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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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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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Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag?

Often when cruising the latest questions or working through the review queue, I'll make an edit that only adds homework. I see two problems, the first very minor, the second potentially insidious. ...
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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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Homework questions which asks for alternate solution

I am asking if I can post some homework questions which asks for alternate solutions. Why do I need alternate solution? It's because the solution I have might be too long or I might be wondering ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

Status: Pushed to faq I still need to pick examples of good posts (I may wait a bit for a bigger pool to choose from) Drawing from this blog post We ought to decide on a well-defined "what kind ...
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How to identify and deal with one timers?

Many users post questions on several stackexchange sites just to solve some homework problem he/she is stuck at or a single one time doubt and that is all their 'contribution' to the site is. In such ...
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The Homework Close Reason: Another example of over-zealous closure, and a proposal to scale back its scope

Why was this question closed as homework? (10k+ rep needed to view; it was deleted by OP as of this writing.) (Question was undeleted and reopened; see Martin's answer) Original text: Please scroll ...
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Proposal for a bot to welcome new users

Introduction I don't have a better word than a bot. New users often get intimidated after their question goes on hold , they never come back. Personally speaking the second question I asked was 4 ...
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Norms for declaring a question off topic with an example

What are the norms for declaring a question to be "off-topic" when it appears to relate to one of the categories outlined for on-topic questions and does not fall into the category of questions that ...
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A guide to moderating chem.SE yourself - close voting

We have an awesome guide on close voting posted by Ninefingers for crypto.SE. I'll just copy it to our meta-faq, with a few tweaks.
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What does "We are no longer accepting questions from this account" mean?

Why am I getting this notification "we are no longer accepting questions from this account"?
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Flag for homework answers/comments

As per the homework policy: As a community member, what should I know? Watch out for answers that provide a full solution. Downvote, comment, flag. Watch out for long comment discussions....
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We should have a Welcome post to link to when greeting new members!

TeX.SX has this welcome post which nicely summarizes the guidelines for writing questions and answers on a Stack Exchange site. They usually link to it when greeting new members. Should we copy it ...
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Why is this homework question still closed?

The question What mass of water is present as a liquid when equilibrium is established? clearly is a homework question. The homework tag has been added to the question within two minutes after it was ...
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Add homework policy link in the "How to Ask" dialog

I help review questions on Chem.SE regularly, and this type of question comes up regularly. Some downvoted homework question by a new person to the Chem.SE network, usually because they weren't aware ...
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What is the best way to explain what is considered an appropriate homework question?

Homework questions have such a confused reputation on this site (or it could just be me or my perception) that I thought it worth posting this question after revisiting the subject. This post is ...
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Change to post about homework to include exact problem statement

A post put on hold for being homework points to this post on this meta forum. I'd like to edit the post section on "How should I ask a homework question on this website?." In item #3 I'd like to ...
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Suggestions for the new ask page

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 discussion so that we can collect ideas about how we can make the best use of ...
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Reconciling "Tour" and "Asking" pages

I've noticed that the "Take A Tour" page here indicates that one should not ask homework questions, though it does refer askers to the homework policy: "Don't ask about...Homework (read the homework ...
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I'd like to change the meta post about posting a home work question. Yea or nay?

I have disliked a certain aspect of the meta-post about the home policy for a long time. So I'd like to propose a change. The meta-post in question: How do I ask homework questions on Chemistry Stack ...

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