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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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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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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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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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How should we identify and handle answers that exist mainly to promote unconventional theories?

On Chemistry Stack Exchange, we have a policy against questions that exists only to promote unconventional theories (see What topics can I ask about here?): Some kinds of questions aren’t allowed ...
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Comment-Answers

I've noticed a recent trend of people answering questions in the comments. I've asked about this issue in the past, and though I understand that sometimes people don't want to write out a complete ...
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A question was put on hold, but gained an answer about thirty minutes later

I closed the following question at 2016-04-10 11:36:57Z as off-topic: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/49269/4945 Yet about thirty minutes later, at 2016-04-10 12:05:02Z, it received an answer. ...
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Should we try to tune the level of detail in answers to the level of knowledge of the questioner?

Somewhat related to this meta question, discussing the proper mix of high-level and common-knowledge level content on a technical SE site, I'm wondering about how we might best go about answering ...
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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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Please accept the answer!

If anyone just take a look up question page, then will discover that we have very less accepted answer questions.(Around 10!!!) Why it is so? This post is to bring attention on to every users please ...
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Are simplified answers to questions permissible?

I originally posted an answer to a question about TsCl where I claimed that the central sulphur contained double bonds to adjacent oxygen atoms. Jan (rightly) corrected me on this claim, informing me ...
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What is wrong about my answer?

I have a question about my Chemistry Stack Exchange post: When we name an organic compound ,if there is double bond and a functional group which is now a substituent who has priority? I do not ...
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Revise and improve, or add my own answer?

What is the accepted practice. Should I revise and update someone's answer to add more information, or add your own answer into the mix? For example, this question I just answered.
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Regarding anonymous downvotes

This time I took severe care regarding the notations. Not even a single person is leaving a comment on the answer to point out my mistake. answer someone downvoted without mentioning my error, ...