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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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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 ...