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There's a hole in the help center awaiting to be filled

I just noticed (for reasons you could guess, hint) that there is an edit link in the help center where I did not expect one to be. There is no content to see, so let's create some. Here's the page: ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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What is official policy toward AI generated content on Chemistry SE?

A few weeks ago OpenAI released chatGPT, a chatbot capable of generating detailed human-readable answers to the types of questions encountered on SE sites. For instance, when fed the question What is ...
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Holiday Bounty Suggestions?

In the past, we've had some "bounty dances." In the spirit of end-of-semester end-of-Gregorian-year Winter/Summer Bash spirit, I'd like to borrowing / shamelessly steal the previous idea, ...
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Would it be on-topic to ask why guanine is sometimes referred to as "Acyclovir Impurity B"?

"Acyclovir Impurity B" is the name for guanine used by a handful of websites. Googling the term shows this. https://www.trc-canada.com/product-detail/?G836000 which seems to confirm that ...
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How to search for images of compounds?

I am not sure on what SE I should ask this question, so the safest bet I can make is this one. The problem I am facing is that I am not able to find the actual picture of compounds when I search for ...
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Would this improve my Chemistry question re deducing the IUPAC name of LSD, or, if that is no longer an option, be a good question in its own right?

People have said in the comments of my question IUPAC naming of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) heterocyclic core and its locants that the question would take many pages to answer, and/or that I ...
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How to actually ask question

I don't know but, it is my observation but this site is very unfriendly to novice people like me. Note that I am a high school student Asking simple questions like this, or this, only results in being ...
Kshitij Kumar's user avatar
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Wrong answers from this site showing up on the Google front page

I was looking up some information about N2O5 and came across this question. The worrying thing is that Google automatically displayed the answer with the lowest points (-13 because it was completely ...
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Reading the tea leaves: continuing to monitor closing and deletion trends on the site

I ran a database query again to see where we are a few months after the recent election. As I inspected the result I wondered if the number of posts deleted as a fraction of those closed was ...
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How do we help new users that have a novice chemistry background write questions that don't get closed?

I was wondering how can we help our newer users write better questions and refine them to meet our standards? I am also new to this site, so please feel free to educate me, point me in the right ...
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System auto identifying a post as spam

Is there any reasoning to see this message in the close review queue? When does this happen?
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Why is a well researched chemistry question discredited as homework and closed?

Is no one here allowed to ask a question in an area in which they are not a professional? I have asked this question to 3 chemists and 2 physicists, no one was able to answer it even after more than ...
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How to append supplementary information as hidden multi-line comment?

What would be an appropriate way to attach non-essential information to the post that is only visible when needed/requested and doesn't get in way or distract the reader? My use-case is an urge to ...
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First time askers modal

Stipulations The first time askers modal has two required parts: A sentence about searching for existing answers on the site, and a list of specific actions. These have to stay in place. However, we ...
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How can I find out if my question is already answered on Stack Exchange Chemistry?

On the "How to ask good questions" help page, it says to search on the Stack Exchange Chemistry site to see if someone already has asked my question. It also says to mention related ...
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Feature request on asking a user for the reason on downvoting a question

Wouldn't it be legit for an OP to know why his posts are getting downvoted, Wouldn't it be great if the user submits a reason when downvoting, This would both the user to improve and for the mod to ...
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I Got a New T-shirt Today

Special thanks to Karsten for making this happen!
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What are your views on how Matter Modeling and Chemistry sites should interact?

This is a question posted by Geoff Hutchison as part of the recent election. Martin suggested we discuss on Meta after the election is done. I reposted with slight edits; I will refrain from cross-...
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Proposals for guidance presented to first-time askers

Update: The customized site-specific guidance is live now. To see it, go to https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/ask after logging out (or use a incognito/private window). There seems to be ...
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How can you make formatting more efficient? [duplicate]

When writing or editing posts, chemistry and math formatting can take up a lot of your time. There is a set of scripts that can help. You can easily add formulas like $\ce{H2O}$ in the text, or in a ...
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How can we guide new users before they ask their first question?

Update: Based on the lively discussion here, there is now a featured meta post where you can propose specific changes. When users ask their first question, they now are shown the following information ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Chemistry has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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On the usage guidance for tag [computational-chemistry]

At the moment, the tag computational-chemistry has the following usage guidance: A field which employs computers to model and study chemical systems and chemical behavior, using various models, from ...
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In 2022, how can we use comments to welcome new users and encourage them to improve questions?

It seems that during the 2022 moderator election, this meta site has some more eyes on it, so it might be a good time to think about how to encourage new users to become experienced users and valued ...
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I am stepping down as a moderator

I will be stepping down as a mod from Chem.SE at the end of the month. I greatly enjoyed cleaning up old questions, getting popular questions answered, and bringing more traffic to Chem.SE which were ...
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What's wrong with my question?

Question: Calculate concentration of Benzalkonium chloride with dilution From my perspective: Is it related to chemistry? yes Is it a low effort post? no; clearly asked what I need and provided ...
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Thanks for participating in the election and contributing to the site

Update: With the election complete, thanks to all who participated in the chat rooms, with comments, questions, answers*, votes, and also naturally thanks to the candidates. Best wishes to the freshly ...
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How are moderators doing, what can we do different or better?

What does the community thinks of moderation so far: what do you like or dislike of what you see mods doing on the site, what should we emphasize, improve, or implement to make the experience better? ...
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Why did activity on Chem.SE decline rapidly in the last few years?

While searching for a "duplicate" question, the only post I found worth mentioning was this one: Decline in activity which shows a "peak" in 2017 followed by a decline until 2019 (...
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I have nominated myself to become a moderator; you can do the same

Moderators work as a team, and it would be great to have a team that is diverse, has broad combined chemistry expertise, and broad combined social skills. I just self-nominated for the 2022 moderator ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Chemistry Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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T-shirt for sale?

Is there any place I could order one of these? So I guess there is an idea to embroider (made with tools from https://www.vistaprint.com): Detail: I wonder if benzene is under copyright.
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

It makes me slightly sad to write this, but after having been a moderator for more than five years, I will be stepping down later this month. This is primarily because I don't have enough time and ...
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What to do if I receive down-votes?

The following posts of mine currently have downvotes: Is Potassium permanganate an oxidizing agent or is the Permanganate ion the oxidizing agent? Convention for writing concentration units How is 1 ...
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Happy (7 + 3 = 10)th Anniversary!

Happy 10th Anniversary! On the 8th of May 2012 a little site went into public beta. That meant that everyone with access to the Internet could ask questions about their most favourite science: ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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I am quitting from my role as a moderator

All, As you are aware, I was elected to be a moderator of this site last year. As a person who loves chemistry and no longer works in the field, I have been continually happy to provide support where ...
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Why was my question so quickly closed as too broad? I really don't see how it is

Why would tellurium + sodium hydroxide have been a good gasoline additive (if it wasn't so smelly)? was quickly and unilaterally closed. I'd removed the second question but then there was an ...
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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 access questions of an account deleted by a moderator?

As I tried to evade a question ban by opening another account, my account was deleted. Nevertheless, the answers/comments I received on my posts were of vital importance (to me at least). I write the ...
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How to improve my question “How can warm steel and wood merge together?”?

Could someone please explain to me why my question How can warm steel and wood merge together? was downvoted, and what I should correct for the next time?
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Why is my question about the nature and mechanism of "white fumes" from bottles of concentrated ammonia and HCl in close proximity so down-voted?

Update: I'm temporarily deleting the question to think about all the advice here and about how it might be rewritten in a streamlined way. Perhaps it can be broken up into multiple questions, now that ...
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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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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What's Chemistry.SE take on Mass Spectrometry being proposed on Area 51?

Mass Spectrometry has recently been proposed in the Science section on Area 51 by Chris Herold, the president of MSACL (Mass Spectrometry & Advances in the Clinical Lab). I have no affiliation ...
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How can I find/create figures for Chemistry Stack Exchange posts?

Many posts on Chemistry Stack Exchange benefit from figures, including molecular and crystal structures, graphs, instrumentation, experimental setups and experimental results. Sometimes, animations ...
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Community bot aggresive closing of spam/abusing false positives

I have noticed in last months the repeated pattern of aggressive closing/locking/hiding/deleting of posts by the Community Bot. The provided reason is incorrectly evaluated spam or abusive post ...
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Is this question fit to be open now?

This question was closed as "Not focused". I have since then edited and simplified. Asking only one aspect now. Is this now fit to be opened?
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Wrong question closed of a pair of duplicates, best answer is in the closed question

Questions 106820 and 116654 ask the same question pertaining to a highly detailed synthetic chemistry problem. 116654 was closed as a duplicate but contains the much superior answer. I propose that ...
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What is our target audience, today, in 2022?

I have been a scientist in the field of chemistry. I have been an academic, coincidentally, also in the field of chemistry. Some people may have even considered me to be a teacher in the field of ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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