On October 16, 2019, I asked the question Why is the ångström not a metric unit? And why is the ångström spelled with the Swedish/Finnish letters "å" and "ö"? on the Physics site. It has got useful answers. However, my question is downvoted to -5. I asked a question about metric units and about spelling, neither of which are suitable on the Physics site. What is the correct site where I can ask a question about metric units? And what is the correct site where I can ask a question about the spelling? How do I rephrase both my questions?

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    History of Science and Mathematics allows questions about units, but I can't guarantee your question is acceptable or not. Consider asking on their child meta. Dec 11, 2020 at 19:26
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    Why is your question written twice within the body of this question?
    – PolyGeo
    Dec 11, 2020 at 19:31
  • @PolyGeo Because i need to ask for two correct sites. Dec 11, 2020 at 19:35
  • @PolyGeo: They are not identical ("metric units" vs. "spelling", etc.) Dec 11, 2020 at 19:37
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    A wall of text is not an improvement. Dec 11, 2020 at 19:38
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    I missed the slight difference between the two questions which could have been made more obvious by bolding that bit. In any event I think it is always best to ask only one question per question.
    – PolyGeo
    Dec 11, 2020 at 19:41
  • More context for why this question is here: From comments on that Physics Meta question: "Questions about where to ask questions are likely better asked on meta.stackexchange.com/questions" Dec 11, 2020 at 20:28

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Simply put, you’re asking two separate questions. One about the usage of the unit and the other about the spelling.

Stack Exchange typically wants questioners to stick with one question per question.

So, separate the questions and ask them on the relevant sites. Or look on Wikipedia, which is generally very good on the sciences; experts on the science SE sites generally expect some level of research before someone asks a question - questions that are easily answered from Google or Wikipedia can be downvoted accordingly.

Bonus: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angstrom

(The spelling is that way because it’s named after the Swedish physicist.)

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