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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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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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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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Guidelines for closing as off-topic, belong on a different SE

Thinking about: Why room gets heated (closed and deleted, access to moderation tool > 10k reputation required) Now, I agree that this question has a strong physics bent to it, but thermodynamics is ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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It makes no sense to me that this question about thermodynamics was closed as being physics rather than chemistry

Several users voted to close this question, Pressure-dependence of electrolysis voltage, in which the OP asked for help identifying the flaw in an electrochemical perpetual motion machine. I gather ...
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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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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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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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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 ...