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I am new to StackExchange and its constellation of sites. I was wondering if there is a Zemax (optical design software) user group here that I could interact with for all things Optical Design related?

If not, could anyone redirect me towards a relevant forum?

Also I am aware that Radiant Zemax have their own forum (http://forum-en.radiantzemax.com/), which is limited, and apparently a "community" (http://zemax.com/community/zugi) although this seems too formal/professional for me.


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Look at the bottom of the page. Find the "Area51" link. That is where new sites are proposed, refined and come to life. But I doubt you'll find enough interest in so specialized an topic. – dmckee Mar 19 '14 at 21:47
@Anael Bear in mind: this place isn't a forum; it's a Q&A site. If you confuse this for a forum things are going to seem very weird. – doppelgreener Mar 19 '14 at 22:13
Yes I agree with you. It is a topic too specialized to have its own site. However the Optical Design community should still have a place to discuss on StackExchange. If not in the physics site then where? I would add that I don't understand why this post was downvoted and moved to meta. It would still be usefull for my peers to view it and see they have a place to ask their questions here, don't you think? – Anael Mar 19 '14 at 22:14
@Anael Two reasons for that: (a) A physics site is for asking questions about physics. The physics meta is the place for asking about the physics site. (b) Since questions like this actually are more about the entire network, you instead got moved to the entire network's meta, rather than just the meta of the physics site. – doppelgreener Mar 19 '14 at 22:16
@JonathanHobbs I see, thank you for the explanations. How do I get the question moved to that entire network? I hope to get answers there. Especially since the absence of tag "zemax" or "optical-design" makes it difficult to navigate the questions/answers. – Anael Mar 19 '14 at 22:26
The question is already there, and in the right place. This is Meta Stack Overflow, which is the Meta for Stack Overflow (the programming Q&A and the first Stack Exchange site), but also doubles as the Meta for the rest of the Stack Exchange network. It's like this for historic reasons. There isn't yet a proper Meta Stack Exchange, but they're finally actually in the process of making it right now. – doppelgreener Mar 19 '14 at 22:38
No, but I'm sure lots of people are anxious to have one! Get it? Oh, wait, Zemax. Sorry, never mind. – Won't Mar 20 '14 at 17:51

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Thank you all for the help. Just to clarify i didn't expect to find a StackExchange site specifically dedicated to Q&A about the Zemax software (although I was suprised to find one for Mathematica), but merely trying to find a place to ask my questions and reach the right people.

After a little more research, I see that most software-specific questions are simply posted on StackOverflow with a specific tag (solidworks, pspice, etc.), so this is simply what i'll do and i am looking forward to be able to create the tag.

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The mathematical modeling proposal on Area 51 might be the best place for such questions once it is off the ground. Very specific Zemax questions will probably be duds if not even off topic, but general questions about ray tracing in optical systems or questionable results will fit in.

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