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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Heavy question editing

I think the practice of heavy question editing, especially after answer(s) have been provided, especially if the edit contains new facts that the questioning person (or user(s) that have already ...
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What's the point of providing a link to the mobile versions of the websites?

Often I stumble upon the so-called mobile links both in the comments and in the answers, e.g. URLs that lead to a mobile version of the website and often seen as ...
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2018: 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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Wouldn't be text highlighting useful?

Often quote citations of literature references are included in an answer, with original text formatting features like bold and/or italic font. Sometimes it is desirable to emphasize specific text ...
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Do we have a close-voting but not closing problem?

I noticed within the last few weeks that more often when I come to the site the review queue icon is marked with the red dot. That usually happens if there are queues which have an unusually high ...
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Why was homework badge deprecated?

This site (like many in SE) gets peppered with non-optimal quality homework questions and for someone interested in looking through the questions quickly this is a pain, not least because well ...
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May I convert one of my ill-received, deleted questions to a completely new one in order to try to work towards lifting my question ban?

I recently have asked a question that received no answers but has gotten a down vote. Since this is my first time to ask after 6 months question ban, my options are limited. With the down vote and ...
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A tag for complete active spaces, multi-reference, multi-configuration

We have gotten a few (good, some excellent) questions about multi-reference, multi-configuration, complete active space, and possibly more related terms, recently. I would guess the grand total is ...
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Polymer formula bond-bracket crossing representation

I could not find any rule in Graphic representations (chemical formulae) of macromolecules (IUPAC Recommendations 1994) that would state that the bonds at the ends of the constitutional units must ...
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Chemistry's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Eliminate huge-locant-marked (by \overset) atom side space

Is it possible to elegantly eliminate side whitespace around the base under the overset, which is longer than the base? E.g. if we wanted to talk about the 123456789th carbon atom of a huge poly(...
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Can I ask about alternative ways to synthensize a product?

I found ways to synthesise a product I need as part of a university assignment. We don't have the equipment or chemicals in the lab to do this task. Is it ok to ask on this site on how to sythensize ...
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Should chem.SE use Georgia font?

The default font of chem.SE web site currently is Georgia. Related CSS rule is: html, body { font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",Times,serif } The ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

Contents When do I need to provide citations? Is quoting directly from an article / book / website acceptable? Can I link to a website which circumvents publisher paywalls? What citation style should ...
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Amending the Chatroom guidelines

Due to recent events, I would like to amend the Main Chatroom Etiquette Guidelines. First of all, a minor issue and not based on recent events, I would like to clarify that they apply to all site ...
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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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How much more effort would you have wanted?

Most of you know that I am a vocal opponent of the effort criteria anyway, but I am getting a bit unnerved as of how inconsistent it is applied. I am posting this as a specific example here only ...
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How is this question “too broad” and how can it be made more specific?

Web app to immediately look up number of electrons?
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Should we close old questions?

I have been sifting through old questions on the site and have noticed what are now considered off-topic homework questions. I see changes to the closing process were discussed in 2016 and subsequent ...
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Creating question on jewelry cleaning

I had a question I was hoping I could get answered here, but since I'm not as familiar with your site, I wanted to post it on meta first to make sure I'm posing it in a way that's on-topic. My ...
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Capitalization of titles starting with chemical name with noncapitalizable prefix

There is no question about if the first letter of the question title should be capitalized. However, there are situations, when the capitalization of the very first first character is not possible, ...
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Why two different print styles for the x's?

Created the rather nasty markup below. Why are there two different print styles for the x's? ...
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Can I post a question about where to find data for skeletal 2D chemical structures?

I would like to post a question about where to find data for 2D skeletal chemical structures. Is this forum a reasonable venue? I have found a number of websites which provide structural data in a ...
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So your final answer to “What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it?” is… nothing?

I have read your page "What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it?" because I find the "put on hold" decision about the page "Can we predict that a atome/ion/molecule is ...
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Introducing: Markdown Shortcuts for StackExchange

Inserting Mathjax and making posts look nice is rewarding, but it can often be, well, repetitive and boring :( Well, not any more. I have been testing and improving this userscript for quite some time ...
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Why the answer to this question was deleted?

Yesterday, I've asked this question and I got an answer. I didn't accept it because I wanted to wait 24-48 hs before doing something (giving time to get another answers). But today, I see there isn't ...
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Offering bounty to another's question. What are the benefits?

If I had offered bounty on another's question then, what will be the benefits? Will I get reputations if the post is liked by community?
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Is ChemiDay a reliable enough source (for inorganic reactions) to be cited on our site?

We have quite a lot of upvoted posts - 77 to be exact - using a website called ChemiDay as their reference material. However, from the looks of it, the website doesn't appear to be a reliable ...
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Your closure rate avoids your growth, I suggest leniency

Checking the count of open, closed and deleted questions of the site, I found the following stat: What we can see, is a roughly exponential growth of the site until around middle 2015. At the time, ...
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how to post information that others might find useful (if I don't have a question)

Suppose I've discovered something that I think will be useful for others. But I don't have a question, I just want to share it. Can I post that on Chemistry Stack Exchange? Do I have to do it in a "...
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what to do if an answer is wrong but I don't have time to calculate the right answer

I saw this question: Find the concentration of proton after adding a acid to NaOH (before it was put on hold) where I believe the chosen answer is incorrect, because the chosen answer assumes that ...
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Change “for scientists, academics, teachers and students”

The short description of Chemistry Stack Exchange reads Q&A for scientists, academics, teachers and students This is certainly not wrong and describes quite well that we are open for a broad ...
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Punishing Answers to Poor Questions

I noticed that the answer to this question was down-voted and there was a comment scolding the answerer for providing a complete answer(which was also incorrect) to a question that could have used a ...
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How do multiple users close a question for a reason that doesn't seem to apply?

I posted a question asking "What is a rigorous definition of a 'strong Brønsted-Lowry base'?" (noting that the usual glossary definition of "strong base" was that it "dissociates completely", but that ...
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Close Votes Aren't Super Downvotes

Unfortunately, we've had a problem for quite a while now. It basically boils down to close voting questions with reasons that don't fit. Essentially, the Homework off-topic close reason, "unclear what ...
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Are we happy with the Q&A books?

Editorial note: Voting will be open until the end of next weekend (29 April), at which point we will make a decision based on the usual number of upvotes criterion. In light of the "unearthing" (or ...
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Is publication of Chem.SE stuff in the form of e-books legal?

While googling around questions I found: this Compare it with this and other questions on website. Is such publication of Chemistry.SE work legal or not?
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Are downvoted questions bad?

Before asking this question, I went through many questions asking about almost the same question I have. Most of them stated that a question which doesn't 'fit' in SE's policy are downvoted (Eg: A ...
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About posting questions of high school level

I am new to this site. I just want to know that if my question/doubt is of low level, i.e, from high school, is it ok to post it or not?
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How to properly reject suggested edits that add mathjax to the title?

This happens once or twice every week with little variation: Let's go through the situation quickly: A new user has his first attempt at improving the content of an SE post. He puts up a decent ...
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What exactly is supposed to be the usage of [elements]?

elements has 208 questions, of which 41 are currently closed (a whopping 20%!). The tag was created on Oct 2'14, and has no tag usage as of yet. This has resulted in a varied application of the tag. ...
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Lets clean up this backlog of unanswered questions

The Problem As explained in this post and a follow-up to this one: Obviously the event linked did a lot to clean up unanswered questions, but there is still a long way to go! Statistics for my ...
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Should the [acid-base] tag be applied to carboxylic acids as well?

This search query yields 33 questions tagged [acid-base] and containing the words "carboxylic acid" in them. (Convenient links to the tag wikis for both [acid-base] and [carbonyl-compounds]) Note ...
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Flagging old, low quality answers as VLQ/NAA instead of just downvoting them?

Google has a habit of displaying cards, and I am sure several of you have seen these by now: (search link) The way I understand the purpose - of displaying cards for each answer (and not just the ...
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Organic oxidation and reductions tag

I cannot find an earlier discussion pertaining to this tag, so I'll post this today. I've noticed the organic-reduction for a fair amount of time now. It has 14 questions tagged as of today. However, ...
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Are questions being excessively edited?

Someone asks a perfectly reasonably question about aluminum hydroxide, then someone comes along and deletes the word "hydroxide" from the title to make the question sound stupid: Can aluminium be ...
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What is the standard way to denote physical states in a chemical reaction?

A lot of older posts that I come across have their reactions written like: $$\ce{Cu(NO3)2_{(aq)} + 2NaHCO3_{(s)} -> CuCO3_{(s)} + 2NaNO3_{(aq)} + H2O_{(l)} + CO2_{(g)}}$$ (...
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Which is the correct description - “hydrogens” or “hydrogen atoms”? [closed]

This has really been troubling me for quite a long time now. I don't have the relevant literature to confirm whether writing "hydrogens" is correct or "hydrogen atoms" is (for the same matter, "...
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Standard LaTeX notation of SN, multiple acid dissociation constants, and electronic effects

I find these inconsistencies a lot in older posts and till now haven't found a suitable response, so I decided to post eventually. SN notation: I have found three popular notations for this: $S_N2$ <...
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Flag for homework answers/comments

As per the homework policy: As a community member, what should I know? Watch out for answers that provide a full solution. Downvote, comment, flag. Watch out for long comment discussions....