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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

I'm sorry, but the idea that our site policies are "controlling the learning of other less knowledgeable students of the universe" is just plainly ridiculous. That people on the internet won'...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

Personally, I think it is fine for a site to decide what is on-topic and what is off-topic for the site. A different choice wouldn’t have been wrong, but having a specific policy (whatever it is) ...
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Why is there a homework tag if the posts keep getting closed?

I think this post emphasizes, once more, a real problem of PSE: some inconsistency between the stated policy of the site and how it is applied in practice. The stated policy says "A 'homework ...
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

What's wrong with a homework-like question? Homework questions are specially written to expand and question one's understanding - it's a totally valid way of learning. If you think someone's trying to ...
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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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Do we need a popular videos tag or specific author tags?

No, these tags describe the sources of the questions themselves, not the subject matter of the question. Hence, you would not be able to tag a question with any one of those, making them dependent on ...
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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.
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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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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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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!
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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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 ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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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 ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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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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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 ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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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 ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

If you believe in physics you should want it to grow - stop controlling the learning of other less knowledgeable students of the universe - it's not big and you're hampering our progression as a ...
anna v's user avatar
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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 ...
David Z's user avatar
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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 ...
David Z's user avatar
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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.
Qmechanic's user avatar
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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 ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Should new tags only be created when **no** other tags apply, or just generally when there's not one that applies to a given relevant topic?

Well, if you have the privilege to create new tags, you can use it. The idea is that if other users find your tag useful, they'll start adding it to other questions, and if they don't, they won't. The ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Why not a tag 'Physics-Misconceptions'?

I don't like the idea of having this tag. It doesn't really help characterize the subject of a question, which is what tags are for. I doubt that the presence of this tag would help correlate similar ...
David Z's user avatar
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Let's apply the lighter to this tag

Let's be careful with getting rid of tags: We should abolish a tag if it literally serves no purpose, or is actively harmful. As for your specific points: There's no tag wiki or tag excerpt, making ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Proposed tag: polymer physics

I have added the polymers tag to both of your questions. It's now your job to go through the search that tpg2114 mentioned and add the tag as a suggested edit where appropriate. (However, please only ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar

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