# Owning our community

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There was a recent SE blog post entitled "Own Your Community" which stuck in my mind, and on reading Moshe's Answering in comments and seeing the stats on Area 51, I decided to ask this question.

Is it time for a drive to tidy questions? It seems that many SEs accomplish similar spring cleaning tasks in a manner like this. As it seems that many unanswered questions are answered in comments, the benefits of this are obvious.

In parallel, would it also be worth having a drive for new questions? Even if artificial, could it be worth asking some constructed questions, perhaps in other subfields to try to raise some interest? Critically, do we have the necessary momentum to do something like this? If we do this, would it be possible to add reputation bonuses?

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I am happy with any ideas to increase the momentum of this site, which is sort of fading. In my view, the thing we are missing the most is questions, good and interesting questions to liven up the site. We have plenty of people to give good and interesting answers, but they are underemployed at the moment.

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A very good point. I'm trying to think of another question to ask. I've only asked one, and answered none (slightly embarrassing).

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No worries. We probably need to think about ways to arrange for a constant flow of questions (and answers), so thanks for initiating this discussion.

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I recently thought about if I could ASK the one or other thing here as it comes into my mind while trying to learn stuff. I do not mean questions about some textbook technicalities of course (they go to physics.se). I rather think about some slightly broader continuative (but nevertheless well defined) questions about topics that interest me (and fit in nicely here) and which are probably still under active research and not fully answered yet?

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@Silent_Lurker If it fits the [faq](http://theoreticalphysics.stackexchange.com/faq) then it fits here!

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Ah I see, so I better keep silent (and stick to physics.se) then because Im NOT a researcher in these topics but rather keenly interested and curious to learn more just for the heck and fun of it. Just reading, I like Squark s questions and answers he gets best at present; they are often at a level such that even I can take out something for myself :-)

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@Silent_Lurker It *is* inclusive though. If you are unsure, head on over to chat and see if the people there think it's a good fit. Even if it isn't, the chances are that a discussion could turn it into something appropriate. We need to use chat more anyway!

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Thanks Mark for these nice and encouraging words, maybe Ill come up with something sooner or later as You sugest. And I want this site keep going :-)

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The subject came up when I raised an independent question on their meta http://meta.physics.stackexchange.com/questions/943/shall-i-direct-questions-here. My take is that for various reasons, even some good ones, their moderators are not likely to direct questions here. I think David tried to informally encourage a couple of users to direct their questions here, but so far to no avail.

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Are there any acceptable questions on physics.se with no or bad answers and might be worth migrating here (if moderators can do that)? This might be a good source of questions. The connection between physics.se and TP.se certainly shouldn't continue being just one way, the way it appears it is now. ... Oops, I rewrote the comment, so now Moshe's answer is before my comment. Sorry.

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@PeterShor: I reckon that even if all of the questions asked on Physics.SE appropriate for TP.SE were migrated, this probably wouldn't be a significant rate. David Zaslavsky noted this in his answer to the meta question Moshe mentioned above. No, I think that the real way to get the questions flowing is to encourage (somehow) people of other TP disciplines to join and contribute, and of course also people of our own disciplines. The latter is, in theory (!), easier.

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Hi @Mark S. Everitt, I did not get any answer to this question which I asked in August at physics.se: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/13252 Maybe it can be modified/edited or something such that I can try my luck here? This is just a try and I perfectly understand it if people say it is not appropriate. For some reason I get logged out upon opening chat ...

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@Silent_Lurker: Sorry, I'm not HEP, so can't comment on that particular question.

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@Silent_Lurker, the issue of mediation of supersymmetry breaking from a hidden sector is a big part of BSM physics, and a question asking for the status of that endeavour would be a good one.

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I realize I'm a bit late to the discussion here, but Mark, I think you're right in saying that the number of questions asked at Physics which would be appropriate on this site is very low. Looking at our most recent 50 or so questions I don't see any of them that would be suitable on TP.SE. Whenever we get one at Physics, if nobody provides a good answer I'll continue to suggest that they try their luck on this site but I wouldn't expect that to make any significant change in the traffic levels here.

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