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Minor forum changes

  1. Nov 18, 2005 #1
    Minor "forum" changes

    1. The Engineering forum in Homework Help has been renamed to "Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology".

    2. The Brain Teasers forum is now a sub forum of general discussion

    3. The Feedback Forum is now part of the PF Lounge

    4. Consequently the PF Community category has been removed

    The staff and I are continually working on creating a more solid, accessible, usable and friendly forum experience. There might be a few more changes in the mix, I'll update in here as the changes go through.
     
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  3. Nov 18, 2005 #2

    robphy

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    I notice that some HW-questions get posted in the Tutorials category. I'm not sure if this has been a big problem. To alleviate this, it might be helpful if "Math & Science Tutorials" is renamed to "Math & Science Reading Room" or something.

    [opinion]
    In my opinion, "Special & General Relativity" should go in the Physics category [as Quantum Physics is]. Historically, one might have associated "[outer] space" with relativistic physics. However, today we [should] realize that relativity is more about "Physics" than about "Astronomy and Cosmology". [Indeed, Quantum Physics isn't just about "Atoms and Elementary Particles".] In light of all the World Year of Physics efforts, isn't it time that Relativity be accepted as Physics that is becoming more a part of our everyday lives?
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  4. Nov 18, 2005 #3
    I'll investigate this

    The staff is actually in talks about a possible physics/astronomy restructure.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2005 #4
    Cool, I like it!
     
  6. Nov 18, 2005 #5

    George Jones

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    Hear, Hear!
     
  7. Nov 18, 2005 #6

    Moonbear

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    Have you been peeking through the curtains to the mentor's forum? Those types of changes are currently under discussion.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2005 #7

    robphy

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    Um.... the wind blew the curtains open for a second.:tongue:

    I actually brought up this point last month in the PF Review thread,
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=772851&postcount=4
     
  9. Nov 18, 2005 #8

    FredGarvin

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    Uh oh. They're letting the riff-raff in...:tongue2:
     
  10. Nov 19, 2005 #9

    Astronuc

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    Not too many though. The mentors usually move them. But perhaps a parethical statement, e.g. (No HW Posts Please) or (Not for HW), would be appropriate.

    In the Tutorials Section - perhaps an Engineering Tutorial Section Could be included. I included a Strength of Materials Tutorial in "Math & Science Tutorials" because it did not seem appropriate in either of the physics sections.

    "Atoms, Molecules, & Solids " could be "Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics"?
    For reference - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condensed-Matter_Physics

    "Nuclei & Particles" - "Sub-atomic physics"? But Nuclear and Particle Physics would seem OK.

    Good reference on Physics and major areas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics

    Perhaps "Special Relativity" goes under Physics and "General Relativity" stays under Astrophysics - Astronomy & Cosmology. I am thinking in terms of size.
     
  11. Nov 20, 2005 #10
    Another change: The software and hardware forum in the general technology category have been combined into a new forum called "computers", it also contains a sub forum called "programming".
     
  12. Nov 20, 2005 #11

    Ouabache

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    Nice one!! :smile: I always felt the category hardware was a misnomer.
    As many here know, hardware covers a very broad category of items (across several engineering disciplines), yet the majority of posts on hardware were computer related. :uhh:
     
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