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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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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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What do I need to know about tagging?

From the tour of Chemistry.se: 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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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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Allow small edits

For the upcoming MathJax/mhchem update, I'd like to make sure that old chemistry.SE posts do not break. I downloaded 12,000 unique usages of \ce and I have been ...
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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 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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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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Regarding duplication of chemistry stackexchange content on other forums for money?

Today while searching for $d^3 s$ hybridization I found copied content of a highly reputed question on stackexchange where the user answered same word to word and the date for the content posted by ...
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Is there a way to proactively vote against closure?

The question H-NMR spectroscopy of [18]annulene presents an interesting problem in chemistry, and an even more interesting one for chemistry SE. Three readers have voted to close the question but ...
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When are the moderator elections?

Biology.SE graduated an hour ago and one of their posts had an answer stating about election. The most recent graduated site took somewhere like 2-3 weeks after the design post to graduate. There ...
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Editor to use on PC with windows to format answers?

Ok, I've never used the formatting language Latex. I would like to install an editor on my PC so that I could write/format answers on my PC rather than multiple edits on the site. I obviously want ...
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How do you number equations

I have an answer that has a number of equations. Within the text of the answer I just want to refer to the number of the equation. I saw it on an answer somewhere, but I can find such an answer now. ...
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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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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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Borderline self-promotional edit

Today I received an edit suggestion on this answer of mine. The answer contains the following: Probably the ultimate non-toxic solution [for a high density brine] would be a cesium polytungstate ...
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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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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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How to avoid activating MathJax when I want to use `$` for US currency

The $ symbol encloses tex commands and acts as a signal for MathJax to engage. What if I want to use $ for it's other purpose, ...
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Cumulative bounties

Lets assume I really like a certain question and I would like to get the best answer possible from the community, but there is already a reward announced by the author. Is there a way to assign ...
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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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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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@StackChemistry Twitter Account

There is a Twitter account (@StackChemistry) for this website which frequently tweets Questions and Answers . Recently while editing a question of mine I came across this : ...
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What to do if I receive down-votes?

The following posts of mine currently have downvotes: Is Potassium permanganate an oxidizing agent or is the Permanganate ion the oxidizing agent? Convention for writing concentration units How is 1 ...
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Undefined control sequence \pu in official SE Android app

For some reason content produced with \pu{} cannot be rendered properly in official Stack Exchange android app, though \ce{} ...
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Simultaneous post editing

Recently I noticed that some posts are not editable: Another edit is awaiting approval for this post. Further edits cannot be submitted until the pending edit is reviewed. I thought there is a git-...
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What's the difference between "flagging → duplicate" and "flagging → should be closed → duplicate of..."?

I remember this confusion that I had before I was given the close-vote priviledge. Since I can't show it on this site, let me use BioSE's flagging (where I don't have close vote): and Apart from ...
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How is the announcer badge awarded?

How is it determined that a member be awarded the announcer badge? I've linked a couple questions that may have had the required number of IP addresses visit. How would the site know that I am the ...
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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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What happened to "last seen" in Profile?

Looking at members' Profiles, I no longer see the notice as to when the individual was last heard from. Has it been deleted?
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What to do if you are offended by someone on this site?

I do not want to name names at this point, but there was a recent comment in response to an (automated) comment from the low-quality post queue, which really went to my nerves. And this comment almost ...
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Is there a site on ChemSE to practice mhchem and mathjax?

Is there a site on ChemSE to practice mhchem and mathjax? Or does one just learn while asking or answering a question.
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Is "rendered output" for an edit supposed to show markup?

I try to approve some edits. Often if the edit really improves the text depends on how the new markup will be rendered. Selecting "rendered output" I just see the markup, not the rendered output. Why? ...
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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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Answer Ban Removal Methods

I got an answer ban. "We are no longer accepting answer from this account". So I deleted my minus 1 answers but its still not going. What to do?
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Why was my bounty not auto-awarded?

Regarding the bounty I placed on: Sodium Bisulfate vs Sodium Bisulfite. At first glance this question looks like a dupe of this one: What happened with my bounty? but it's not, because my question ...
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Can I get a second chance to close a question?

I was attempting to vote to close a question as a duplicate, but when I tried copying and pasting a link to the duplicate reference I somehow got the link wrong. Seeing this I retracted the vote to ...
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Can outdated versions of answers be removed?

In this question I initially answered with a Google link, and drew a comment asking me to remove the link. I edited the answer with a different link to the reference, but the previous versions remain ...
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Can I please have my photochemistry tag badge?

Bronze tag badges are seemingly created automatically and awarded once the requirements are met. The requirements are described in the HelpCenter as: You must have a total score of 100 in at least ...
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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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Are there scripts and stats that can provide a measure of the rate of "abandonment" of posts?

Is there a script and maybe also old statistics on the response rate of OPs to reviewer comments? In other words, when I leave a comment below a question seeking additional information or requesting ...
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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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How do you link web addresses in comments?

I have seen comments that "neatly" link web addresses instead of having the "ugly" html specification in the comment. Is the only way to do this with the same markup that is used for links in ...
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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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Don't I have the authority to reject any suggested edit?

I have come across a situation that when I edit someone's post, it is kept on hold for 'peer review' and after the approval of the author it reflects on the site. But when someone suggests edit to my ...
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Is it a software bug? Why getting Q&(accepted)A to the front?

I've seen What is a neutral atom?; it is a question, it has an accepted answer, but (maybe I have some misconceptions about that) is "refreshed" by the "Community" user. Please help me understand.
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Can weekly newsletter be sorted by tags?

I saw the right hand corner "LOVE this site?" advertisement. Then I click on the sample newsletter. It's just a whole page of questions (possibly irrelevant/makes no interest the way it looks). Would ...
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I cannot see the images, and it was not like this at the beginning, what do I need to do?

I cannot see the images, and it was not like this at the beginning, what do I need to do? When I wrote an answer for instance How many resonance structures does the oxalate ion have? I was very ...
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