How important is unpublished folklore in research? Tidbits of wisdom which can't be proven or explicitly states, but yet so useful.
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The credo "It has to be beautiful" could perhaps be classified as 'physics folklore' (defined as the customs and traditions in physics). But even such a subjective 'tidbit of wisdom' doesn't go unpublished. There is no 'hidden folklore' in physics, everything of (potential) value gets openly discussed and criticized.