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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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Math/Chem formatting when asking a question

I see that many questions are poorly received when the formatting is awful (pKa, OH-, etc.). I agree this is terrible, so I came up with the following idea that I would like to share. More often that ...
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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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Addition of the cite link revisited

Triggered by a question on academia.se about a possibly AI generated publication under review (link), and drawing inspiration from mattermodelling.se, I became curious if their ...
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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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Anonymous one-click survey for downvotes [duplicate]

Recently, I have been receiving downvotes on some of my questions and answers without obtaining a clear understanding as to why these downvotes were made. I wanted to propose a short anonymous one-...
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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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Feature request on asking a user for the reason on downvoting a question

Wouldn't it be legit for an OP to know why his posts are getting downvoted, Wouldn't it be great if the user submits a reason when downvoting, This would both the user to improve and for the mod to ...
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How to access questions of an account deleted by a moderator?

As I tried to evade a question ban by opening another account, my account was deleted. Nevertheless, the answers/comments I received on my posts were of vital importance (to me at least). I write the ...
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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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Feature request, self-flagging own comments

I would like to suggest an extension of the already functionality «flagging comments» to draw the attention of moderators. At present, it is possible to mark comments by other authors. Based on a ...
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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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Feature request for a new tag for confusing high school textbook paragraphs

More often than not, there are a lot of questions especially on the chemistry exchange telling "my textbook says so and so, but this makes no sense" like this one in particular . And for ...
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Does the discussion about new table support in main meta apply to chem SE?

A new table format supported by markdown is discussed in meta, as you might have become aware from links to this page Inserting a table appears to be as simple as inserting e.g. the following: ...
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Homework question closing note improvement

I think the closing note for closed homework questions should explicitly contain a short notice about not being limited to literal homework, perhaps mentioning other cases. Assuming the system allows ...
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Lack of intimation of possible software

This was a question and answer that was posted on Chem SE today. The answer was concise. However the lack of formatting hurts. The main issue stems from the fact that new users aren't intimated to the ...
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Is the chat room bot alive?

In the Main Chatroom Guidelines page it mentions a "ChemBot" which allows users to give various commands in chat. Is it still working? If not, can it be fixed?
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Should the [homework] tag probably be removed from the suggestions when posting a new question?

I noticed that when asking a new question, a [homework] tag appears in the example list: as if the website promotes its usage. However, it's been deprecated for a long time, and it seems like it ...
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altered page layout ChemSE

Either, that I was not logged in in ChemSE, or did not pay this much attention when I did, but just a few moments ago I noticed a change of ChemSE's layout. While writing this question to ChemMetaSE, ...
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Can a markup option be added to rotate an image?

A never ending stream of numb-numbs post images that end up sideways. Can the site be improved to add markup to rotate such images?
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Change “for scientists, academics, teachers and students”

The short description of Chemistry Stack Exchange reads Q&A for scientists, academics, teachers and students This is certainly not wrong and describes quite well that we are open for a broad ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

When flagging for migration to another SE network, the only option I get is chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com. Why are other SE networks not shown here, like Physics.SE (many questions fit there better ...
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Flag for homework answers/comments

As per the homework policy: As a community member, what should I know? Watch out for answers that provide a full solution. Downvote, comment, flag. Watch out for long comment discussions....
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Add homework policy link in the "How to Ask" dialog

I help review questions on Chem.SE regularly, and this type of question comes up regularly. Some downvoted homework question by a new person to the Chem.SE network, usually because they weren't aware ...
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Proposal for a bot to welcome new users

Introduction I don't have a better word than a bot. New users often get intimidated after their question goes on hold , they never come back. Personally speaking the second question I asked was 4 ...
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Tag Request - Salts

I recently posted a question regarding salt hydrolysis, and was surprised that a 'salt' tag was not available, despite it being a prominent topic in chemistry. Is there a reason as to why this isn't ...
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Shouldn't the OP be notified if his/her question is put on hold or closed or edited?

I recently asked a question which was put on hold. I was not notified of it being put on hold. I was always notified if my question had any answer or comment. If I had received the notification, I had ...
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Usage of literature references and external sources

I see many question with "my book says that ..." expression, and no reference is provided, which makes it harder to pinpoint the problem. Probably an idea of proper quotation and citing should be ...
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Enable 'hide preview' on answers by default

As has been noted previously, typing MathJax in answers can significantly cause the page to lag. On my Mac this lag is quite severe, even with only minimal MathJax introduced, making it really ...
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Best way to post and visualize crystallographic data

I think this would help a lot to save time needed to produce images, reduce internet traffic and make understanding of the structures easier, if only there would be a better way rather than putting a ...
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Newcomers are more valuable than you think, please welcome them

This isn't a new issue as far as I have noticed from seeing the older posts regarding this: Shouldn't we be a bit more welcoming to new askers/ posters? We should have a Welcome post to link to ...
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Prevention of unnecessary edits of old posts.

The issue of unnecessary edits has been brought up many times here, both on meta and in chat. The "Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know" post puts it fairly succinctly: In any event,...
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Enable syntax highlighting for code

Editorial comment As of 7th August 2017 there is quite strong support for the proposal. The developers have been asked via e-mail to take a closer look. Here is a block of Python, indented by 4 ...
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Nomenclature tag synonyms: naming, name, or names

Often newcomers ask a question dealing with naming of chemical compounds. But they might not know, that naming is technically called nomenclature. Therefore I think it would be helpful to add naming ...
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Can we change the contrast of questions which have at least one of our favourite tags?

My question is just simple and that is only common sense for me, we can choose favourite tags and I think the goal is to rise the questions we can answer, at least, and the questions which can ...
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Quote box coloring, should it stand out more?

When I'm reading a post with quoted material, the quote doesn't seem to stand out to me, maybe it's something about it being yellow, but I cannot see it. Quoth the raven Nevermore The blue here ...
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Pin chat to the sidebar on main site?

Can we pin the link to the chatroom to the sidebar on the main site? It does not always appear. This was asked by another user in chat and discussed (I can't find it now, of course) and I thought it ...
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Enable automatic line-breaking for SVG output

The MathJax configuration for the HTML–CSS output processor includes the option linebreaks: { automatic:true }. When using this output processor (right-click on any ...
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Can we have oneboxed links for scientific papers in chat?

Certain weblinks when posted in chat will onebox, i.e. they will be displayed as a box containing part of the content of the site linked. This is especially cool for SE questions and answers but also ...
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Can we allow comments on the question change the status of a question to active?

I think it may be useful to allow the addition of a comment to bump a question.
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Inspiration from Hacktoberfest

Hacktoberfest is a program to get programmers involved in the open source community. The idea is that by contributing to a number of projects during the month of October, members can receive a free t ...
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Video player integration in answers

Many posts here involve explaining the procedure/process involved to achieve the desired results, whose demonstration videos / concept-explaining videos(with animations) usually can be found on sites ...
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Reviewing the questions by a reputed user before posting

Is it right if I talk about a system where experienced users like somebody with 1000 points and above to review each question asked and make necessary suggestions as soon as possible and then post it....
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Reasoning or commenting before downvoting

Would it be better if we make necessary for a member to comment/reason along with downvoting?
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We need some upgreek, please!

Correct typesetting is what you would expect from an academic community. Chem.SE has always tried to be one, and we always value their standards; and our meticulous editors have always had an eye on ...
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"Cite" link in Chem.SE? [duplicate]

"Cite" link was neatly added to Physics.SE (see relevant posts in their meta: 1, 2, 3; 4). Shouldn't we have it too?
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Design request - Can I please have the visited questions in a different color?

I thought I wouldn't like the new design, but what I can I say? I looove it! And I'm not gotta grow tired of it this soon. But...There's something that bothers me. I'm used to sleeping every night. (...
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Can we please burninate the organic tag?

It was created recently and (fortunately) hasn't been used till now. It is pointless, unless somebody wants to advertise home-grown lettuce on Chemistry.SE! It is ugly and I do not want to use it ...
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Enable migration paths to Physics and Biology

According to an answer to this question, now that Chemistry.SE is out of beta, it is eligible to have migration paths to other sites. I think paths to Physics.SE and Biology.SE would be very helpful ...
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