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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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Enable mhchem mathjax extension

Mathjax 2.0 supports the mhchem extension. Could we enable it? It will save us lots of time in typesetting chemical formulae. How to enable the extension
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Which plugins for chemical formulas do we need?

Some Stack Exchange sites have site-specific extensions that allow them e.g. to typeset mathematical equations, create UI mockups or display Go board positions. Some support for creating and ...
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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 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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Should we create a community blog?

Several people have mentioned that we should note significant answers to common (or interesting) questions, for example here. I think a community blog could serve several great uses: Discussing ...
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Reputation losses on Chemistry.SE - Can we please get the votes back?

The following illustrates the dramatic impact of a situation described earlier in Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted. Chemistry.SE is a vivid beta site with ~ 2700 questions. The ...
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Plagiarism: To what extent? We should be able to flag for this

I've read a lot of great answers from very generous people contributing on SE:Chem. However, sometimes I've come across an occasional answer where large swaths if not the entire response was a ...
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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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Can site users suggest some design specifications regarding graduated site development

So here comes a good news that Chemistry SE is graduating soon. (Update: we have graduated now! Yay!) Chemistry Stack Exchange has a steady flow of high quality questions and answers, and a growing ...
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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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Can we make a “big list” community question for structure drawing software?

I would like to know the possible alternative available in chemistry software I've found very useful the big list like TeX or StackOverflow I would like have something similar to find the best ...
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Finding a library to allow drawing chemical structures directly on the site

Drawing structural formulas is a very common task in chemistry. Simple chemical formulas are often not sufficient, they are ambiguous for pretty much any non-trivial molecule, and structural formulas ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Additional note on “Markdown Editing Help”

Yesterday I extended one of my answers. Hosted on the chemistry site, chemical equations were used, yet it was rather by accident I recognized the option to use LaTeX's mhchem environment \ce{} ...
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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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Integrate a tool for drawing structural formulas

Based on my previous meta post looking for suitable tools, I propose to add the ChemDoodle Web Components for drawing structural formulas to the site. From the alternatives I've looked at, this seems ...
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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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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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A link to common notation and symbols on the Tour page

Most new joiners do not know about the tools for mathematical and chemical formatting provided by Chemistry.SE. The Tour page details out the core concept of asking questions very well, but I feel ...
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“Cite” link in Chem.SE?

"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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Additions to MathJax/mhchem: Cancel, Broken Arrows; SI units

I think sometimes it is necessary to show, that a reaction does not take place, therefore a broken arrow would be a nice thing to have. I played a little in the sandbox and found a somewhat working ...
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Can we have a font that harmonizes with inline MathJAX?

Inline formulas on chemistry SE are clunky-looking and distracting, because the thin sans-serif font used here is so different from the heavy serif font used in MathJAX expressions. Over at math....
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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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Could we use a font where 'l' doesn't look identical to 'I'?

I've been perusing a few posts here and there, and one thing that sometimes confuses me is seeing an 'l' and thinking that it is an 'I'. An example is the question about ClF3 ($\ce {ClF3}$) which I ...
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Do we need to notify of­fi­cial haz­ard state­ments for dangerous question or answer?

All we know that some procedures are dangerous in chemistry, should we notify the reader with some labels or themes if the question or the procedure mentioned in the answer is dangerous, and we can ...
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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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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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Should Engineering questions be OK

Chemistry SE doesn't have many engineering questions as far as I can see but Physics SE has a lot of nuclear engineering and electrical engineering, however they arbitrarily reject some of such ...
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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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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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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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Encouraging Cross-Site SE Questions

I think as we graduate, it's good to encourage visits from related sites, particularly Physics.SE, Biology.SE, etc. I often find some questions on Chemistry.SE that could easily be on Physics and ...
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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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TeX tutorial too intimidating/extensive

The help sidebar ("How to format") links to http://www.math.harvard.edu/texman/ That's a bit too extensive for us. (And it's for LaTeX proper, not mathjax so it has tons of irrelevant stuff) Can we ...
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How can we flag question that belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network?

I don't understand how to flag the question so it can migrate in other S.E. sites. It seems that when I flag it and I choose "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" can ...
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Do we want small caps?

after writing this answer What chemicals are present in burnt toast? i have encountered that there is no small caps available in MathJax. Wouldn't it be a good idea to provide small caps for citing s....
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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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How can I undo a recommendation?

I upvoted an answer too hastily; its last paragraph turned out to contain some irrelevant, debatable stuff. I tried to undo the recommendation but the only way I found to do so was to downvote. I ...
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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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Are there links between different stack exchanges?

I have noticed that many of the questions asked here are relevant to other stack exchanges (mathematics or physics). My question is whether the Chem SE includes suggestions to other Stack exchange ...
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Possibility of adding specific Org. Chem. tags?

I think instead of simply having Organic Chemistry as a tag we should subdivide it into separate ones. For beginners, the tags Aldol, Bayer-Villiger etc. could be used. What do you think ?
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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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Submitting a suggested edit for a tag, still results in a “Tag has no wiki summary, can you help us create it?” [closed]

This is a bug, because an "edit" (at least to the extent that the user can make it) has already been made. Is there anything that can be done to change this, perhaps for the first few days of 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 there be different colored block quoting?

The yellow block quote that "> " produces is extremely useful, but wouldn't it be better if different colors were accessible? One application of this could be in a case where one wants to compare ...