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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

I think that question about how use comp chem software should be on topic. For example, the question about how to set up the geometry in Gaussian can be compared on how to set up all the glass ware ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

I might as well get things started, to prove that others care too, you know... My opinion can be summed up with a single image. This is not going to be a well-reasoned or well-organized argument, but ...
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Where do I look for advice on computational chemistry software?

Thanks for asking here before posting. Unfortunately it's probably off-topic since it isn't exactly chemistry-related. In fact, it probably wouldn't go over well on any of the Stack Exchange sites (...
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Guidelines for closing as off-topic, belong on a different SE

I'm going to set aside the issues with the linked question and explain, very briefly, the modus operandi we generally adhere to. We should only decide whether a question is on topic or not. Just ...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

Prompted by Martin, and as a purely synthetic chemist which is potentially against the overall trend here. But my $0.01 (or £0.01 as may be more appropriate now). I'd argue that there should be a ...
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Should I ask short questions in chat or on main site?

The good thing about asking in chat is that there is no closing questions in chat. So if you can chat (i.e. have gained 20 reputation on at least one site in the network), and if you are not sure ...
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Suggesting a chemistry homework site

The Stack Exchange way to propose new sites is to head over to Area 51 and start a proposal there. It will have to make its way through three phases: Definition, commitment and private beta before it ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

TL;DR Close under HW policy So, my stance is in the comment section. My first thought is: close the question, but in the spirit of friendliness, we can still leave a comment saying "yes, you're ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

Turn them into canonical questions, close as duplicates. I personally am not a big fan of these kinds of questions, as they basically already violate our homework policy, which clearly states that a ...
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Would a "common reference" close reason make sense? Why or why not?

In principle, I don't agree with it, because of the idea of SE aiming towards being a complete repository of information, blah blah. In practice, I've long given up on being idealistic, especially ...
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Why is this question not overly broad?

Having been the deciding vote on this, I'd like to expand a little on my reasoning. While I can see that the question could be considered broad, there is an interesting concept behind it. ...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

This answer was converted from a comment on pH13's answer per Martin's request. Good questions ask: How do I go about setting up this computational experiment I'm interested in? Bad questions ask:...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

It's been about a month since I posed the question and before going into action I'd like to summarise a bit and add my own thoughts. First and foremost, questions relating to computational methods ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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How to post information that others might find useful (if I don't have a question)?

That is essentially what self-answers are for. The Stack Exchange model allows you to immediately add an answer to your question and post those two together. This is the preferred way to pass on ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

Here's my perspective on tweaking the policy. I've tried to work it from the very fundamentals, rather than carry-forward the three categories you defined. To be honest, the current homework close ...
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What is our target audience, today, in 2022?

we have never gotten around to establish any common ground of when a question becomes too basic to be answered here I don't think we have to find a cutoff point between basic and sophisticated ...
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What is our target audience, today, in 2022?

Therefore I'd like to get a general feeling about who our current users are I am (still) a PhD student, but I don't do much learning here, to be honest. I mostly write answers and nitpick on ...
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What is our target audience, today, in 2022?

Therefore I'd like to get a general feeling about who our current users are and what they think our target audience should be. I'm a high school student who has found chem.SE extremely useful over ...
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I'm looking for a gooey substance that has a greenish glow, helps stick automobile parts together and saves the world from hunger in the process

Basically, if a question asks I’m looking for a substance that … should be closed as too broad. It is either unanswerable because such a substance would need to be invented/discovered or it has ...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

Since I am unable to comment... General questions relating to methods and understanding seem great. However, program specific questions probably have better outlets. There are typically active forums,...
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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?

Do we still consider questions about the use of chemical software off-topic? As a blanket statement, I think questions about the use of chemical software should be on-topic, so no. If no, should ...
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Isn’t this question basically ‘what should I study’?

To some extent, I think this question (especially after the various edits) is different because it is much more of a reference-request than a What should I study? question. It is still somewhat a ...
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Why was this reference request closed as unclear?

I read the question few more times and I still think it should kept closed: it is still unclear to me what OP is asking. I don't quite understand how @Martin inferred that the question is about pure ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

Why closing questions helps the site Once a question is closed, you can't post an answer. In my opinion, the main reason to close a question is to give the OP a chance to improve the question so that ...
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

The two most common traits of questions in (2), the grey areas and (3), poor questions not necessarily homework, as far as I'm concerned, would be lack of research and basic-ness of the question. ...
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