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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Sizing for images If you post to Imgur (the default host for StackExchange) you can use URL suffix codes to change the size of the image in your answer or question: $$ \small \begin{array}{clcc} \...
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Chemistry — Top User Swag!

Swagtacular thanks to the Stack Exchange team! Being one of the proud users on the list I can only saw I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw the e-mail arriving. It’s great of you to honour ...
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Should we delete and blacklist [reaction]?

You are right: it seems to spread like the plague. I agree that reaction is pointless and I think that it should be removed and blacklisted till the end of days.* At least ;-) (*Editorial remark: If ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Units formatting Units should always be upright, and be separated by value with a space. This can be achieved best in MathJax with the sequence ...
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Stepping down as a moderator

We spent many happy hours chatting in the very early days of the site, and I was always impressed with your maturity and insight. I don't think we would have gotten out of beta, let alone graduated ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Overview and Quicklinks (ordered chronologically, oldest entry first) Units formatting Use mhchem for MathJax to format chemical expressions Sizing for images Grammar, spelling, and style Compose ...
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absurd edit war

I was involved in an edit war at EE.SE earlier this year, over this answer. The following meta discussion is here. Based on this experience, IMO if a particular edit is rolled back once by the OP, ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Compose good titles and headings Clean, descriptive titles improve searching. Martin mentioned it in a comment, but I will summarize here. Good titles help make questions about chemistry experiments,...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Be judicious when editing questions that are [on hold] or [closed]. Editing posts bumps them back to the top of the main page. Only edit closed questions that you think you can improve them to the ...
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Let's make an authoritative question on "Can I Predict the Outcome of Any Chemical Reaction"!

Yes, this is a great idea! It is so great, I want to go back into the past and do it three years ago! Anyway, let's do it now. An example of such a definitive answer might be: $${\Large\text{Can I ...
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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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Poll: mhchem syntax for electron configuration

In order to get $\mathrm{[Kr]\mskip2mu4d^{10}\mskip2mu5s^1\mskip2mu5p^3\mskip2mu5d^4}$, I'd prefer to input $\ce{[Kr] 4d10 5s1 5p3 5d4}$.
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Stepping down as a moderator

It has been a pleasure working, discussing, and chatting with you. Your input and guidance, especially in the transition to graduation, are invaluable. I am most thankful to you (and of course jonsca) ...
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Comment Templates

General These would have no tag in AutoReviewComments, and would appear both in questions and answers. ###Welcome ...
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Change “for scientists, academics, teachers and students”

"... 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 ...
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Chemistry — Top User Swag!

Just got my package yesterday and I've already got colleagues asking about it, so maybe we'll have some new users soon. Thanks to everyone for making the site as great as it is! (the t-shirt's in the ...
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Chemistry — Top User Swag!

Just in time for the lab photo! Thanks for the goodies, JNat!
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

I think that question about how use comp chem software should be on topic. For example, the question about how to set up the geometry in Gaussian can be compared on how to set up all the glass ware ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Spicy jalapeno bacon ipsum dolor amet venison pig beef fatback frankfurter tail cupim hamburger pork loin andouille drumstick leberkas. Ball tip alcatra swine pig pastrami sirloin corned beef rump ham ...
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Why so few questions from the top 36 users?

I am currently the user with the third-most reputation (42036); I have 50 (non-deleted) questions and 549 (non-deleted) answers. I cannot speak for the other 35 users, but I'll try to explain a little ...
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Diamonds are not forever

There is no answer to this other than pure outrage.
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Does the community want the accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

For what it's worth, I support the proposed change, i.e. I don't want accepted answers to be pinned to the top. My reason for this is a simple one, and one that has already been given in the many ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Use mhchem for MathJax to format chemical expressions (For people out there who don’t know this … yet.) We have the wonderful mhchem package which comes with the ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Don't let the broad tag be Tags help define categories for questions and thus they make searching easier. Occasionally I see posts — from relatively new users especially — that contain ...
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Reasoning or commenting before downvoting

No. I don't think this should be required for the reason of revenge downvoting. I do think people should be more aware of what content should be downvoted. Yesterday I saw a chemistry homework ...
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A new policy of closure: November 2016

This is not yet a fully-fledged answer, merely a fragment of a thought, but I feel it is important enough for me to drop it here already and come back later™. Especially for calculation questions, we ...
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