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The Great Retagging Event - Episode 1: The one-taggers

                TRE will be held at $\ldots$? Famous final words The Retagging Event (TRE) What good is in working so ...
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Can we please burninate the organic tag?

It was created recently and (fortunately) hasn't been used till now. It is pointless, unless somebody wants to advertise home-grown lettuce on Chemistry.SE! It is ugly and I do not want to use it ...
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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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Should we create tags for common functional groups?

Often when I am tagging organic-chemistry there seems to be a lack of tags beyond this very broad one. reaction-mechanism seems to be very popular at the moment and generates quite a lot of good ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What is it with the nuclear?

We have a tag on the main site called nuclear. It is home to 48 questions and I do not object its general existence. However, I feel troubled by its name. Most tags are either nouns (e.g. bond) or a ...
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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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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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Shouldn’t every question be tagged with its division of chemistry?

Walking through the questions something got me thinking. The tags organic-chemistry, inorganic-chemistry, general-chemistry, physical-chemistry, analytical-chemistry, biochemistry, quantum-chemistry,* ...
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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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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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Should we do away with the 'naming' tag?

The 'nomenclature' tag is used 33 times, 'naming' is used 5. I consider these tags to be virtually synonymous and suggest we merge 'naming' into 'nomenclature', however in the interests of balance, ...
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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 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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Chem.SE tag map

Using this great tool developed by Piotr Migdal on Stats.SE, I've created a tag map for this site. The node sizes represent tag frequency, and the sizes of the links relate to how often the two tags ...
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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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Can we delete the 'books' tag?

It does not get more meta than this tag. It does not add anything new to the question. There are currently 19 questions tagged books and in nine cases it is also tagged reference-request, which is ...
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Can we merge molecular-orbital and molecular-orbital-theory

I think it is quite hard to describe a molecular orbital without molecular orbital theory, since the former is a direct result of the latter. I would suggest making molecular-orbital a synonym of ...
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Should we have a homework tag? [duplicate]

I'm not big in giving away answers for those doing homework, but I do think that questions with the "homework" tag on them cause, for me at least, a bias against the asker. This has been brought up ...
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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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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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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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Should we tag questions with elements they involve?

Many questions on Chemistry.SE will have to do with certain elements or molecules. In these situations, should the question be tagged with those names?
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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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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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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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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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Is 'water' an appropriate tag?

I had the thought that water is a relevant tag, given tremendous range of water mechanics, and the people that that focus on water research for that reason. Also, many participants here may be those ...
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Does the tag "General" serve any purpose?

general has 20 questions associated with it. I think it was originally intended to refer to general chemistry, but I don't think it's really important in that designation, either. Pretty much any ...
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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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Can we have the old-quantum-theory or/and bohr-model tags?

So, can we have old-quantum-theory for all this (Rutherford–)Bohr(–Sommerfeld) model of an atom (and related) questions? Alternatively, we can have bohr-model for the most chemically interesting ...
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Everyday use of "Everyday Chemistry"

everyday-chemisty is a useful way for people to find questions that laypeople might ask about chemistry. It's a bit of a "meta" tag but we can hold (or re-hold) that discussion another time, since I ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we merge the stereochemistry and stereoisomerism tags?

This seems to be have been sort of raised a while ago but nothing was done about it. stereoisomerism and stereoisomers Basically I don't see any difference between stereoisomerism and stereochemistry ...
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“Mole concept" tag

I realized that we have a mole-concept tag but no mole tag. I don't really see the point in having concept appended to the tag (we don't have reaction-concept or organic-chemistry-concept), and though ...
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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 ...
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Divide and conquer: Merging theoretical-chemistry, quantum-chemistry, and quantum-mechanics

Do the scopes of the tags theoretical-chemistry, quantum-chemistry, and quantum-mechanics differ noticably enough in order to keep them all or can we merge two of them? IMHO, the quantum-mechanics tag ...
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Should we stop using the homework tag? [duplicate]

Related: Should we have a homework tag? Currently, our homework policy mentions: 4. Use the homework tag Use the homework tag on your question, in addition to any other tags that identify the ...
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Can't Find a Good Tag

I am looking to ask a question regarding which areas of chemistry use group theory from mathematics and whether there are particular areas that might be attainable for an undergraduate looking to ...
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Should we use the new created tag equipment and merge glassware into it?

The tag equipment popped up last week on Are PTFE stir bars resistant to all lab solvents? I see its function and relevance, but in general I am afraid it will not be used often enough to keep it on ...