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Asking questions with eye-catching highlight

Recently I asked a question which included all of the researched data and added with reference. In the clutter, I wished to point out my question so that it's easy to answer. But, it seemed that the ...
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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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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Spoiler warning: Be aware that this page contains a lot of MathJax, so it will probably need quite a while to load completely. Sandbox II has become as clogged as Sandbox I was (and is), especially ...
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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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Nonconforming MathJax example on the Markdown Editing Help page

The Markdown Editing Help page on Chemistry Stack Exchange (https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/editing-help#latex) includes the following short example for the the use of MathJax: ...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

Often there is a quoted question (e.g. a block quote with >) from the textbook with certain typographic flaws which I would edit without any doubts, among which ...
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How to line up a discussion about a bullet point?

I have the following three bullet points in text like this: BP 1 BP 2 Yada yada BP 3 How do I get "Yada yada" to line up the text "BP 2". In other words I want the same ...
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Forcing italic for e.g. R/S stereodescriptors in comments

For some special border cases, syntax formatting does not work as expected. E.g. trying to italicize “R” stereodescriptor in “(2R)-butan-2-ol” in a comment, with ...
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Wouldn't be text highlighting useful?

Often quote citations of literature references are included in an answer, with original text formatting features like bold and/or italic font. Sometimes it is desirable to emphasize specific text ...
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Formatting hints no shown to user

Why are the basic (math/chemical) formatting hints https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/notation not always displayed next to the form where users enter new questions, and why is the elementar \ce{...
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What is the standard LaTeX depiction of G “naught”?

A user today wrote $G^0$ (G^0) to indicate standard Gibbs energy. I quickly edited it to $G^\circ$ (G^\circ) instead as that's ...
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Should the images with transparent background be preferred?

Since the default background color on Chemistry.SX is white, any image, whether it has an alpha-channel to it (e.g. PNG with transparency enabled) or not (e.g. JPEG of GIF) looks fine. However, ...
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Fully or partially handwritten, scanned and photographed Q&As

If a post either consists of, or contains hand-written/scanned/photographed parts, what's the best way of handling or improving it? From what I see there are the following possibilities: Leave it as ...
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PLEASE STOP SHOUTING AT US!

This is a note to all those that ask questions on the main site. If something is italicised, that is usually perceived as emphasised, i.e. read with a slightly stronger voice. Bolding is typically ...
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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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How to render Angstrom and Parts-per notations in MathJax?

Summary: Angstrom, Parts per thousand, Parts per Ten-Thousand cannot be displayed. Prior efforts: Searched Google and Detexify. Angstrom. (The letter), (the diacritic mark). The detexify (...
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How do I draw chemical compounds and chemical reaction mechanisms and add it to my questions?

Lots of organic chemistry questions require the knowledge of chemical structures and reaction mechanisms. We even have a tag: reaction-mechanism for it. Here, I will address the following: How do I ...
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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 pay attention to possible bugs of MathJax in the apps?

It is quite well known that the (android) app(s) are behind on which MathJax version they are currently using (see here for an example). I find this very unfortunate as many of the newer features, ...
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Should fractional units be displayed as fractions or as negative exponents

The comments in this post discuss this issue, though without a clear conclusion unless I'm missing something. For something as simple as grams per mole for example, there are actually several ways ...
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What happened to writing ions with \ce?

I took a look at some old questions and noticed that some \ce{} expressions were not working as they should. I am especially interested in how to write polyatomic ...
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Formatting Sandbox II: 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 Spoiler warning: Be aware that this page ...
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What is the recommended style of citing on chemistry.se?

In principle citing is fine in any way that attributes the original author(s) unambiguously. The highest principle should always be: Give credit. However, recently we decided to have a community ...
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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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American vs British spelling: Is there a standard? Should there be?

The only mention of this that turned up in a quick search was a passing mention three years ago. I've just encountered a pending edit on this question where the editor tidied up the question with ...
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How to solve mhchem/MathJax rendering problems

Edit: This is not a bug, it is a feature, see my answer post. While recently directing a new user to this meta post about formatting using MathJax, I noticed that some components were not rendering ...
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(Title LaTeX test) Why does NMR Ix+iIy ($\hat{I}_x+i\hat{I}_y$)

I wanted to test some $\LaTeX$ in the title for myself, and I didn't know any other way to do so. Why does the transverse magnetization in Fourier Transform NMR consist of Ix+iIy ($\hat{I}_x+i\hat{I}...
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On formatting electron configurations

I usually pay a very high attention to the formatting of anything I write, especially to the mathematical notation, because in my opinion it is really important. Of course, the most important thing in ...
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Latex Subscripting

How do I write $\ce{C_{2}{v}}$ properly in Latex so that the "2" and the "v" are both subscripted on the same subscript line? If I write it as $\ce{C_{2v}}$ (\ce{C_{2v}), I get an down-arrow symbol ...
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Chemistry equation shortcut?

Is it so necessary that every equation is enclosed by a whole bunch of $\ce{ }$? Could we have something shorter to make posts more readable in raw format? If we ...
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Spreading awareness about using \ce{…}

I have seen most of the question without \ce{...}. I don't know why user don't use that. Might be they are not aware about that because it is not used in other S.E. So how to aware users about it I ...
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How do we write catalysis when writing equations?

Many reactions are invoked/sped up by presence of certain chemical substance. This is called catalysis. As far as I know, catalyst is then written above the arrow of the reaction. The same is also ...
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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: ...