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What is our target audience, today, in 2022?

I have been a scientist in the field of chemistry. I have been an academic, coincidentally, also in the field of chemistry. Some people may have even considered me to be a teacher in the field of ...
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How (and if) to get started at "supporting my product here"

Relevant background: "Can I support my product here?" https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/help/product-support "What topics can I ask about here?" https://chemistry.stackexchange....
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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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Would a "common reference" close reason make sense? Why or why not?

This post is one follow up to the discussion Gaps to fill without HW close reason. It seemed appropriate to give it its own place to discuss this. It seems to me some questions (a lot of the ...
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It makes no sense to me that this question about thermodynamics was closed as being physics rather than chemistry

Several users voted to close this question, Pressure-dependence of electrolysis voltage, in which the OP asked for help identifying the flaw in an electrochemical perpetual motion machine. I gather ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

I realize this 'homework' topic has been discussed before, tiringly so, but please Paddington with me. I'll try to attack it from a different angle. If you're not all caught up, check these previous ...
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How to post information that others might find useful (if I don't have a question)?

Suppose I've discovered something that I think will be useful for others. But I don't have a question, I just want to share it. Can I post that on Chemistry Stack Exchange? Do I have to do it in a "...
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Guidelines for closing as off-topic, belong on a different SE

Thinking about: Why room gets heated (closed and deleted, access to moderation tool > 10k reputation required) Now, I agree that this question has a strong physics bent to it, but thermodynamics is ...
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Where do I look for advice on computational chemistry software?

A Bit of a background before I go deeper into this post: I would like to use ASE a Python library for molecular dynamics. I recently ran into trouble setting up GPAW, and I would like to know whether ...
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I'm looking for a gooey substance that has a greenish glow, helps stick automobile parts together and saves the world from hunger in the process

I don't know if it's some visionary dude coming up with a revolutionary idea, some lunatic who wants to prove sciencez is wrong and water can be a fuel, a curious "chemistry layman"1 who aims to ...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

From What topics can I ask about here? Some kinds of questions aren't allowed here: Computational questions: If your question is purely about numerical methods you are using in a simulation/...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

Intro Consider two likely scenarios: Q: How many grams of $\ce{O2}$ are there in one mole of oxygen gas? I know that O is 16, so it should be 16 grams, AMIRITE? Please halp ugrant kthxbye ...
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Isn’t this question basically ‘what should I study’?

After having been away overnight and then scrolling through the list of active questions since my last visit I came across this one. If I try to boil this down to its bare essences, it would be one of ...
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Why was this reference request closed as unclear?

I don't quite understand why the following question was closed: Molecular structure of all periodic table element molecules exceptional cases etc It is especially not clear to me what's unclear about ...
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Why is this question not overly broad?

This question (Is there a chemical that when added to water makes the water flash evaporate?) was posted 2 days ago, closed yesterday as being too broad and reopened today (14th Sep 2016 at 17:45Z, ...
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Should I ask short questions in chat or on main site?

Recently, I had a question regarding the systematic name of $\ce{FeI2*2FeI3}{^{[\text{*}]}}$. Because the inquiry would be simple and short, and due to the possibility of sawed–off replies, I chose to ...
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Suggesting a chemistry homework site

I think there a should be separate site for homework, where students can show their efforts and post their questions. Many questions of that type are closed here for unnecessary reasons.
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Policy on questions in basic mediums

Let's sit down and have a talk. Recently, we're closing a lot. 1 A good portion of the "offending" posts have been questions that either touch very basic concepts of chemistry, or are ones that you ...
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Pronunciation questions

Recently, a question on pronunciation was downvoted and then put on hold for being "primarily opinion based". That particular question wasn't the best-constructed, lucidly-typed question in the ...
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What to do about rudimentary questions?

I've come across a number of questions in the past week or so, often in the review queues, that require an answer that's exposition of this or that rudimentary aspect of chemistry (example). In many ...
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How to know a radioactivity question is a chemistry question but not physics question?

Sorry I can't distinguish when is a radioactivity question becomes a chemistry question :( Is there any borderline to distinguish them from a physics question?
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What about the magic in the questions?

When watching TV, I admit I do that quite a lot, it is almost impossible not to get exposed to some kind of fictional depiction of chemistry or sciences in chemistry. Playing computer games is ...
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Should we develop nomenclature to indicate the level of sophistication on which we're answering questions?

In thinking about Ben Norris's answer to this question, asking about whether answers should contain a level of detail appropriate for the estimated knowledge of the asker, a subsequent question came ...
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Should we try to tune the level of detail in answers to the level of knowledge of the questioner?

Somewhat related to this meta question, discussing the proper mix of high-level and common-knowledge level content on a technical SE site, I'm wondering about how we might best go about answering ...
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Should we extend the scope of textbook-erratum?

A recent question was brought to my attention due to the "close" review queue, where it was about to be closed: What is the product of alpha decay of Curium-226? I believe that textbook-erratum is ...
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Are questions about analytical instrument maintenance in the scope of Chemistry.SE?

There is a lot of information on the web about chemistry, but finding information about how to maintain analytical instruments is more difficult. Are questions pertaining to maintaining instruments ...
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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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What is our policy on material recommendations? [duplicate]

From time to time we get questions asking for a material with certain properties, like this one or this one or this one. Many of these garner a couple of close votes, and they do attract discussions ...
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Can I ask Breaking Bad questions?

I found a question which got my attention, well this question, and it didn't called my attention because it was interesting (which it could be) but because a tag that somehow in my eyes is kind of ...
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We're now in public beta - so are more basic questions ok now? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of subjects in chemistry are considered “too easy”? Congratulations to all, on getting the site out of private beta and into public beta. Is it now OK ...
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Should chemistry-related forensics questions be allowed?

Often the field of forensics involves a good deal of chemistry—should we allow forensics-related questions on the site?
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Are [software] questions on topic?

Sparked by this question. Should software questions be on-topic? They aren't exactly expert-type questions. They're something which chemists know about, but unrelated to chemistry concepts. They can ...
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Question about sulfur - on topic or off topic?

There was a question this evening: "Is the sulfur from polishing silver with aluminum dangerous?" The question has been removed by the author, so I'll try to summarize: "I've polished silver by ...
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When is it appropriate to ask questions about Biochemistry and Chemical Biology?

Biology.SE has a similar discussion but it would be good to define it here. What types of biochemistry questions are suitable for Chemistry.SE and at what point does it become a question that should ...
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What kind of subjects in chemistry are considered "too easy"?

Since we're in the Stack Exchange Beta, it's always stressed that easy questions should be avoided, in order to attract experts. I'm not entirely sure whether the questions I have fall into that ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

Status: Pushed to faq I still need to pick examples of good posts (I may wait a bit for a bigger pool to choose from) Drawing from this blog post We ought to decide on a well-defined "what kind ...
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Let's decide on a homework policy

Sooner or later, we're going to have to decide which types of "homework" questions we ought to allow. Note that "homework" is not limited to assignments, but rather any question which has the homework-...
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Permissibility of various types of nomenclature questions?

I anticipate several classes of nomenclature questions may be posed, some of which may not be suitable for the site. I have listed them with my thoughts interposed. Simple 'name this molecule' type ...
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Would questions on the history of chemistry be allowed?

Would a question on, say, the timeline of improvements to an analytical method, or which scientist discovered reaction Z first, be welcomed on this site?
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How should we handle questions on "energetic materials" and "bioactive compounds"?

My experience with various chemistry fora over the years has shown me that there will always be one misguided soul ("kewls" in the parlance of a certain prominent forum) asking about the red goo that ...
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Where does Physics.SE end and Chemistry.SE begin?

I just asked a question regarding how protons remain together in a nucleus despite their electromagnetic repulsion, but I just found that exact question already asked and answered on Physics.SE ...