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How do I draw chemical compounds and chemical reaction mechanisms and add it to my questions?

There are quite alot of chemical structure and mechanism drawing tools out there, but I would prefer using the online sketcher provided by ChemDoodle, due to the fact that it's completely online-based,...
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Enable syntax highlighting for code

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 ...
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PLEASE STOP SHOUTING AT US!

I know it is annoying, but I don't believe it's something new. I personally either down-vote and comment, ignore completely, or edit. It doesn't happen more often than other things I am more annoyed ...
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How to render Angstrom and Parts-per notations in MathJax?

For Angstroms, check out: What additional formatting features are available to MathJax (possibly via \require{})? $\require{mediawiki-texvc}$ The $\ce{C-O}$ bond length in carbon dioxide is $\pu{1.16 ...
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What happened to writing ions with \ce?

This change was introduced with MathJax/mhchem v3. That's because it is the recommended way of writing. It is IUPAC's recommendation. Red Book section IR-4.3 shows examples, but is missing a clear ...
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Should we pay attention to possible bugs of MathJax in the apps?

Yes and no. Yes - if the differences are cosmetic. One example of this is \dfrac vs. \frac, the latter of which is better ...
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Should fractional units be displayed as fractions or as negative exponents

Since we're not a professional publishing house, and since there's no ultimate editorial authority enforcing conformity to style, I suspect the ultimate answers to your questions are indeed: Depends. ...
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Enable syntax highlighting for code

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 ...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

I suggest let's look to journalism (no, not the tabloids - but the concept) First, editing another users post for typos and typesetting is... working as intended I would say. The issue is when we ...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

Looking at the Chicago Manual of Style, there are a couple of sections on permissible changes to quotations. Section 10.7.4 says that in a passage quoted from a modern book, journal, or newspaper, ...
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Wouldn't be text highlighting useful?

I don’t think highlighting is useful. Numerous branches of science have achieved faithful quotations alongside highlighting what the person quoting considers most important without the use of ‘marker ...
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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Somebody complained that the reaction I asked about doesn't exist. Why is this a problem? Chemistry is an experimental science first and foremost, and this is especially true of synthetic chemistry, ...
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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Common misspellings This table is indexed alphabetically in the first column. Please feel free to add to it. The second column contains a link to the appropriate Wikipedia page. Wrong Correct Remarks ...
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Petition to add links to a online resource for drawing compounds to help center

I vote against adding ChemDraw JS to the Help Center. First of all, adding a single editor creates a false impression of a de facto standard, which it is not. Users need to have freedom of choice and ...
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What happened to writing ions with \ce?

This was a change that was recently introduced to mhchem. (‘recently’ meaning ‘in the latest version’.) The change was made because IUPAC explicitly says the charge ...
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How to render Angstrom and Parts-per notations in MathJax?

There are other possible solutions. Whether they are simpler, I leave for the reader to decide. To write angstrom, you may use \overset{\circ}{\mathrm {A}} which ...
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Fully or partially handwritten, scanned and photographed Q&As

This question covers a lot of topics so this answer may be long. First things first, as long as the post is readable there is no reason for downvoting or deleting based on the type of formatting ...
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Should the images with transparent background be preferred?

Just so that we have a conclusion: this is one of the many things where it should definitely be preferred, but not enforced. Not many people post ChemDraw images anyway, Loong and myself are part of ...
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How to line up a discussion about a bullet point?

Put two spaces at the end of BP 2, and don't leave a blank line after that: * BP 1 * BP 2[space][space] Yada yada * BP 3 BP 1 BP 2 Yada yada BP 3 If you must have a blank line, do ...
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PLEASE STOP SHOUTING AT US!

I would say that it isn't so much “rude” as an obnoxious eyestrain or just plain silly. When misused, of course. Anyway, I agree that it looks bad, but I don't read it as ‘shouting’ — certainly not ...
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Usage of literature references and external sources

Proposal: Make it a requirement to cite sources/material, with uncited questions put [on-hold] until such a time as content is attributed to the correct source (possible addition of a custom close ...
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Enable syntax highlighting for code

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 ...
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What is the standard LaTeX depiction of G "naught"?

The standard state is indicated by the standard state sign (not available in standard LaTeX), or a circle, as recommended in Green Book 2.11.1 (ii) p.60: It is definitely not a zero, naught, nill, oh,...
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How to line up a discussion about a bullet point?

To keep it neat you can use html <br> command. * BP1 * BP2<br>Yada yada <...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

My feeling is that editing a block quote and not leaving an editorial mark of some kind to indicate that you've altered it is not proper editorial behavior, and falls into the category of good ...
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Asking questions with eye-catching highlight

Here's one of the reasons why you should never, ever do this. Try installing a screen reader (I used Pericles for this experiment) and check what happens when a visually impaired user wants to read ...
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