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Reasoning or commenting before downvoting

This is literally the most asked question on the meta history of SE. Almost every per site meta gets it and the mother meta – meta.SE – well. Just as I said in my comment: Votes are ...
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Reasoning or commenting before downvoting

No. I don't think this should be required for the reason of revenge downvoting. I do think people should be more aware of what content should be downvoted. Yesterday I saw a chemistry homework ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

And now I think, it is quite apparent that we need a close reason for zero-effort questions to simply save out time, because the absolute majority of questions that were previoulsy closed as homework ...
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Can a new tag for questions related to IIT-JEE be introduced?

I agree that there are a lot of questions related to JEE on this site (I myself asked a lot of them!). However, I disagree that we should create a specific tag for them. Tags that don't describe the ...
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Should we burninate the 'iupac' tag?

First of all let me state, that I really dislike the word "burninate". Especially for this situation, where you seem to have a just cause. Secondly, I am very, very strongly against deleting ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

PSA: Please do not flag homework questions for moderator attention... ...because we will not closehammer them. We would really like to move away from the current homework close reason, this ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

In conclusion ... Although Wildcat basically already said it, I would like to add a few thoughts and numbers. I have to admit that this illdesigned, untargeted "experiment" did not turn out ...
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Feature request, self-flagging own comments

I don't really see the necessity for this, to be honest. You can already flag the post for moderator attention, which accomplishes the same effect. If you additionally want to make the "flag text&...
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Should the [homework] tag probably be removed from the suggestions when posting a new question?

It's not a bug. I don't know how the system determines what suggestions to show there, but it is completely different for me (logged in/out, different devices). It almost seems to be random. [......
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

Migration should only happen when the site on the receiving end actually wants the question; that is, the question should be good enough so the only thing wrong with it would be where it's asked. ...
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Feature request, self-flagging own comments

If you want to draw the attentions of the moderators, do not flag comments, flag the post and include whatever the comment says there. There is in principle only one action for flags on comments: ...
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Is habitual down voting considered okay?

Voting is subjective. Up: This question shows research effort, it is useful and clear Down: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful Everybody using this site has ...
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Is habitual down voting considered okay?

There are two layers to this problem. The first layer is based on individual actions: is it OK for any single person to continually downvote posts? The answer is that habitual downvoting is not ...
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Is habitual down voting considered okay?

Individual visitors are allowed to vote according to what they personally regard as desirable and helpful questions. There are at present no rules that argue that individuals should preferably up- ...
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No alternate SE sites show up as choices when flagging a Question to be "closed as off topic"

Even though this question is answered in the multiple duplicates, I would like to make it abundantly clear: there won't be any migration paths set up. We will do them manually; quoting myself: ...
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Flag for homework answers/comments

We do need a homework answer/comment flag, right? No. And if we would, we would not get it. That is something that would have to be implemented in the flagging dialogue across the network, and while ...
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Enable 'hide preview' on answers by default

I asked about this a while back already: Allow me to disable preview while answering in MathJax enabled sites. The principle outcome of this is: Not going to happen. However, there are a few things ...
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What can or should we do with [pharmacology], [toxicology], [medicinal-chemistry]?

Medicinal chemistry definitely needs to be kept separate from the other two, which are slightly more related to biology. A lot of med chem is about the route towards designing a drug, which can ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

Quoting myself from Guidelines for closing as off-topic, belong on a different SE: Migration in general is a thing we prefer not to do. Sometimes a good question simply gets posted at the wrong ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

Because I had written nearly 75% of this by the time Martin and MAR posted, and because this covers a different perspective, I decided to post this in the end. This is intended to be more of a ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

SE is not about today, it is about the interstellar mission to another star system that needs to have available the collected wisdom of humanity soaked into an AI that will be able to offer advice on ...
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Comment feature for new users?

No thank you. There's already enough for moderators to do on the sites. There have been a lot of requests for this on Meta Stack Overflow (now Meta Stack Exchange), for example 50 reputation for ...
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Creating 'material-sciences', was: merging polymers and plastics

Plastics are often polymers, and polymers are often plastics, and as a result, in common language we often conflate the two. However, there are key differences in how they are defined scientifically. ...
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Add homework policy link in the "How to Ask" dialog

While I do not enjoy these kinds of question, I don't want to have any more barriers for new users on the site. Stack exchange operates on a try first - fix later policy and that usually gives us the ...
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What can or should we do with [pharmacology], [toxicology], [medicinal-chemistry]?

I will draw on my education experience (Germany): for chemists, a course in toxicology was (legally) required, which was taught by the Pharmacology section of the combined Chemistry & Pharmacology ...
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