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Heavy question editing

I think the practice of heavy question editing, especially after answer(s) have been provided, especially if the edit contains new facts that the questioning person (or user(s) that have already ...
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Forcing italic for e.g. R/S stereodescriptors in comments

For some special border cases, syntax formatting does not work as expected. E.g. trying to italicize “R” stereodescriptor in “(2R)-butan-2-ol” in a comment, with ...
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What's the point of providing a link to the mobile versions of the websites?

Often I stumble upon the so-called mobile links both in the comments and in the answers, e.g. URLs that lead to a mobile version of the website and often seen as ...
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Request for License

Good day, I am MSc student in Department of Chemistry of the University of Patras and I would like to request your permission in order to include the picture "Biotage. Left image = microwave heating, ...
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I need permission to reuse photo from user “porphyrin” answer on question about mag field influence on chemical reaction

The answer of the above mention user helped me in understanding chemical reactions in a magnetic field, this is not the first time someone is profiting from SE, but I will reference the source ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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My user page is wider than my browser window in the new layout

There’s not much to be said about this: Figure 1: part of the page is shy and hiding behind the window’s frame. I believe in this day and age {CSS/web design/you tell me, I don’t actually do this ...
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altered page layout ChemSE

Either, that I was not logged in in ChemSE, or did not pay this much attention when I did, but just a few moments ago I noticed a change of ChemSE's layout. While writing this question to ChemMetaSE, ...
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Wouldn't be text highlighting useful?

Often quote citations of literature references are included in an answer, with original text formatting features like bold and/or italic font. Sometimes it is desirable to emphasize specific text ...
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How to deal with “smart” toxic behaviour?

I wonder if chemistry.se (CSE) has methods to deal with aggressive or toxic people when they are smart. I mean, there are rules about not being rude, unfriendly, etc., but what if someone "plays by ...
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Do we have a close-voting but not closing problem?

I noticed within the last few weeks that more often when I come to the site the review queue icon is marked with the red dot. That usually happens if there are queues which have an unusually high ...
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Why was homework badge deprecated?

This site (like many in SE) gets peppered with non-optimal quality homework questions and for someone interested in looking through the questions quickly this is a pain, not least because well ...
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May I convert one of my ill-received, deleted questions to a completely new one in order to try to work towards lifting my question ban?

I recently have asked a question that received no answers but has gotten a down vote. Since this is my first time to ask after 6 months question ban, my options are limited. With the down vote and ...
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Can a markup option be added to rotate an image?

A never ending stream of numb-numbs post images that end up sideways. Can the site be improved to add markup to rotate such images?
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A tag for complete active spaces, multi-reference, multi-configuration

We have gotten a few (good, some excellent) questions about multi-reference, multi-configuration, complete active space, and possibly more related terms, recently. I would guess the grand total is ...
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Is there a site on ChemSE to practice mhchem and mathjax?

Is there a site on ChemSE to practice mhchem and mathjax? Or does one just learn while asking or answering a question.
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Polymer formula bond-bracket crossing representation

I could not find any rule in Graphic representations (chemical formulae) of macromolecules (IUPAC Recommendations 1994) that would state that the bonds at the ends of the constitutional units must ...
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Chemistry's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Eliminate huge-locant-marked (by \overset) atom side space

Is it possible to elegantly eliminate side whitespace around the base under the overset, which is longer than the base? E.g. if we wanted to talk about the 123456789th carbon atom of a huge poly(...
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Can I ask about alternative ways to synthensize a product?

I found ways to synthesise a product I need as part of a university assignment. We don't have the equipment or chemicals in the lab to do this task. Is it ok to ask on this site on how to sythensize ...
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Formatting problem with \tag markup

I tried adding the following markup to an answer. $$\ce{Zn(s) + Cu^{2+}(aq) → Zn^{2+}(aq) + Cu(s)}\tag{Open Circuit voltage 1.1018 V}$$ ...
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Should chem.SE use Georgia font?

The default font of chem.SE web site currently is Georgia. Related CSS rule is: html, body { font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",Times,serif } The ...
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Formatting hints no shown to user

Why are the basic (chemical) formatting hints https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/notation not always displayed next to the form where users enter new questions, and why is the elementar \ce{ } ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

Contents When do I need to provide citations? Is quoting directly from an article / book / website acceptable? Can I link to a website which circumvents publisher paywalls? What citation style should ...
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Amending the Chatroom guidelines

Due to recent events, I would like to amend the Main Chatroom Etiquette Guidelines. First of all, a minor issue and not based on recent events, I would like to clarify that they apply to all site ...
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Hint answers revisited

Recently I had a somewhat enlightening exchange on the site about providing hints as answers to homework questions. The original homework policy had a section which encouraged and essentially enforced ...
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How much more effort would you have wanted?

Most of you know that I am a vocal opponent of the effort criteria anyway, but I am getting a bit unnerved as of how inconsistent it is applied. I am posting this as a specific example here only ...
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How is this question “too broad” and how can it be made more specific?

Web app to immediately look up number of electrons?
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Should we close old questions?

I have been sifting through old questions on the site and have noticed what are now considered off-topic homework questions. I see changes to the closing process were discussed in 2016 and subsequent ...
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Creating question on jewelry cleaning

I had a question I was hoping I could get answered here, but since I'm not as familiar with your site, I wanted to post it on meta first to make sure I'm posing it in a way that's on-topic. My ...
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Why is a question “grayed out”?

This question is grayed out in the list of questions. Why? There doesn't seem to be anything odd about the formatting.
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Capitalization of titles starting with chemical name with noncapitalizable prefix

There is no question about if the first letter of the question title should be capitalized. However, there are situations, when the capitalization of the very first first character is not possible, ...
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Why two different print styles for the x's?

Created the rather nasty markup below. Why are there two different print styles for the x's? ...
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Can I post a question about where to find data for skeletal 2D chemical structures?

I would like to post a question about where to find data for 2D skeletal chemical structures. Is this forum a reasonable venue? I have found a number of websites which provide structural data in a ...
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So your final answer to “What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it?” is… nothing?

I have read your page "What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it?" because I find the "put on hold" decision about the page "Can we predict that a atome/ion/molecule is ...
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Introducing: Markdown Shortcuts for StackExchange

Inserting Mathjax and making posts look nice is rewarding, but it can often be, well, repetitive and boring :( Well, not any more. I have been testing and improving this userscript for quite some time ...
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Why the answer to this question was deleted?

Yesterday, I've asked this question and I got an answer. I didn't accept it because I wanted to wait 24-48 hs before doing something (giving time to get another answers). But today, I see there isn't ...
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Offering bounty to another's question. What are the benefits?

If I had offered bounty on another's question then, what will be the benefits? Will I get reputations if the post is liked by community?
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Is ChemiDay a reliable enough source (for inorganic reactions) to be cited on our site?

We have quite a lot of upvoted posts - 77 to be exact - using a website called ChemiDay as their reference material. However, from the looks of it, the website doesn't appear to be a reliable ...
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Your closure rate avoids your growth, I suggest leniency

Checking the count of open, closed and deleted questions of the site, I found the following stat: What we can see, is a roughly exponential growth of the site until around middle 2015. At the time, ...
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how to post information that others might find useful (if I don't have a question)

Suppose I've discovered something that I think will be useful for others. But I don't have a question, I just want to share it. Can I post that on Chemistry Stack Exchange? Do I have to do it in a "...
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what to do if an answer is wrong but I don't have time to calculate the right answer

I saw this question: Find the concentration of proton after adding a acid to NaOH (before it was put on hold) where I believe the chosen answer is incorrect, because the chosen answer assumes that ...
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Change “for scientists, academics, teachers and students”

The short description of Chemistry Stack Exchange reads Q&A for scientists, academics, teachers and students This is certainly not wrong and describes quite well that we are open for a broad ...
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Punishing Answers to Poor Questions

I noticed that the answer to this question was down-voted and there was a comment scolding the answerer for providing a complete answer(which was also incorrect) to a question that could have used a ...
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No moderator flags for comments in the question

Why there is no Flag for Moderator's attention in the comments section of Q/A? I guess it should be there. I have used ...
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Words are being covered by something

The top portion of the words is being covered by something. The 'FEATURED ON META' block is showing the same problem on Mathematics and Physics site and not on other sites. But the top bar which has '...
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How do multiple users close a question for a reason that doesn't seem to apply?

I posted a question asking "What is a rigorous definition of a 'strong Brønsted-Lowry base'?" (noting that the usual glossary definition of "strong base" was that it "dissociates completely", but that ...
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Close Votes Aren't Super Downvotes

Unfortunately, we've had a problem for quite a while now. It basically boils down to close voting questions with reasons that don't fit. Essentially, the Homework off-topic close reason, "unclear what ...
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What is 'User cannot suggest edits to this question'?

I recently came across a poorly written question and thought of suggesting some edits to correct some spellings, mathjax and format it for a better look. But, after I was completed and clicked on ...
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Are we happy with the Q&A books?

Editorial note: Voting will be open until the end of next weekend (29 April), at which point we will make a decision based on the usual number of upvotes criterion. In light of the "unearthing" (or ...

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