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Is there any evidence, *any evidence at all*, that nascent hydrogen actually exists?

As far as I know, nascent hydrogen is nothing more than an especially magical unicorn entity that either makes reactions happen or at least greatly facilitates reactions happening. Many years ago, it ...
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Science stack exchanges helping other science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The Chemistry SE was one of the sites that benefited from this (if you look at edit 11 of the above linked ...
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My question was closed

My question was closed by these people: Waylander, Mithoron, Todd Minehardt, Matthew Mahindaratne and Jon Custer. All i just asked was about a colour change for a reaction. Even though I got the ...
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Think we should now be kinder towards “Homework Questions”

Given how many students are now studying from home, and out of formal school classes, I think we should now be kinder towards "Homework Questions." I'd propose: Making the home work policy known ...
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Regarding coronavirus questions

In recent days there have been an increase in questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These range from questions about homemade hand sanitiser formulations to increasingly outlandish theories for ...
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Suggestions for the new ask page

The Ask page has been changed; see also The new ask page is now live on the network. I am writing this meta question as discussion so that we can collect ideas about how we can make the best use of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Would this question be on-topic here? Might it be likely to receive an answer?

I'm writing a program and need a way to identify and enumerate the number of possible distinct crystallographic domains when depositing one 2D lattice on top of another. I've posed this as a question ...
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What are the ways to bring attention to a question?

Consider the following question: Why does [Co(NO2)6]4− ion have 3 unpaired electron as opposed to 1?. I believe this is a great question that was asked quite a lot of time ago and still has no answers....
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Adding tex symbols to post

This is a two part question: The extent to which tex can be incorporated into a post appears to be outlined here (some links from that question need refreshing btw). Is this the main source of ...
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Is there a down vote abuse culture in the community?

No intention to be grasped absurd. I am not a chemist nor a formal student for chemistry and ask here questions from curiosity per se, always with (limited) prior research. My questions are pretty ...
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What are you doing in the spring cleaning chat room?

When visiting the chat room section of Stack Exchange you might have come across a room that is called 'Spring Cleaning' and wondered what it is used for. This post should serve as a brief rundown of ...
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Targeted downvotes?

A lot of my questions have got downvotes recently: Note that most of these questions are not active ones: I had asked most of them more than a week ago and had accepted answers for the same. One or ...
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Please reopen my question about the precise definition of standard molar entropy

I asked the following question, which after some time was closed on the basis that it should "focus on one problem only": What is the precise definition of standard molar entropy? The last close ...
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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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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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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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