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Should the [homework] tag probably be removed from the suggestions when posting a new question?

I noticed that when asking a new question, a [homework] tag appears in the example list: as if the website promotes its usage. However, it's been deprecated for a long time, and it seems like it ...
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altered page layout ChemSE

Either, that I was not logged in in ChemSE, or did not pay this much attention when I did, but just a few moments ago I noticed a change of ChemSE's layout. While writing this question to ChemMetaSE, ...
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Can a markup option be added to rotate an image?

A never ending stream of numb-numbs post images that end up sideways. Can the site be improved to add markup to rotate such images?
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Change “for scientists, academics, teachers and students”

The short description of Chemistry Stack Exchange reads Q&A for scientists, academics, teachers and students This is certainly not wrong and describes quite well that we are open for a broad ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

When flagging for migration to another SE network, the only option I get is chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com. Why are other SE networks not shown here, like Physics.SE (many questions fit there better ...
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As per the homework policy: As a community member, what should I know? Watch out for answers that provide a full solution. Downvote, comment, flag. Watch out for long comment discussions....
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I help review questions on Chem.SE regularly, and this type of question comes up regularly. Some downvoted homework question by a new person to the Chem.SE network, usually because they weren't aware ...
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Proposal for a bot to welcome new users

Introduction I don't have a better word than a bot. New users often get intimidated after their question goes on hold , they never come back. Personally speaking the second question I asked was 4 ...
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Tag Request - Salts

I recently posted a question regarding salt hydrolysis, and was surprised that a 'salt' tag was not available, despite it being a prominent topic in chemistry. Is there a reason as to why this isn't ...
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Shouldn't the OP be notified if his/her question is put on hold or closed or edited?

I recently asked a question which was put on hold. I was not notified of it being put on hold. I was always notified if my question had any answer or comment. If I had received the notification, I had ...
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Usage of literature references and external sources

I see many question with "my book says that ..." expression, and no reference is provided, which makes it harder to pinpoint the problem. Probably an idea of proper quotation and citing should be ...
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Enable 'hide preview' on answers by default

As has been noted previously, typing MathJax in answers can significantly cause the page to lag. On my Mac this lag is quite severe, even with only minimal MathJax introduced, making it really ...
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Best way to post and visualize crystallographic data

I think this would help a lot to save time needed to produce images, reduce internet traffic and make understanding of the structures easier, if only there would be a better way rather than putting a ...
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Newcomers are more valuable than you think, please welcome them

This isn't a new issue as far as I have noticed from seeing the older posts regarding this: Shouldn't we be a bit more welcoming to new askers/ posters? We should have a Welcome post to link to ...
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Prevention of unnecessary edits of old posts.

The issue of unnecessary edits has been brought up many times here, both on meta and in chat. The "Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know" post puts it fairly succinctly: In any event,...
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Enable syntax highlighting for code

Editorial comment As of 7th August 2017 there is quite strong support for the proposal. The developers have been asked via e-mail to take a closer look. Here is a block of Python, indented by 4 ...
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Nomenclature tag synonyms: naming, name, or names

Often newcomers ask a question dealing with naming of chemical compounds. But they might not know, that naming is technically called nomenclature. Therefore I think it would be helpful to add naming ...
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Can we change the contrast of questions which have at least one of our favourite tags?

My question is just simple and that is only common sense for me, we can choose favourite tags and I think the goal is to rise the questions we can answer, at least, and the questions which can ...
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Quote box coloring, should it stand out more?

When I'm reading a post with quoted material, the quote doesn't seem to stand out to me, maybe it's something about it being yellow, but I cannot see it. Quoth the raven Nevermore The blue here ...
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Pin chat to the sidebar on main site?

Can we pin the link to the chatroom to the sidebar on the main site? It does not always appear. This was asked by another user in chat and discussed (I can't find it now, of course) and I thought it ...
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Enable automatic line-breaking for SVG output

The MathJax configuration for the HTML–CSS output processor includes the option linebreaks: { automatic:true }. When using this output processor (right-click on any ...
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Can we have oneboxed links for scientific papers in chat?

Certain weblinks when posted in chat will onebox, i.e. they will be displayed as a box containing part of the content of the site linked. This is especially cool for SE questions and answers but also ...
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Can we allow comments on the question change the status of a question to active?

I think it may be useful to allow the addition of a comment to bump a question.
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Inspiration from Hacktoberfest

Hacktoberfest is a program to get programmers involved in the open source community. The idea is that by contributing to a number of projects during the month of October, members can receive a free t ...
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Many posts here involve explaining the procedure/process involved to achieve the desired results, whose demonstration videos / concept-explaining videos(with animations) usually can be found on sites ...
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Reviewing the questions by a reputed user before posting

Is it right if I talk about a system where experienced users like somebody with 1000 points and above to review each question asked and make necessary suggestions as soon as possible and then post it....
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Reasoning or commenting before downvoting

Would it be better if we make necessary for a member to comment/reason along with downvoting?
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Correct typesetting is what you would expect from an academic community. Chem.SE has always tried to be one, and we always value their standards; and our meticulous editors have always had an eye on ...
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"Cite" link was neatly added to Physics.SE (see relevant posts in their meta: 1, 2, 3; 4). Shouldn't we have it too?
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Design request - Can I please have the visited questions in a different color?

I thought I wouldn't like the new design, but what I can I say? I looove it! And I'm not gotta grow tired of it this soon. But...There's something that bothers me. I'm used to sleeping every night. (...
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Can we please burninate the organic tag?

It was created recently and (fortunately) hasn't been used till now. It is pointless, unless somebody wants to advertise home-grown lettuce on Chemistry.SE! It is ugly and I do not want to use it ...
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Enable migration paths to Physics and Biology

According to an answer to this question, now that Chemistry.SE is out of beta, it is eligible to have migration paths to other sites. I think paths to Physics.SE and Biology.SE would be very helpful ...
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Amount of reputation until next privelege

Why is it that the "next privilege" bar shows the amount of privilege required for your next privilege to even be your next privilege? It makes it look as though I am a lot closer to attaining the ...
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Should there be a chemistry format button?

I believe that for each and every different website there should be a different text editor that meets the user's needs. So for chemistry I feel like there should be a button that does the following:...
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Should there be different colored block quoting?

The yellow block quote that "> " produces is extremely useful, but wouldn't it be better if different colors were accessible? One application of this could be in a case where one wants to compare ...
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Additions to MathJax/mhchem: Cancel, Broken Arrows; SI units

I think sometimes it is necessary to show, that a reaction does not take place, therefore a broken arrow would be a nice thing to have. I played a little in the sandbox and found a somewhat working ...
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Should we create a community blog?

Several people have mentioned that we should note significant answers to common (or interesting) questions, for example here. I think a community blog could serve several great uses: Discussing ...
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A Link to common notation and symbols on the Tour page

Most new joiners do not know about the tools for mathematical and chemical formatting provided by chemistry.SE. The tour page details out the core concept of asking questions very well but I feel the ...
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Can we have a font that harmonizes with inline MathJAX?

Inline formulas on chemistry SE are clunky-looking and distracting, because the thin sans-serif font used here is so different from the heavy serif font used in MathJAX expressions. Over at math....
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Plagiarism: To what extent? We should be able to flag for this

I've read a lot of great answers from very generous people contributing on SE:Chem. However, sometimes I've come across an occasional answer where large swaths if not the entire response was a ...
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Integrate a tool for drawing structural formulas

Based on my previous meta post looking for suitable tools, I propose to add the ChemDoodle Web Components for drawing structural formulas to the site. From the alternatives I've looked at, this seems ...
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Finding a library to allow drawing chemical structures directly on the site

Drawing structural formulas is a very common task in chemistry. Simple chemical formulas are often not sufficient, they are ambiguous for pretty much any non-trivial molecule, and structural formulas ...
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Encouraging Cross-Site SE Questions

I think as we graduate, it's good to encourage visits from related sites, particularly Physics.SE, Biology.SE, etc. I often find some questions on Chemistry.SE that could easily be on Physics and ...
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Can site users suggest some design specifications regarding graduated site development

So here comes a good news that Chemistry SE is graduating soon. (Update: we have graduated now! Yay!) Chemistry Stack Exchange has a steady flow of high quality questions and answers, and a growing ...
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Chemistry equation shortcut?

Is it so necessary that every equation is enclosed by a whole bunch of $\ce{ }$? Could we have something shorter to make posts more readable in raw format? If we ...
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A Textbook of Questions and Answers—A New Approach to Tags?

If one is searching for a previous answer to a question on Stack Exchange, one would try two routes: Type in how one would think someone else would have phrased your question Search via the tags The ...
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How can I undo a recommendation?

I upvoted an answer too hastily; its last paragraph turned out to contain some irrelevant, debatable stuff. I tried to undo the recommendation but the only way I found to do so was to downvote. I ...
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Comment feature for new users?

Wouldn't it be great if new users could comment on posts under trusted user's or moderator's moderation? I saw an answer today that should have been a good and a helpful comment but since the user ...