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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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Should we rename the homework tag as "problem-solving", or such?

How about homework-and-exercises? It is self-explanatory, and that way we still call a spade a spade while simultaneously leave open the possibility that it might not be actual homework.
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Why is the 'physics' tag not allowed?

Your first obstacle is that you need 1000 reputation points to create a new tag. If you think a tag is missing and don't have 1000 reputation points, you can suggest it in this meta post. If you have ...
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A tag for nuclear magnetic resonance

nmr Pro: the abbreviation is widely understood and recognized. Con: it's better to have longer tags that are self-explanatory instead of just initials.
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A better system for close voting

One does not need to be an expert in quantum-mechanics to see that some of the questions are clearly subpar and need to be closed. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to use the skip button! Alternatively, ...
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Raising the privilege limit for tag creation from 300 to 1k?

Let's look at some data: In the past 365 days, 15 tags have been created by users with less than 1000 reputation at the time of creation and then used more than once: ...
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Should we rename the teleportation tag to quantum-teleportation?

I can't think of anything else that the teleportation tag would be used for, at least not within the scope of actual physics (and hence of this site). Unless there is some such thing, yes, I'd say go ...
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Is it possible to add a discussion tag?

No, what you suggest is not what this site was designed for. If you want to have a discussion, take it to chat or to some other webpage. Cheers!
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A better system for close voting

This is already possible via a different system: the close-vote review queue already comes with the possibility to filter the questions it can show you. This can be on the close reason and on the ...
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Why are there few answers on homework-and-exercise questions?

There are many instances of homework questions getting answers before they are closed. But in those cases where they do not get answers... Many posts that fall under the "homework-and-exercise&...
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While searching questions by tags, why cannot we choose more than one tag only?

Multiple tag searches are possible. E.g. the search for both astrophysics & visible-light is done here. Unfortunately tags are not always applied consistently, so for a more complete search type ...
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Duplicate misspelled tags

Fixed. In general, to report minor things like misspellings, etc, which do not require that the community should make a decision of principles, but it is clear what needs to be done, then one could ...
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Should we rename the homework policy?

I have the same objection to this that dmckee had last time we talked about this. Essentially, everybody who posts a question on this site wants a problem solved. The problem may be lack of ...
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Should we add a 'misconception' tag?

No. That would be a meta tag - it has nothing to do with the actual topic of the question, it doesn't help to define its scope, all it tells you is either "this question is based on a misconception" ...
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Has the "soft-question" tag become a bad idea?

If you ask me, it's always been a bad idea. I'm pretty sure the only reason we have it is historical; it's one of those tags that gets created on every new site right in the beginning, before we ...
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A tag for nuclear magnetic resonance

nuclear-magnetic-resonance Pros: Allowed as of today. Cons: There aren't any cons. This is the solution we wanted.
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Why does the quantum-computing tag redirect to quantum-computer instead of the opposite direction?

For the time being for pragmatic reasons. Phys.SE used to have a quantum-computing and a quantum-computation tag, which were often misused by some users whenever they had to compute something in ...
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How do tags get associated badges?

solar-wind has 80 questions, and tag badges are only awarded for tags which are used on 100 or more questions. Consequently, you also can't track a tag badge for solar-wind in your profile.
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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?

In the concrete case, it indeed seems to be a conceptional question rather than a typical HW-like question where the HW tag applies. That said, in general, whether a question is HW-like or on-topic is ...
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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 ...
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Can one earn a golden tag after adding 100 000 tags?

The existing badge system has a very low distinction between tag edits and more general edits (i.e. edits that also modify the body or the title of the question). There is already a badge series that ...
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Would Q's that require reading a particular paper be useful to Physics SE?

The proposal as it currently stands (v12) is pretty much vacuous: The type of questions that you propose is already on-topic on this site. They typically do not attract much attention or a great ...
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Should we rename the homework policy?

Back in the good old days there was no option to close as homework. Instead we had a close reason described as too localised. The definition of too localised was that it was of interest to too few ...
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Manual tag ordering

It's not possible to manually specify the tag order (and second reference). They are ordered by popularity, from most-used to least-used, and the first one is included in the page title for search ...
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Can we blacklist the general-physics tag?

To offer something authoritative: pursuant to our discussion in chat and the strongly supported suggestion for its removal, the mods are currently working on getting this tag blacklisted. I'll update ...
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Should the tags (mathjax) and (tex) on meta be synonyms?

Okay, I have created a synonym tex→mathjax. The 2 tags are not yet merged, so if the community feels strongly about it one way or another, speak up: It can still be undone.
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No Monte-Carlo tag?

Concerning questions about Monte-Carlo, they should first of all be tagged with the computational-physics tag and possibly the simulations tag. Whether a new tag [X] should be introduced depends on ...
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Suggesting a tag: "crackpot_theory" (you get the idea)

As spelled out in Is non-mainstream physics appropriate for this site? we accept only questions about mainstream physics, where mainstream physics is defined as: Mainstream physics is physics which ...
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There should be an aerogel tag

Some of the reactions here are a bit more negative than they need to be, given that you're fairly new to the site, so a bit more explanation is in order. Tags are organizational concepts: they exist ...
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