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Sparticles tag - usefulness?

I created a tag today, sparticles, that I thought would be useful to the community. It seemed like there were a decent number of questions that talked specifically about sparticles as opposed to just ...
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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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Heat is both a tag, and a synonym of thermodynamics

Why is this? Should we do something about it?
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Stop [efficient-energy-use] tag!

The tag efficient-energy-use seems to be rather ill-defined. The tag wiki excerpt states: Use the tag Efficient Energy Use in questions having to do with processes or engines or constructions where ...
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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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Creation of a new tag for books/resource recommendation and having a resource library for physics.SE

I agree that users of physics.SE (new and/or old) can't curb their need to ask for resources based on this question (based on the tag), as explained herein. However, many users still ask questions ...
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Would having a second set of tags relating to the nature of the question make sense?

Yesterday I asked a question which was based on a conceptual confusion, as was revealed by the excellent answers I received. It made me think that it would be nice if that fact was visible straight ...
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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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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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How do I add multiple tags for a question (Opera over Android 5)?

I am unable to add more tags in questions I review. Is their some specific way to add multiple tags in any question? I mean Existing Tags and less than 5. I use my mobile to review under full site ...
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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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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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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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Would Q's that require reading a particular paper be useful to Physics SE?

It has become clear to me that the CPR idea redacted below is waaay too complex to succeed. The less ambitious "Journal Club" idea of 2 years ago was enthusiastically received, then fizzled. I feel ...
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How about a what-if tag?

Just musing -- there are a measurable number of questions which, while more or less physics-related, are a much better fit for what-if.xkcd. Is it worth creating a "what-if" tag for these? The ...
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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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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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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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Merge the “planet” tag

While editing this question, I noticed that we have a tag for planet as well as one for planets. A slightly deeper than superficial look indicates that planet is apparently a synonym of planets--it ...
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The tag wiki for resource recommendations contradicts existing tag synonyms

The tag wiki for reference-request contains the following sentences: Contrast this with the reference-request tag, which is for questions that ask for a specific resource, instead of any resource ...
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Proposal: Gedanken tag

Update 19/08/2015 I just recently found the thought-experiment tag which is identical to the one I was discouraged from in my proposal below. Did something change in the arguments? I would like to ...
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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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''Automatic culling'' of tags

This concerns the create new tags privilege that comes with 1K reputation. In particular, an excerpt from the link reads: However, note that: on some sites, new tags will be automatically culled and ...
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Tag for mesoscopic physics?

I'm just wonder if a tag for mesoscopic physics should be welcome? I guess so :-) Enjoy up/down-voting for this forgotten topic :-) Some examples found those days: https://physics.stackexchange....
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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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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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Should there be self learning tag?

I have seen self learning tag in mathematics Stack Exchange. But this tag is not there in physics Stack Excahnge. I think there are many students who are learning new stuff by there own without help ...
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Everyday physics tag?

In the question why popcorns become soft after popping the tag popcorn was suggested. I think it would be nice to have a more general ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How do you delete a tag?

I accidentally created the tag "angu" on the main site. I tried looking for a delete button a little bit but I didn't find it. How do I delete it? Thanks.
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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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Illustrative pictures for the tags Info page

I find that the tags Info page is somehow hard to read. Would it be useful to have a simple pictures to illustrate the tag like the Wikipedia pages, for example putting the figure on the right hand ...
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Is the mathematical physics tag appropriate for this post?

I am not sure if the mathematical physics tag would be appropriate for this post: Can You Obtain New Physics from the use of Fractional Derivatives?
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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 I post this on the main site?

Can I post this on the main site? There is a sweater involved. If so, what would be the appropriate tags? (Click picture for the link.) NB: The deadline almost certainly refers to Central European ...
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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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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 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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Specific tags; broad tags

If one looks at the more basic topics, we have dozens of tags for any one these topics. E.g. kinematics : { motion velocity acceleration suvat-equations jerk position etc. } classical-...
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How to create a new tag [duplicate]

How to create a new tag which I didn't find in the tag list. It might be an important tag. I also want to create it to earn a badge
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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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Can I actually ignore my ignored tags?

I decided to finally go ahead start using the ignored tags feature. So I added "homework" as an ignored tag - but the homework questions are still there on the main page, they're just greyed out, like ...
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Please vote on tag synonyms.

If you see this page, there are many "pending" tag synonyms. I' have noticed that very few people bother voting on tag synonyms. This post is like a request for people to vote on tag synonyms. ...
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What can be done about a tag which is a complete subset of another?

The physics-careers tag contains almost all questions also tagged soft-question. Those which don't are deemed off-topic and closed. Most of the questions ask about the details of working in some ...
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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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Criteria for the popular-science tag

At Getting rid of the popular science tag, Shog9's (rather reasonable, in my opinion) was accepted. So here, I think we should standardise the definition of popular-science. If the answers are ...