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Guidance is pretty important, and I'm going to write a meta post in some other meta about it soon. Long story short, if it weren't about guiding users, I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be reading it.

There are some things that are happening often enough in the main site, such as welcome messages, that I feel like posting the same comment again and again. Let's have some canned responses then. Feel free to modify them to suit your need, and use them as you please. There's also this script/extension called AutoReviewComments that you might find useful.

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General

These would have no tag in AutoReviewComments, and would appear both in questions and answers.

  • ###Welcome
    [Welcome to chemistry.SE!](http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) If you have any questions about the policies of our community, please ‎visit [the help center](http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help).
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    Please visit [this page](http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/notation), [this page](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/443/) and [this one](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/86/) on how to format your future posts better with MathJax and Markdown.

Questions

These would be tagged as [Q] in AutoReviewComments, and would appear in the questions.

  • ###[Q] Homework Policy I
    This is a [homework](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/141/7448) question. We have a policy which states that ‎you should show your thoughts and/or efforts into solving the problem. It'll make us certain that ‎we aren't doing your homework for you. Otherwise, this question may get closed.‎ Please [edit] in your full reasoning or thoughts on this.
  • ###[Q] Homework Policy II
    Please take a look at the link provided. Basically any question with the wording your question has is considered homework; it needn't be literally one. Self-study questions, puzzles etc. also count as homework. Don't worry, they're not banned. But, we require a minimal effort. You can just tell us what you did that didn't get answers. We'll take it from there.
  • ###[Q] Then what are you paying your doctor for?
    Personal medical questions are off-topic on Chem.SE. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice.
  • ###[Q] Name all *teh* things
    Please see our [guidelines on how to ask nomenclature questions](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/3066/).
  • ###[Q] Did you hear what happened to the last guy that used Mathjax in the title?
    We prefer to not use MathJax in the title field due to issues it gives rise to; see [here](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/149/4945) for details.
  • ###[Q] Typing is hard. Long live photography
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These would be tagged as [A] in AutoReviewComments, and would appear in the answers.

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  • ###[A] Link-only but not spam
    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, [it would be preferable](//meta.stackoverflow.com/q/8259) to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
  • ###[A] Comment shape-shifted to an answer
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    While we appreciate your contribution to the site, it would be preferable to not answer questions that do not comply with our [homework policy](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/141/).

Additionally, Shog9 has these awesome AutoReviewComments, if you wanted something more official, more robotic and/or more elaborate for answers:

  • ###[A] Answers just to say Thanks!
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  • ###[A] Duplicated answer to multiple questions
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Shamelessly stolen from https://sobotics.org/

For now, please suggest any further additions to this group in the comments. This answer will become Community-Wiki after most/all of the necessary expansions have been done.

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    $\begingroup$ ###[Q]Medical Personal medical questions are off-topic on $SITENAME$. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 4:52
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    $\begingroup$ ###[Q]Nomenclature Please see our [guidelines on how to ask nomenclature questions](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/3066/). $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 4:53
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    $\begingroup$ ###[A]Homework answer While we appreciate your contribution to the site, it would be preferable to not answer questions, that do not comply with our [homework policy](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/141/). $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 4:53
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    $\begingroup$ ###[Q]Markup in the Title We prefer to not use MathJax in the title field, see [here](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/149/4945) for details. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 4:55
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    $\begingroup$ ###[Q]Inappropriate tagging Please don't try to summarise your question with tags. For more information, see [meta.se](http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/18878/) and the [help]. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 4:55
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    $\begingroup$ ###Picture with text A screenshot or picture of an exercise is not searchable. Please consider rewriting it, so that it can be of help for future visitors. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 4:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Mart I don't think "Inappropriate tagging" is useful (yet). Also I think "Picture with text" would benefit from a link or two. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Apr 20 '16 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ meh. these are the ones I use, so take it or leave it $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 20 '16 at 10:33
  • $\begingroup$ I'll eat it. Yum $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Apr 20 '16 at 10:34
  • $\begingroup$ You know that [help] in a comment will create a link to the help centre, don’t you? Goes for a number of other shorteners which I keep forgetting, too. $\endgroup$ – Jan Nov 5 '16 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ Jan take a look at the newest sandbox and my two comments below it. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Nov 11 '16 at 9:25
  • $\begingroup$ Oh! Wonderful! This will be SO helpful! :) $\endgroup$ – Melanie Shebel Nov 12 '16 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ Do you really want to link to meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/111? $\endgroup$ – mhchem Feb 16 '17 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ @mhchem why not? That post is kinda teaching with examples. I learned more stuff from that post than the official MathJax FAQ. (Which was because that was more interesting and intriguing to look at, rather than some documentation.) $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. ಠ_ಠ Feb 16 '17 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ ###States of aggregation States of aggregation should not be subscripted, it is not wrong, but the [recommendations (Sec. 2.1.)](https://web.archive.org/web/20131125004444/http://pac.iupac.org/publications/pac/pdf/1982/pdf/5406x1239.pdf) are different. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Feb 27 '17 at 9:24
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Here are the ones that I'm using right now. This is hardly an exhaustive list and will be updated as we go along and as we encounter new scenarios.

These are tailored to the fact that I'm a moderator and I try to leave comments with a more authoritative tone of voice. If you adopt these, you may or may not want to modify them.

I'd prefer it if you guys not edit this post directly. This is more of a reference for myself than anything, and the only reason I'm posting it here is because I figured that since I had it, there's no harm in sharing it. So, I'd like to retain ownership of this post. Thanks.

### MathJax
You can format mathematical and chemical expressions on $SITENAME$.SE using MathJax; [this post](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/86) contains further details.

### mhchem
You can (and should) use the `\ce{...}` environment to format chemical equations and formulae; see [here](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/3046/) for a basic intro and [here](https://mhchem.github.io/MathJax-mhchem/) for a complete documentation.

### Lowest sum of locants
Note that the widely-cited "sum of locants" rule is incorrect. See: [IUPAC nomenclature: “Smallest sum of locants”?](http://$SITEURL$/q/27095/16683) and the answers therein.

### Accept answers
If an answer has helped solve your question, please consider upvoting and/or accepting one (by clicking on the tick next to the voting buttons). That's the Stack Exchange way of saying thank you! See also: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers

###[Q] Homework
Hi, please refer to the [linked post](http://meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/141) in the close reason. You need to explain exactly what you are facing trouble with, please do not simply leave the question without any elaboration. If you edit the question accordingly, it will be reopened.

###[Q] Personal medical questions
Personal medical questions are off-topic on $SITENAME$.SE. We cannot safely answer questions about your specific situation and you should **always** consult a qualified doctor for medical advice.

###[Q] Purchasing chemicals
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###[Q] MathJax in title
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###[Q] Encouraging accepts
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###[A] Question in answer
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###[A] Plagiarism
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I would like feedback to improve these. I will leave it to the community to use good judgement in whether to suggest an edit in the comments or edit directly. More signifacnt edits (overhauls) please suggest, spelling/grammar go for it.

### [Q] or [A] Standard
Welcome to Chemistry.SE! If you haven't already, please take a minute to look over the [help center](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help) and [tour page](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) to better understand our guidelines and question policies.

### [Q] Standard

### [Q] MathJax
Welcome to Chemistry.SE! Please note that formulas can be better expressed with \$\ce{ }\$ for chemical formulas/equations, \$ \$ for math term/equations, and \$\pu{ }\$ for units. More information is available in [this meta post](https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/q/86/23561) Also, take a minute to look over the [help center](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help) and [tour page](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) to better understand our guidelines and question policies if you haven't already.

### [Q] Borderline Homework
Welcome to Chemistry.SE! Questions are the central focus of this site, but we ask that questions demonstrate an attempt to solve/understand the question to maintain quality. Please take a minute to look over the [help center](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help) and [tour page](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) to better understand our guidelines and question policies.

### [Q] Homework but can be revised to comply
Welcome to Chemistry.SE! Homework questions are okay but must demonstrate an attempt to solve/understand the question. Please take a minute to look over the [help center](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help) and [tour page](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) to better understand our guidelines and question policies and consider making edits.

### [Q] Homework and MathJax
Welcome to Chemistry.SE! Homework questions are okay but must demonstrate an attempt to solve/understand the question. Please note that formulas can be better expressed with \$\ce{}\$ for chemical formulas/equations, \$\mathrm{}\$ for math term/equations, and \$\pu\$ for units. Also, take a minute to look over the [help center](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help) and [tour page](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour)to better understand our guidelines and question policies.

### [Q] Blaten Homework
Welcome to Chemistry.SE! STANDARD MESSAGE: Anyone is welcome to contribute answers but the aim of this site is quality and usefulness to future users (essentially we aren't Yahoo Answers). Please take a minute to look over the [help center](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help) and [tour page](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tour) to better understand our guidelines and question policies.

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