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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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Given the pandemic should we revise our homework policy?

I tried once before to make this point and failed. Think we should now be kinder towards "Homework Questions" So let me try again. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many students are now having ...
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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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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, ...
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Regarding duplication of chemistry stackexchange content on other forums for money?

Today while searching for $d^3 s$ hybridization I found copied content of a highly reputed question on stackexchange where the user answered same word to word and the date for the content posted by ...
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Creation of a LinkedIn Page for the Chemistry StackExchange community

I was wondering whether a company page for Chemistry StackExchange can be created on LinkedIn. Maybe this could be beneficial to the regular members of our community, from highly-reputed contributors ...
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Chemistry stackexchange community should exclude students from its description

Being a student, after I study a topic and google its collaterals, I felt this is the community where I can ask any entry level question whether to get guidance or specific questions, whether it is ...
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Diamonds are not forever

I regret to have to inform you that Stack Exchange (SE) has removed my moderator status today. I had been an elected moderator on Chemistry for four years and a pro tempore moderator on another site ...
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Questions regarding mixing dangerous chemicals (and doing stuffs they don't know and asking “What happens if … ?”). How to deal with them?

Examples: Chemical reactions (acids) with glycerol and possible small amounts of formaldehyde Mercury thiocyanate synthesis Homemade mineral water, or dangerous reaction? Will group 2 chlorides ...
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What additional steps do I need to take to change a title of a question back to the original title?

I wrote a question and a day later noticed the title had been edited by another user. The original title: When writing the net ionic equation, if one of the products ionizes, what is the most ...
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A chat group for close voting and deleting as well as sharing the reason to close

I've very recently hit 3000 rep here on Chem SE (yay me).. The great thing about 3000 rep is that you get access to close votes and can now close or open questions (opening normally done by mods). At ...
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This question isn't a duplicate, and should not have been closed on that basis

This question isn't a duplicate, and should not have been closed on that basis: Why exactly the vapor pressure decreases when a non-volatile solute is added to a pure solvent? The OP is asking for a ...
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How do I determine what category this question belongs in?

I just asked a question on Chemistry Stack Exchange titled "Carbonated Beverage Phenomenon." I was wondering whether this question belongs more in the chemistry or physics category. I ...
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Asking questions with eye-catching highlight

Recently I asked a question which included all of the researched data and added with reference. In the clutter, I wished to point out my question so that it's easy to answer. But, it seemed that the ...
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What are options for type-setting high quality Lewis structures?

Textbooks in General Chemistry contain a lot of Lewis dot structures, with different styles (two dots or one line for lone pairs, placement of dots, angle between atoms, leaving out lone pairs, etc.). ...
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A concise template for homework questions

TL;DR: A maniacal plan to boost my rep. If it is too long for you, then you probably have been here long enough and don't need to read it. This is just a post seeking to make newer users think a bit ...
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Gender-neutral language

The current (2019-10-10) version of the network-wide Code of Conduct emphasizes the use of gender-neutral language. This is not expected to be a significant change for Chemistry Stack Exchange since ...
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Are there scripts and stats that can provide a measure of the rate of “abandonment” of posts?

Is there a script and maybe also old statistics on the response rate of OPs to reviewer comments? In other words, when I leave a comment below a question seeking additional information or requesting ...
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Why do questions posted on Chemistry.SE get automatically transferred to a different site?

When I was looking for an answer for my question Why does 1,4-diiodobenzene have a non-zero dipole moment? asked on the main site (a few days ago), I came across 'exactly' the same question posted on ...
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A clarification regarding the rejection of my recent edit

I apologize beforehand if this seems inappropriate, especially coming from a new user. Please view this link before I proceed: molecular orbital theory explaining molecular orbitals [P.S. : I've kept ...
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Custom close reason text for “homework”

Recently, Stack Exchange has allowed moderators to customise the wording that is associated with custom close reasons. Here I would like to focus on (by far) the most used close reason on the site, ...
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Nobody is answering my question [duplicate]

https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/135609?noredirect=1 The link above is my question. I asked a question, displayed my effort and asked for an explanation to my queries regarding naming aromatic ...
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What should be done if one “edit a closed question” and write a “completely new question” such that it gets reopened?

Assume X is an OP. He writes a question A which gets closed. Now, X has a history of writing poor quality questions. So, he cannot post more questions. He then decides to edit his closed question(A). ...
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What's the best alternative to MathJax in titles and for one-off symbols?

My understanding is that we should avoid MathJax in titles because it breaks searching and indexing of questions. andselisk recently told me to avoid using $\beta$ ...
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What is the best way to explain what is considered an appropriate homework question?

Homework questions have such a confused reputation on this site (or it could just be me or my perception) that I thought it worth posting this question after revisiting the subject. This post is ...
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What about the question 'Does adding pure water affects Buffer Solution pH?' justifies its closure as homework?

In the following question I actually cannot see a plausible reason to apply the homework policy: Does adding pure water affects Buffer Solution pH? It is a quite basic question and the presented ...
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Yet another closure question

I don't understand why this question was closed as lacking focus: How can a thermometer ever show the actual temperature of an object if the object loses heat to the thermometer? It seemed focused ...
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Why has this user's reputation removed/deleted?

Note: I have nothing against this user. I am just trying to shed some light on this issue. User @One-Eye-Triangle's reputation has dropped down to 1. This change occurred after he/she has posted two ...
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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Spoiler warning: Be aware that this page contains a lot of MathJax, so it will probably need quite a while to load completely. Sandbox II has become as clogged as Sandbox I was (and is), especially ...
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Why was this question closed for insufficient details/clarity?

Why was the question How does ph depend upon temperature closed for lack of details/clarity? I had no problem understanding the original question, but it was poorly written, so it received downvotes. ...
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Are regulatory pathways a subject for this site?

Is this question about chemistry? In the comments I tried to justify my close vote but after some thought I questioned where we should set the boundary between "chemistry" and "the surroundings". The ...
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Conditions for deleting a question?

I was trying to delete my question but not able to do so. Can someone tell me the conditions of deleting a question??
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frequent closure of questions as “off-topic” that do not seem to meet the published off-topic criteria

I see a lot of questions closed as "off-topic": Why does the concentration of the acid equals that of the base at the mid-point of titration? Why exactly is a fluoride anion a stronger base than ...
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I'd like to change the meta post about posting a home work question. Yea or nay?

I have disliked a certain aspect of the meta-post about the home policy for a long time. So I'd like to propose a change. The meta-post in question: How do I ask homework questions on Chemistry Stack ...
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How to render a square-scheme reaction using MathJax?

I'm try to write a square-scheme reaction using MathJax. Until now I managed this one. ...
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Good idea(?) for editing meta post: “How can I format math/chemistry expressions here?”

I want to edit the meta post How can I format math/chemistry expressions here? to make the page easier to navigate. My suggestion would be to take the large answer and break it into multiple answers ...
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Number of characters in edits

Sometimes in edits, you can give the clarification for your changes as " added xx characters to body." Where is the character count visible on screen? I can not find it from the mobile website.
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How to change an unintentional Community Wiki into a normal answer?

I have accidentally turned one of my answers into a Community Wiki. What can I do turn it into a normal answer?
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How should I ask questions on study preparation and book recommendations?

I asked a question in Chemistry StackExchange about mathematical and physical fundamentals that one should know before learning physical chemistry but it keeps getting closed as it appears to be ...

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