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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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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(4) Learning by example The MathJax and mhchem syntax in the left-hand side must be enclosed in single dollar signs $...$ for an inline (smaller) equation, or ...
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How can I enable MathJax in chat?

Update 2017-05-01 The MathJax CDN retired and the javascript-URL idea is not so easy any more, because of browser security. (Chrome stips away any leading ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Use environments to cluster mathematical expressions MathJax provides a basic subset of environments for clustering mathematical expressions. For a complete list, see here, but be warned it is a very ...
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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf

Where can I learn more about organic synthesis? Books specifically about synthesis planning: The Logic Of Chemical Synthesis, 1995, E. J. Corey, and Xue-Min Cheng. A fairly advanced book covering ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Remove salutations, stick to the point This deserves a place on its own, since it seems to be being ignored a lot. Simply put, don't forget to remove these when you see them in the post while ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Above and below in mathematical (or chemical) expressions I will fully admit that this post is also a personal memo of how I do it, but it is also a great feature I wish to share. The problem ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Add color to track/emphasize terms Want to show how a molecule proceeds through a series of reactions? Be judicious and think about the color-blind ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

4. What citation style should I use? In general, the citation must fulfill three requirements: it should be human-readable it should contain sufficient information for another person to identify and ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(3.1) Basic mhchem: Chemical formulae Chemical formulae can be typeset with the \ce{...} command. Note that the \ce{...} command ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Write special characters with ease Use HTML entities to insert Greek symbols Want to insert that fancy Greek symbol into your post just once? Like π-orbitals or α-carbon. Then you needn't use MathJax ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Write short \newcommands for complex terms Warning When using this, you must include at the top of your answer ...
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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf

What should my answer include/ are there any rules? Answers should at least include: A forward synthesis, giving the structures of key intermediates, and the reagents used. Its not expected that ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

1. When do I need to provide citations? Copyrighted or trademarked material is not supposed to be used in posts. This is outlined in the Stack Exchange Terms of Service. However, usage of copyrighted ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

5. Are there any tools to help me format citations appropriately? Yes. Courtesy of Gaurang Tandon, there is a userscript which helps to format papers in ACS style. To use this, you first need to ...
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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf

What is synthesis-golf? Chemistry.SE has the same problems as many other communities on the Stack Exchange network, namely that the bulk of questions are at a basic level. The effect of this is that ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

2. Is quoting directly from an article / book / website acceptable? Yes, as long as the text is properly attributed, and clearly indicated as being a quote. The latter is often achieved by enclosing ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

3. Can I link to a website which circumvents publisher paywalls? The free sharing of scientific knowledge is currently a controversial and highly debated topic. Obviously, we cannot prescribe how ...
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FAQ: How should I use external sources on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

6. What consequences will there be if material is not given full attribution? Plagiarism (passing others' work off as one's own) is a serious matter in academia and industry, and the standards are no ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Hide text in a post There are two ways to hide text in a post. The first is using >! which gives the quote style rendering but hides the text until moused over. ...
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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf

Can I post my own synthesis golf challenges on chemistry.SE? In order to avoid there being 'too much of a good thing'/ 'spamming the homepage', it's been agreed that it would be sensible to post ...
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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf

What previous synthesis golf challenges have taken place? 2017 May – Synthesis Golf I: Sodium Fluvastatin (with feedback on chemistry.meta.se) June – Synthesis Golf II: Erythronolide B July – ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(2.1) Basic MathJax: Superscripts and subscripts You can denote superscripts using the ^ character, and subscripts using _. ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(2.2) Basic MathJax: Fractions and square roots Fractions Fractions can be typeset using \frac{<numerator>}{<denominator>}. It is preferable to typeset ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(3.2) Basic mhchem: Chemical reactions You can combine multiple chemical formulae into one large chemical equation within a single \ce{...} command. This is best ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(2.3) Basic MathJax: Greek letters and other symbols Note that all of the following must be typed within a MathJax expression (either in inline or display mode). If these commands are followed by ...
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FAQ: How can I format math/chemistry expressions on Chemistry Stack Exchange?

(2.4) Basic MathJax: Other commands Many mathematical operators, such as the trigonometric operators and logarithms, can (and should) be typeset with MathJax commands that are prefixed with ...

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