22 votes

Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

My take on it: No, this question is nowhere near on-topic. It is simply not about physics. I agree it's a fun question, and that this can make it attractive to some people. But we don't set the site ...
21 votes
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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,...
21 votes
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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 ...
20 votes

Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

Suppose the question had asked “How do I find the approximate volume of an asteroid ?”. I doubt there would be any serious arguments for closing that question. If we are happy to accept a volume/...
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18 votes
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Is this considered bad attitude?

No, you have done the right thing. With some many questions on the site it's very easy to miss the fact that a duplicate exists, and to be fair the site search isn't as great as it could be. Don't ...
18 votes

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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17 votes

Little tolerance with mathematical-physics questions

Generally speaking, mathematical physics questions are on-topic and more than welcome. Note that advanced questions naturally tend to have fewer views, upvotes, and potential answerers. But don't get ...
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16 votes
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Why is the question on wifi being a force being downvoted so much?

When someone asks "Should X be considered a Y?" I expect them to exhibit some form of understanding of the definition of Y, and some form of understanding of what X is. While one may not ...
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15 votes
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Was this plagiarism flag correctly handled?

The fault here is mine. I didn't take enough care in checking the match between the post and the proposed source. I can only offer by apologies and delete the accusatory comment on the post.
15 votes

My question was downvoted after it was closed, can I ask the community to delete it?

The question failed the reopen review with no vote to reopen. From the timing it is evident that least two of the three reviewers saw your edited version and did not think it merits reopening. Note ...
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14 votes

Allowance of Computational Physics questions

I think this question should be on-topic. To the extent that it is a software-recommendations question, it's precisely the kind of recommendation question we want to encourage: it is well-researched, ...
14 votes

Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

Your question does not ask a conceptual question about physics, it simply asks users to solve the exercise you call "the Devil's problem". That you ask us to solve the exercise not by saying ...
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14 votes

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 ...
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14 votes

My question got closed saying that it was opinion based

While I do not speak on behalf of the other close voters, the facts are clear: If the velocity is constant, the acceleration is zero. If a quantity is constant, it does not depend on time (in this ...
14 votes

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 ...
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13 votes
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Asking for an upvote to my *correct* answer to a 5-year-old question

Honestly, asking people to upvote your answer is considered to be in bad taste. So the blunt answer is no, we won't upvote your answer because you asked us to. What you can do, however, is post a ...
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13 votes

Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

First, note that not all homework related questions are off topic here. However... I wasn't interested in learning or understanding any physics methods; my interest was to find out whether 13 is ...
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12 votes

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 ...
12 votes
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Is it encouraged to write an answer to your own question if it is just a summary of the comments?

This behaviour isn't really frowned upon, so it should be fine. This answer by David Z is basically on that exact topic, and gives good advice how to do it properly. Given the comments are over a ...
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12 votes

Why was this circuits question closed?

The title of the question is "Find the Thevenin's Voltage," and the first line is "Please solve this." In its current form, it is a straightforward homework question. If there is a ...
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11 votes

Can anyone show me any mathematical equation in duplicate?

The most-upvoted answer to that question is a great example of discussing mathematics as opposed to doing mathematics. The meat of the answer is [T]he real problem is not so much ...
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11 votes

Answering own question: "work" of the question in own answer

The answer is pretty much irrelevant as to whether the question should be closed, particularly for homework-like questions: that determination should be done based on the question text itself, and the ...
11 votes

A downvoted question vs. a very well-received duplicate version of the same question!

There is always a random element to voting. Votes not only refer to the raw content of a question but also its presentation: How easy it is to read (due to formatting) and understand, how well it ...
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11 votes

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 ...
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11 votes

How is this question about a black hole passing through the solar system non-mainstream?

I for one think the question is unclear or too broad. “Inhabitable” is not really defined, and actually hard to define. One can imagine the surface of the Earth is cold but that doesn’t make it ...
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11 votes

Why was this question of mine closed by a moderator?

In case you are talking about this question, it has been reopened by regular reopen review around the same time you posted this question. This site does not work in real-time and after I closed your ...
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11 votes

Why was a question manually removed from hot network questions?

The “Hot Network Questions” system is an automated algorithm based on views, votes, and perhaps some other secret sauces. From this chatbot output you can see that most HNQs on Physics are first ...
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11 votes
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Question marked as duplicate older than supposed duplicate

I've reversed the closure and closed the newer question as a duplicate of the older. Note that, in general, age alone is not the only criterion for how we close questions as duplicates. Particularly ...
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10 votes
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Very disappointed by my experiment on this site

Questions which are edited are put into a queue to be reviewed for reopening. This is the primary mechanism by which questions get reopened after being put on hold. Flagging for moderator attention is ...
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