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I love you guys/gals - Appreciation Thread

Before you downvote, I've examined the Help section thoroughly and it says that meta is for the following: Chemistry Stack Exchange users to communicate with each other about Chemistry Stack Exchange ...
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Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote

I don't have to link to any particular posting. Just check the main page. Posts are not receiving enough votes. Responses are not receiving enough votes. We need to vote. Even if you aren't ...
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20 most viewed questions that need answers (Updated 12 Apr 2024)

Some of these questions do have answers, but these answers have negative votes. Only questions with upvotes will be removed from the list. In addition, this list has new questions sprinkled throughout!...
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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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Main Chatroom Etiquette Guidelines

When I was walking through some of the chatrooms on the network, I found that mathematics.se has some rules for their chat. I thought this might be a good idea for us as well, hence I propose these ...
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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 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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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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Introducing: Markdown Shortcuts for Stack Exchange

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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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Chemistry has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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Buzzwords in question titles - season 4 & 5 - experiments and exercises

I was looking for a pun in the question title, but was unable to find one. So instead let us remember the previous seasons: I question the use of "question" in question titles (search here) ...
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I question the use of "question" in question titles

The search: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/search?q=title%3Aquestion brings up some 63 odd questions. Some of them are closed, some are actually pertaining to specific questions on particular ...
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Please welcome your new Chemistry SE moderator Richard Terrett!

In order to help keep up with additional demand, Richard Terrett has agreed to step up as an additional pro-tem moderator for the Chemistry SE community. Please give him a warm welcome as he steps ...
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"Is my calculation correct" is back again

The answers of What should be done with "Is my calculation correct ?"-type questions? clear out that questions need not be deleted by the OP/Community. Note: This is the Part-2 of the ...
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Please use the review queues

Currently the review queue for the close votes is getting quite long (see below), while we moderators help out with closing clear cut cases, some questions may benefit for a more diligent approach. ...
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Are you confused by confusing question titles including the word "Confusion"?

You have guessed it: Buzzwords! Long story short - as you can look up the tradition of these posts below - please add Confusion and its derivatives to the list of words that need to be fought as they ...
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Change to post about homework to include exact problem statement

A post put on hold for being homework points to this post on this meta forum. I'd like to edit the post section on "How should I ask a homework question on this website?." In item #3 I'd like to ...
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Really freaking great questions to ya' know... promote the site

What are some of the best, not necessarily the most popular, but just some amazing questions on Chemistry.SE that I (or we, if ya'll so inclined) can use to promote the site?
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I Got a New T-shirt Today

Special thanks to Karsten for making this happen!
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Ask questions about [drugs] and [medicinal-chemistry]! (Topic challenge)

Seeing that we aren't receiving a lot of questions with drugs and medicinal-chemistry and answers as well, I am hereby requesting interested users to participate in these tags, to improve diversity of ...
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I can hardly calculate how often 'calculation' is used as an uncalculated risk of having a meaningless question title

Hello again from buzzword land! I have recently been looking through some of the buzzword queries again and noticed, that there is again (still) lots to do. Very helpful in this regard is Brian's ...
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20 unanswered questions with many upvotes but no answers (Updated 18 Oct 2022)

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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Homework vs. home-experiment: double standards?

I'm a great supporter of the homework tag and I think it's fair to demand that OPs are required to show that they have thought about the underlying concepts before an answer is presented. Lately, ...
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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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Tags gone wild … again

I have not had much time lately to get into cleaning up lonely and confusing tags, so there was (and is) a bit of a pile to get through. With this post I would like to direct your attention to some ...
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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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Should there be a "stereoelectronics" tag?

At present, there isn't a tag for stereoelectronics (I have no idea if one existed in the past). Whilst there may be related tags (MO theory, molecular structure, sterics), I feel like ...
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I am asking about chemistry, you know, that's why I put it in the title

Previously on 'Never mind the Buzzwords': I question the use of "question" in question titles (search here) Help make help questions have more helpful titles (search here) Houston, we have ...
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Attitude of a homework vampire

I am referring to this comment, which states: And @santiago I know that it is on me to think about it but what to do when I'm not even able to understand where to start ? KlausWarzecha gave me the ...
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What is needed for this site to get out of beta?

The title pretty much sums it up. Do we have to score an "Excellent" in every aspect listed on the Area 51 page over a certain period of time or what are the requirements for getting out of beta ...
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Evaluation of the Chat Event (Session 1)

Summary All in all, this chat session was a great pleasure. I found the atmosphere amicable and yet productive, and it was a lot of fun to see the number of unanswered questions dwindle away. Thank ...
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Should we do away with the 'naming' tag?

The 'nomenclature' tag is used 33 times, 'naming' is used 5. I consider these tags to be virtually synonymous and suggest we merge 'naming' into 'nomenclature', however in the interests of balance, ...
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Moderator Pro-Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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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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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 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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Can we delete the 'books' tag?

It does not get more meta than this tag. It does not add anything new to the question. There are currently 19 questions tagged books and in nine cases it is also tagged reference-request, which is ...
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Can we merge molecular-orbital and molecular-orbital-theory

I think it is quite hard to describe a molecular orbital without molecular orbital theory, since the former is a direct result of the latter. I would suggest making molecular-orbital a synonym of ...
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No hats this year? Let's have some bounties instead!

There are some questions on this site that get a lot of views but don't have an answer. Some of them even have a high question score. Here are some examples (the two numbers behind the question are ...
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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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Please don't post links to the mobile versions of the websites (unless there is a really good reason to do so)

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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What should be done about user Alphonse?

There is an unregistered user, Alphonse, who continually answers questions with long blocks of text. While a part of the answer may be helpful, the bulk of it is a long rant in something of an essay ...
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How should we deal with bad questions that attracted not too helpful answers?

While I am trying to rid us of the reaction tag, I come across a couple of questions that have a negative score and thus could be classified as bad or a bad fit for our site. Usually such questions ...
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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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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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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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Are educational questions off-topic?

Looking at https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic, I cannot find a clear answer if educational questions are off-topic, like a teacher asking for an alternative way to explain a certain ...
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What is the scope of atomic-radius?

I came across a question about ionic radii. I was hesitant to apply the tag atomic-radius because the usage only indicates (no wiki either) A measure of the size of its atoms, usually the mean or ...
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Should we merge the stereochemistry and stereoisomerism tags?

This seems to be have been sort of raised a while ago but nothing was done about it. stereoisomerism and stereoisomers Basically I don't see any difference between stereoisomerism and stereochemistry ...
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