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For discussions regarding questions that are considered on-topic for chemistry.se.

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Can I ask about alternative ways to synthensize a product?

I found ways to synthesise a product I need as part of a university assignment. We don't have the equipment or chemicals in the lab to do this task. Is it ok to ask on this site on how to sythensize ...
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Creating question on jewelry cleaning

I had a question I was hoping I could get answered here, but since I'm not as familiar with your site, I wanted to post it on meta first to make sure I'm posing it in a way that's on-topic. My ...
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Can I post a question about where to find data for skeletal 2D chemical structures?

I would like to post a question about where to find data for 2D skeletal chemical structures. Is this forum a reasonable venue? I have found a number of websites which provide structural data in a ...
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About posting questions of high school level

I am new to this site. I just want to know that if my question/doubt is of low level, i.e, from high school, is it ok to post it or not?
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What is the best site to ask computational questions?

I wish to know methods to calculate a particular entity which has to be calculated (computed) a high number of times in order to make my computation of the system quick and in realistic time. What is ...
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Why is my question is not accepted on this site?

A user told me that my question, Hybridisation of coordination compounds, is not accepted on site. On What topics can I ask about here? page, the types of question that are not allowed are : Do-my-...
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Do we need a close reason for stuff that's obviously less than prudent?

I thought of this while reading the following question: Can thermite be lit while mixed into butane? If not is there a flammable liquid that would work? Using a thermite flamethrower seems like a ...
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Should we completely ban all homework questions?

I have been a user of Chemistry SE for a little while, and most of the questions over here are homework. While a few of these questions show research effort and genuine need for help, a vast majority ...
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Policy on picture questions

I feel that there is a growing number of questions that consist of pictures. Most of these questions are homework questions such as this one. Images are not searchable. Furthermore, often times ...
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Are we a bit overzealous with closing questions as homework?

As of this writing, this question has three close votes. As what? Of course as homework. I'm also seeing myself leaving questions open more often in the Reopen queue, and I'm one of the perpetrators ...
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I'm looking for a gooey substance that has a greenish glow, helps stick automobile parts together and saves the world from hunger in the process

I don't know if it's some visionary dude coming up with a revolutionary idea, some lunatic who wants to prove sciencez is wrong and water can be a fuel, a curious "chemistry layman"1 who aims to ...
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Are questions about the Ideal Gas Law chemistry?

(This is also applies to ideal gas law related topics, like Boyle's law, Charles's law, Gay-Lussac's law, etc.) On a recent question about how a bottle of air behaves when the temperature changes, a ...
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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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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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Isn’t this question basically ‘what should I study’?

After having been away overnight and then scrolling through the list of active questions since my last visit I came across this one. If I try to boil this down to its bare essences, it would be one of ...
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Should I ask short questions in chat or on main site?

Recently, I had a question regarding the systematic name of $\ce{FeI2*2FeI3}{^{[\text{*}]}}$. Because the inquiry would be simple and short, and due to the possibility of sawed–off replies, I chose to ...
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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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Questions about Plausible Chemistry in Fiction

I'm writing a science fiction novel. There is a scene in which the protagonist wants to accomplish a goal using a chemical reaction. Is it on topic to ask whether the specific reaction I envision is ...
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Policy on questions in basic mediums

Let's sit down and have a talk. Recently, we're closing a lot. 1 A good portion of the "offending" posts have been questions that either touch very basic concepts of chemistry, or are ones that you ...
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Pronunciation questions

Recently, a question on pronunciation was downvoted and then put on hold for being "primarily opinion based". That particular question wasn't the best-constructed, lucidly-typed question in the ...
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If I want to buy compound/element X …

There is a rather recent question that I am not going to link to because of the meta-effect, which asks for potential sources of an element. But of course, the meta-discussion here should not only ...
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What to do about rudimentary questions?

I've come across a number of questions in the past week or so, often in the review queues, that require an answer that's exposition of this or that rudimentary aspect of chemistry (example). In many ...
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FAQ update: How to ask (or close) questions that involve potentially controlled or dangerous substances?

Recently there was a flag on a question about the synthesis of an amphetamine. Last year there was a similar question about this topic: Scope of unsuitable questions to include security and hazardous ...
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What do significant figures think of significant figures?

We have a significant number of significant questions (see also significant figure 1) that are asked here solely because they're problems people face in chemistry classes. Examples are: Significant ...
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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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Are questions about “defect chemistry” more appropriate somewhere else than chem.SE?

I am currently studying in the field of defect chemistry. This is mainly about atomic changes in solids, crystals, functional materials etc. In my search for help, there don't seem to be any ...
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Would this question about image analysis of a macromolecule be on topic here?

This question about image analysis of a macromolecule was recently posted to Photography SE. It's been rapidly closed because, as far as the denizens of Photography can tell, it's got little if ...
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Questions about safety on an industrial scale

There is a question about storing around 1000 liters of KOH, and I'm wondering about whether such questions should be answered here. I think that questions about safety are clearly on-topic and ...
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What should we do about homework problems?

I have no statistics available, but when you take a "tour" in homework tagged posts, the ones that are on hold, usually get closed; not due to moderation strictness, but mainly due to the asker's ...
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Would questions regarding which file sharing sites exist for chemical files in particular be appropriate for Chem SE?

I have a question about which file-sharing websites exist that are specifically designed for chemical file formats (e.g., .mol, .pdb, .sdf, .xyz, etc.). Would such a question be appropriate for this ...
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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 dimensional analysis problems be on-topic? [duplicate]

We've had a few dimensional analysis questions in the past, but we've recently had quite a few more. I'm not calling anyone out here, I'm just stating a fact. These homework examples may not ...
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Thanks for being more diligent about homework questions!

By and large, our resident scholars-in-training have been doing a commendable job with including their initial attempts in the homework problems that have been posted. I'm pleased that new users to ...
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Merging tags Scope and Allowed-questions

I was looking at the Meta-tags and I think scope and allowed-questions are very similar and should be merged.
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Scope of unsuitable questions to include security and hazardous flags

I would like to propose that the scope of questions that are unsuitable for this site be expanded to include those where it is apparent that the user: is clearly unsuitably qualified to attempt a ...
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Should “Chemical Request” questions be on topic here?

Not to pick on anyone in particular, but the question https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/5494/heaviest-non-hazardous-liquid-and-cheap-on-hold has brought up the issue of whether these "...
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Asking Brainteasers

I had recently posted a brainteaser on the site and it was closed. I just joined the site a few days ago and I was just wondering why exactly asking such questions is not appropriate. https://...
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Should we allow Synthesis questions subject to the six constraints listed below?

Terminology The asker is the original poser of the question. The compound is the desired result of the synthesis on which the question hangs. The synthesis is the synthesis of the compound. ...
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Take on “soft questions”

Sparked off by https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/1331/roundup-of-nobel-prize-predictions-for-2012 Should "soft" questions, like the one linked to above, be on-topic for us? By a soft ...
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What do you think about “Complete this reaction” and “What's this molecule?”?

I've seen a few types of questions, which make me slightly... uneasy. One is the "Complete this reaction" type: Note that not all of the posts are necessarily "bad", I'm just listing a random bunch ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

Mainly copied from https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/714/7433 What is the policy on asking homework questions on Chemistry Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework ...
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Should we allow data questions?

Should we allow questions of the form "what's the <numerical value> of <compound>"? Eg: Is the specific heat ...
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We're now in public beta - so are more basic questions ok now? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of subjects in chemistry are considered “too easy”? Congratulations to all, on getting the site out of private beta and into public beta. Is it now OK ...
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Question where the users can add / append the answers to make a big list

Is it possible to have a question where the users can append the answer so that, we can have a big list on main site. For clarity sake, if we have a question on red-ox reagents, users can keep ...
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Should chemistry-related forensics questions be allowed?

Often the field of forensics involves a good deal of chemistry—should we allow forensics-related questions on the site?
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Synthesis questions--localized/not constructive

Today I realised that synthesis questions sort of fall short of a few standards. Don't get me wrong, I love these questions. Their answers can get pretty conceptual (when it comes,to interfering ...
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Are [software] questions on topic?

Sparked by this question. Should software questions be on-topic? They aren't exactly expert-type questions. They're something which chemists know about, but unrelated to chemistry concepts. They can ...