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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

On Chemistry Stack Exchange, MathJax is used to typeset mathematical equations. MathJax's syntax is very similar to LaTeX, so if you have used LaTeX before, almost everything you are used to will work....
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Site graduated! New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you see any CSS/styling bugs, please ...
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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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Chemistry site design

I’m Kurtis, senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to congratulate you because this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! Well ...
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Chemistry — Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two pages here, ...
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I love you guys/gals - Appreciation Thread

Before you downvote, I've examined the Help section thoroughly and it says that meta is for the following: Chemistry Stack Exchange users to communicate with each other about Chemistry Stack Exchange ...
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Please don't call questions a dump, even if they might be one

I have tried it once and I will try it again: Shouldn't we be a bit more welcoming to new askers/ posters? Now what brings me back to this topic? Today I came back to the network and was greeted ...
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Congrats, Chemistry SE is graduating!

Chemistry Stack Exchange has a steady flow of high quality questions and answers, and a growing number of users contributing to site health and maintenance. You're on a consistent upward trend, and ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

Mainly copied from https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/714/7433 What is the policy on asking homework questions on Chemistry Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework ...
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Let's do the bounty dance!

I have had this on my mind for quite some time already and I thought that the time before the year passes might be good to introduce this idea. Let's get some Bounties rolling... Bounties are a good ...
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Diamonds are not forever

I regret to have to inform you that Stack Exchange (SE) has removed my moderator status today. I had been an elected moderator on Chemistry for four years and a pro tempore moderator on another site ...
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Which symbols are written in roman (upright) font and which are italicized?

This post tries to be a guide to new members of the (chemical) scientific community for instructions on how to apply the right formatting when writing chemical and mathematical equations.
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Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote

I don't have to link to any particular posting. Just check the main page. Posts are not receiving enough votes. Responses are not receiving enough votes. We need to vote. Even if you aren't ...
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Stepping down as a moderator

I've been inactive for many years at this point, occasionally dropping by and handling some flags but not really participating. I love this site, but I also don't have the time to give to it, and I ...
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Change “for scientists, academics, teachers and students”

The short description of Chemistry Stack Exchange reads Q&A for scientists, academics, teachers and students This is certainly not wrong and describes quite well that we are open for a broad ...
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Please exercise your votes

At the expense of becoming public enemy number one, I have decided to post a grumpy post. (It was rather grumpy when I first posted it, I hope it reads better now.) This is hardly a new call to ...
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Let's not close questions as homework except for blatantly obvious cases (at least for a while)

Overview There has been some concerns lately about whether we close too much. So we start giving leniency a chance. Scroll down to What we do to get to the fun part. Read the rest if you're interested....
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Main Chatroom Etiquette Guidelines

When I was walking through some of the chatrooms on the network, I found that mathematics.se has some rules for their chat. I thought this might be a good idea for us as well, hence I propose these ...
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20 most viewed questions that need answers (Updated August 30th 2021)

Some of these questions do have answers, but these answers have negative votes. Only questions with upvotes will be removed from the list. In addition, this list has new questions sprinkled throughout!...
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The Giant List of Duplicates

For those who haven't been frequenting meta, this post has been suggested numerous times. The intention is to collect together good questions with good answers which can be used as duplicate targets. ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

The homework close reason is a thing I click on often these days. Recently, we're close-voting questions as homework that are from a broad range of scope. Unlike what's being seen in that screenshot, ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Chemistry's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Formatting Sandbox I: please *don't* test stuff here [duplicate]

This thread has been retired due to the large number of posts. The newest sandbox can be found here: Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here Before that, there was also this Sandbox: ...
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Comment Templates

Guidance is pretty important, and I'm going to write a meta post in some other meta about it soon. Long story short, if it weren't about guiding users, I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be ...
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Enable mhchem mathjax extension

Mathjax 2.0 supports the mhchem extension. Could we enable it? It will save us lots of time in typesetting chemical formulae. How to enable the extension
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December 21st thoughts

Almost a year has passed since I first signed up on this site, and I - wearing my "Where in the World?" hat - wanted to say thanks to the Chemistry StackExchange community. During this year, I shared ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

Congratulations on receiving a new design! Included with your new design is the Community Promotion Ads system. For those who are unfamiliar with how this works, please read onwards! What are ...
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Chemistry site design ideas - input welcome!

First, congratulations on the upcoming graduation of your site! My name is Kurtis, and I'm the Stack Exchange team member who will be working on the design for your graduated site. I've read your ...
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List of Loong's nomenclature answers

After the sad event of termination of Loong's account, his nomenclature questions cannot be searched easily anymore. Therefore, I've decided to section his 263 answers (as far as I've been able to ...
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absurd edit war

The question and its edit war So this edit war happened. Here's a quick recap: A poster asked a very clear question, two different ways. A user edited the question to eliminate the second phrasing. ...
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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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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Chemistry's 1st moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They've replaced the pro tempore crew — please thank both teams for ...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

From What topics can I ask about here? Some kinds of questions aren't allowed here: Computational questions: If your question is purely about numerical methods you are using in a simulation/...
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How many shots will it take me to kill you with a neutron gun?

Recently, I've seen a trend of $\mathcal{\color{red}{SCARY}}$ questions back on chem. They're mainly about this: Get the picture? No? OK, I'll be more straight-forward 1: How to dissolve fifteen ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Most who have spent a considerable amount of time on Chem.SE this past year knows Li Zhi. visits on a biweekly or monthly basis: Li Zhi, et al, et al, et al, et al, et al, et al ... quality of the ...
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How to ask and answer nomenclature questions?

A small but significant fraction of the questions consists of nomenclature questions. In principle, virtually all nomenclature questions resemble one another, but they are quite different from other ...
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Regarding coronavirus questions

In recent days there have been an increase in questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These range from questions about homemade hand sanitiser formulations to increasingly outlandish theories for ...
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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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Which plugins for chemical formulas do we need?

Some Stack Exchange sites have site-specific extensions that allow them e.g. to typeset mathematical equations, create UI mockups or display Go board positions. Some support for creating and ...
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How can I enable MathJax in chat?

Last updated: 9 May 2017 This is an offshoot of ChatJax, which enables MathJax along with mhchem on chat. In order to enable MathJax in chat, please follow the following instructions (courtesy of ...
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Someone is advertising car insurance on Chem.SE... should I buy it?

(Okay, sarcasm aside) I was browsing through the badge list a while ago and got an eyeful of this:   I couldn't get them all in one screenshot, but these are the (spam) accounts I've ...
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Interest in "Molecular Design Golf"?

I didn't have much time to participate this fall, and I'm excited to see the synthesis golf questions. Idea: I'd like to suggest possibilities for “molecular design golf” (name TBD). These are ...
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Shouldn't we be a bit more welcoming to new askers/ posters?

I always thought we are a welcoming gang of people here, but recently I am a little bit disappointed. I came across some posts from first timers(, which were not too good to begin with, but they could ...
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2019 Potential Moderator Election Community Interest Check

Quick Update We welcome the reception this post has gained, and appreciate all of you who are considering to run. We will therefore hold an election. As soon as new details are available, they will ...
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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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Editing gone wild

It seems that editing posts has recently gone out of control. There is certainly a need for editing and it has always been occurring. In the past it seems like one person at a time was responsible ...
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Poll: mhchem syntax for electron configuration

As the author of mhchem, I am considering to add electron configuration to \ce. I decided to give it a little bit spacing for readability: $\mathrm{[Kr]\mskip2mu4d^{...
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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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Two years later …

Our site is now approximately five years old and it has come a long way since then. About two years ago we have graduated, which gave us a very big boost in all our statistics. Since then there have ...
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Chemistry SE on your CV / résumé / other professional avenues

This is a followup to my answer here. As I wrote there, I've seen this question pop up several times in my time here, and I wanted to launch a slightly broader discussion about the benefits of listing ...

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