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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 write physical units

Instead of \mathrm many people misused \ce, because it was shorter to type. Seeing this, the author of ...
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Need help! I got banned from chemistry stack exchange

As I mentioned in a comment (which I've now deleted): I'm afraid none of us can 'unban' you. It's a system ban, it's not somebody who personally chose to impose a ban on you. Please see: What can I do ...
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Why has my account been restricted?

Unfortunately, there is no real answer we can give that is not already found in the meta.SE link provided in the comments. Diamond moderators are not privy to the internal workings of the automatic ...
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What's the difference between "flagging → duplicate" and "flagging → should be closed → duplicate of..."?

There is no difference between the two options. (See New flagging dialog has a duplicate for duplicate on Meta Stack Exchange)
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I don't understand why I'm getting down votes on my question. I am new here please help

At this time, your question has three close votes as "too broad". This is probably because you've asked about more than one topic (pi bonding in coordination compounds and synergic bonds), and ...
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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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It seems I haven't received some deserved badges!

A score of 10 means "total upvotes minus total downvotes ≥ 10", not "earned you ≥ 10 reputation".
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Is there a way to proactively vote against closure?

Just going to rattle off a quick answer. There are a few ways. None of them will actively stop people from voting to close, but this is about as good as it gets. Firstly, you can leave a comment, ...
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Editor to use on PC with windows to format answers?

As an alternative, if you do not want to write pure $\rm\LaTeX{}$, but rather Markdown plus MathJax with mhchem enabled, it requires more work but is possible. ...
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Regarding duplication of chemistry stackexchange content on other forums for money?

Well, every time you copy people's answers for your own benefit, a tiny piece of your own soul dies, so that might be sufficient punishment for these people (or at least part of the punishment). (I'm ...
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Why are my questions downvoted for no reason?

Disclaimer: I can't answer for everybody, it is a "feature" of Stack Exchange that upvotes and downvotes are personal. On one hand I can empathise with you: it's good to have a natural ...
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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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What additional formatting features are available to MathJax (possibly via \require{})?

As described in the MathJax documentation, any of the core MathJax extensions can be loaded this way (though this can be restricted via the MathJax configuration).
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What additional formatting features are available to MathJax (possibly via \require{})?

Command Grouping Enable with: \require{begingroup} Environment: \begingroup ... \endgroup Quite a few things are possible ...
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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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So your final answer to "What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it?" is... nothing?

I don't know from where you get the idea that there's nothing you can do. You can: Edit the question so it's in the best shape it can be. That includes grammar and formatting. Or, Leave a comment ...
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What additional formatting features are available to MathJax (possibly via \require{})?

2-D Reaction Networks Enable with: \require{AMScd} Environment: \begin{CD} ... \end{CD} Construct two-dimensional grids ...
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Do I need to show my own attempt if I post a question along with an answer written by me?

No, there's no need to show your attempt in the body of the question in such a case. This is definitely not the type of scenario that the homework policy is trying to guard against, since an ...
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How do you link web addresses in comments?

You can use inline links: [chemistry.se](https://chemistry.stackexchange.com) They contract nicely to chemistry.se. That works everywhere, also in chat. In normal posts, you can use this markdown ...
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How to deal with "smart" toxic behaviour?

There are quite a few protective measures in place, and the new Code of Conduct is a lot more protective than the old 'be nice' policy. First I am going to (try to) answer the questions (to the best ...
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How to get unblocked from asking questions?

I don't really want to rehash what has already been said, so here is the relevant link: What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"? Please ...
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How to get access to the references?

I don't consider this a duplicate. I also think that this is a highly pertinent question for many users of the site, especially in light of the frequency with which answers here refer to the primary ...
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How to draw structures of compounds while writing questions?

To have a module allowing us to draw molecules and reactions on the site has been a feature request for many moons now: Which plugins for chemical formulas do we need? To my knowledge, there has been ...
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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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What additional formatting features are available to MathJax (possibly via \require{})?

Cancellation Lines Enable with: \require{cancel} Commands: \cancel{}, \bcancel{}, ...
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Cumulative bounties

Yes, and no. While one bounty is already running, you cannot assign another one. You won't find the button for it. Once the existing bounty is awarded or expired, you can set a new bounty for the ...
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Voting Corrected

As a rule we do not comment on the specific details of such cases. Suffice it to say that there were unnatural voting patterns - in this case serial upvoting, since you have lost reputation that came ...
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What can be changed on the site, how, and how fast?

Chemistry Stack Exchange is essentially a grassroots democracy. Every user gets a say in the development and the change of 'rules' (our policies) or guidelines. Additionally we are embedded in a large ...
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