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ECHEMI.com - Site that blatantly copy the contents from Chem.SE

The site called ECHEMI.com blatantly copy the contents from chem.SE without any attribution. The latest one was this post where one of the comments mentions the scraper site: https://www.echemi.com/...
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What's the point of users commenting the URL of the question itself in the comment section?

I have seen instances of (spam) users commenting the link of the question itself in the comment section and they are of course flagged and deleted. But I found a weird explanation of this in this post:...
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What is official policy toward AI generated content on Chemistry SE?

A few weeks ago OpenAI released chatGPT, a chatbot capable of generating detailed human-readable answers to the types of questions encountered on SE sites. For instance, when fed the question What is ...
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Hello Big Brother. I mean, Google

Unless you've been in hibernation during the past year and a half you've probably heard of changes roiling the IT world, including due to the launch of new generative AI products sucking all attention ...
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How are we detecting AI answers?

I've seen a lot of talk on the SE metas (metae? metapodi?) about AI answers, but I haven't seen any methodology for detecting it. I've run a few answers (that looked suspicious: really well-written ...
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UPDATE: Poll to choose level of restiction on Artificial Intelligence-generated answers and associated warning banner

UPDATE - 19th March This update is to inform all parties concerned that the banner change has been implemented and it will show up on the answer tab as a reminder. The tag status-completed is ...
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An autoban that's not yet lifted - what can I do? (FIXED)

Thank you all for all of your help in refining the questions I had and reopening a lot of them. The edits were done to such an extent that I couldn't have seen better versions of those. I shall ...
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Textual description of complex reaction schemes involving organic compounds on Chemistry.SE

I came across a question with this figure: The image was not described. I would like to edit these questions such that the image or even the question itself has some text describing what's in the ...
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Why was this user's question downvoted?

I noticed that this question received a lot of downvotes. It seemed like a sincere question with a reasonable amount of effort and thought put up although there was a clear scientific gap which got ...
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Let's fix broken links!

I have a database of broken links on chem.SE. Would anyone like to take a stab at replacing the links and better describing the links (if needed) so that if they break again it's easier found? If this ...
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Asking questions because they might do well in Google search?

Aside from going to school, I write articles (to pay for school.) In order to be successful in writing an article I have to take a peek at what people might be searching for and I've come across a ...
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How can we be friendlier?

We've often discussed the lack of friendliness in chem.SE whether it's just something a few of us notice and specifically call out, or unfriendliness is something a new user laments about. While it's ...
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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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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Sandbox II has become as clogged as Sandbox I was (and is), especially for users with 10,000 reputation or above. So, here is a new new post... Before you delete a post here, please reduce it to one ...
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Formatting Sandbox I: please **don't** test stuff here [duplicate]

This thread has been retired due to the large number of posts. The newest sandbox can be found here: Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here Before that, there was also this Sandbox: ...
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Duplicate Profiles - DUDE_WITH_J

DUDE_WITH_J - Profile 1 DUDE_WITH_J - Profile 2 (changed to just DUDE) DUDE_WITH_J - Profile 3 These two users have the same name, with different DPs and different rep values. Profile 1 is new here, ...
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Handling questions that deal with verification of content in external sources

Many questions on the site share the feature of seeking clarification regarding content found in a third source that seems authoritative, such as a printed textbook or online site. An example is this ...
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Edits by Anonymous user and approved by Community Bot

This is again regarding this post. If I see the history, there are many suggested edits: I can see there is involvement of a moderator who rolled back the edit. Even after rollback, multiple edits ...
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The banner warning against Artificial Intelligence generated answers

Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content This is a policy introduction on the Meta of all Metas, and given how ChemSE has an anti-AI (as in, use AI ...
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Anyway I can improve my answer?

My answer to "Why do ketoses undergo dehydration more rapidly than aldoses?" I have given an answer to the above question and while it seems good, I don't see much upvotes for it, which ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Appeal for bountying a few questions

As we reach the end of the year, Karsten had put up a similar appeal for good old unanswered questions to be bountied. Comparison of the rate of SN1 and SN2 reaction Inductive effect on stability 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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Reputation awards for edits - aren't they disproportionate?

I have had a few qualms about the awarding of reputation after editing. Let me state 2 of my cases: Inductive effect on stability of free radical and revision link: In this question I had made a very ...
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Improvements for the question-asking form in ChemSE

As a new user myself (just 22 days old), I feel as if the downvoting policy needs a major rejig. I agree to the fact that downvotes must be anonymous - as if the person who is downvoting is known, ...
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Why is it so difficult to get this reputation?

I had written an answer after much work and I almost see no sign of whether it's correct, though it shows my good amount of research, usually I see responses from mods and high ranking users in my ...
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Bringing Helping Users Format Their Posts (HUFTP) to a whole new level

Behold A new chatroom is approaching $\ldots$ (It already approached and you weren't there to celebrate) Rightfully named $(L_A)\TeX/\mathcal{M}_{ath}\mathrm{J}^a\mathrm{x}$ help, this is a chatroom ...
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The Giant List of Duplicates

For those who haven't been frequenting meta, this post has been suggested numerous times. The intention is to collect together good questions with good answers which can be used as duplicate targets. ...
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Should every downvoted answer be flagged and subsequently removed [duplicate]

Questions are asked and answered regularly on the site. Also the answers are upvoted and downvoted alike. Upvoted answers are the ones that are good in quality, are useful and accurate. On the other ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

This FAQ explains and gives examples how to typeset chemical equations, quantities and units, and mathematical expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange (rather than posting pictures, which you can't ...
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Closing as duplicate when the first question has no answer

A question was closed as duplicate: What exactly is meant by standard state in thermodynamics? However, the question it now points to has no answer: Standard state conditions in thermodynamics The old ...
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I had a question that did not have all of the information needed to fully answer. Is it better to rewrite the question, or start a new question?

There was this question "How do I determine temperature and pressure rise whenever mols of gases are added in a isolated room?" that I attempted to answer - but in the end I found myself in ...
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A moderator has been harassing me. What should I do?

Recently, I have been receiving comments from a particular (unnamed for anonymity) moderator which fall under harassment and rude/condescending (use of vulgar/strong language) category of the Code of ...
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suggest to improve visibilty of the resources page

observation: Thanks to community effort, there is a page about resources learning Chemistry. Some moments ago it was possible to answer a question related to chemical nomenclature (link) with copy-...
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Does the way votes are shown make sense?

In the question feed, each question shows data about votes, answers and views on the left hand side, e.g. The answers and views make sense mathematically, and the grammar works. However, the votes ...
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Why does the "people reached" always have a ~ sign?

We know that the ~ is used before a number to say it's approximate. But in the case of people reached, the uncertainty comes when 1000 people is passed (after it all numbers has a k to denote kilo or ...
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Is ChatGPT diverting "homework" questions from science Q & A sites in general, and Chemistry SE in particular?

We have had posts previously discussing how ChatGPT might affect answers on Chemistry SE. Here, I am opening a discussion about how it might affect traffic and types of questions posed on Q&A ...
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Brand New Idea: Make it mandatory for downvoters to comment their reason for downvoting!

(The title is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek) To preface things: I do not think it should be compulsory for downvoters to explain the reasoning behind their downvote since some might be doing it ...
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Why was my question downvoted and closed?

In regards to this question. Why? As a long term participant of many stackexchangr sites, I simply can not come up with any explanation except targeted downvoting.
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I am not able to post new questions even though I have asked good questions in the past

I have posted a total of 7 questions on CSE. Only one question received downvotes (due to a miscalculation, which I resolved), while I received 7 upvotes on the other 6 questions. Why am I not able to ...
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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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How to encourage visitors to search the site?

Yes, this is a likely duplicate. I should have searched meta first. In that self-referential spirit.... There has been imo an uptick of late, possibly seasonal, in homeworkish posts, many likely ...
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Can these tags (pKa, Salt-bridge) be created?

pKa, salt-bridge, coulombic interactions are important concepts for both chemistry, biochemistry, biology aspects. One would expect them to be quite hot topics. Strangely, however no such tags seem to ...
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Reference-requests, books and closure. Where lies the fine or not-so-fine line?

The site aims to keep high standards and attract experienced and knowledgeable practitioners of chemistry. The point is to share knowledge, not "doing someone else's work", but that is just ...
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Approach to sensitive chemistry topics ( poisons, explosives, drugs etc. )

Is there a recommended, in place approach on CH SE site to potentially suspicious questions about sensitive chemistry topics like poisons, explosives, drugs etc? Many of such questions manifest common ...
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Please help me understand why asking about an acid-base reaction was down-voted and closed

I am new to Chemistry on SE and was DV'd several times and closed for this question: What results from the neutralization copper citrate with Na2CO3 It seems on-topic, but I must be missing ...
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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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2022: 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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When should I vote to close?

Seeing this post closed it feels useful to review the motivation behind use of the close option. Yes, the OP considered a number of orthogonal options to rid said food of the offending substance, ...
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Why was this question closed as a homework-style question?

I asked this question: Is there a general name for a group connected to a N-atom? While it may not be the peak of my SE presence, I was surprised that it got closed as a homework. The question itself, ...

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