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Thank you to everyone that has made this graduation possible. For all of the avid askers, answerers, editors, voters, flaggers, etc., my hat's off to you. For the especially avid members (you know who you are), we literally could not have done this without you! Not making any promises, but there may be some rewards to be had at some point. If not, I ...


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I support this. (Vote here if you support this, too.) As a computational chemist I am clearly biased, but currently cannot find any good reason to not have code highlighting. I have seen enough other computational chemists here and questions dealing with cheminformatics approaches that I think for a growing subset of questions it will become beneficial. I ...


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I like the overall design, the logo is recognizable without being too cliché. But there is one aspect that bothers me a bit, though it might be rather pedantic. The flasks and reaction apparatuses in the header don't really make sense. The individual flasks or containers are fine, but the combinations are not anything that you would see in a lab or that ...


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"... for scientists, academics, teachers, and students in the field of chemistry."* "scientists of chemistry" and "academics of chemistry" are awkward compositions, so I think that simply "... for scientists, academics, teachers, and students of chemistry" isn't the best formulation.


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Overall, I really like the design. Certainly "benzene" speaks chemistry and I like the logo on swag. :-) I also think the water-like vote buttons is a great touch. No one has commented, but I really like the molecules in the background of the header. My initial response was also "wow, that's way too much glassware" but having the molecules in the ...


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I'd definitely like to see an improved editor (i.e., with the $\ce{}$ buttons and help) added. Anything that makes it easier to write out formulas will be highly appreciated by new users. I wouldn't mind some notion of "alchemy" since that's where chemistry started. While I do quite a lot of computational simulations, I still like images of test tubes and ...


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Font recommendation: Please choose a serif body font that doesn't make Mathjax like $\rm SO_4^{-2}$ scream when embedded in a sentence. Math SE does it right. (Can we have a font that harmonizes with inline MathJAX?) The font should also clearly distinguish between l and I (lowercase ell and uppercase letter "eye"). General design in my idea: My vote is ...


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I'll throw a few more ideas out there. The beautiful thing about chemistry is that there are a lot of images and themes to draw from. Happy designing! Site Logo I've thought about the logo a bit, and it's a difficult task because the "Hot Network Questions" requires a very small logo. Personally, I like either a test-tube or flask: While I might ...


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Well, it looks very bright and colourful, just like chemistry is. Mostly green I guess. Well done on the text part of the logo (👍), implementing the tube as the "I" looks very neat. The benzene ... it is a different story. The overall arc, I think I like or at least get used to. However, I have a few questions: I don't know if it is the compression of the ...


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I came to a beta site yesterday to ask my first question. I came somewhere else to receive my answer. And the somewhere else is AWESOME! Maybe my good question forced the system to launch this site ;) Congratulations to everyone who put up a good job in the development and designing of this site.


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I just wanted to say that I'm really, really happy to have had my small part in making Chemistry.SE what it is today. During my time here I've learned an amazing amount, interacted with some great people, and had fun trying to help whomever I could to the best of my ability. It's been one of my most rewarding experiences ever. When I look back at the day I ...


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This should be a (hopefully) simple style sheet change. Meta is already doing it, and other sites are also. The effect is generally subtle and I approve of subtle: $\color{magenta}{\text{I fully support subtle variations of hot pink}}$.


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This is enabled, but not by default - lots of existing posts use code formatting for things that don't benefit from syntax highlighting, and I don't see any pervasive language tags that would be useful here... So you'll want to rely on language hint comments to specify which (if any) highlighting you want to apply.


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The current description implicitly excludes laymen from our target audience. Surely our site welcomes anyone with a good chemistry question or a good chemistry answer. SE Earth Science does not exclude laymen, by using "those interested". Therefore I propose the following short description, which is clear and concise, and does not exclude anyone: "Q&A ...


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When you just search "Logo Chemistry" in the google image source, you will see, that the most common elements are Hexagons Erlenmeyer Flasks / Test Tube / Round Flasks / etc. pp. representations of atoms and electrons on orbits Element symbols from the periodic table green and blue Personally I always favoured something along the line of $$\Huge \fbox{$\ce{...


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ChemDoodle Web Components link: http://web.chemdoodle.com/ licence: GPLv3 This library looks like it has enough features for us, the documentation for developers on the site also looks nice on first glance. It has support for curly arrows to draw mechanisms, which seems pretty nice. SE might have to get the commercial licence, though.


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Badge Design Ideas Being fully aware that these brainchilds of mine might be outright ignored, here are two ideas for the badges: This is a more traditional, "chemistry is all about the lab" kind of take on it: Erlenmeyer flasks! Just colour them gold, silver and bronze. This is, however, also more of a cliché; we now have the opportunity to strive to ...


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There are few things I like about the update, and some others I don't. I think overall the functionality is preserved and the rest are some design choices I will get used to (like I did with the 'old' design). Let's start with something positive: I like that the standardised vote buttons. That might be an unpopular opinion, but I always thought the old ones ...


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Physics Overflow isn't an SE site, they have their own processes. Yes, we are allowed to suggest designs, some other sites have done this in the past. I recommend use of the jelly benzene as our logo! I had a theme I was working on here, but I'm not so sure it still works. I planned to use charged cyclopropanes for the vote buttons, and green benzenes to ...


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Okay, I gave this some thought and here are some initial images i could think of. In terms of an image at the top and center This old image that illustrates combustion is really rad. Something done in this style might be cool. Another possibility is the Bucky-ball, which is thought provoking but might also be confused as a football. In terms of an "...


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I concur that georgia is suboptimal for our number heavy site; not to mention that zero and lowercase o look the very similar [0o0o]. I would prefer not to use \$ \$ to make numbers presentable. Personally, I think Century would be a good choice but I've listed some fonts with nearly equivalent sizes for comparison (please no one pick calibri). Per Ben ...


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Yep! This is because we haven't made the entire site responsive yet. It's not a bug so much as still on our to-do list. It's part of why we've asked Help us improve the user profile and settings on Meta Stack Exchange. We're going to have to revamp the user profiles to make them work in responsive design, but we also want to know what you all feel would be ...


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I support this too. But I think it should have to be explicitly enabled by each post's author We don't have the same natural categorization system as does Stack Overflow: we don't have python or javascript, for example. Therefore, it's not clear to me how the site would be configured to autodetect the relevant language. THEREFORE, I move to amend/clarify ...


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thanks for reporting. This is indeed because of black top bar becoming taller. Fix is waiting in repo for next build, so you should be able to see it in next couple hours.


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status-completed The OP highlighting is uncomfortably close to the deleted-posts background This is similar to what happened earlier on Academia, and presumably the fix should be identical. The theme update has changed the highlighting of the OP's username in the question, any self-answers, and comments, to a bright pink which is uncomfortably close to the ...


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About the general design: I believe that almost all of chemistry.SE visitors are either users who visit frequently or who come from search engines and such. I really vote for Fred's idea for a simple yet elegant design. "Clean", as you mentioned. @JohnSnow recommended in a previous answer of his to have included Bunsen burner as the sign of the ...


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After graduation, we have a better-matching font. I am still not completely happy with the current state. I looked how much effort it would be to make \ce fit better to the surrounding text, like $\ce{H2O}$. This posting is to whet your appetite. Before: After: How you can try it out yourself: Open a page in Chrome, e.g. https://chemistry.stackexchange....


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Yohooo!! Yeah!!! ....wait..... did I just miss the GRADUATION?? Congratulations to the community for this wonderful acheivement and a special thanks to the moderators. The site design is amazing! It feels great to be a part of this community. P.S. I know I am late but I couldn't go ahead without posting this :)


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