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Are questions about the Ideal Gas Law chemistry?

Yes, they should be on topic. (This is my personal point of view; if you agree, please up-vote it to make it consensus.) Obviously questions about gas laws are also on topic on physics, but that has ...
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Questions about safety on an industrial scale

In short: I'm strictly against any policy that would ban such questions as off-topic! As I mentioned before in a comment in the original thread, personal and technical safety aspects are on topic on ...
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How many shots will it take me to kill you with a neutron gun?

TL;DR: We should downvote and flag/close as off-topic. We do not need to add rules to cover these questions. The existing ones work fine. These "questions" are off topic because they are not asking ...
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Are questions about analytical instrument maintenance in the scope of Chemistry.SE?

Questions about instrument maintenance might be on topic, especially if they involve a problem that cannot be easily solved by using the manual or contacting the manufacturer. Not so good questions: ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

The Problem As I See It I would argue that the underlying reason for the dynamics on the site leading to this question, as well as more than one other recent meta question (here and here too), is: ...
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Why is my question is not accepted on this site?

I don't think the question is a good enough duplicate to be closed, but I also don't think it's a very good question either. The case is pretty clear: hybridisation is wrong, therefore any ...
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How many shots will it take me to kill you with a neutron gun?

I'm going to come at this from a slightly different perspective, by quoting from David Sirlin's Playing To Win. In the chapter "What Should Be Banned?" Sirlin makes the case that A ban must be ...
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Is this forum the right place to ask basic physical chemistry questions?

Basic questions are completely allowed here (so long as they're in keeping with the homework policy), and indeed there are many really great examples of basic questions that have provided great ...
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Do we need a close reason for stuff that's obviously less than prudent?

This issue has likely been raised before, either on meta or in chat, but I'm on a bus now so am lazy to look for it. Our stance on this is that, it is much better to have a clear answer saying DO NOT ...
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Are questions about "defect chemistry" more appropriate somewhere else than chem.SE?

I think defect chemistry is an excellent topic for Chemistry.SE! Don't be discouraged by the fact that there is little relevant content right now; that is entirely natural for any topic at some point ...
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Should we allow data questions?

In my imagination, there are only a few reasons why one would think of asking that type of question: It is a homework assignment, so basic homework rules should apply; It is part of a person’s ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

My stand on those raised points: These are questions we should decide the ultimate fate of: Easily Google-able questions Why does oil float in water? Questions of this kind ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

I might as well get things started, to prove that others care too, you know... My opinion can be summed up with a single image. This is not going to be a well-reasoned or well-organized argument, but ...
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FAQ update: How to ask (or close) questions that involve potentially controlled or dangerous substances?

Note: The FAQ/on-topic has been updated to include the two points mentioned below. Note: The tour has been updated accordingly. TL;DR - We should add to our "off-topic" list in a way that does not ...
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Why allow non-chemistry dimension analysis?

Questions about dimensional analysis that do not refer to a specific chemistry question or problem should be closed. They can be migrated to mathematics.se as they allow such kinds of questions in ...
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Should we completely ban all homework questions?

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" springs to mind. Most homework questions I see fall into one of two categories: the first category is questions like the photo in your ...
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Should we allow data questions?

These days, Google tends to provide at the least a starting point for most 'what is the value' questions. For example, Googling 'specific heat capacity of liquid iron' returns first of all the ...
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How many shots will it take me to kill you with a neutron gun?

Backstory I suppose that I'm the one to blame for all of this. On Worldbuilding, I asked How can I liquefy my enemies?, which was one of our pseudo-open-ended weapon-design questions. I was looking ...
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Should I ask short questions in chat or on main site?

The good thing about asking in chat is that there is no closing questions in chat. So if you can chat (i.e. have gained 20 reputation on at least one site in the network), and if you are not sure ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

TL;DR Close under HW policy So, my stance is in the comment section. My first thought is: close the question, but in the spirit of friendliness, we can still leave a comment saying "yes, you're ...
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What is the best site to ask computational questions?

From my understanding of the current guidelines here: If the question you are asking is directly related to the chemical/physical theory behind a calculation, it is perfectly fine to ask here. ...
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Guidelines for closing as off-topic, belong on a different SE

I'm going to set aside the issues with the linked question and explain, very briefly, the modus operandi we generally adhere to. We should only decide whether a question is on topic or not. Just ...
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If I want to buy compound/element X …

Should we or should we not allow (and answer questions) that ask how to acquire a certain chemical? No, we should neither allow, nor answer questions about how to acquire a specific chemical.* But ...
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Can I post a question about where to find data for skeletal 2D chemical structures?

Especially in the context of cheminformatics we have had questions about databases before, which were considered on topic. (Data mining questions using databases are not on topic.) See for some ...
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Are questions related to teaching chemistry on-topic?

Writing meta answers can be a bit tough, because sometimes I speak as a moderator and sometimes I speak as a user, and it's not always clear which is which. So let me be extra clear here... As a ...
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Are questions about "defect chemistry" more appropriate somewhere else than chem.SE?

I agree with Nicolau and jonsca, they are perfectly within our scope. Be the first to open up that can. I unfortunately have no idea about this subject, there probably are a few questions about ...
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If I want to buy compound/element X …

Should we or should we not allow (and answer questions) that ask how to acquire a certain chemical? Ignoring the legal/safety issue for a moment, it seems to me that this kind of question is a ...
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What to do about rudimentary questions?

Re-write the question to be more general (or at the least answer as if it was). In your example question, it's somewhat clear the general realm where the underlying sticking point is - the questioner ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

Turn them into canonical questions, close as duplicates. I personally am not a big fan of these kinds of questions, as they basically already violate our homework policy, which clearly states that a ...

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