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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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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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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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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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Chemistry — Top User Swag!

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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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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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Is ChemiDay a reliable enough source (for inorganic reactions) to be cited on our site?

No, it should not be considered a reliable source. From a quick once-over, it appears to be trying to be, among other things, something of an "encyclopedia of reactions." A true encyclopedia always ...
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What is official policy toward AI generated content on Chemistry SE?

One challenge with this technology is for non-experts to assess accuracy. SE sites are intended to be repositories of accurate expert-generated data. The large volume of content that can be produced ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

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I am quitting from my role as a moderator

Todd, allow me to say thanks for your service over the last year (and over the next couple of months)! It has really been a great help to have someone deal with flags etc. more regularly, and to ...
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Instead of writing a comment asking the OP to google it, we should sometimes ask them to stackexchange it

I have told people on several occasions to Google certain phrases. I think there is plenty of merit in that. Instead of merely giving them a link to the correct answer and being done with it, it's ...
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Voting at chemistry.se is less

Stack Overflow has 5.4 million users, Information security has 81000 users. Chemistry has a meagre 16000. These are just the plain registered users numbers. From the site analytics I know that there ...
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Homework requests in Periodic Table chat?

You are not off base here. Chat is supposed to be fun for everyone, and it's the dumb stuff we usually talk about that makes it this way. It is in no way a homework help centre, but I understand, that ...
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When should I write a symbol in italic type, when upright?

In chemistry, the universal scientific convention is: Variables and physical constants are written in italic type. Chemical elements, operators, units, descriptive subscripts, mathematical constants ...
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What are some basic guidelines for good edits on Chem.SE?

On Stack Exchange, we generally like having substantial edits being made. Somebody who edits a post to correct one or two typos is helpful, but somebody who also takes the time to improve the title ...
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2019 Potential Moderator Election Community Interest Check

For statistics: you can count me in.
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible