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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 $\pu{1.16 ...
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(Title LaTeX test) Why does NMR Ix+iIy ($\hat{I}_x+i\hat{I}_y$)

I personally prefer plain text titles only. For me this is a much more elaborate way of asking. Taking your example: Why does the transverse magnetization in Fourier Transform NMR consist of Ix+iIy ($...
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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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On formatting electron configurations

Quoting liberally from Poll: mhchem syntax for electron configuration answer and comments: In order to get $\mathrm{[Kr]\mskip2mu4d^{10}\mskip2mu5s^1\mskip2mu5p^3\mskip2mu5d^4}$, I'd prefer to ...
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How to solve mhchem/MathJax rendering problems

So, after failing to reproduce the problem in another browser, I have discovered my own answer. I want to leave this here for other folks who encounter this issue. The problem is in how you tell ...
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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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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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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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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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American vs British spelling: Is there a standard? Should there be?

I think there is no policy. I don't think we need one - there are werse spelling errors. While I myself favour an occasional u in some words, I will write sulfur, because it is recommended by the ...
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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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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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How do we write catalysis when writing equations?

Use [...] right after the arrow. Use it again if you want to add more text below the arrow. $$\ce{Pb ->[\rm magic][\Delta] Au}$$ If you want to include chemical ...
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