I hope you guys don't mind the usage of cv-plz in chat.. There seems to have been a controversy on the PHP chat regarding this (a sharks in a tank issue). Don't think that would happen here..
Anyway, since meta.physics.stackexchange.com/questions/117/… got closed, there's no other way to advertise closevotes. Which is sort of necessary since the mods are ending up closing all the questions--we rarely get a 5-vote-close.
@DavidZaslavsky It seems that diamond mods can create synonyms with one click. Maybe you didn't know that--or you did it on purpose to check out the commnity's response.. meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/128147/…
@Manishearth Yeah, I know we can do that, I'm just really trying not to do things unilaterally these days.
@Manishearth It strikes me as too broad. Now if you had one very specific thing from QM, then perhaps it would be okay to ask how to explain that to a layperson - but I would lean toward letting one of those laypeople ask it. (There's technically nothing wrong with self-answered questions, but I just personally feel like if you ask a question knowing the answer already, it's kind of like "cheating")
I don't think it's necessary to make a chat session into something else just because you think the content is worth saving. There are certain types of content that are appropriate on the site and certain types that, while very useful, are not.
@DavidZaslavsky Alright, I see. Technically one of the laypeople did ask it (CodeAdmiral), though in an indirect manner. We sort of forced him to ask it--he thought he was going fine, till we explained that his way of looking at it was sort of wrong..
@DavidZaslavsky Alright--though our community is sleepy enough that such things will just gather dust :P
@DavidZaslavsky Regarding "one specific thing", I do feel that just an introduction to QM via the historical method (how it unfolded &c) won't be too broad. The aswer will certainly be long, though. I would say that such a question would be useful to refer to (portions of, at any rate).
@DavidZaslavsky How is it not appropriate? I've explained lots of physics in layperson-speak, and the most commonly recurring question I get is "how does QM work?" (and there's the other "explain why time goes kooky in SR")
(though you've been here longer than I have--you probably know better what's on topic)
@Manishearth Bear in mind that I'm just one person, but I'll say that is absolutely too broad. I'm not saying that's not useful information, but it's Wikipedia-type material (or maybe Wikibooks). This site is not meant to duplicate Wikipedia; we are trying to fill a different niche, and if we try to expand our scope too much then the site's quality is going to suffer.
There are many valid potential questions that address small pieces of that topic, but one master question to rule them all (lol) is too broad. It'd call for a book. (If you enjoy writing about that sort of thing, please do write a book about it :-P)
@Manishearth yeah, that would be nice... I think there might already be something in the 10k tools that lets them see questions with close votes, but this site is small enough that that isn't of much use to us