The Ask page has been changed; see also The new ask page is now live on the network. I am writing this meta question as so that we can collect ideas about how we can make the best use of the new features on Chemistry. If we reach consensus on a proposal, we could write the corresponding later.

For example, the contents of the "Draft your question" sidebar on Chemistry are still limited to a short standard text:

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On Physics, however, the sidebar has a longer custom text:

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I guess a useful sidebar on Chemistry could look quite similar. In particular, it could include a link to our homework guidance. By the way, our homework guidance already has a (unfortunately well-hidden) similar attempt to guide new users through the (old) ask page:

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We could also think about tag-related error warnings like this one:

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For example, we could link the tag to a short version of our guidelines on how to ask nomenclature questions.

  • $\begingroup$ In the body instead of generic inputs as to how to write a question I firmly advocate telling users what not to do. Direct concise hw policy $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think this needs to be all that complicated. Just put whatever you see yourself putting in the comments to new users; and canned comments are a good start. (Absolutely shameless plug) It probably has to be written in an answer below, and put to a vote, but that would require too much stamina and I'm lazy. $\endgroup$
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ "Typeset chemical formulas in the body (e.g. \$\ce{HCO3-(aq)}\$, which will appear as $\ce{HCO3-(aq)}$) but not in the title (e.g. HCO3(-) (aq))" $\endgroup$
    – Karsten Mod
    Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 13:35


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