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The site isn't intended for discussions. In fact avoiding long rambling discussions is a key aim of the Stack Exchange group. If you can't focus your problem into a reasonably concise question then you need to go off and research the area. The internet is such a rich resource that there's really no excuse for not doing your own leg work. That doesn't mean ...


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You started off that post with Now I know that the site frowns on homebrew research ...I think you already should know why it's on hold/closed then. Perpetual motion machines (and other similar devices like free energy machines) are (almost always) off topic on the main site because usually they arise from some flaw of assuming ideality. The same goes ...


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There's a difference between discussion and asking a question in a few lines. You can certainly ask questions that are longer than that; in fact, the ideal question length is probably 15-30 lines, and there are plenty of examples of well-written questions that are longer than that. The key is that it should be answerable: your question should be able to be ...


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I can think of an analogous on-topic question about perpetuum mobiles, which was phrased in a way that did not bring in non-mainstream physics: What prevents this magnetic perpetuum mobile from working?. Three points to note for this: That question is on topic, and it got good answers, mostly because of the tone it was asked in. If you're asking us to do ...


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Done. Deleting your own posts only really causes problems if the community feels that they have value. While a closed post can be improved and get reopened, it is OK if you feel that it is unsalvageable and delete it. Note that on Stack Overflow (and Programmers, Super User, and Server Fault), having too many deleted questions can lead to a question ban. ...


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It's not by hand, it depends on the vote score and other things. Mods can add community events to the bulletin and can mark meta posts as featured if necessary, but we don't control the automatically shown stuff. I don't mind marking the book request post as featured (would have to discuss that with other mods), as it could be a rather major policy change ...


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