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Is sharing recreational physics models allowed?

As someone interested in physics and creating theories for games, I tend to develop realistic physical models that might explain them out of curiosity. However, I do not know if it fits the Physics ...
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I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions?

I solve physics problems from a textbook that I enjoy. However, I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions? (I was ...
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Education tag and questions on physics education

Today, I have seen this question closed as an opinion-based question. I have read previous (short) discussions about the issue of questions on physics education topics in SE (see also this), but I do ...
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Why was this question closed as a homework-like question?

I consider the question in this post to be a conceptual question. This is because OP didn't understand which time interval to calculate - the question wasn't about the calculation itself. ...
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Why is this question closed? I am finding no satisfactory answers from the personal comment

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Can time dilation be used to prove that relativistic mass does not really increase at speeds near $c$?
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Why has my answer to whether the fine structure constant been deleted?

My answer to this question on whether the fine structure constant can be calculated has been deleted by a moderator on the basis that the linked article is to a "non-mainstream publication." ...
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Post flagged as duplicate, but I still don't know the answer to my question! [closed]

This post was flagged as duplicate to this, but I couldn't understand all the replies very well. Mr John Rennie's reply seems to agree with my initial thought process, but I could be wrong; Is the ...
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Updating links upon site migration of https://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum

Many links on the SE physics site presently go to my old web address: http://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum and https://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum This web site migrated to a new place, http://arnold-...
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Has it become time to change the homework policy?

I believe at this point the strict homework policy is reducing the ability of the site to grow. The initial idea of banning homework so that people don't use this site as course help has been long ...
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Where is a statement of the purpose of physics.stackexchange?

Where is a statement of the purpose of physics.stackexchange?
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Cite documents rather than linking only

We should tell people to cite from documentation when they use link. I always look at old posts to learn something new, but some answerers give some link, but they are dead now (e.g., this). His first ...
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Is the purpose of physics.stackexchange to teach or to provide a stage?

I question the purpose of some Internet websites which include the present. As a now returning student of physics, admittedly with slower or less remembered skills, I find that the answers offered ...
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Why am I being downvoted in various posts?

So I received several notifications at the same time indicating "-2" in different answers of mine (old and new). I never understand why this happens. Is it that somebody is skimming at my ...
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Why was a question manually removed from hot network questions?

Yesterday I’ve run into a post and decided to give a pretty long answer to it. My purpose was to post a thorough answer that could attract attention of many people who are not otherwise generally ...
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When might the elimination of an answer by back-spacing (rather than "deletion") be acceptable?

I answered a question whose formulation had (possibly thru an OP's lack of familiarity with English-language rules for capitalization) effectively limited responses to it to the context of a single ...
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How does community wiki get decided on?

What are typically the criteria for marking a post as Community Wiki, besides having too many edits? I ask because I had a previous question get labeled as CW; if I understand correctly this label ...
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Why does the font size appear different for this question?

I saw a question on the Newest Questions page (the 3rd question in the image below) whose title and body were rendered in a smaller font compared to other questions. I reloaded the page several times,...
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Is Many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics considered non-mainstream on this site?

I have asked a question about the Many-worlds interpretation of Quantum mechanics and it was closed just 3 minutes after it was asked. Is this topic unwelcome? P.S. In 2012 I made a questionnare about ...
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Is a "how should these experimental results be interpreted?" question admissible?

I can't remember seeing posts about the interpretation of experimental results on SE, so I am not sure whether such a question is SE-legitimate. Concretely, after reading some rather old and largely ...
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Should users answer questions that they think should be closed?

From time to time I come across posts that are closed by a user/users who has/have also submitted an answer to the question. I feel like this goes against the goal of closure, which is to prevent ...
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Comments sent to chat and addition of a new comment after that

In this closed question, the comments were moved by @rob to a chat. I was not interested in chatting, I just wanted to make an observation on the question itself, so I wrote a comment, which I found ...
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How can I get rid of the "preview" view when I load a question?

Everytime I access Physics SE I get this type of preview window: Then I have to click outside the frame to enter the page. How can I get rid of this? Why is this implemented in the first place?
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I need to get a better idea about essential mathematical prerequisites for GR from a book. How can I improve the question?

In reference to my question here: What would be essential math topics to read for general relativity (from a particular book)? I'm reading a book and wanted to get a clear understanding on what topics ...
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Why can't I write down tilde? Is there any MathJax syntax?

In an answer, I wanted to write , but that wasn’t showing. I think it wasn’t showing for Markdown. So I thought I should use ...
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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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Rationale behind downvote button

First: as a new non-scientist member of Physics SE I want to say thank you for the wealth of knowledge, interest and patience with my ignorance I have encountered here. Second: I was very surprised to ...
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Is it possible to have the editor and preview in a side by side mode? Or maybe just a scrollbar in the preview?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: A new way to define matrix-vector products, to relate physical fundamental constants and units of measure I'm trying to convert my post to ...
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The same question, little interest in the maths community and blind opposition here

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: A new way to define matrix-vector products, to relate physical fundamental constants and units of measure I wonder why such a question could ...
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Making others solve my problems..ok?

Sometimes I get problem ideas from real life. Is it OK to ask for a solution here, even though I would (probably) be able to solve it myself? As a disclaimer, those problems are weird enough to ...
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Dissociate an account from a question

I am thinking about turning my account in a professional one. However there are a few questions I asked in the past I would be a little bit annoyed if they would still be attached to my account. Is ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

My answer to a question was deleted under homework policy. The question didn't seem like homework. It was a genuine doubt why the user was getting a wildly different answer than the solution.
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Why are "big-list" questions no longer allowed?

I've recently seen the following (actually very long and well accepted) question on MathOverflow. Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics. Which I think is a great "question" and one ...
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Add a vote *not* to close button to counter the vote to close for questions that might have dissenting votes

To close a question that might be conceived to be against homework policy, or lacks clarity only 4 users need to vote to close it. But some obscure questions might be unclear to a majority of the ...
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Why close an answered question when both answer and question have positive vote counts?

Especially when a user cannot delete their own question.
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How can I use the chat full transcript?

I had a few interesting chats years ago, and I remember some dates. I tried to trace them, but the full transcript can be scrolled back only one day at a time. Is there a reasonable way to read the ...
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Why is the question on wifi being a force being downvoted so much?

An hour ago, the question Can (and should) wifi internet be considered a force? was asked, and it already has 5 downvotes as of me writing this post. The absence of close votes suggests other users ...
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Why was this vector calculus question closed?

I just came across this question, which was closed under the site's homework policy. However, I fail to see how it is related to a specific calculation or is "check-my-work-like". While it ...
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Required references in questions

I have some questions, and I'm new here. I’d like to ask what references one would need to post here. Does it have to be peer reviewed journals?
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Puzzled by disappearance of questions

There is a relatively new user, who has asked a number of questions to which I have commented. The questions have disappeared, and they are not on his/her activity profile. The reason I have noticed ...
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Measurement of mass increase doesn't concern physics. Really?

This question has been closed: How was mass increase measured? because: I’m voting to close this question because it concerns the history of physics – Bob D and then: Closed. This question is off-...
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Closed question of a problem with shown attempt...please help me!

Sorry, I have done a question here where I have presented a problem that I have solved. I know that usually the questions are closed without any suggestions or help by the user if a problem is ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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My answer got me -15 points! Why?

My answer got me -15 points. Was the OP booted off the site, or what? I am just wondering.
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How do I see the reason a question was closed?

I often see "question has been closed" sometimes stating "off topic" with no other rationale. It says potential improvements should "address reasons for closure," but I'...
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How could this question have been asked to avoid closure under the "homework-like question" policy?

I'm confused as to why the question Falling to Earth from orbit was closed as a "homework-like" question. I don't know whether the OP found our advice about asking homework(-like) questions ...
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Why was this question down voted and closed as non-mainstream?

The question Are the following claims flaws in Relativity? was closed for not being mainstream physics, and it received a number of down votes. Now, I haven't studied SR past brief coverings in my ...
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This is not a duplicate

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: If antiparticles are particles moving back in time, would messages from the future be possible? It was marked a duplicate of Is anti-matter ...
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Who can I ask for feedback to reopen a question?

I have a question that was closed with the following motivation: We deal with mainstream physics here. Questions about the general correctness of unpublished personal theories are off topic, although ...
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Why is this specific question on particle physics being downvoted?

I just found and answered this question on why some particles are defined with square roots in their expressions. It has a bunch of downvotes, but the comments doesn't seem to clarify the reason for ...
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Once a question has been cross-posted on a different site (i.e., a cross-site duplicate) and received an answer on the other site, what should we do?

The topic of cross-site duplicates has come up in many Physics.Meta questions so far, for example: Is it OK to cross-post a question that you previously asked in other SE site? Should users be cross-...
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