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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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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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Someone is advertising car insurance on Chem.SE... should I buy it?

We are aware of this. The team is aware of this. There will be a solution. I have heard of that issue sometime last week, but found it not pressing enough to investigate, or make a fuzz about it. It ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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In 2022, how can we use comments to welcome new users and encourage them to improve questions?

Warning, dropping a bombshell here. Expect subjective and niche opinion. I do not intend to offend or humiliate anyone, but prepare dry ice for applying to burned areas. From my personal experience ...
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Sins of a User: I upvote low quality answers by new users to encourage them to contribute more...is this bad?

How does the community view my actions in this regard? Should I continue doing this? As you have brought up at the end of your answer, you are well within your rights to do this. However, ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

This was actually something we (the moderators) looked at a few months ago. Suffice it to say that we've tried everything that is reasonable to contact this guy, short of sending him a Howler by owl ...
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The Guyabano uprising: How is this going to be dealt with?

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. In this case, I personally don't see an urgent need to do anything. On your part, you just need to downvote and/or flag and/or vote to close, as with all ...
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

I agree, that these comments may be seen as a bit overzealous. They suggest that this is a community driven by rules, which is definitely not the case. I think it's fine to link to the tour (check the ...
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Newcomers are more valuable than you think, please welcome them

"We need more members" Personally, I'm not sure this is necessarily true. What we need is good quality questions and good quality answers to accompany them. StackExchange generally has quite a ...
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Proposal for a bot to welcome new users

What you are describing is essentially what the "First Post" review queue is there for. It's not a bot that reviews the posts, but users who have been part of the community for some time (500 ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Hey it's no fair that two mods wrote an answer to this question but no mortal user did so I decided to answer and what I was about to say is that it's hard to deal with such users, if not impossible I ...
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In 2022, how can we use comments to welcome new users and encourage them to improve questions?

Comments that encourage to edit Here is a sample comment that points out how the post could be improved, and how you would go about it: Your questions looks like a homework exercise or an exam ...
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In 2022, how can we use comments to welcome new users and encourage them to improve questions?

(Throwing my own thoughts into the hat just because I believe in a middle ground between Andselisk's and Karsten's opinions) People, who were active on the site a year or so ago, would remember me as ...
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In 2022, how can we use comments to welcome new users and encourage them to improve questions?

You shouldn't. This doesn't work. It just results in more noise, which drives away the experts and quality-minded users that you are trying to attract. Take it from the moderator team who has been ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Instead of making this about Li Zhi, how about we adapt a meta-policy. If anyone posts an answer that is a wall of text then we down vote [once] and add a comment Didn't read. This wall of text is ...
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

As the person who got the second comment, I will say that I felt as if I had done something wrong due to the fact that when you see other questions, they have specific answers and not welcome messages....
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Are we overzealous with "policy" comments?

I’m going to focus mainly on the two points you raised at the bottom of your post so that I can actually add to Martin’s post. I believe that if the first post was well-written, the welcoming comment ...
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What is the "new contributor" banner below some user's names, and for how long does it last?

The "new contributor" indicator was first announced on August 2018 on Meta Stack Exchange: Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!: tl;dr;: ...
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Please don't call questions a dump, even if they might be one

I mentally kept coming back to this, and I finally figured out why: in American English (my flavor of it, at least), dump is often used as a nominalized form of the verb dump out; that is, it refers ...
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Newcomers are more valuable than you think, please welcome them

I must say I have to agree with your comments on downvoting. Posting a single question and receiving 7 downvotes in half an hour is bad, and the issue is that I want to improve. People are free to ...
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Reference-requests, books and closure. Where lies the fine or not-so-fine line?

I voted to close. In my opinion - and having Googled the keywords "chromophores and auxochromes book" - there was enough evidence to suggest that the OP didn't search well enough (I ...
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How do I draw chemical compounds and chemical reaction mechanisms and add it to my questions?

MolView is a yet another useful site for drawing chemical compounds.
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