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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Making a good edit is hard. On Chem.SE, we (would/should/could) care about the finest points of formatting. There are basic points of editing many editors know about: Put some fancy MathJax/ $\mathrm\...
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What do I need to know about tagging?

From the tour of All questions are tagged with their subject areas. Each can have up to 5 tags, since a question might be related to several subjects. This post is a guide on ...
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What additional formatting features are available to MathJax (possibly via \require{})?

In his answer to a question about crossing out units in dimensional analysis, Loong notes that the \cancel{} LaTeX command can be enabled in MathJax by using ...
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How to write physical units

Units have to be written in an upright font. One normally does it this way: $1.2 \times 10^3\,\mathrm{\frac{J}{mol}}$ $1.2 \times 10^3\,\mathrm{\frac{J}{mol}}$ ...
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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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Why has my account been restricted?

I am not allowed to ask a question (for a couple of days) because I have "asked too many questions recently that have not been well received well by the community"... I understand why this would ...
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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 Why are other SE networks not shown here, like Physics.SE (many questions fit there better ...
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Getting answer after Bounty fails?

One of the goals of putting up a bounty for a question is to draw attention and a good answer. But after having put up a bounty, if you still don't get an answer for your question or any suggestion as ...
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How to draw structures of compounds while writing questions?

I'm here for quite a few days, but it's a disgrace that in my questions, I can't post any pictures of organic compounds, simply as I don't know how to do it. I have thus two questions related to this. ...
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My question was closed as too broad, I edited it as directed, but nothing happened

I have a question about my Chemistry Stack Exchange post: Is there a terminology contradiction about whether the conjugate of a strong acid is a "weak base"? The original version of my post ...
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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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Why are my questions downvoted for no reason?

Lots of my questions were downvoted or have no votes at all for bad or even no reasons,even though I try to do my best at researching and studying the topic(there are some good ones too). Can anyone ...
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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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Do I need to show my own attempt if I post a question along with an answer written by me?

Do I need to show my own attempt if I post a question along with an answer written by me? Suppose I come across a remarkably good question on a particular chemistry topic and wish to share it with ...
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What can be changed on the site, how, and how fast?

The current interest in the "homework" vote-to-close (VTC) option and related matters leads me to wonder how the internals of this site work. Compare Facebook, which despite a huge user base edits ...
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Dimensional analysis with chemistry equations on stack exchange?

I know we use Mathjax/mhchem. What I would like to know, is if its possible to cross out units as part of dimensional analysis. Here is an example of the desirable effect:
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Is there any option to follow a user?

I'm very new here, and I have already found some people, who write good answers. I want to follow them. Like to watch their work in free time. Is there any option to follow a user?
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What happened with my bounty?

I assigned a 50 points bounty to a question. I did not award the bounty, and neither was it auto-awarded. Still, I did lose the 50 points. Where did the bounty go?
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What is wrong about my answer?

I have a question about my Chemistry Stack Exchange post: When we name an organic compound ,if there is double bond and a functional group which is now a substituent who has priority? I do not ...
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How to deal with "smart" toxic behaviour?

I wonder if (CSE) has methods to deal with aggressive or toxic people when they are smart. I mean, there are rules about not being rude, unfriendly, etc., but what if someone "plays by ...
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I need permission to reuse photo from user "porphyrin" answer on question about mag field influence on chemical reaction

The answer of the above mention user helped me in understanding chemical reactions in a magnetic field, this is not the first time someone is profiting from SE, but I will reference the source ...
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How to get unblocked from asking questions?

I got down votes on some of my questions and some of them closed, so, I got blocked from asking. After a period of time from being blocked, I regained the privilege of asking, but only one question ...
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Fallacy in my argument, reason for getting question closed? How to improve my (another) question? Why did I get half the bounty amount?

I recently added an answer to Why is [Ni(en)3]2+ paramagnetic? Atomic number of Ni is 28, $\ce{Ni^{2+}}$ has configuration $\mathrm{[Ar]3d^8}$. It can not form lower spin octahedral complex due to ...
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Why was my question closed?

Why is fluorine a oxidising agent? No reason was giving for closing the question, to me the questions seems quite clear. And also in the future I request the mods to provide appropriate reason for ...
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