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Decorum and manners when answering qustions

I would like to make a suggestion that the more experienced members of the Chemistry community answer the questions of the newbies in a more welcoming and respectful way. This has been brought up in ...
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Does the community want the accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Stack Exchange staff recently announced that they are considering the prospect of unpinning the accepted answer from the top of answers, and instead sort them by votes. I noticed some of the other ...
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What is the difference between the tags [synthesis] and [total-synthesis]?

synthesis: Synthesis is a purposeful execution of chemical reactions to obtain the desired product. Applies to long and complex natural product syntheses as much as to short one or two-step syntheses. ...
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Inquiry on why my question was closed

I posted this question two weeks ago. It was closed today and I can not understand why. I thought it was a reasonable confusion since conflicting ideas appeared in most sources at a high school level ...
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Is a package (e.g., \require {cancel}) still needed for a diagonal strikeout in MathJax?

This post, from six years ago, indicates a diagonal strikeout (e.g., for unit cancellation) can be done by calling the \require {cancel} package: Additions to MathJax/mhchem: Cancel, Broken Arrows; ...
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Is habitual down voting considered okay?

Today, I noticed two okay questions, which are quite reasonable student-level questions, and they are downvoted. I understand that there is at least one habitual downvoter who consistently downvotes ...
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What happened to Martin Chaplin's famous Water Structure and Science website?

This answer and likely numerous others have drawn from (and also linked to) to London South Bank University Emeritus Professor Martin Chaplin's website: Water Structure and Science, where he presents ...
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Addition of nomenclature to the resources page?

Would be a section «organic nomenclature» suitable for the resources page? On occasion, there are questions about naming organic structures. Prompted by an edit of an answer about organic ...
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How do I speak privately with a poster

How do I speak privately with a poster who has more questions than would be appropriate for the site? Should I just list my email address, or is this too public?
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Renaming the tag geometrical isomerism

We currently have a tag geometrical-isomerism. The IUPAC Gold Book defines this (DOI: 10.1351/goldbook.G02620): geometric isomerism [obsolete] Obsolete synonym for cis-trans isomerism. (Usage ...
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How to get a answer? [duplicate]

Is there any way by which I can attract more people to my question so that I can get the answer? This is the question asked by me How to compare magnetic moment of chromium(III) and cobalt(II) ions? ...
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Flagging up Controversial Scientific Approaches

Recently I've noticed a very small number of questions and answers based upon an approach that has been criticised by both the mainstream, peer-reviewed scientific press and eminent physicists. The ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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How to help OPs improve questions?

This is an exercise to provide feedback on how to raise the quality of posts on the site. A perfectly uniform standard of what posts are considered acceptable is not expected, but it would be nice to ...
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Are questions related to teaching chemistry on-topic?

I came across this question: Designing a mathematics course for 1st year chemistry students . The question is not directly about teaching chemistry, but it's about teaching mathematics to ...
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The search engine tries to be clever and fails to find the question I am looking for

I remembered that someone had posted a question as "Yet another question on entropy" so I searched for entropy. The search engine recognized "entropy" as a tag and searched for ...
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Someone saw a buzzword in a question title and you won't believe what happened next …

Meaningful titles are one of the pillars of a good question and answer site. In a concise fashion they introduce or even summarise what will be asked about. I personally think that these question ...
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List of Loong's nomenclature answers

After the sad event of termination of Loong's account, his nomenclature questions cannot be searched easily anymore. Therefore, I've decided to section his 263 answers (as far as I've been able to ...
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Where is our moderator Melanie Shebel?

I know this could be a rather annoying thing to ask because I'm not allowed to control/keep in check whatever the moderators have to do. And I know it feels wrong to put it this way. But I mean no ...
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Spammer trying to "sue us". How authentic is their message?

I have noticed some spam answers in the last couple of days which were apparently posted by an "illustrator". Take a look: click, click. In short, the message was that their copyrighted ...
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"Expanding" moderator deletion powers?

The Help Center says: Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators. This kind of question deletion is carried out ...
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Ask OP to self answer if they have gotten the solution or?

Recently we have had some questions that could be trivially answered in the comments. Even though it is frowned upon on larger sites, it seems to be a part of Chemistry SE (I am guilty of doing this ...
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Why were my comment flags declined?

My three comment flags were declined in succession. These were the three flagged comments: Flagged comment deleted but flag declined(accidental?) Flagged comment declined Flagged comment declined ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Chemistry Stack Exchange's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank ...
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About the bookmarks/questions /answers of this mathstack user in chem stack exchange

I dont know how to search and seems like no result is shown of this specific user whose account was deleted today , can anyone help ? Here is the mathstack google cache of the user : https://webcache....
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What's with these question related to "sour milk"? Are they on-topic?

How to I neutralize the smell of (VERY) spoiled milk How do I make slightly sour milk palatable again? These 2 questions were asked recently. IMO, the answer should be "Don't do such things! ...
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Placing bounties on old questions and getting them answers. Bounty Season?

We have a lot of questions that are good questions suited for this site. However, a lot of them do not have a proper answer/no answer. I would like to talk about requesting members in this community ...
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Why is there so little interest in the election?

While there is still some time left, I'd like to get some insight into the community why there is so little interest in becoming a moderator. I have seen plenty of active users that could run for ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Moderator Elections: bug reporting for new questionnaire UI

As we announced today, there is a new user interface for candidate questionnaires in moderator elections. Chemistry will be the first Stack Exchange community to use the new UI when the nomination ...
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What is a moderator's job (part A): how do you spend your time on the site?

This probably has an answer somewhere but it'd be nice to see elaboration and updated statements on what being a moderator entails, in light of the coming election. These related questions go out in ...
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What is a moderator's job (part B): what strings are attached?

This probably has an answer somewhere but it'd be nice to see elaboration and updated statements on what being a moderator entails, in light of the coming election. I begin with a quote of a comment I ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Chemistry is scheduled for an election next week, 5 April, 2021. In ...
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How to compromise between performance and healthier formatting for a post?

In specific, when should we leave images as they are and when should we swap it out for text? Some Context: The question I am talking about is this one, it has an accepted answer though its pretty new ...
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Feature request for a new tag for confusing high school textbook paragraphs

More often than not, there are a lot of questions especially on the chemistry exchange telling "my textbook says so and so, but this makes no sense" like this one in particular . And for ...
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Tags gone wild … again

I have not had much time lately to get into cleaning up lonely and confusing tags, so there was (and is) a bit of a pile to get through. With this post I would like to direct your attention to some ...
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Moving of comments to chats

As the consequence of the complete answer site policy, there is a wide gap between complete answers to stay question comments of limited lifespan to be deleted. As there is large scale of ...
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Non-Mainstream Chemistry [duplicate]

In the terms of service for Chemistry Exchange, one of the stipulations is to ask or post about “Non-Mainstream Chemistry”. This seems rather vague and up to interpretation. What do they mean by this? ...
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Can we reopen the question about compound with the most diverse elemental composition?

The question What is the name of the molecule that has the greatest number of different atoms? appears to be well-defined as to what kind of answer it expects: a stable and existing molecular compound ...
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Has there been any development in drawing structures on Chem.SE?

I understand that this question has been asked earlier here and here (The instances could have been more and I hope I can be pardoned for such follies:) Then, there is another one about Lewis ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

Looking at the question feed on the main chemistry site today, it seems like more than two thirds have a negative score. Have the questions gotten worse, or have the voters become more critical? Or is ...
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What is the site consensus on what is a "good answer"?

A user answered a question, gave the formula to the poster, and left it to the poster to calculate the numerical answer. Moderator andselisk then cited the meta-post Hint answers revisited and ...
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How (and if) to get started at "supporting my product here"

Relevant background: "Can I support my product here?" https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/product-support "What topics can I ask about here?" https://chemistry.stackexchange....
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Did something happened to Loong's account?

I haven't been active on chem.SE lately so I don't know the current scenario. So, bear with me. Backstory: I was going through my old questions for some reviewing. I was looking at this question of ...
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Disagree that these questions should have been closed

How does steam prevent oxidation in tea leaves? This was closed for lack of clarity. It seemed perfectly clear to me. I couldn't have answered it otherwise. Perhaps those not familiar with tea ...
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Chemistry SE on your CV / résumé / other professional avenues

This is a followup to my answer here. As I wrote there, I've seen this question pop up several times in my time here, and I wanted to launch a slightly broader discussion about the benefits of listing ...
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Can specifics on why this question was closed be explained?

I have a question about my Chemistry Stack Exchange post: Is there an algebraic reason why 1/t is proportional to initial rate? I posted this and it was almost immediately closed. I can not think of ...
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How to improve this question to have "more focus"?

A question about teaching which requests Two elements that make XY2 and XY4 molecules was recently closed as "Needs more focus": Needs more focus - if your question has many valid answers (...
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Is the issue with this question about the experimental procedure, or about what's being asked of the final state?

Is the problem with this question that it's not clear which experimental procedure I'm proposing, or that it's not clear what I'm asking about the final state of the water samples, or that I didn't ...

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