Almost a year has passed since I first signed up on this site, and I - wearing my "Where in the World?" hat - wanted to say thanks to the Chemistry StackExchange community.

During this year, I shared some protein crystallography history, learned how compounds are named to reflect oxidation states in Slovakia, solved a puzzle involving two distinct chemical shift scales, learned how to use SMILES to create skeletal formulas, participated in an election, built some physical models, used Jmol to make lots of animated GIFs, and asked a couple of questions.

I also got to know people who care about typesetting, who know way more organic chemistry and physical chemistry than I do, who change their name more than once in a year, who write comments like it's poetry, and who close questions that need closing. Moreover, I reconnected with a colleague from a past job. Best of all, I got to think about a lot of fundamental, advanced and fun chemistry, got to see a lot of misconceptions and how to address them, and how much you can learn by just asking a question.

My goal for next year is to scale back my involvement a bit (the game and social media aspects of the site are definitely enticing, but I do have a day job and a family that also deserve attention). I've seen others make the transition from answering to writing comments (also fun, and takes less time) or focusing on voting up and down, so maybe I'll follow their lead, or take a break every now and then.

So, thank you for a great year and for your volunteer work in making this site possible. It is a great resource for chemistry education, both for students and for teachers, and great outreach to those outside of the field coming into contact with chemistry!

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you Karsten for sharing your experience and your tremendous contribution during this year — you earned the most rep points of approx. $\pu{1.3E4},$ which is a big deal, especially for a relatively small community Chemistry.SE is. Take your time and have nice family holidays, as well as a productive new year. Don't forget to subscribe to the RSS feeds for biochemistry- and crystallography-related tags: probably you'll occasionally find something interesting:) $\endgroup$
    – andselisk Mod
    Dec 20, 2019 at 21:33
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    $\begingroup$ Such a heart-warming post! Participating in Chem.SE sure is fun and rewarding, but being a prolific user such as you is no easy task for someone with an academic career and a family. I've greatly enjoyed reading your insightful answers and comments this past year. You are a treasured member of the site! Get the rest you deserve. $\endgroup$ Dec 21, 2019 at 12:17
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    $\begingroup$ What? A year? It feels like you've been here since forever. Man, you surely know how to chew bubblegum and kick things around. $\endgroup$ Dec 22, 2019 at 11:33
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with @Ivan, never would have thought it's just a year. Well, congratulations on the many imaginary points you gathered, and thank you very much for your contribution. $\endgroup$ Dec 22, 2019 at 22:54
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    $\begingroup$ What a great post... Truly spellbinding and enthralling post... $\endgroup$
    – Zenix
    Dec 23, 2019 at 9:48


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