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Nobody is answering my question [duplicate]

https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/135609?noredirect=1 The link above is my question. I asked a question, displayed my effort and asked for an explanation to my queries regarding naming aromatic ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Chemistry is scheduled for an election starting next week, October 3rd. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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Formatting Sandbox II: please *don't* test stuff here [duplicate]

This thread has been retired due to the large number of posts. The newest sandbox can be found here: Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here Spoiler warning: Be aware that this page ...
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How many shots will it take me to kill you with a neutron gun?

Recently, I've seen a trend of $\mathcal{\color{red}{SCARY}}$ questions back on chem. They're mainly about this: Get the picture? No? OK, I'll be more straight-forward 1: How to dissolve fifteen ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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How to ask and answer nomenclature questions?

A small but significant fraction of the questions consists of nomenclature questions. In principle, virtually all nomenclature questions resemble one another, but they are quite different from other ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

Statistics and conclusion below. We have been struggling for a long time with the homework close reason. There are shortcomings to all approaches we have tried so far to change it. I believe one of ...
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Comment Templates

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 ...
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Let's talk about effort, shall we?

I think the recent experiment of suspending the homework close reason has already produced a very valuable result. However, I really feared that this will happen, and I hope I can steer our thinking ...
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What do I need to know about tagging?

From the tour of Chemistry.se: All questions are tagged with their subject areas. Each can have up to 5 tags, since a question might be related to several subjects. This post is a guide on ...
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How much effort is "enough" with homework problems? We would like to hear all ideas! (please)

We have a very good homework policy outlined for the site with some good and bad examples of homework problems. Over the last few weeks, there have been several cases when users have added a line or ...
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When is it safe to answer homework questions?

The current homework policies of Chemistry and Physics were adapted from the FAQ of Mathematics. The first rule about answering homework questions is: you do not provide a complete answer to homework ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

The homework close reason is a thing I click on often these days. Recently, we're close-voting questions as homework that are from a broad range of scope. Unlike what's being seen in that screenshot, ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

Intro Consider two likely scenarios: Q: How many grams of $\ce{O2}$ are there in one mole of oxygen gas? I know that O is 16, so it should be 16 grams, AMIRITE? Please halp ugrant kthxbye ...
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The Angry Homework Vampire

I seem to be attracting them lately, not just here as well. They are the kind who come in with a homework question - you know, the kind with absolutely no attempt that screams to my cynical mind "PLZ ...
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Is this forum the right place to ask basic physical chemistry questions?

I have asked three questions about physical chemistry, two of which got answered and only one is answered satisfactorily. (I have nothing against airpuff's answer. He might be correct but I need a bit ...
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Why allow non-chemistry dimension analysis?

This question is not being closed on Chemistry, despite it having nothing to do with chemistry: Answer Conversion Problem Numerically in Kilometers Per Hour jonsca, whom I have much respect for, had ...
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Should we have a homework tag? [duplicate]

I'm not big in giving away answers for those doing homework, but I do think that questions with the "homework" tag on them cause, for me at least, a bias against the asker. This has been brought up ...
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Chemistry.SE should be more user friendly- really disappointed

Something is really wrong with Chemistry.SE. I don't know why but people here on MSE are more interested in formatting questions and asking people for more and more context to the questions they ask!! ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

I realize this 'homework' topic has been discussed before, tiringly so, but please Paddington with me. I'll try to attack it from a different angle. If you're not all caught up, check these previous ...
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Are answers that only contain hints to be considered answers or not? [duplicate]

I recently flagged an answer as not an answer because its entire content was something along the lines of Hint: Consider these two mechanisms. What would happen in case one? What would happen in ...
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Custom close reason text for "homework"

Recently, Stack Exchange has allowed moderators to customise the wording that is associated with custom close reasons. Here I would like to focus on (by far) the most used close reason on the site, ...
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How to determine if a homework question is going to be closed?

Recently, I have been drawing some flak for answering would be closed homework questions. For example, this one. Now, how should I determine if a question is going to be closed? I refrain myself from ...
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Should we stop using the homework tag? [duplicate]

Related: Should we have a homework tag? Currently, our homework policy mentions: 4. Use the homework tag Use the homework tag on your question, in addition to any other tags that identify the ...
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How to deal with people answering clearly off-topic questions?

This is a question that I have been meaning to ask, and now I've just seen a set of questions that nicely illustrate the problem, so here it goes. Everyone that knows our homework policy will be able ...
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Are hints more appropriate for comments or answers?

A recent post has garnered the attention of a 'hint' which was inserted into the form of an answer. By definition, a hint is not a solution to a question though it may lead to one. I believe that ...
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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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What are the guidelines to follow when answering homework questions?

Can someone let me know how to answer an homework question. Like say, someone is asking how to do a specific calculation sum. Is it against the guidelines to show the whole working in the answer? ...
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How to handle users giving away answers to homework questions

I came across this question, where a user is clearly asking for help on their homework and hasn't shown effort on the problem - just stating they don't understand it. Below the question is a comment ...

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