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T-shirts : How do I get 'em? [duplicate]

I've seen certain posts about some users of Chem.se receiving t-shirts over here... now I wanted to ask 'how do I get them?' since they look really wonderful with benzene in our hearts (at least on ...
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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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UPDATE: Poll to choose level of restiction on Artificial Intelligence-generated answers and associated warning banner

The community decided to start a poll regarding the level of restriction of AI to implement on the site and the associated banner to be presented to users posting new questions. The quotes that follow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To what extent does blender speed dissolve table salt + cold tap water?

I have a question about my Chemistry Stack Exchange post: To what extent does blender speed dissolve table salt + cold tap water? Why does my question need "details or clarity"? Buck Thorn ...
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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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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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What are common questions students have about physical chemistry?

If we look at the questions on the Chemistry site, what would a physical chemistry FAQ look like? Because the site tries to avoid duplicates, frequently asked does not mean frequently posted. Ideally, ...
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Would it be a good idea to ask here why uric acid is not 1,3,7,9-tetrahydropurine-2,6,8-trione but rather is 7,9-dihydro-1H-purine-2,6,8(3H)-trione?

Would it be a good idea to ask here why uric acid is not what I would have guessed, i.e. 1,3,7,9-tetrahydropurine-2,6,8-trione but rather is something that I find surprising, i.e. 7,9-dihydro-1H-...
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There's a hole in the help center awaiting to be filled

I just noticed (for reasons you could guess, hint) that there is an edit link in the help center where I did not expect one to be. There is no content to see, so let's create some. Here's the page: ...
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What is official policy toward AI generated content on Chemistry SE?

A few weeks ago OpenAI released chatGPT, a chat bot capable of generating detailed human readable answers such as encountered on this site. For instance, when fed the question What is the ...
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Holiday Bounty Suggestions?

In the past, we've had some "bounty dances." In the spirit of end-of-semester end-of-Gregorian-year Winter/Summer Bash spirit, I'd like to borrowing / shamelessly steal the previous idea, ...
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Would it be on-topic to ask why guanine is sometimes referred to as "Acyclovir Impurity B"?

"Acyclovir Impurity B" is the name for guanine used by a handful of websites. Googling the term shows this. https://www.trc-canada.com/product-detail/?G836000 which seems to confirm that ...
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How to search for images of compounds?

I am not sure on what SE I should ask this question, so the safest bet I can make is this one. The problem I am facing is that I am not able to find the actual picture of compounds when I search for ...
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Would this improve my Chemistry question re deducing the IUPAC name of LSD, or, if that is no longer an option, be a good question in its own right?

People have said in the comments of my question IUPAC naming of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) heterocyclic core and its locants that the question would take many pages to answer, and/or that I ...
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How to actually ask question

I don't know but, it is my observation but this site is very unfriendly to novice people like me. Note that I am a high school student Asking simple questions like this, or this, only results in being ...
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Wrong answers from this site showing up on the Google front page

I was looking up some information about N2O5 and came across this question. The worrying thing is that Google automatically displayed the answer with the lowest points (-13 because it was completely ...
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Reading the tea leaves: continuing to monitor closing and deletion trends on the site

I ran a database query again to see where we are a few months after the recent election. As I inspected the result I wondered if the number of posts deleted as a fraction of those closed was ...
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How do we help new users that have a novice chemistry background write questions that don't get closed?

I was wondering how can we help our newer users write better questions and refine them to meet our standards? I am also new to this site, so please feel free to educate me, point me in the right ...
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Why is a well researched chemistry question discredited as homework and closed?

Is no one here allowed to ask a question in an area in which they are not a professional? I have asked this question to 3 chemists and 2 physicists, no one was able to answer it even after more than ...
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How to append supplementary information as hidden multi-line comment?

What would be an appropriate way to attach non-essential information to the post that is only visible when needed/requested and doesn't get in way or distract the reader? My use-case is an urge to ...
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First time askers modal

Stipulations The first time askers modal has two required parts: A sentence about searching for existing answers on the site, and a list of specific actions. These have to stay in place. However, we ...
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How can I find out if my question is already answered on Stack Exchange Chemistry?

On the "How to ask good questions" help page, it says to search on the Stack Exchange Chemistry site to see if someone already has asked my question. It also says to mention related ...
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I Got a New T-shirt Today

Special thanks to Karsten for making this happen!
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What are your views on how Matter Modeling and Chemistry sites should interact?

This is a question posted by Geoff Hutchison as part of the recent election. Martin suggested we discuss on Meta after the election is done. I reposted with slight edits; I will refrain from cross-...
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