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Would a [metalloid] and/or [tellurium] tag be appropriate for the site, and /or for my question about tellurium?

When trying to decide how to tag Why would tellurium have been a good gasoline additive if it wasn't so smelly, and why is it so smelly? I discovered that there are many metal-related tags: metal ...
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How to deal with the tag optical-isomerism?

We currently have a tag optical-isomerism. The IUPAC Gold book has the following to offer (DOI: 10.1351/goldbook.O04308): optical isomers [obsolete] Obsolescent synonym for stereoisomers with ...
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Revisiting tags: Tag info and Misused tags

Happy new year to everyone and I wish you all a wonderful time ahead! There were a lot of "big" activity held for tags but I was not part of it due to time/work constraints. Since it's new ...
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Does the tag [petrochemistry] encompass natural gas?

Does the tag petrochemistry encompass natural gas? At the moment, the tag's usage guidance only mentions crude oil.
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What is the difference between the tags [synthesis] and [total-synthesis]?

synthesis: Synthesis is a purposeful execution of chemical reactions to obtain the desired product. Applies to long and complex natural product syntheses as much as to short one or two-step syntheses. ...
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Renaming the tag geometrical isomerism

We currently have a tag geometrical-isomerism. The IUPAC Gold Book defines this (DOI: 10.1351/goldbook.G02620): geometric isomerism [obsolete] Obsolete synonym for cis-trans isomerism. (Usage ...
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Feature request for a new tag for confusing high school textbook paragraphs

More often than not, there are a lot of questions especially on the chemistry exchange telling "my textbook says so and so, but this makes no sense" like this one in particular . And for ...
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Tags gone wild … again

I have not had much time lately to get into cleaning up lonely and confusing tags, so there was (and is) a bit of a pile to get through. With this post I would like to direct your attention to some ...
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Need help to change a tag's spelling & questions about tags and formatting

I was trying to answer a question on the Van der Waals equation so I decided to look through the past questions to see what had already been answered. In searching for "Van der Waals" I got numerous "...
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On the chemical weapons tag

Earlier this year, I created the tags chemical-weapons and incendiary-weapons. Later, a moderator absorbed the latter into the former. However, napalm and thermite are not chemical weapons according ...
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Why all questions from tags I follow don't highlight as I suppose they should?

As you can see I follow the tag "thermodynamics". And only a few questions are highlighted. Why? I use: Chrome Version 76.0.3809.100 (Official Build) (64-bit)
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Can a new tag for questions related to IIT-JEE be introduced?

There are a lot of question on Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics SE that are related to IIT-JEE. For those who don't know it is an Indian examination in which around a million students participate ...
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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 [duplicate]

Note: While a lot of the information contained here is still somewhat relevant, it can be overwhelming at first. It also hasn't been updated for quite some time. For a more up-to-date version with ...
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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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