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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we need a tag like "foundations of chemistry"?

I mean, for this topic: Understanding chemistry as a whole. This is clearly not "homework". But then, maybe, I (being relatively new to chem.SE) am missing something? Maybe we already have a tag with ...
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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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What are appropriate tag(s) for (organo)sulfur compounds?

Beginning in the middle of 2015 we successfully introduced tags for common functional groups. In this discussion it was noted that thiols is rarely used and maybe not such a good tag therefore.[1] ...
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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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New tags for "classical mechanics" and molecular mechanics"?

I am wondering the general opinion on creating new tags to address classical methods in chemistry. I feel this would be quite a specific tag genre, but I have gone to search specifically for this ...
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Should we have acid-base and acido-basicity tags?

I am aware of the definitions of these words. but, honestly, we can expect few questions on these two tags. Hence can we have one as the synonym of the other, and retain acid-base tag?
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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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Merge "lewis-structure" and "structural-formula"?

Unlike always, I'd be direct: Should we merge lewis-structures and the newly renamed structural-formula because Lewis structures are clearly structural formulas and the Wikipedia page for "structural ...
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'Structural-diagrams' tag disorder

I seems to me that this tag is seriously overused. Mistagging is one thing here, but shouldn't it be used only when lewis-structure doesn't apply? EDIT: Yes, it's probably redundant, because after ...
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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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What is the point of the 'model' tag?

model has no tag wiki and seems like a pretty useless tag to me. Any thoughts? Does it have a scope or should it be deleted?
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What is the 'periodic table' tag for?

What is periodic-table intended for? The tag wiki excerpt is not very helpful as it just describes what the periodic table is. The periodic table is a systematic arrangement of the known chemical ...
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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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Scope of esters tag

TL;DR As a continuation to efforts of setting the functional tags right (see here for background and more info) we need to gather community consensus on what the scope of esters should be. Since ...
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Visualization tag has reappeared - should we burninate it?

visualization reappeared today. It was previously deleted after this meta discussion. Should we remove it again, or perhaps merge it with software?
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Humanoid chemists have five senses, only one "taste" tag isn't enough (AKA reaching a consensus about the "sense" tags)

I'm not interested in the history of how this taste got through and was made, but it has done a fairly successful job as a tag: 13 questions currently tagged; more or less, it does make sense on them....
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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 ...
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distillation tags

I do not have the reputation to make tags, so my original question had a pretty random tag. Originally, I wanted to use the tags "distillation" and "vacuum", neither of which exists. Another user with ...
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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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What is the teaching-lab tag for?

Simple question. What is the teaching-lab tag for? Should it be applied to questions regarding general lab procedure or does it (as the name suggests) have something to do with teaching? Most of the ...
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Use of redox tag

I was looking at some questions relating to methods of organic oxidation and reduction and I wasn't sure whether to use the redox tag. The tag wiki doesn't specify where it should be used but I have a ...
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Scope of Crystal-structure and X-Ray-diffraction

Today the crystallography appeared in Angular dependence of x-ray and neutron scattering factors. I thought we do not need this tag as we already have crystal-structure and I thought that we should ...
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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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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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Request for "state-of-matter" tag

Coming across some chemistry questions, I realized many had to do with matter or specifically the state of matter of a substance, not only does this affect multiple properties in chemistry, but this ...
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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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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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What in the world is "resource-recommendations"?

As of now, resource-recommendations has been created for 23 hours by Community user. Which leaves me with these questions: Why and/or how does a bot do this? How will this tag be doing anything ...
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I sense we need a new 'old' tag

I tried to edit this question, though I didn't, but that's not the point here. And, just as Pythagoras sensed that a formula is needed for the base of geometry of right-angled triangle, I sensed that ...
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Merging 'drugs', 'pharmaceuticals', 'pharmacology', 'medicinal-chemistry'

From my understanding, pharmaceuticals (8) are almost the same as drugs (5), cross referenced are two. I believe merging these two does no harm, and I would suggest to keep drugs as a synonym and use ...
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"Green-Chemistry" tag

Should there be different green-chemistry tag or it should be included in environmental-chemistry
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Tag for dissolution process?

Is there any tag for dissolution (Dissolution) process? If not, can it be created?
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Is Halocarbons a subtag of halides?

I personally have the taste, that halocarbons (6) is very specific and may be viewed as a subtopic of the more general halides (6). Incredibly, there is no cross tagging. I would merge the former tag ...
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"Visualization" tag is undefined

The visualization tag has been applied to software related questions as well as questions involving light. Given that we already have a software tag, all software-related visualization questions are ...