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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

HNQs with $\geq 3$ answer are often protected by a moderator to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. Questions can be flagged to let moderators know that they should be ...
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Should history of physics questions be on topic?

Summary History questions are welcome on this site whenever they have any bearing on our modern understanding of physics. However, if a question has only minimal or null bearing on our current ...
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Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?

Yes, it does. I tried exploring this using this SEDE query, whose results go something like this: This is a log-log plot and it shows two distinct regimes, with a definite linear correlation in the ...
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What counts as sufficient prior research when asking a question?

What research do I need to do before asking a question? Here's the general rule: Before asking a question, do anything else you can think of that might get you the answer. In particular, you ...
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Discouraging the use of textual screenshots in questions

I agree. Screenshots of text have no place on this site. There is simply no reason that plain text should ever be presented as a screenshot, and plenty of reasons why it shouldn't. If you want to ...
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Very Naive Questions

Topicality The basic problem is that thee is a conflict between what we say this site is: Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of ...
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25 votes

Should we rename the homework policy?

Yes, we should. "Homework" isn't the issue I think we all agree that whether or not a post comes from a homework assignment is irrelevant, as illustrated by this example question: Consider a ...
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

I have a lot of sympathy with your position and I will generally put some effort into trying to interpret questions that are awkwardly phrased. However I think it's reasonable to expect someone asking ...
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Which of several disagreeing answers to accept?

It isn't compulsory to accept an answer. If you feel that neither answer is acceptable then do not accept either of them. If you haven't received an answer that satisfies you then placing a bounty is ...
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Should I avoid asking too many questions in a given time period (say, a day)?

There is no rule against asking too many questions. More questions make the site better. If you have three questions today, ask them! There are, however, rules about asking too many low-quality ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

Recently I've noticed a few people posting questions in rapid succession, each with a screenshot of a problem. If you look at the questions as a whole, it's obvious they've split their entire problem ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

To discourage rapid postings of the type alluded to in the question, methinks screenshots of text should be outright banned. I can understand a screenshot of a figure, but if it can be easily done ...
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

and then it is hard to tell if the curve is starting to increase again or stabilizing around a constant value of 7%. I don't think this is hard. It's pretty obvious to me that the duplicate closure ...
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Unusual Upvote Trends (Discussion)

To the right of every page is the Hot Network Questions list. If you note the list carefully, you'll find the question you linked to appear on the list: While not the clearest picture (looks better ...
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What counts as sufficient prior research when asking a question?

Sure, people shouldn't just blurt out whatever question pops into their minds without thinking about it and making at least some attempt to find the answer. The real question is how much is enough? ...
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Poor reception of 'why' questions

Not all "Why X?" questions are created equal. The appearance of the word "why?" alone tells you nothing about a question. Let's go through your examples first to see explicitly what I mean: The ...
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

I agree and would vote to reopen if the closing vote weren't a mod. Reasons: One does not know before asking the question what the answer is going to look like. Once you've seen the answer then one ...
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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

10k users can see the statistics of all protected questions here. Here are some screenshots for the rest of users: Let's play a game: some of these users are human, and the rest are AI's. Which is ...
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Massive downvotes of some questions

There are some effects of highly negative score not related to reputation: A question below -4 will be pushed of the front page (i.e. what visitors see at `physics.stackexchange.com? ), cf. this meta ...
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Does 'Semiconductor Physics' have a home in Physics SE?

There’s absolutely a place for semiconductor physics questions here. I’m pretty sure I’ve asked some. Some questions on the topics you list are actually questions about electromagnetism and the ...
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Bounty on "entrance exam" question

[moderator hat off: personal opinion] We don’t close homework-like questions based on where they are from. We close homework-like questions when they are about doing some single-purpose computation (...
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Too focused on theoretical physics? Or how come there is so little experimental physics being asked here?

There are two questions here: I am wondering is there a separate SE aimed at experimental physics No, and in my opinion there shouldn't be. The most important asset of this website is the set of ...
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Why is Phys.SE so restrictive in the Q&A it is willing to accept?

For the same reason we weren't a homework help site before Physics Overflow was a thing: because we don't want to be that kind of site. The user base of this site have debated the places that ...
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Why can't I post something on Physics Exchange for 2 days?

There are a set of automated quality control policies active on the site that set temporary (and no-so-temporary) bans on posting. These bans are specific to either questions or answers and are ...
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

There are a few ways: If you have >3k rep, you can directly vote to reopen. This will put the question in the reopen review queue. Once in the reopen review queue, users with >3k rep can vote to ...
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

Accept the answer you find most helpful. It's your question, and the only criterion you need is how helpful you found the answer. It's not uncommon that someone will post an answer then someone else ...
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

As long as there are new inventions and new discoveries, there will be new questions. For the network as a whole: find your favorite programming language that is less than ten years old, and search ...
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The $F=ma$ competition was February 18th, 2021

The exam is over now! Thankfully, nothing went awry on this particular site.
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Is EM theory appropriate on Physics.SE?

To address the question in the title: Is EM theory appropriate on a physics forum Yes, it is. The electromagnetism tag on this site has 12 thousand open questions. This is the second biggest tag on ...
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