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Improvement of a poor question by non-authors

There are already many Q&A related to the improvement of a question by the original author. It is quite obvious and well documented how to proceed to improve the form of a question. However, I did ...
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Questions posted on both physics.SE and math.SE [duplicate]

If I have a question about something like group-theory, and I would like both a physicist's and a mathematician's perspective on it, can I just post two identical questions on the two sites? Is it ...
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What specifically is wrong with this homework question? [closed]

Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. I also read this: How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? So ...
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Is it possible to know why a question vanished from my “recent inbox messages”?

I have been for several days discussing a question with the asker using comments. Yesterday a message appeared asking me if I wanted to move the discussion to a chat. I asked the question asker if he ...
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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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Why is the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site closing some interesting questions?

I came to the main site for searching an interesting question about a possible universe inside atoms. Here is a list of questions: Universe inside atom Does our Universe reside in the smallest ...
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Is this user a spammer?

A user [link removed] just posted an answer to a question I had bountied. The answer itself is garbled, and it's unclear whether it's a legitimate answer attempt or an attempt at farming reputation ...
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Curiosity about 'total reputation' and 'reputation change' table

This is a mere curiosity, but I looked at the reputation tables and saw the following: Are these mere coincidences? E.g. the total number of users with 5,000+ reputation is exactly the same as the ...
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Effects of check-marking the Community Wiki box [duplicate]

I've done some additions to a PSE question Is the Universe Past-Eternal? whose own author doesn't seem to be very active on the site recently, and hasn't accepted any answer (-I believe mine remains ...
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We can see downvotes on answers by seeing the reputation of a user

If I downvote an answer there is a -1 reputation change. Even though, downvotes and upvotes are supposed to be anonymous. There is a slight chance that user might visit my profile and can see my -1 ...
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Deleting answers due to the Homework policy is not beneficial

The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange. I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

How should I feel about the Stack Exchange reputation point system? I am new to the Physics Stack Exchange site as a contributor. I try to answer questions that I am sure that I know the answer of. I ...
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What should I do when a question is made duplicate to a not really relevant other question?

This question How can photons destructively interfere?, definitely and clearly a question about photons, was made duplicate to a general waves question: What happens to the energy when waves perfectly ...
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Can we set the record straight on this optics question?

This popular question Why can't the human eye focus to make blurry photos/video clear? has unfortunately been overrun by incorrect answers and comments. I'm seeking to draw attention to this in the ...
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Imagination-based questions [closed]

Why doesn’t Physics SE accept imagination-based theory, man? It just makes a person feel so bad when he asked an imagination-based question and it just get closed by higher members (like Qmechanic). ...
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Why would someone think this question NOT mainstream physics?

I've asked a question that's mostly about optics with a little touch of thermodynamics to it: Can you use an invisibility shield to insulate from infrared radiation? But I'm getting 2 close votes to ...
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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 was this answer made community wiki?

This accepted answer I wrote a few hours ago was changed to a community wiki: Dynamics and radiation part of Jackson's book - reading advice I realize the original question was not a particularly ...
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What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?

In December 2019, the moderator team posted the question Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?, which was positively received, and there was a clear agreement and intention ...
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Is there a way to find where I have made some comments earlier or recently?

It would be better if someone can tell me a way through which I can find the post by myself rather than being completely dependent on moderators or the Stack Exchange team. Any suggestions?
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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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Can I answer resource recommendation questions by answer them directly?

For example, question Q care about problem A and need some material about problem A. Can I answer the question by solving problem A directly?
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Why are coloured parts of questions removed?

Out of curiosity, after I learnt the use of MathJax if I thought it necessary (obviously may be not for others), I used the colour code to mark any point of my question, but some users suggest edits ...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able ...
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Languages of references

I understand that Physics Stack Exchange "is an English language site", but I'm wondering whether it's acceptable to provide a generic reference (such as a link) to a source, written in a ...
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“You did the measurement wrong” is not an answer

I've seen two hot network questions in the past two days where one of the highly upvoted answers was a variation on "you did your measurement wrong". In both cases, this answer was ...
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Meta question closed as opinion-based [closed]

I do not like it my meta question, Why has my question from October 16, 2019 been downvoted?, has also been closed as opinion based because I asked a meta question about my own question. Why is my ...
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Fixing the closed-question notices following changes to the software

About a year ago, the post notices on closed questions changed across the entire SE platform. This changed a number of aspects of the Q&A engine software's behaviour and how it communicates meta ...
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Asymmetry between closing and reopening questions

I notice an apparent asymmetry between the two processes of closing a question or voting for reopening. In the former case, a reason for the vote must be given. In the latter, it is not possible to ...
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Why has my question from October 16, 2019 been downvoted? [closed]

One of my questions from October 16, 2019, Why is the ångström not a metric unit? And why is the ångström spelled with the Swedish/Finnish letters "å" and "&#...
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Editing a question invalidating answers

This question kept pushing for more or less the same idea till 21st November. At the time, the question then contained an explicit calculation where the author had tried to explain his work. Two days ...
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How do I reopen a question that was incorrectly reported as off-topic?

A few days ago, I asked a question related to the addition of magnetic flux densities when there are multiple magnets in a specific piece of equipment. For some reason, it was considered off-topic, ...
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Reward closed question

I was thinking on add a reward to this question (not asked by me): Two blocks are placed side by side on a surface (friction is present). What is the frictional force distribution between two blocks? ...
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Should we leave technical astronomy questions to Astronomy SE?

In 2012, when the first incarnation of Astronomy SE closed, the community at Physics SE felt compelled to give a home to astronomy questions and overwhelmingly voted to expand the scope of the site. ...
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Does this type of question violate the rules?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Commutation and Sharing Same Eigenvalues
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Will SE block me if my questions are consistently marked as off-topic?

What will happen to my account if I post off-topic posts quite frequently, albeit not intentionally?
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May I ask questions about physics lab equipments?

I'm looking for a specific lab equipment, but I don't know the exact English words to describe it, so my searches are useless. To give an idea, I'm interested in a gyroscope with gimbals and a motor ...
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What is the maximum limit of suspension on the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Today I came across an account (link removed) which had been suspended for a very long time. Is there any other instances for such suspensions? What are the probable reasons of very long time ...
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Does SE allow me to publish my own material (Qs/As) in a peer-reviewed journal?

Does SE return the copyright to its contributors in order for them to partially/completely republish their own material in some peer-reviewed journals, or any written permissions from SE are required?
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Asking for credentials of a user

I saw an answer recently which was very different from all the other answers. It had downvotes, but the author had said someone was deliberately targeting him and downvoting his answers. I looked into ...
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Why is it that people send questions from here over to 'Worldbuilding' even if they don’t fit there either?

Recently a user made a post on Worldbuilding about making a flying saucer in real life stating that he was told to go to Worldbuilding by a user on Physics Stack Exchange. Unfortunately I don't have ...
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Is it encouraged to write an answer to your own question if it is just a summary of the comments?

I recently asked a question on how the uncertainity principle applies to a situation described there. There have been some comments, which, I think are at least partial answers. I commented that and ...
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How can I find a [cosmology] question where I cannot remember any text or title for a search?

I answered a question and I have saved a copy of the text from my answer. Is there a way I can search for this? ADDED I should have added this a while ago, but I forgot about it after I went through ...
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How can I get the order of questions in a search to be by date?

I frequently do a search with the following: [cosmology] answers:0 . I would like the questions ordered by the date they were asked with the most recent first. How ...
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Cross posting a question

Is it possible that this question about teaching torque is crossposted to the science educators Stack Exchange site? As a question I think it's great, just not fit for this particular site. The ...
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Has Physics.SE had this same trolling experience?

This is now the second time at Matter Modeling SE, where we have received this exact same question (both times by an "unregistered user"): I made the mistake of engaging with it the first ...
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Is there a convenient way to find questions which I have previously answered?

I started my participation yesterday, and I was very gratefully and pleasantly surprised to receive a perfect answer. I also looked through 10 pages of unanswered questions, and I answered a few. Now ...
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Language that can be perceived as sexist

I consider the phrase “you guys” to be sexist and unwelcoming (even though I am well-aware that many people don’t). I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. After a back-and-forth in comments with ...
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Another thread about deleted comments

This question is entitled If there is an infinite number of universes doesn't that mean there is a universe where there is not an infinite number of parallel universes?. I downvoted this question ...
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What are the criteria for putting a question less than 5 years old on the front page after editing it to include info from a newly-cited source?

When I had attempted to edit an answer so as to add some detail, I was told that details should be included in comments, as an edit would cause the question and its answer to display on the front page....

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