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Pinging in comment to suggest answering question

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 ...
Melanie Shebel's user avatar
11 votes
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Is it okay to add Easter Eggs to my answers?

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
10 votes

Pinging in comment to suggest answering question

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 ...
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10 votes

List of Loong's nomenclature answers

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 ...
10 votes

How should we identify and handle answers that exist mainly to promote unconventional theories?

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. ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Are simplified answers to questions permissible?

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. ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
8 votes
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A question was put on hold, but gained an answer about thirty minutes later

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 ...
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Are answers that only contain hints to be considered answers or not?

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Regarding anonymous downvotes

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 ...
orthocresol's user avatar
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What is wrong about my answer?

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 ...
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Why the answer to this question was deleted?

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 ...
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Flagging old, low quality answers as VLQ/NAA instead of just downvoting them?

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Flagging old, low quality answers as VLQ/NAA instead of just downvoting them?

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 ...
Linear Christmas's user avatar
6 votes

Why can't I take back a downvote of an answer?

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Are answers that only contain hints to be considered answers or not?

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 ...
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How should we identify and handle answers that exist mainly to promote unconventional theories?

Anything that couldn’t be published in a reputable journal is probably not appropriate at this site. Given that reputable journals usually require an experimental (or mathematical) proof, this might ...
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Hint answers revisited

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 ...
orthocresol's user avatar
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How do I cite users who suggest content in comments

Mention the user name of the user who wrote the comment. Comments are not meant for eternity and everybody who writes a comment here must know that it is subject to deletion once it has served its ...
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What is wrong about my answer?

There's technically not much wrong with your answer; P-14.4 of the 2013 Blue Book backs up your statement (of course, the situation can get more confusing with more complicated molecules, but that's ...
orthocresol's user avatar
3 votes

List of Loong's nomenclature answers

Specification of Configuration and Conformation (2013 P-9) Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority of carboxylic group versus ortho carboxylic acid Which alkene has a higher Cahn-Ingold-Prelog priority in (2Z,5E)...
3 votes

List of Loong's nomenclature answers

Parent Structures for Natural Products and Related Compounds (2013 P-10) Confusion about Ethinyl estradiol IUPAC name Numbering Parent Structures (2013 P-102.2) Convention for numbering of carbons ...
2 votes

Please accept the answer!

The greatest problem I think as a junior is that people who are new or inexperienced with SE do not know how to accept an answer and are not aware of the site's features. They just come across the ...
Stack3002's user avatar
2 votes
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How to change an unintentional Community Wiki into a normal answer?

I converted your answer from Community Wiki to the standard answer. This is something moderators can do (please flag your post for moderator attention in the future). For more information see the ...
andselisk's user avatar
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2 votes

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Applications to Specific Classes of Compounds (2013 P-6) Primary amines (2013 P-62.2.1) What is the preferred IUPAC name of o-toluidine? Can there be two IUPAC names of a compound? Secondary and ...
2 votes

I had a question that did not have all of the information needed to fully answer. Is it better to rewrite the question, or start a new question?

What does the community think is the best approach in this situation where the question needs addition detail to properly answer? One member of the community (me) thinks that the approach varies ...
Karsten's user avatar
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1 vote

List of Loong's nomenclature answers

Miscellaneous Preferred name vs General name Nomenclature of unusual nitrogen functional group Ketone prefix organic chemistry nomenclature IUPAC nomenclature of aspartame When to use iso and sec ...
1 vote

List of Loong's nomenclature answers

Radicals, Ions, and Related Species (2013 P-7) Anions derived from hydroxy compounds (2013 P-72) Name of corresponding anion of a hemiacetal IUPAC nomenclature of molecules containing alkoxide and ...
1 vote

List of Loong's nomenclature answers

Rules for Name Construction (2013 P-4) Priority for citation as parent structure (1979 C-10.4, 2013 P-44) Is the precedence of functional groups used in IUPAC naming arbitrary? How do I use the ...

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