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What's an acceptable computation chemistry question?

Both the "Tour" page and the "Asking" page indicate that computational questions are off-topic, but there is a computational tag, and such questions are rarely closed as off-topic. What constitutes ...
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Reconciling “Tour” and “Asking” pages

I've noticed that the "Take A Tour" page here indicates that one should not ask homework questions, though it does refer askers to the homework policy: "Don't ask about...Homework (read the homework ...
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Bounty clarification needed

So, I know this is a bit of a dumb question, but can I self award a bounty to myself? This is pointless to do, but I was just curious to know. If yes, then has it been done on Chemistry SE or any ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How do I access and know the privileges that I enjoy

Recently I got the privilege to 'access review queues', but I don't know how to access the queues'. Also, where can I see the privileges I "enjoy" and how to exploit them. I went to Stack overflow, ...
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Why we can't see 3-d structures of certain compounds on PubChem? [migrated]

It's common to read statements like one given below on PubChem: Conformer generation is disallowed since MMFF94s unsupported element. What's the meaning of the statement, and why are certain ...
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December 21st thoughts

Almost a year has passed since I first signed up on this site, and I - wearing my "Where in the World?" hat - wanted to say thanks to the Chemistry StackExchange community. During this year, I shared ...
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What are secret hats?

.. and how do folks get them? I am amazed how motivating the prospect of getting a secret hat is. I wonder whether a similar incentive would work in a class room situation.
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What should happen to the unanswered duplicates after a newer duplicate of that question is answered?

The title is probably a little hard to grasp, so let me explain what I mean with an example. I'll make it a very specific example, which will ignore other closing criteria for the sake of simplicity. ...
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Anyone interested in code golf?

I was happy to note today a chemistry-related post on code golf: How many atoms in the hydrocarbon? A hydrocarbon is a chemical compound which consists of only hydrogen and carbon atoms. For ...
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On the chemical weapons tag

Earlier this year, I created the tags chemical-weapons and incendiary-weapons. Later, a moderator absorbed the latter into the former. However, napalm and thermite are not chemical weapons according ...
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Need for a Meta Post listing Authentic literature sources

Over my usage of the site i have noticed many users specifically asking for references to literature where some physical property is listed for a particular compound. Many a times i have also seen ...
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Is the clarity of my question's title really “dubious”? Is that even a good adjective to use in this way?

A comment on my question Are all stable 2D Xenes and binaries buckled? says: Well, if even in paper title there was explanation what's X then your clarity of title is dubious... the comment is ...
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When a ninth grader asks a question

Someone asked the question "What is the mass of ozone present in 10.6 g of Na2CO3?". On the user page of the OP, it says "a typical ninth grader". Shouldn't a ninth grader by able to ask a question ...
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Why is there no “reduced ads” privilege at 200 reputation on this site?

By accident I found out that on this site the privilge reduced ads at 200 reputation does not exist according to the help page. Is there a reason for this?
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Question with better fit (s. str.) in compsci SE but higher value to chemists (and unlikely to be solved)

I was impressed by the effort exhibited in a recent question which included long chunks of code but also reveals a lot of good work. That post was put on hold because it is a mismatch for this site ...
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How do we deal with the redefinition of kilogram and mole?

The question Difference between relative atomic mass, molar mass, and atomic mass unit? was just closed as duplicate. But for the change in SI definitions in May 2019, I would say of course. However, ...
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I think this question was incorrectly put on hold

I think this question was incorrectly put on hold: For the reaction A<----->B + C The reason given was: "Homework questions must demonstrate some effort to understand the underlying concepts." ...
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Are there other places where Materials Modeling questions get asked?

I searched through all 296 "materials" questions on the Chem SE: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/materials, and looked for questions that also had any of the "computational" or "...
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Two one-sided arrows from mhchem MathJax extension do not render properly upon conversion to pdf

I am using pdfkit-pythonbased on wkhtmltopdfto convert into pdf a text that contains MathJax ...
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Can a new tag for questions related to IIT-JEE be introduced?

There are a lot of question on Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics SE that are related to IIT-JEE. For those who don't know it is an Indian examination in which around a million students participate ...
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Would a “common reference” close reason make sense? Why or why not?

This post is one follow up to the discussion Gaps to fill without HW close reason. It seemed appropriate to give it its own place to discuss this. It seems to me some questions (a lot of the ...
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Why so many low-quality questions with negative votes?

I recently scrolled through Chemistry SE and found $6/15$ ($40$%) of the questions on the front page had net negative votes. The questions themselves were obviously low-quality (many were on hold) ...
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Closing is not super-down-voting redux

I find it a bit surprising that the argument is repeatedly made that "close votes are not super down-votes", as addressed in this meta post, and brought up again and again, as in a comment to this ...
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Why so few questions from the top 36 users?

Out of curiosity, I checked the number of questions and answers for the 36 highest rep users as of 9:45 p.m. EST (USA) on June 28, 2019. Six of the 36 users have never asked a question, but the number ...
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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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Is the question about a theory that predicts pKa values based on structure really 'too broad'?

It has come to my attention that the following question was put on hold as being too broad: Is there a reliable chemical theory that predicts pKa based on structure? While I initially commented that ...
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Is it ok to move a follow-up question I included to another question by a different user?

I have asked the question Why are isotopes an issue in reading mass spectra? I then inserted a follow-up question, but another user rolled the edit back to a previous version (revisions). The user ...
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What feedback does the OP receive when there are multiple close reasons?

As the fifth person to vote to close a question, I saw three different reasons given (too broad, unclear, homework). I agree with all of them, so I thought the OP would receive good feedback. When I ...
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What can be changed on the site, how, and how fast?

The current interest in the "homework" vote-to-close (VTC) option and related matters leads me to wonder how the internals of this site work. Compare Facebook, which despite a huge user base edits ...
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Renaming the homework policy

There seems to be some interest in going over the infamous homework policy. Imho reviewing all of it in one go and coming up with something new is simply not feasible. We should go about attacking ...
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How to deal constructively with questions that have a severe problem in grammar/vocabulary

Many a question asked here is barely understandable, and it seems we're very reluctant to point this out, obviously because it's hard to do so in a polite and helpful manner, without knowing about the ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason — Overview

I realize this 'homework' topic has been discussed before, tiringly so, but please Paddington with me. I'll try to attack it from a different angle. If you're not all caught up, check these previous ...
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Why is this question down voted? What is the tradition in here?

I've been an active user in the SE network, especially on math.SE, physics.SE etc., but not chemistry.SE, and today I asked the question: Why is Avagadro's number independent of substance? However, ...
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Dealing with common misconceptions

There are some very common misconceptions about quantum mechanics out there that repeatedly show up in questions. Every once in a while new people ask about these same things, and someone has to write ...
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Speed at which questions are put on hold

Today in particular there were a couple of questions that were put on hold by one or two people (at least one person being a moderator) shortly after posting (within a few hours) without displaying ...
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Lo and behold, the return of editing galore

There has been a huge spurt in the number of edits on questions and answers, as most of you would have noticed. I am not against editing; I actually appreciate many of the edits, including the ones ...
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Tagging questions on diffraction of things other than X-rays?

The question What is “detwinning” as a 2D crystallography technique? and neutron diffraction brought this to mind, but electron diffraction is an established technique as well, and there may be others....
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Instead of writing a comment asking the OP to google it, we should sometimes ask them to stackexchange it

In response to a question that is not well-developed (one-liner, trivial because it asks for the definition of a common technical term or a comparison of common technical terms), we sometimes suggest ...
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20 unanswered questions with many upvotes but no answers

You may be familiar with the project for questions with tons of views, but no answers. This is a bit different. Here, we are celebrating the unsung heroes: questions that have garnered some love on-...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Chemistry's third 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 them for ...
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What are the rules about incorporating material from StackExchange Chemistry into open educational resources?

I think teachers and students can learn a lot from the questions and answers posted on the site. When I tried to compile a list of questions on different topics directly on the site, it was not met ...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

Often there is a quoted question (e.g. a block quote with >) from the textbook with certain typographic flaws which I would edit without any doubts, among which ...
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Would some step-by-step guides be relevant to the site?

Would posting a step-by-step guide for something, such as drawing resonating structures of a given compound or elucidating some beautiful revealing connections, where people often get stuck at, be ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 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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What are the key differences between the conception of “question and answer quality” on SO and this site?

I posted a question under the "2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection" which was not that well received, apparently because it was not considered to address practical aspects of ...
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Using mathrm versus rm MathJax index formatting

I do not understand well, why is so much preferred \mathrm to \rm for index formatting ? (by occurrence and by user script formatting support.) Note that I currently use LaTeX/MathJax only in ...
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2019 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, April 29. In ...
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When a low quality question turns into a fascinating tutoring dialog

A new contributor asked a question, Mechanism of ring formation of an epoxide under acidic aqueous conditions. It has "homework" written all over it. The original title ("did not understand the ...