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The main place for this is How do you cite yourself? It's perfectly OK to use text from previously-published own work in your answers, so long as you (i) cite the source, and (ii) make it clear that it's your work. As mentioned in the comments, a simple "This analysis is taken from my book " is more than enough. Regarding the answer you've linked to, from ...


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As mentioned in the comments, the Stack Exchange terms of service speficy that: You retain the copyright of any content you post to Stack Exchange When you post, you are making the content available to the public (and within that, to Stack Exchange) under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (with the precise version depending on when the ...


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Yes, while the language of the main body of a SE post should be in English, non-English references are acceptable for various reasons: A non-English reference is better than no reference. It is unfair to not recognize a scientific contribution just because it is not written in English.


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If you're not satisfied with my answer, you're under no obligation or expectation to accept it. We all write answers that aren't accepted all the time, and I've also written many questions to which I didn't accept answers. It's fine! The features of this site are centered around providing lasting value to future users. Meta-commentary is not useful, since ...


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We don't really have a policy around jokes - they are, for better or worse, mostly irrelevant. Some users like to include humor in their posts, others don't. In general, this falls squarely under the domain of authorial intent and I'd reject any edit removing or adding jokes as being counter to the author's intent. However, in your particular case, I'd ...


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Any time one finds language that could be considered unwelcoming, I think the right course of action is to edit the post to change or remove it. The usual editing guidelines still apply, so: Make sure the post is still just as clear, if not more clear, after the change is made; Try to improve other areas of the post at the same time; Update the post to ...


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Both of the existing answers seem to be based on a mischaracterization of how migration and off-topic closures are related, particularly with things like I would like to see Astronomy SE added to the list of options to migrate a question to, but not to make questions like this completely off-topic here. [...] I don't think having astronomy off-topic helps ...


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Thank you for your thoughtful replies. In view of the current (3) answers and comments let me spell out my suggestion and perhaps clarify a few points first: Emilio Pisanty already provided an important clarification, namely that adding Astronomy SE as a migration option isn't possible as long as the site is in beta; this is unfortunate, as it'd be my ...


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@tpg2114's answer is the right one from a policy standpoint, but it's worth making an extended comment to observe that "guys," specifically, occupies a strange place at the intersection of formal vs. informal language and gender. It's totally true that, at least in the US, "hey guys" or "you guys" is commonly used as a ...


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This question is based on a bit of a false premise. Errata related to the concepts seems to be accepted as on-topic. See here. The difference in this post is that you're not asking about a concept, you're asking about "what's happening" with the lack of mention of "$^{(4)} R$ in Box 8.4 (pg 202)". It's not clear what conceptual difficulty you're having....


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You seem to think that fluid-dynamics questions get closed as homework more often than threads in other tags. This is wildly inconsistent with my observations of the site (as well as many others', from what I can tell). Luckily, however, this is a testable hypothesis, as all of that data is directly available in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. Go and ...


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JMac has done an excellent job at addressing your specific question that was closed. I want to address my issues with this part: Now, I think physics.stackexchange should be broader in their mindset. The goal should be to promote physics learning overall. This is a very subjective goal. What is "physics learning overall"? Each user will have their own ...


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Since a question is supposed to be well researched, I would say that the type of comments you suggest are, in fact, covered in the "When should I comment?" section. Specifically these two points are relevant: Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post; Add relevant, but minor or transient, information to a post (e.g....


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The answers on Stack Exchange should be fully complete on their own. Any external references, links, etc. should just be used as supplement. So really it doesn't matter what language your sources are in as long as your post on this site is in English and is complete on its own. One key reason for this is to cover the case for when the reference becomes no ...


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If a user wants to delete an answer of theirs, we usually assume good faith. Perhaps they've decided their answer is wrong, in which case we definitely want them to be able to remove them. In the unusual case that an answer is deleted that demonstrably should not have been , the answer can be flagged for moderator attention by any user who notices the ...


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not all metacommentary is censored; this question references and comments about multiple other Q&A's It seems that you're confused about what 'metacommentary' means. The term refers to text included in a question that refers to 'meta' aspects of that very same question, i.e. to administrative aspects of that thread that have nothing to do with the ...


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Top scientific journals not only accept references in foreign languages, but sometimes even require that such a reference be provided - the well-known case is JETP/ZhETF, which was an ongoing direct translation of the major journal published in Russian. I think it is in the interests of the community to provide the original sources, as well as, whenever ...


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What looks like a joke to you can often look like an offensive or otherwise harmful comment to others, particularly when politics is involved. If you make a political comment on a post, and it is not directly relevant to the physics under discussion (hint: it basically never is), then be prepared for it to be removed, regardless of how much you thought of ...


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Quite frankly, I don't really see the problem. Do you have examples of these "less popular" topics being closed as homework or moved to another site in a way that doesn't fit with other types of "popular" questions? You seem to be suggesting that we ease the homework policy for these topics, but that doesn't seem useful to me. You mention "our policy is ...


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I'll pick on your last two sentences, if I may: Should content that points out errors with the OP's logic/understanding be posted as a comment or as an answer? The ultimate guideline for these things (as far as I'm concerned): If it answers the question, it should be posted as an answer Otherwise, if it explicitly or implicitly suggests a change to the ...


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I consider the phrase “you guys” to be sexist and unwelcoming As a minor point I usually use the expression "Folks" to start a letter or email to a group of people. This would normally be considered gender neutral. I dare say it not a perfect use of English, but it works a little better than "guys". However it must be pointed out that ...


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Is it time to rethink that decision a bit, and make off topic here questions about technical astronomical topics such as observation and equipment? I would like to see Astronomy SE added to the list of options to migrate a question to, but not to make questions like this completely off-topic here. This allows the option to either "close" the ...


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While there’s nothing inherently wrong about inserting jokes or jocular comments, the fact that someone chose to edit this one out because it was perceived as something else should be sufficient signal to keep it out, especially as it is not essential to the post.


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I think that this kind of issues should be discussed having in mind the spirit of why a site like this exists, more than scrutinizing which comma of a set of rules is exactly allowing a given behavior. What should be the main goal of the community behind PSE? I think we all are interested to improve the quality of the site and to increase and to renew the ...


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As the person whose comment triggered the question, I would like to say that I agree with everything David Z wrote, but not with everything that BioPhysicist wrote. My understanding of this site is that it is the responsibility of the OP — and no one else — to write a good question. They are rewarded for doing so and penalized for writing a bad one. The ...


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While you mention publishing your own material, note that if you are publishing material from answers or questions by other people you need to at least make that clear. There have been cases of people selling eBooks based entirely on Q&A material from sites on SE. That was material they did not themselves write. This is seemingly legal. You would, ...


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Yes, I think it is. But I would prefer to migrate them rather than say they were off-topic. I think there is a reasonably clear distinction between questions about astrophysics and questions about astronomy. I do agree that questions about astronomy would be better to migrate to Astronomy SE. Maybe the distinction here is to ask yourself, where would I go ...


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Does SE return the copyright to its contributors No, SE can’t “return” something that they never had. Each contributor owns the copyright on their contributions the whole time (assuming these contributions are actually their own work), unless they enter into some other agreement regarding this copyright. Contrary to what is suggested in the top-voted answer,...


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I suppose there are different scenarios where this could be applicable: The invalid assumptions are not a key point in the question, and they would not really need to be addressed in an answer to sufficiently answer the question. The invalid assumptions are a key point in the question, and so they would need to be addressed in an answer to sufficiently ...


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