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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...