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It's quite a meta tag... I'm not sure whether this is a great idea. The biggest trouble I have is that quite a few of these questions would probably be off-topic. For example, the check-my-work / amirite questions are not really well fitted for our format. Code (like actual program code) for debugging should probably better go to Stack Overflow, Code ...


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Based on uniformly positive early feedback, I went ahead and retagged all of the relevant questions, editing further where warranted.


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I've thought quite a bit about the distinction between the different sub-disciplines, but this post and the linked one have revealed to me that I don't usually make a distinction between theoretical and quantum chemistry since I'm biased by doing almost entirely electronic structure. I almost never use "quantum chemistry" but "theoretical chemistry", and don'...


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Indeed, I also cannot come up with a better tagging than you've already proposed, and it seems there is no way to uniquely denote diffraction methods other than via the x-ray-based ones. As I see it, there are two ways this can be sorted out: Add a new specific tag We can introduce a neutron-diffraction tag, or something more generic, like a neutronography ...


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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 include many things a pharmacologist would not really think about, such as traditional synthetic chemistry, correlation of molecular structure to bioactivity, ...


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I am somewhat a bit torn apart about this proposal. That is mainly because none of the tag usage guidelines is particularly good and can't be easily understood by new users. I think stereochemistry is already quite broad, at least broad enough to warrant sub-tags. The usage guideline only reads Refers to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a chemical entity....


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If you have reached the final step of the privileges ladder, you can access the tools page, where you have an excellent overview of the page. It also lists all the newly created tags. If you do not have the reputation yet (I know it takes some time) you can see the newly created tags on the tag overview page. Tools: https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/tools ...


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I think this, if anything, should be embodied as a newly created, dedicated chatroom, instead of as a new tag. I have seen the horror that is the meta-tag, and I recoil aghast at the prospect of creating another. However, the purpose-specific Spring Cleaning chatroom has served its purpose well, and leaves both the main and meta sites un-muddied. Tracking ...


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I'd say the difference, if there is one, is that green-chemistry would be for doing chemistry in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner, but sustainability is for using chemistry to achieve a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. For example, questions about how to re-engineer the synthesis of a pharmaceutical would be green-chemistry, but questions about $\ce{...


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My thanks to Wildcat for bringing this up—it had been bothering me for a while now. Thoughts off-the-cuff, acknowledging the massive workload represented by the retaggings proposed (TRE #3, anyone? I'm on board for a team tackling this, BTW): To my knowledge, computational-chemistry comprises (A) quantum-chemistry and (B) other stuff. (B) comprises ...


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Well, I’ll be rather frank. I disagree with merging lewis-structure into the new structural-formula. The reasons being as follows: lewis-structure is more specific. There are structural formulae that aren’t Lewis structures. lewis-structure is probably (although I didn’t check the numbers) a tag of it’s own right. lewis-structure definitely includes ...


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The post you have linked to is already almost four years old, and it was written in the early stages of our site, where the tags have been very fluid. The moderators at the time decided that merging and synonymising would be the way to go, but Richard was a bit faster cleaning out the existing tag, therefore I guess this never happend. In the last two years (...


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I have tried to write a short tag wiki for both stereochemistry and chirality. Since moderator edits do not go through a review queue, please do take a look to make sure I haven't messed things up horribly: Stereochemistry tag wiki Chirality tag wiki Sorry for starting off with what isn't exactly an answer, but I thought it was worth bumping it to make ...


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I think this issue should be revisited. While I can see there being a reasonable distinction between the two, the use of the chemical-biology tag hasn't really fit its short tag description and it still has no tag wiki. Most of the questions tagged with it seem to fall under two categories (I don't have hard data, but this is my impression looking through ...


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I have performed the merge. All questions that were tagged with sustainability belong now to green-chemistry, while keeping the former as a synonym. I have extended the tag wiki excerpt a little and it reads now: Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is a philosophy intended to reduce the environmental impact of chemical industry and ...


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In principle, one could keep chirality and even introduce more specific tags. Questions on the stereochemistry of biaryl compounds, such as Chirality of biphenyls could receive an atropisomerism or axial-chirality tag. For a question, such as Molecular knots absolute configuration, a more specific helicity tag could be introduced. More often than not, ...


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Stereochemistry is about the 3D structure of molecules. This is clearly a much bigger subject than chirality. I'd ague that the tags should be separate. With chirality as a specific subset.


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I know we have many spectroscopy tags but many of them use fundamentally different phenomenon not just a different wave/particle. Thus, I think neutron-diffraction is unlikely to have many tags, therefore I would suggest a general tag of diffractography with x-ray-diffraction, ebsd (electron backscatter diffraction) and neutron-diffraction as synonyms.


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I have tried that a while ago and even after reworking it, it got no momentum. And there still is materials which also may include plastics and polymers. I'm quoting thomij from that post: However, there are key differences in how they are defined scientifically. Plastics are defined based on their material properties - how do they respond to an applied ...


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I completely agree with the suggestion. "Plastic" is a popular synonym for polymer but actually describes a specific behavior. One good thing is that the word "plastic" is typically associated with synthetic polymers and allows distinction from biopolymers, which form a very broad class of their own (and perhaps deserve their own tag?) Aside: other useful ...


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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 department and attended by the pharmacology students (who merely had to sit through it). In it, the lecturers noted more than once (for the benefit of the ...


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