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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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How to get a answer? [duplicate]

Is there any way by which I can attract more people to my question so that I can get the answer? This is the question asked by me How to compare magnetic moment of chromium(III) and cobalt(II) ions? ...
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Flagging up Controversial Scientific Approaches

Recently I've noticed a very small number of questions and answers based upon an approach that has been criticised by both the mainstream, peer-reviewed scientific press and eminent physicists. The ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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How to help OPs improve questions?

This is an exercise to provide feedback on how to raise the quality of posts on the site. A perfectly uniform standard of what posts are considered acceptable is not expected, but it would be nice to ...
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Are questions related to teaching chemistry on-topic?

I came across this question: Designing a mathematics course for 1st year chemistry students . The question is not directly about teaching chemistry, but it's about teaching mathematics to ...
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The search engine tries to be clever and fails to find the question I am looking for

I remembered that someone had posted a question as "Yet another question on entropy" so I searched for entropy. The search engine recognized "entropy" as a tag and searched for ...
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Someone saw a buzzword in a question title and you won't believe what happened next …

Meaningful titles are one of the pillars of a good question and answer site. In a concise fashion they introduce or even summarise what will be asked about. I personally think that these question ...
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List of Loong's nomenclature answers

After the sad event of termination of Loong's account, his nomenclature questions cannot be searched easily anymore. Therefore, I've decided to section his 263 answers (as far as I've been able to ...
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Where is our moderator Melanie Shebel?

I know this could be a rather annoying thing to ask because I'm not allowed to control/keep in check whatever the moderators have to do. And I know it feels wrong to put it this way. But I mean no ...
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Spammer trying to "sue us". How authentic is their message?

I have noticed some spam answers in the last couple of days which were apparently posted by an "illustrator". Take a look: click, click. In short, the message was that their copyrighted ...
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"Expanding" moderator deletion powers?

The Help Center says: Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators. This kind of question deletion is carried out ...
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Ask OP to self answer if they have gotten the solution or?

Recently we have had some questions that could be trivially answered in the comments. Even though it is frowned upon on larger sites, it seems to be a part of Chemistry SE (I am guilty of doing this ...
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Why were my comment flags declined?

My three comment flags were declined in succession. These were the three flagged comments: Flagged comment deleted but flag declined(accidental?) Flagged comment declined Flagged comment declined ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Chemistry Stack Exchange's fourth 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 ...
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About the bookmarks/questions /answers of this mathstack user in chem stack exchange

I dont know how to search and seems like no result is shown of this specific user whose account was deleted today , can anyone help ? Here is the mathstack google cache of the user : https://webcache....
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What's with these question related to "sour milk"? Are they on-topic?

How to I neutralize the smell of (VERY) spoiled milk How do I make slightly sour milk palatable again? These 2 questions were asked recently. IMO, the answer should be "Don't do such things! ...
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Placing bounties on old questions and getting them answers. Bounty Season?

We have a lot of questions that are good questions suited for this site. However, a lot of them do not have a proper answer/no answer. I would like to talk about requesting members in this community ...
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Why is there so little interest in the election?

While there is still some time left, I'd like to get some insight into the community why there is so little interest in becoming a moderator. I have seen plenty of active users that could run for ...
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