag for nuclear magnetic resonance

When editing a question today, I realized that, for whatever reason, we don't really have a tag for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and really, we should. Unfortunately, however, the obvious choice, ...
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Why do we have an intuition tag?

Being subjective and rather vague, I propose that the intuition tag be done away with.
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Possible bad tag synonym

So a week or so ago, I made the frw-universe tag; made a tag-wiki for it too. Recently, a certain someone (not relevant who) made it a synonym of cosmology. For the record, it is currently the only ...
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Do we need a Beginners tag?

Some time ago I asked if we needed a tag to distinguish questions asked by beginners. The answer was no on the grounds that a layman or beginner tag would be a meta tag and these were frowned on. ...
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Let's eat up another tag [duplicate]

Can we burninate food? Here there were three votes in favor and no dissenters. Yes, there are many questions tagged with it, but really, food isn't a good tag - the questions are about what's ...
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Does the homework tag now apply to any question without much research?

It seems there are the beginnings of an edit war going on with how can counting the number of cracks in glass tell you about the speed of imact?. Now the question has a few problems: It doesn't ...
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Should we rename the teleportation tag to quantum-teleportation?

I'm pretty sure there's a formal mechanism to suggest tag synonyms but I can't find it and no one ever votes there anyway, so: should we rename teleportation to quantum-teleportation and make the ...
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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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Proposed tag: polymer physics

I've posted a few questions here relating to physics of polymers in solution, and I am surprised every time that there is no dedicated tag for them. A couple of examples of my own questions: Hindered ...
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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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Ambiguity in the [color] tag

Nine questions were tagged color. Of these seven related to the perceptual values of different frequencies of visible light, and two related to the characteristic charge of the strong nuclear force. ...
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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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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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What should I do if I see a homework-like question with no homework tag?

Ideally the posters should be applying the homework tag themselves, but if I see a question that looks like a homework question what should I do?
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Is [fun-stuff] on topic?

I just approved two edits removing the tag fun-stuff from the two only posts that currently have it: What are the limitations of performing music in space? How much force is in a keystroke? (...
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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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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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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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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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What's with the [covariance] tag?

This question just made me look at the tag covariance, and I didn't like what I saw. The tag is a mismatched collection of questions about Lorentz covariance of theories in relativity, covariance of ...