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Why do YOU guys enjoy PF?

  1. Jun 1, 2010 #1

    Entropee

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    Why do "YOU" guys enjoy PF?

    Hey guys, writing a research paper this time. It's about social networking sites and how they are beneficial to scientists. All I'm asking for is a brief answer as to why you like physics forums, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2010 #2
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    For myself, PF eventually gives solid answers(or advice) through a particular thread, as opposed to incessant speculation seen in many other forums.

    When I want REAL answers, I come here, if only to listen...
     
  4. Jun 2, 2010 #3

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    I like that I can throw out a quirky/geeky topic for discussion that friends in some of my other social groups might roll their eyes at (or chase me down and give me a wedgie or a swirlie).
     
  5. Jun 2, 2010 #4

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    Without physics forums the answers to my many questions would be like the green light at the end of Gatsby's dock. I feel it's more polite to bug multiple people than ask the same physics teacher question after question; variety is good too :]

    Thanks guys
     
  6. Jun 2, 2010 #5

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    With the understanding that other staff members, Science Advisors, Homework Helpers, our many dedicated members, Greg, and Chroot, may not completely agree with my perspective, I think it is important to understand that thousands of people have worked hard to make PF more than just another social networking site. Imo, the PF mission is to rise above the noise of the internet - to further the cause of education - by providing a format conducive to productive, educational, and insightful discussions. PF also provides a conduit between the scientific community, and the general public. The staff has spent a great deal of time working to develop guidelines consistent with the PF mission.

    My primary interest in PF is not social networking. It never has been. I believe that in spite of our many remaining faults and limitations, PF has made great strides towards defining the best of what the internet has to offer. PF is the result of the purely philanthropic efforts, of thousands of individuals, from across the academic spectrum, all dedicated to a common cause. New members cannot even begin to imagine how much work has gone into making PF what it is today. There are at least hundreds of people who have put in thousands of hours, for free, for years; often without even a thank you from those helped. PF is truly a jewel in the rough.

    For our official statement, please see out network partner site, Scientific American. Below is also the SciAm network partner announcement, from the December issue, 2008.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/partners/partner.cfm?partner=10A07B7E-BD48-2D3F-442D45EE7BF74C41

    http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/1581/decsciam.jpg [Broken]
     
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  7. Jun 2, 2010 #6

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    I enjoy PF because it gives me a place on the internet where actual intelligent people gather, instead of the usual trolls and morons that you find in other forums (and yes, I may be overgeneralizing, but there's a grain of truth there). Here, I actually enjoy the conversations and arguments with other members, because they actually use logic and don't throw out random, irrelevant lines. They are a place of intelligent people.

    Also, my school website blocker doesn't block it.
     
  8. Jun 2, 2010 #7

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    As I've said before, PF consistently shows me how much I don't know. For me, that is very inspiring. I am constantly humbled by the knowledge and insight given by PF members.

    Also, rarely does one find mature discussion on the internet. I love seeing deft debaters (DaveC, TSA, zoob, Gokul, Hurkyl, russ, etc.) work through an issue in a mature, logical, and intelligent way. Not only does this help me learn more about the issue being discussed, it helps me learn how to go about discussing such issues. These intangible "gems" are bountiful on PF.

    I intent to be a "lifetime learner," constantly improving myself as a person in all areas: mentally, physically, emotionally, and relationally. PF has played a huge role in my progress thus far. It is really nice to be a part of a community where I can share my nerdy humor, and get my rear handed to me as needed. :approve:
     
  9. Jun 2, 2010 #8
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    The briefest answer I can give is: "I come here to learn and to get motivation to learn."

    If I just read a thread without participating, I learn new things to increase my general knowledge.

    If I ask a question and get an answer, I learn something very specific of imediate importance and relevance to me.

    If I help to answer someone else's question, I review old material and relearn stuff I should already know.

    If I disagree with someone, debate with them, or even argue with them, I still learn about another point of view.

    Mostly, by coming here, I learn just how much I don't know, and that motivates me to learn even more.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2010 #9
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    I have ~208,117 (minus banned) reasons to love PF :)
     
  11. Jun 3, 2010 #10

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    WOW, that many? Thats almost as crazy as the sink hole in Guatamala.
     
  12. Jun 3, 2010 #11
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    i joined here coz im hopeless in physics and need answers lol ;D
     
  13. Jun 5, 2010 #12

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    I just happened across it about a year ago. This is the first and only forum that I have regularly posted on. I've always been interested in science which is what got me here. I've stayed because I enjoy the topics and the administrators don't put up with any BS from kooks, racists, trolls, etc.
     
  14. Jun 5, 2010 #13

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    Re: Why do "YOU" guys enjoy PF?

    I participate in another Science-oriented site, and the admin/owner pointed me to PF and the serious nature of the site, including a homework help forum for math and science students.

    Reiterating the statement from SciAm cited by Ivan Seeking - "Physics Forums is moderated by a volunteer staff of professional scientists and engineers who strive to maintain the highest standard of integrity and quality of scientific discussion." That's pretty much the motivation. Networking with people similarly/mutually interested in mathematics and science is a bonus.

    Many scientific and technical societies have forums or networking facilities, but PF reaches to the broader public.
     
  15. Jun 5, 2010 #14
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    I don't think it's a social networking site because everyone knows that mathematics and physics people aren't social. (Where's that sarcasm font?)
     
  16. Jun 6, 2010 #15

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    Hey, I'm antisocial and proud of it :tongue2:

    Why do I like PF? Well, to be honest, I'm not sure I do. I mean, I guess if I really didn't like it I wouldn't be here, but what keeps me coming back is the chance to help educate people about physics, both to hone my skills and because it's gratifying to see someone else reach an understanding - not any sort of fun activity or social interaction with the other members. In fact, I don't think I know anything about anyone else here other than a general sense of who the "big names" are. I certainly would never have thought to label PF a social network.
     
  17. Jun 6, 2010 #16
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    :bugeye:

    but hahaha goood one ;D
     
  18. Jun 8, 2010 #17
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    because it's the only place I can talk about physics without getting blank stares. :P
     
  19. Jun 10, 2010 #18
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    Because it's the only place where I can ask 2,324 stupid questions and not get punched in the face.
     
  20. Jun 10, 2010 #19
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    Here I'm not the only geek around=)
     
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  21. Jun 13, 2010 #20

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    Re: Why do "YOU" guys enjoy PF?

    I wouldn't consider PF a social networking site. Sure, a few members here have turned into real life friends over time, but that was never the main goal or my reason for being here, that was just happenstance of being around a group of people with similar interests.

    For me, the main attraction of PF is the balance between helping educate the general lay public about current issues in science, and still having enough actual scientists around to also enjoy some deeper discussion that would go over the heads of the lay public. That a strong effort is made to cut out nonsense, misinformation, personal "theories" and other things that confuse the public and undermine science education is what kept me here.

    I also like that students struggling in their math and science courses can come here and ask homework questions and get help without being handed answers (very rare on the internet) from people who genuinely love the subjects they are helping with, and I hope it's contagious to some of the students who come here.

    How many other places are there where a junior high or high school student having trouble with their homework or understanding a concept taught in class can actually go ask someone who teaches at the university level, or is a professional scientist doing research in that field...and get a response from them?
     
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