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I'd like to change the meta post about posting a home work question. Yea or nay?

I have disliked a certain aspect of the meta-post about the home policy for a long time. So I'd like to propose a change. The meta-post in question: How do I ask homework questions on Chemistry Stack ...
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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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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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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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Should we mention free and/or open-source software used for writing Q&As in the same post?

I often put a name with the URL for the free program(s) I used in writing an answer. Also, adopting a standard practice among theoretical chemists (which I'm unfortunately not), sometimes I drop ...
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Protecting software language question?

I think it might be time to table the Fortran question. It's gathered several good answers, and I'm worried it might degrade into a "what is my favorite language" debate - if it hasn't already. (Yes, ...
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What is the policy on creating new tags?

I have noticed that there are quite a few one question tags, which I think are superfluous: peroxide anaesthetics dessicant (which is also spelled wrong) uppsalite (also wrong) paraquat and there ...
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How to rewrite/ reframe this question about possible mineral deposits to be Chemistry SE qualified?

How to rewrite/ reframe this question about possible mineral deposits to be Chemistry SE qualified? How to clean "reddish/ brownish" grime/ deposit marks from the silicone rubber lid gasket of a hot ...
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Proposed change to the “Everyday-chemistry” tag wiki (excerpt)

The current everyday-chemistry wiki excerpt states: Applications of chemistry to reagents and reactions of everyday life. This tag should not be applied to questions which are just about simple ...
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Clumsy view of well-formatted questions: What to do?

Before you ask, I did see this. No problems should be there now, right? However, I ran into wierd (not to mention funny, I laughed for about 5 minutes non-stop) questions; take a look at the pic: The ...
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Should we have a tag for concentration

I just stumbled acros the molar tag, which does not have a wiki entry. We do not have a tag for molal and I also think this is quite specific. However, we do not have a tag 'concentration', which ...
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Merging tags Scope and Allowed-questions

I was looking at the Meta-tags and I think scope and allowed-questions are very similar and should be merged.
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Is asking about grad school off topic for Chemistry.SE?

I'm a 3rd year undergraduate student studying chemistry, and I'm starting to think about grad school. I've enjoyed the different chem courses I've taken, so it's hard for me to pick a subcategory of ...
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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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Merging volumetric analysis into titration

The volumetric-analysis tag is used 11 times, while titration is used 31 times. Surprisingly none of these questions are cross tagged. I believe the two are synonyms, even wikipedia redirects ...
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Accepting/Rejecting suggested edits

Today I rejected the suggested edit for this question by Freddy. First of all I think this is a way too minor edit to start with. IMO H2O is as perfectly understandable as $\ce{H2O}$. I would also not ...
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What is the best way to explain what is considered an appropriate homework question?

Homework questions have such a confused reputation on this site (or it could just be me or my perception) that I thought it worth posting this question after revisiting the subject. This post is ...
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How to render a square-scheme reaction using MathJax?

I'm try to write a square-scheme reaction using MathJax. Until now I managed this one. ...
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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 this ...
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What to do with the [ph] tag

Usage guidance for acid-base (2091 questions) This tag should be applied to questions concerning acid and base reactions. Usage guidance for ph (558 questions) pH (or the potential of hydrogen) ...
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Separate water and water-treatment tag

Is a water-treatment tag appropriate? There is a tag for water discussed previously on the chemistry SE. Is 'water' an appropriate tag? water-treatment is different in that it excludes all ...
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What is the teaching-lab tag for?

Simple question. What is the teaching-lab tag for? Should it be applied to questions regarding general lab procedure or does it (as the name suggests) have something to do with teaching? Most of the ...
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How to invite people for talk on old questions

I have question that I asked on chemistry site ,but too less people viewed it with no response. .Now how to promote that question and invite people to discuss about it? NOTE -- I have less reputation ...
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Question related to an Idea

Will questions related to developement, accuracy and usage of an Idea be considered on-topic on Chemistry S.E.? It might help us in developement, increasing accuracy & efficiency, correct usage of ...
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A concise template for homework questions

TL;DR: A maniacal plan to boost my rep. If it is too long for you, then you probably have been here long enough and don't need to read it. This is just a post seeking to make newer users think a bit ...
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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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“Numerical-analysis” needs some love!

Tag: numerical-analysis Questions asked till date: 18 The problem: Evident misuse in a variety of problems from sig figs to kinetics to electrochem, simply because there is no tag wiki for this tag ...
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Google lists Chemisty.SE in the books section!

Google considers us worthy to be results in the Books section. https://www.google.de/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=spdefghik https://www.google.de/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=chemistry+stack
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How do I determine what category this question belongs in?

I just asked a question on Chemistry Stack Exchange titled "Carbonated Beverage Phenomenon." I was wondering whether this question belongs more in the chemistry or physics category. I ...
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Would some step-by-step guides be relevant to the site?

Would posting a step-by-step guide for something, such as drawing resonating structures of a given compound or elucidating some beautiful revealing connections, where people often get stuck at, be ...
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Should the [acid-base] tag be applied to carboxylic acids as well?

This search query yields 33 questions tagged [acid-base] and containing the words "carboxylic acid" in them. (Convenient links to the tag wikis for both [acid-base] and [carbonyl-compounds]) Note ...
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Why is my question on splitting of d orbitals of cubic geometry off topic?

My question on splitting of d orbitals at cubic geometry was not homework question, not a single textbook is providing any answer, not even on the internet.
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Should we create tags for chemistry software?

Recently I've seen a couple of question for Gaussian and other software. I wonder if we should create some tags for these questions, I think that this would be very useful because in fact they are ...
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What are the key differences between the conception of “question and answer quality” on SO and this site?

I posted a question under the "2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection" which was not that well received, apparently because it was not considered to address practical aspects of ...
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How to properly reject suggested edits that add mathjax to the title?

This happens once or twice every week with little variation: Let's go through the situation quickly: A new user has his first attempt at improving the content of an SE post. He puts up a decent ...
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Putting a Bounty

Hi can I ask that how can I put a bounty on any of my questions. I know I do not have enough reputation to put one but I am just asking for my knowledge. If this question does not fit there you might ...

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