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How can I find out if my question is already answered on Stack Exchange Chemistry?

On the "How to ask good questions" help page, it says to search on the Stack Exchange Chemistry site to see if someone already has asked my question. It also says to mention related ...
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I Got a New T-shirt Today

Special thanks to Karsten for making this happen!
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What are your views on how Matter Modeling and Chemistry sites should interact?

This is a question posted by Geoff Hutchison as part of the recent election. Martin suggested we discuss on Meta after the election is done. I reposted with slight edits; I will refrain from cross-...
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Proposals for guidance presented to first-time askers

Update: This post is now under review as a proposal to change the modal pane as suggested in the answers below. There seems to be some interest in customizing the message to users (registered or not) ...
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How can you make formatting more efficient? [duplicate]

When writing or editing posts, chemistry and math formatting can take up a lot of your time. There is a set of scripts that can help. You can easily add formulas like $\ce{H2O}$ in the text, or in a ...
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How can we guide new users before they ask their first question?

Update: Based on the lively discussion here, there is now a featured meta post where you can propose specific changes. When users ask their first question, they now are shown the following information ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Chemistry has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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On the usage guidance for tag [computational-chemistry]

At the moment, the tag computational-chemistry has the following usage guidance: A field which employs computers to model and study chemical systems and chemical behavior, using various models, from ...
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In 2022, how can we use comments to welcome new users and encourage them to improve questions?

It seems that during the 2022 moderator election, this meta site has some more eyes on it, so it might be a good time to think about how to encourage new users to become experienced users and valued ...
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I am stepping down as a moderator

I will be stepping down as a mod from Chem.SE at the end of the month. I greatly enjoyed cleaning up old questions, getting popular questions answered, and bringing more traffic to Chem.SE which were ...
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Thanks for participating in the election and contributing to the site

Update: With the election complete, thanks to all who participated in the chat rooms, with comments, questions, answers*, votes, and also naturally thanks to the candidates. Best wishes to the freshly ...
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How are moderators doing, what can we do different or better?

What does the community thinks of moderation so far: what do you like or dislike of what you see mods doing on the site, what should we emphasize, improve, or implement to make the experience better? ...
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Why did activity on Chem.SE decline rapidly in the last few years?

While searching for a "duplicate" question, the only post I found worth mentioning was this one: Decline in activity which shows a "peak" in 2017 followed by a decline until 2019 (...
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I have nominated myself to become a moderator; you can do the same

Moderators work as a team, and it would be great to have a team that is diverse, has broad combined chemistry expertise, and broad combined social skills. I just self-nominated for the 2022 moderator ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 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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2022 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 Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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T-shirt for sale?

Is there any place I could order one of these? So I guess there is an idea to embroider (made with tools from https://www.vistaprint.com): Detail: I wonder if benzene is under copyright.
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

It makes me slightly sad to write this, but after having been a moderator for more than five years, I will be stepping down later this month. This is primarily because I don't have enough time and ...
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Happy (7 + 3 = 10)th Anniversary!

Happy 10th Anniversary! On the 8th of May 2012 a little site went into public beta. That meant that everyone with access to the Internet could ask questions about their most favourite science: ...
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I am quitting from my role as a moderator

All, As you are aware, I was elected to be a moderator of this site last year. As a person who loves chemistry and no longer works in the field, I have been continually happy to provide support where ...
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Why was my question so quickly closed as too broad? I really don't see how it is

Why would tellurium + sodium hydroxide have been a good gasoline additive (if it wasn't so smelly)? was quickly and unilaterally closed. I'd removed the second question but then there was an ...
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Would a [metalloid] and/or [tellurium] tag be appropriate for the site, and /or for my question about tellurium?

When trying to decide how to tag Why would tellurium have been a good gasoline additive if it wasn't so smelly, and why is it so smelly? I discovered that there are many metal-related tags: metal ...
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How to improve my question “How can warm steel and wood merge together?”?

Could someone please explain to me why my question How can warm steel and wood merge together? was downvoted, and what I should correct for the next time?
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Why is my question about the nature and mechanism of "white fumes" from bottles of concentrated ammonia and HCl in close proximity so down-voted?

Update: I'm temporarily deleting the question to think about all the advice here and about how it might be rewritten in a streamlined way. Perhaps it can be broken up into multiple questions, now that ...
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How to deal with the tag optical-isomerism?

We currently have a tag optical-isomerism. The IUPAC Gold book has the following to offer (DOI: 10.1351/goldbook.O04308): optical isomers [obsolete] Obsolescent synonym for stereoisomers with ...
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What's Chemistry.SE take on Mass Spectrometry being proposed on Area 51?

Mass Spectrometry has recently been proposed in the Science section on Area 51 by Chris Herold, the president of MSACL (Mass Spectrometry & Advances in the Clinical Lab). I have no affiliation ...
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How can I find/create figures for Chemistry Stack Exchange posts?

Many posts on Chemistry Stack Exchange benefit from figures, including molecular and crystal structures, graphs, instrumentation, experimental setups and experimental results. Sometimes, animations ...
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Community bot aggresive closing of spam/abusing false positives

I have noticed in last months the repeated pattern of aggressive closing/locking/hiding/deleting of posts by the Community Bot. The provided reason is incorrectly evaluated spam or abusive post ...
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Is this question fit to be open now?

This question was closed as "Not focused". I have since then edited and simplified. Asking only one aspect now. Is this now fit to be opened?
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Wrong question closed of a pair of duplicates, best answer is in the closed question

Questions 106820 and 116654 ask the same question pertaining to a highly detailed synthetic chemistry problem. 116654 was closed as a duplicate but contains the much superior answer. I propose that ...
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What is our target audience, today, in 2022?

I have been a scientist in the field of chemistry. I have been an academic, coincidentally, also in the field of chemistry. Some people may have even considered me to be a teacher in the field of ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is syntax highlighting for Fortran currently disabled?

This recent question on chemistry.se includes a snippet of Fortran. Contrasting to anticipation, the addition of fortran after the initial three grave accents does ...
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Revisiting tags: Tag info and Misused tags

Happy new year to everyone and I wish you all a wonderful time ahead! There were a lot of "big" activity held for tags but I was not part of it due to time/work constraints. Since it's new ...
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Lifting the question ban

I joined the site 8 months ago and had to face a question ban as I was not aware of the policies of site( At present only two of my 4 questions are having a negative downvote). The site policy says ...
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On asking a question that may inspire unethical or illegal activity

For the past two or three years, I have been wondering about a chemistry-related question which would probably be on-topic on Chemistry SE if ethics and legality were of no concern whatsoever. Since ...
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Does the tag [petrochemistry] encompass natural gas?

Does the tag petrochemistry encompass natural gas? At the moment, the tag's usage guidance only mentions crude oil.
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Regarding questions of a medical nature

Occasionally, we are asked to answer a question that falls (generally) into the "personal medical question" category. Recently, this question appeared. I posted what I consider to be the ...
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Are "What's this mystery substance?" questions considered off-topic?

Are "What's this mystery substance?" questions considered off-topic? On another forum I was reading an account of something somebody had produced in a home experiment, and the physical and ...
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On the quality of questions in organic chemistry

Today is my fourth anniversary on ChemSE. While I have enjoyed my time on the site, I have recently had the perception that the quality of questions in the broad area of organic chemistry has gone ...
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Discussion on research paper

Reading research papers is challenging for an underdog like me because I often do not possess enough knowledge to fully understand the papers in one research paper on most occasions. Yet, I have to ...
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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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