Among users of Physics SE there is a group of people who wants to have their 'Physicsoverflow', that is, a group oriented for research-level questions.
It is almost impossible to turn this SE into research level, for three main reasons:
- The Physics SE was founded with purpose for general audience (see definition phase of Physics SE).
- Simple (but not stupid) questions in physics are important (I never tried to discourage asking or answering them).
- Now there is only a tiny fraction of research-level questions.
There is proposal of Theoretical Physics SE with ambition to become 'physical Mathoverflow'. I like the idea very much, but with one (albeit strong) reservation: should it be restricted only to theoretical physics? I would much more like to participate in Physics Research SE, because:
- Most conferences I attended (in wave and quantum optics) had both theoretical and experimental lectures&posters and it was stimulating.
- When asking research-level questions both theoretical and experimental answer would be appreciated (at least, for me).
- Good experimentalist need to know theory. Physics is immanently connected to experiment.
- Physics - pure maths - experiment = applied maths without an application.
- I am not afraid of abundance of experimentalists as it is somehow easier to ask theoretical question ("what is wrong with my assumptions" vs "what is wrong with my experimental setup").
- Anyway, most of the users will be interested only in some questions. Even a factor of two won't break anything (and you can filter experimental questions if you really want).
- We need people to join - I doubt if there are by now too many physicist for the one research-level SE group.
However, I do not know what percent of potential users of Theoretical Physics SE share similar attitude. Also, I think it is not the best to propose another SE without a proper consultation.
- Level of questions: what do we do now?
- Level of questions
- What to put in the FAQ (the “on-/off-topic” section)?
- Discussion on Theoretical Physics - Area 51 - Stack Exchange (group proposal)
- Post on Joe Fitzsimons' Blog
The main question are:
- Who of you are interested in having general Physics Research SE rather than Theoretical Physics SE?
- Are on Physics SE any experimentalists wanting to ask&answer research-level questions?
- In your opinion, should I propose Physics Research SE?