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Questions tagged [tags]

For discussions about tags on the main site, including anything from creation, over merging, synonym creation, deletion, and related operations.

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Tagging questions on diffraction of things other than X-rays?

The question What is “detwinning” as a 2D crystallography technique? and neutron diffraction brought this to mind, but electron diffraction is an established technique as well, and there may be others....
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What to do with the [ph] tag

Usage guidance for acid-base (2091 questions) This tag should be applied to questions concerning acid and base reactions. Usage guidance for ph (558 questions) pH (or the potential of hydrogen) ...
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Do we need [polymers] and [plastics] tags?

Current usage guidance for plastics (116 posts) For questions relating to the structures, properties, production methods and potential hazards of polymer materials commonly known as plastics ...
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Should the [homework] tag probably be removed from the suggestions when posting a new question?

I noticed that when asking a new question, a [homework] tag appears in the example list: as if the website promotes its usage. However, it's been deprecated for a long time, and it seems like it ...
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A tag for complete active spaces, multi-reference, multi-configuration

We have gotten a few (good, some excellent) questions about multi-reference, multi-configuration, complete active space, and possibly more related terms, recently. I would guess the grand total is ...
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Should the [acid-base] tag be applied to carboxylic acids as well?

This search query yields 33 questions tagged [acid-base] and containing the words "carboxylic acid" in them. (Convenient links to the tag wikis for both [acid-base] and [carbonyl-compounds]) Note ...
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Organic oxidation and reductions tag

I cannot find an earlier discussion pertaining to this tag, so I'll post this today. I've noticed the organic-reduction for a fair amount of time now. It has 14 questions tagged as of today. However, ...
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“Numerical-analysis” needs some love!

Tag: numerical-analysis Questions asked till date: 18 The problem: Evident misuse in a variety of problems from sig figs to kinetics to electrochem, simply because there is no tag wiki for this tag ...
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Tag for electrophilic aromatic substitution?

There are 14 questions mentioning EAS, 82 questions mentioning "electrophilic substitution", and 48 questions mentioning "electrophilic aromatic substitution", adding up to nearly 150 questions, ...
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How about [pdb] tag?

Would it be ok to have a pdb tag on chemistry.SE? I watch this tag on bioinformatics.SE and biology.SE (through email notifications), and now I just realized that there are many similar questions on ...
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Can [rare-earth-elements] be improved?

The rare-earth elements are, according to Wikipedia (which cites IUPAC): the fifteen lanthanides, as well as scandium and yttrium. Could we expand this to include actinides? I would suggest ...
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Is there any need for a real gas tag?

I was going to edit a question to include this tag, but then realized the "real-gas" tag doesn't exist till now! Most of the questions about real-gas are currently tagged under "gas-laws" like this ...
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Tag Request - Salts

I recently posted a question regarding salt hydrolysis, and was surprised that a 'salt' tag was not available, despite it being a prominent topic in chemistry. Is there a reason as to why this isn't ...
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Tag for physical organic chemistry?

The title says it all, really - should we have a tag for physical organic chemistry? I think there is absolutely no doubt that it satisfies the usual metrics in terms of scope, etc. and currently ...
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What can or should we do with [pharmacology], [toxicology], [medicinal-chemistry]?

Recently toxicology has been created, which prompted this question. Originally I wanted to suggest renaming phamacology into phamacology-toxicology as the lines are especially blurry (in terms of ...
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Do we need a separate [proofreading] tag?

If a user includes the following in a question: attempt to provide an answer to own question; code for debugging; own unique view towards the problem; a request to check whether her/his assumptions ...
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Functional group tagging - revisited

Back in 2015 it was decided that we should create and apply tags for a bunch of functional groups. See: Should we create tags for common functional groups? I'll be upfront about what I think: after ~...
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Would a tag called [about-faq] be necessary?

If I wanted to ask a question on meta about the FAQ, how would I tag it as such? I can't use the faq tag since that's used for tagging actual FAQ posts. So in such case, would a about-faq be necessary ...
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The five-tag limit and its implications

As Chemistry.SE has grown, we have created many tags to help classify questions. I have been responsible for some of them, and I am also very glad to see others chip in with their expertise in ...
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Expanding abbreviated tag names

Recently, the tag length limit was expanded to 35 characters. This means that some abbreviated tag names can be expanded. This might apply to dsc, epr, and nmr. Related: Why is the "ft-ir&...
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Tag proposal: [decomposition]

Making my way through old reaction questions, I constantly wish that something regarding decomposition existed. It's not acid-base, it's not stoichiometry, and it definitely isn't reaction-mechanism. ...
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Why is the “ft-ir” tag used to tag infrared spectroscopy questions?

Disclaimer: I am new learner to spectroscopy. I had posted a question recently related to infrared spectroscopy. What do s, m, w, m-w, and w-s mean in the context of infrared spectroscopy? A bit ...
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What's the “ethics” tag about?

I have been looking for tags to provide tag wikis for, and I found the tag ethics. It has no tag wiki yet. What I don't understand is, what's the tag for exactly? Merriam-Webster tells me, ethics ...
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Proposed change to the “Everyday-chemistry” tag wiki (excerpt)

The current everyday-chemistry wiki excerpt states: Applications of chemistry to reagents and reactions of everyday life. This tag should not be applied to questions which are just about simple ...
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Proposed change to the “Enzyme” tag wiki (excerpt)

The current enzymes wiki excerpt states: Enzymes are organic catalysts. Most enzymes are proteins, although a few are catalytic RNA molecules. Catalysts speed up the rate of a reaction by lowering ...
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Do we need the [iupac] tag?

So far there are only three questions tagged with iupac and it doesn't seem like any of them need it. Even if you think that the tag is helpful for these three questions, the fact remains that, well, ...
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Nomenclature tag synonyms: naming, name, or names

Often newcomers ask a question dealing with naming of chemical compounds. But they might not know, that naming is technically called nomenclature. Therefore I think it would be helpful to add naming ...
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Introducing: Spring Cleaning

First of all I would like to apologise to all our users in the southern hemisphere for giving it this name. I know you are heading towards autumn and similar to winter bash you are a bit left out. ...
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Should we be more worried about [corrosion]?

Just came across this question on the main page, and noticed that we haven't specifically been paying attention to corrosion on the site. I'm concerned that we may be overlooking a major maintenance ...
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Do we really need [homework]? [Part 3]

While we're on the topic of getting rid of tags, I would like to bring this up as a first step towards making a new closure policy. This has actually been discussed before. See: (1) Should we have a ...
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Scope of [heterocyclic-compounds] and [aromatic-compounds]

Edit: Following a suggestion by Mithoron I've renamed it to heterocyclic-compounds which is also more in line with the tags that we currently have. Edit 2: I've also done up a tag wiki. Feel free to ...
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Should we delete and blacklist [reaction]?

I am officially changing the post to a tag-blacklist-request. I think, and so far there was no objection, that it is a meta-tag, and that it is not helpful. Unlike homework or reference-request it ...
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Is [site-cleanup] (Meta tag) worth having?

In this Meta question I went ahead and applied the new Meta site-cleanup. Is this a good Meta tag to have? It seems like it would be a useful category to be able to search over. In particular, I'm ...
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Perhaps let's eliminate [classification]?

classification has 14 questions right now, most of which would either fit neatly under terminology or could just have classification stripped off. Of the 14, two actually do deal with classification ...
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Unable to create new tag (material science)

I tried to create a new tag called material science, but the server states that this is a new tag and cannot be created at remote mobile site. I want to add this tag because I feel it would be helpful ...
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Should there be a “stereoelectronics” tag?

At present, there isn't a tag for stereoelectronics (I have no idea if one existed in the past). Whilst there may be related tags (MO theory, molecular structure, sterics), I feel like ...
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Do we need separate tags for stereochemistry and chirality?

We currently (31 December 2016) have stereochemistry 292 questions chirality 45 questions stereochemistry + chirality 49 questions Do we really need two separate tags for stereochemistry and ...
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Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag?

Often when cruising the latest questions or working through the review queue, I'll make an edit that only adds homework. I see two problems, the first very minor, the second potentially insidious. ...
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Questions about the kinetic theory of gases

We have quite a lot of good questions on the topic, which is actually quite broad. For example, just yesterday we had this question: Does gravity affect the trajectory of gas particles? I liked that ...
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Scope of orbital tag

The orbitals tag wiki is currently quite a disaster. I hope you will agree if you read it. Just a few (of the many) complaints that I have: No reference to wavefunctions, which is precisely what an ...
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Should acronyms be tags or should tags be spelled out?

Acronyms are commonly used in scientific papers to conserve space and prevent authors from having to restate a long phrases. An expert may see certain abbreviations as common; however, a general ...
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Separate water and water-treatment tag

Is a water-treatment tag appropriate? There is a tag for water discussed previously on the chemistry SE. Is 'water' an appropriate tag? water-treatment is different in that it excludes all ...
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Can we have an electrophoresis tag?

There seem to be around only 15 questions now but I guess they'd steadily increase. Somehow I don't know which tag to fit such questions under
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How good is the organophosphate tag?

I noticed a few questions appearing on the active tab that had the organophosphate tag. At first I didn’t think much, until I saw that it had been freshly created and is being applied to questions ...
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Do we need a separate tag for phenols?

phenols has just been created by @Jan for this question. My immediate thought was to remove it and replace it with alcohols but I guess we might as well discuss it on meta first. Do we need separate ...
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Should we burninate the 'iupac' tag? [duplicate]

The iupac tag only has one legitimate usage but I consistently see it misused for questions about IUPAC nomenclature (such as this recent example). Is it really a necessary tag? I seem to spend far ...
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quantum-chemistry vs. computational-chemistry

Not a long time ago in our galaxy tags quantum-mechanics and quantum-chemistry were merged and in the very discussion of the merge few raised their concerns about distinguishing between quantum-...
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What is the scope of atomic-radius?

I came across a question about ionic radii. I was hesitant to apply the tag atomic-radius because the usage only indicates (no wiki either) A measure of the size of its atoms, usually the mean or ...
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Throw in an idea for TRE (II)

TRE (I) was a success . . . depending on how you define it, but the majority agree, hope or guess. I could've just gone on and thrown in a new plan of attack since there are only so many ways to get ...
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If I want to buy compound/element X …

There is a rather recent question that I am not going to link to because of the meta-effect, which asks for potential sources of an element. But of course, the meta-discussion here should not only ...