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Should questions with obvious answers on the web be closed?

Should questions with obvious answers on the web be closed ? No, not unless they are duplicates. We do not need yet another highly subjective reason to close questions. If you think the question has ...
gandalf61's user avatar
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

I'm sorry, but the idea that our site policies are "controlling the learning of other less knowledgeable students of the universe" is just plainly ridiculous. That people on the internet won'...
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How can "torus shape" planet be "non-mainstream" physics?

Demanding that questions only deal with situations that unequivocally can occur in the real world rules out objects on infinite planes, point masses, Einsteinian trains, Maxwell's demon, supersymmetry,...
Anders Sandberg's user avatar
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Why was my question closed for not being focused when it actually was?

I could be wrong, but it could be the case that users saw a really long post broken up into multiple parts and thought "this isn't focused". You do only ask one question, so I don't think ...
BioPhysicist's user avatar
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Care over closing "duplicate" questions

People should be encouraged to close questions as duplicates, but they should certainly take care to choose an appropriate duplicate target. Even if the target does have answers that correctly answer ...
PM 2Ring's user avatar
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

Personally, I think it is fine for a site to decide what is on-topic and what is off-topic for the site. A different choice wouldn’t have been wrong, but having a specific policy (whatever it is) ...
Dale's user avatar
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Closing a 10-year old answered question as off-topic

Closing questions is not an expression of disdain. It's merely saying that a question like this is not suitable for the site as it is today, in this instance because it is not inside the scope of ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Careless mistakes in formulas shouldn't be treated the same as non-mainstream physics

I did not vote to close but I do not see a relation between the two comments pointing at the maths mistake and the closing vote. That is, I don't think the typo is what led them to close the question ...
SuperCiocia's user avatar
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Why is there a homework tag if the posts keep getting closed?

I think this post emphasizes, once more, a real problem of PSE: some inconsistency between the stated policy of the site and how it is applied in practice. The stated policy says "A 'homework ...
GiorgioP-DoomsdayClockIsAt-90's user avatar
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

What's wrong with a homework-like question? Homework questions are specially written to expand and question one's understanding - it's a totally valid way of learning. If you think someone's trying to ...
J. Murray's user avatar
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Reserving the use of the 'non-mainstream' close reason

General comments: When it comes to non-mainstream topics, such as, e.g., faster-than-light travel, tachyons, time travel, warp-drive, wormholes, antigravity, multiverses, parallel universes, pre-big-...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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Too much closing (for missing "concepts")?

Why not take a deep breath here. You have been member for all of three days, whereas the site has been around for 11+ years, yet you are comfortable in declaring that it "shouldn't how the things ...
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What the Heck is going On in Physics SE?

If you see questions that deserve to be closed or deleted, please use the appropriate flags to put them into the review queues. Likewise for closed questions which deserve to be re-opened.
rob's user avatar
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Why was my question closed as too broad?

You are asking us to do a literature review on the subject of carbon dioxide and global warming. A student starting a PhD on the subject would spend weeks doing a review like this. Your question was ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Why is the 'Physics' Stack Exchange site closing some interesting questions?

Well... to put it delicately, these are not anywhere near the mainstream. To put it less delicately, these are nutty questions. This site is not the place to entertain this kind of unfounded ...
ZeroTheHero's user avatar
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How should we handle "multidisciplinary" questions with subparts that are appropriate for different SE networks?

I think the fact that even the meta question here talks about different subquestions is simply an indication the question is not focused enough for the SE model: Yes, to answer the question you are ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Why was this question considered "big list?"

A question of the form What is the biggest X? presumably means that an answerer should only answer if they are 100% sure that they know the unique answer (which btw may change in the future), and all ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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Should we re-word the homework-like close reason to better match how we actually deal with homework-like questions?

Here's my go: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when they are about specific computations instead of asking about the conceptual ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Someone other than the OP adding "homework-and-exercises' tag to a question, and then the question gets closed as a homework-type-question?

I was the one who edited in the homework and exercises tag. I did so on the grounds this seemed like an exercise i.e. it was just calculating the orbital velocity at the surface of the planet. I guess ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Closing a 10-year old answered question as off-topic

Since my motives are being questioned, let me add this. I voted to close this question because I didn't think it was about physics as defined in the scope of this site. That's all. I don't see that ...
ProfRob's user avatar
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Stop closing questions that are considered "homework type"

In the question you link, you explicitly ask for someone to find for you a solution method, exactly as if this question were part of a homework and you did not know how to solve it. The community has ...
ZeroTheHero's user avatar
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Is "check-my-work" defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

Yes, it should be. The site's Help pages do a lot to define the scope of what can and cannot be asked here. New users who take the trouble to go to the on-topic help should expect a reasonably-...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Fixing the closed-question notices following changes to the software

Let's kick things off with the most important one - the homework close reason, which currently reads Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Why was this question on fiber switches closed?

I agree with you: while most questions about engineering are off-topic for us, we make an exception for engineering-like questions about experimental apparatus. I've retagged and reopened the ...
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Why was this question down voted and closed as non-mainstream?

It's all about phrasing: "How are accelerated frames treated in special relativity?" is a perfectly fine question. "Special relativity cannot work with accelerated frames! Prove me (or &...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Why was this vector calculus question closed?

That question is a poor fit to the site and not specific enough to answer. At the time of writing, the question is: I would like to know if this type of term is encountered anywhere in physics and ...
StephenG - Help Ukraine's user avatar
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Is "needs details or clarity" too subjective to be a useful closing criterion?

There is a difference between "I can tell what this question is asking" and "The question is perfectly specific and clear". Remember: Questions should be useful for other users on ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Why was this question closed as "non-mainstream" when it asked about mainstream physics?

It seems that OP's question (v3) is a valid mainstream conceptional question concerning the thermodynamical arrow of time in the same category as, say, inquiries about the Boltzmann H-theorem and ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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Reserving the use of the 'non-mainstream' close reason

I think you may be right. I'm not sure the scope of the close reason is meant to be quite as narrow as (it sounds like) you're proposing here, but it is good to be careful not to overuse it. We have ...
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