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(Almost) ten years of Physics Stack Exchange

This is something we should flag early if we want to do something in time for when it happens: the tenth anniversary of Physics Stack Exchange will happen in three months. Specifically, the private ...
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Comments to point out errors in OP's understanding

Due to recent questions about the comment policy, and because I have seen this being done often, I am here with another question about comments. On a certain question a user commented A primary ...
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Do we need to delete informative, off-topic comments under old questions?

When I read old posts, I come across some informative comments below the questions which are off-topic, i.e., not aimed at asking for clarification, but they do add some value. I have noticed such ...
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Recommending migration pathway to HSM.SE for questions

In closing questions to transfer to another site of SE, so the "Belongs to another site of SE" option, there is no ready option for the HSM.SE, a really crying need: cf. this question, a ...
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Why don't we add the option “other sites” in the close votes option?

We all know that some questions are posted in PSE but they should belong to another Stack Exchange site. When you vote to close a question, via Close question > A community specific reason > ...
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Why is nothing displayed under the 'Related' sidebar? [closed]

Previously, whenever I asked a question, there used to be a 'Related' tab on the right side. It used to display links to a lot of related posts. Now, I can still see the tab 'Related', but no ...
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Why isn't it the norm to put a “TL;DR” one-line answer at the top of an answer?

It's worth to mention that I'm still a newbie on Physics SE and SE in general, but during this year or so I found that different sites have different "standard" ways of answering (and there'...
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Are questions unlikely to be useful to others permitted?

I came to Math and Physics Stack Exchange with a "forum mindset" (partly inherited from Stack Overflow and partly from other math/physics fora), where any problem is welcome, excepting ...
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How do I prevent general analysis questions from being close voted?

This question , which I've asked, I got two close votes on it already but I can not understand why. I think having a complete discussion of my question/ answer to it would benefit the community as a ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

Note: I do in no way want to say that the current moderators somehow do a "bad job" at moderating Physics SE. I think that they do a great work at, well, moderating this network and my full ...
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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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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

I saw that I had several edit suggestions rejected so I decided to take a look at them, out of curiosity. While most of them were fair, or at least understandable, there was one that I found very ...
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Removing deleted questions from the “Followed posts” list

My "Followed posts" list is littered with deleted questions, which I cannot remove off the list, as they've lost their "unfollow" option. How do I prune off these entries?
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Edited MathJax not properly rendered in Review queues

I posted this question on Stack Exchange Meta as a bug. I'm posting it here for informational purposes and I'd suggest going to the Stack Exchange Meta version and upvoting that if you want (or ...
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How can I reopen the question as community wiki post?

This post is closed by a moderator. I think the reason is that it starts to have too many answers which I didn't expect. How can I reopen this question? I want to convert it to Community wiki post but ...
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Requesting a question to be re-opened because it is not opinion based

I want the question Thoughts on neural networks "discovering" physical concepts to be reopened. I realize that there was a "what is your opinion..." line in it earlier. I have ...
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Question is not being reopened even after editing

I had asked this question on PSE and it was considered off-topic and hence closed quoting that it was "Homework-like question". After that I edited the question following this guidelines. ...
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Questions about PhysicsOverflow [duplicate]

I recently discovered https://www.physicsoverflow.org. I read some posts here on meta but none of them answered my questions. I understand that it is not a SE site, but isn't it the same for ...
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Care over closing “duplicate” questions

On a number of occasions, I have seen questions closed as duplicates although the linked question either did not have answers, or had only poor answers, and in some cases it had already been closed (...
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Should 'newbie' questions be allowed to be deleted by the contributor without oversight?

'Vets' will probably know where this is leading to as most of us have experienced it at some point (it's not my first time!) Yesterday a new contributor posed a well-formed question (about a steady-...
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Why don't we improve captcha?

I just wrote a self-answered question on the main site. The answer is really long, and frankly speaking, it takes some time getting all the diagrams right, researching, making sure the explanations ...
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Why was my question closed as duplicate although the linked questions are related to different topics?

I asked this questiion yesterday: Does the shape of the Universe refer to the curvature of spacetime in 5-dimensional space? While I now understand and got good answers, my question was closed as ...
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Answering question with multiple parts?

Suppose a user post a question with multiple parts.I know it's not recommended but suppose he does. Ex: A question with multiple parts I know it's a closed question but it's enough to illustrate my ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

My recent question was manually removed from Hot Network Questions and later closed as a homework question, but it eludes me why. According to the FAQ on homework questions, the definition of ...
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How can I start a conversation with a specific user (in chat or otherwise)?

Say I provided an answer to a question, and then another user commented on my answer pointing out some mistakes. I realise my answer has serious flaws and decided to delete it. Now, I want to talk to ...
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Is mass editing of old posts encouraged?

There are badges awarded ("excavator" and "archaeologist") for editing old posts; it is clear that encouraging this can improve the site by ensuring that as many posts as possible ...
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Why was this answer deleted as a “complete answer to a homework question”?

I have posted this answer to this question, and it was deleted as a "complete answer". I don't think can be counted as a complete answer, as I left out all the mathematical details to the OP....
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Why is my question closed when it already has enough details?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Which EMF frequencies have the most spread and permeability? It has enough details and I explained that to a user in the comments, operative ...
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Error on bounty assignment

My fault, when assigning bounty to his question: Lagrangian mechanics, infinitesimal movements expressed in coordinate basis I've pushed on an answer not the expected one (yes, even after the warning ...
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Can I correct grammar in questions/answers even if the message is clear?

I am talking about stuff like principle/principal, its/it's, your/you're, effect/affect. Can I correct these things even though the meaning of the question/answer is clear? Would it come across as ...
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Why is everyone so keen to answer physics questions by writing down tons of equations? [closed]

As a physicist, when you are tackling some new problem, shouldn't the first thing that comes to your mind be a rough idea? Why can't you answer questions with those rough ideas first? Math is just a ...
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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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Are book/reference identification questions on topic?

While reading the general policy on resource recommendation, I was not able to answer if paper/book identification qualifies as an on-topic question. This is inspired by this Meta question that asks ...
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Bountied homework-like question about QED

Today I noticed this bountied question, which is currently a week old. In my opinion, it’s a homework-like question about QED. But no one has yet voted to close it as homework-like, nor has it been ...
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Answer posted with extremely little potential for acceptance

Does an accepted edit to a question allow the subsequent withdrawal of an earlier answer (which had been posted to it) to be accomplished without any resulting potential for limiting or reducing the ...
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Low-level conceptual questions closed as homework questions when using HW question as motivating example

In the past week, I've had two different questions closed as homework questions. In both questions, I included textbook problems that motivated my conceptual question, but in neither case was solving ...
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Is it valid to ask for a brief translation for a paper in a foreign language?

I have been deterred to ask for a brief translation of an old physics Russian paper in the stack. Is it valid to ask such a question according to the policies of the site? If not, could it be worth to ...
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Physics has switched to CommonMark

Yesterday, I announced on Meta Stack Exchange that we'll switch all sites on the Stack Exchange network to CommonMark, a standardized and well-supported Markdown flavor. You can read up on the ...
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Please make MathJax formatting more discoverable to new users [duplicate]

feature-request: please make MathJax formatting more discoverable to new users, by adding it to the post formatting wizard. The Stack Exchange dev team recently released a new version of the Ask page, ...
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What's the policy around a jocular political comment within a post?

I included a comment that I thought was hilarious (of course, not. I just thought it was a bit humorous) in a recent answer of mine. However, @user76284 removed the ...
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Question with broad application closed as homework question

I just asked a question about how to figure out how fast a room will cool, and what the name for this type of problem is, so I can do more research, and potentially find the answer to it in the ...
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Are “Do this calculations for me” question allowed here? [duplicate]

I have a problem to be solved (here) and an answer that brings all the necessary calculation steps (here). I can't do the calculations myself because I don't have enough knowledge and skills. I went ...
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Why was my question, on the 'cross sectional energy' of a photon, closed?

I don't see why this was closed: Does a single photon have a constant cross sectional energy?
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Have we thought about replacing the negative 'downvoting' of questions with a positive 'requesting clarification'?

Facebook eliminated the dislike for a reason. My personal experience is just wanting to quit after a question gets to -3 for reasons unknown. Downvoting of a question is an inherently negative ...
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Meta-commentary in questions should sometimes be allowed

I've edited in a 'meta-comment' into this question, which was rolled back by a moderator: Note: answer accepted for sake of closing the question, though parts remain unanswered, and will be ...
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Beta Site: Materials Modeling

If this is off-topic, I can take it down, but Phys Meta has generally been receptive to promoting other science proposals/sites in the network. Materials Modeling SE entered private beta at the end ...
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Asking if the following post could be suitable for the main site Physics Stack Exchange

I've cross-posted yesterday this on Meta of the site MathOverflow Asking if the following post could be suitable for the main site MathOverflow. I would like to ask if the following questions can be ...
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Why is this question actually off topic, how should it be modified so it is reopened?

I had asked: A game of boxes with rotating gears which was closed due to it being a "homework/check-my-work" question. The question is NOT homework, it's an original question I had come up with. ...
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Does “'92” mean 1992 or 2092? [duplicate]

I noticed that an account is temporarily suspended with a suspension period that ends on "Mar 18 '92". Does "'92" mean 1992 or 2092? In either case, this suspension doesn't seem particularly "...
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Should I “migrate” an answer to another SE site?

Not understanding that it was (possibly) inappropriate, I asked a question on Physics SE that was very similar to a question that I had already asked on Aviation SE. Now that I understand that it was ...

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