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TL;DR: Provide the best answer that you can to the question. If you feel that someone else's answer is at too high of a level and you can provide one at a lower level, do so. If you feel that there is a higher level answer that can help other users in addition to the questioner and you can provide it, do so. Let the questioner accept the answer that is most ...


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I am an offender when it comes to not accepting answers to a question but only because the answer I received is not satisfying. Clearly if anyone is in this situation should not feel the need to accept the answer given. However, if this is not the case and an answer given appropriately answers the question then that answer should indeed be accepted.


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Easter eggs are certainly a fun thing in all kinds of media, and they are a fun thing to hunt. However, I think that in answers on chemistry.se they would be misplaced. We don't hate fun here, but I personally would prefer the kind where it is open and easy to spot. If I click on a link here, I expect it to give me more information, except where otherwise ...


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Using certain models in chemistry one should always be aware of the limitations of the model itself. I believe it is absolutely necessary to teach limitations of a model alongside with its use. Therefore I think a disclaimer is appropriate. That said, any answers, even wrong ones, that attempt to answer the question should be kept. There often are misused ...


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On the other hand, it might just be more trouble than it's worth. In my opinion you actually answered your own question in this last sentence: it more likely to do harm than good. In general, I totally agree with what Ben Norris said in the linked thread: More importantly, providing multiple answers is true to the Stack Exchange model! So I always look ...


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After a while of thinking about it and in reflection to the comments, I'm updating this with the following proposal: Remove the passage from the help centre, as it is a policy that is not enforced. Keep answers that try to promote unconventional theories around and let the score indicate that they are "bad". (Delete if they do not try to actually answer the ...


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I feel this would be inappropriate because the person you wish to answer your question has other time commitments. Furthermore, it might rob your question of a great answer from another user. Other users would be unlikely to answer it since you essentially specifically asked them not to. If you would like a specific person to answer your question, you ...


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Leaving aside the side effects Melanie so correctly pointed out, this would not work in the first place. The only people you can ping are: the post author (is pinged automatically) editors of the post people who previously commented. On questions, you can also notify - moderators or gold badge holders who closed or reopened it - any user who set a ...


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General Principles, Rules and Conventions (2013 P-1) Citation of locants (2013 P-14.3) Disubstituted cyclic alcohols - looking for IUPAC rule Where to put the number in organic nomenclature? What is the proper name for the but-1-ene's isomer methylpropene? Butanone or butan-2-one? Naming tetrahalogenated benzene Why is this molecule named 1,1-...


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Loong hit this earlier than me. status-by-design Sometimes when you put the computer to sleep, or are on mobile, or do whatever else so you pass the client based restriction of not being able to add the answer after the question was closed, you can still post your answer for as long as 4 hours after the question being closed, because the server still ...


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I would like to reiterate what I have written in the linked post, because I find some differentiation very important. Personally I think that answers should be more than just a hint, but not all hint answers are terrible or not actual answers. An answer should be complete enough to explain the methodology, the concept, the background, etc.. An answer that ...


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tl;dr In general I agree, that there is an issue with the homework policy. I don't think it is done by including waiting periods and/ or new rules. I think we have to rebuild homework guidelines from scratch. This discussion smoothly (or maybe not) outlines some of the problems with our current homework policy. I have so far refrained from touching the ...


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I'm afraid I can't serve as a personal consultant for every post, so this will be my last. However, I suspect that some of the issues brought up in my previous comment, as well as the ones here, are relevant to a few of your posts – so that may give you something to work on more generally, even after this particular post. Grammar. There are small ...


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Since it is possible to flag an answer for deletion and give the reason as "Link-only answer," I would say that they are definitely discouraged, if not outright disallowed. A comment is definitely more appropriate. The same is true for one-line answers - brevity and directness are nice, but some explanation is appropriate in almost any case. Otherwise, a ...


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Please take a look at our homework policy to see which homework questions we deem appropriate on the site. @santiago has already outlined that, so I don't see a need in repeating it. I separate different parts of my answer with lines; whoever is bored can read only the parts they want. I'll try to make this as engaging and riveting as possible. Recently, ...


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As was explained in a comment on your question, the user who answered elected to delete their post. Beyond the fact that the system recognizes it as self-deleted, we have no further information as to their rationale for doing so.


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In my opinion, these hint answers are not answers. If you take a look at the text box that accompanies not an answer in the flagging dialog, it reads: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. I see that this hits hint answers bang on ...


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Proposal I feel that we should also touch our original homework question guidelines and modify them. All my proposed additions are bolded, proposed deletions are stiked through, stuff in brackets is meant as my comments unless otherwise indicated. Watch out for answers that provide a full solution. Downvote, comment, flag. If you feel the answerer does not ...


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Please take a look at How to determine if a homework question is going to be closed? and How do I ask homework questions on Chemistry Stack Exchange? We highly encourage thoughtful homework questions in which the OP showed some original effort and thoughtful answers to them. It's also highly encouraged that the answerer focus on the process they reached an ...


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Sufficiently low-quality answers, non-answers, and plagiarised answers are already flagged, and usually consequently deleted (probably actually hidden from public view). This should continue, in my humble opinion. There is some merit in preserving a little wrong, downvoted answers precisely because it shows that these alternative approaches have been deemed ...


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I would like to add one point which I find very important concerning: sufficiently low quality and does not attempt to answer the given question, or is completely inaccurate, or plagiarized from an existing answer If an answer is plagiarised, it should not be flagged as VLQ or NAA, but instead with a custom flag telling the moderators exactly that, ...


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There have been (so the legendary mother meta makes us believe) instances where users were gaming the system by down voting every answer other than theirs, and later undid this to get back the down vote penalty. Within the first five minutes, you can change your vote (almost as often as you wish); then it will be locked until the question/answer gets ...


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I was the one who deleted it, and I already replied to your flag asking the same thing. Your answer was scoring −2 at the moment of deletion, and was to be read as follows: According to the IUPAC's Blue Book published in 2013, alcohols are preferred to be included before double bonds. First, a one-liner consisting of one sentence can very rarely be ...


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You ask: Why don't the users who edit the questions just leave a comment or answer? Editing, commenting, and answering are 3 different actions. The first - editing - relates almost entirely to clarity, style, grammar, typesetting, and general readability (and not just on chem.SE). On chem.SE, editors can optionally leave comments concerning what they ...


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In the absence of any opposing viewpoints, I assume that everybody is on board with this! The homework policy has been updated accordingly with a brief line about this and a link pointing to this post: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/a/142/16683 Of course, if anybody still disagrees please do post an answer. All of these meta policies can always ...


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