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Should we delete and blacklist [reaction]?

You are right: it seems to spread like the plague. I agree that reaction is pointless and I think that it should be removed and blacklisted till the end of days.* At least ;-) (*Editorial remark: If ...
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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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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What's the "ethics" tag about?

You're a bit too fast asking this question. The tag has not been alive for much more than three hours, and I would have caught it in one of my checks eventually. It is now a relic of the past, as I ...
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Do we need a separate tag for phenols?

TL;DR Yes, we do. TL;DR++ I think this functional group warrants a new tag, hence I would vote for keeping it. Usually I am a bit more hesitant creating new tags, but in this case I am sure there is ...
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Do we need a separate [proofreading] tag?

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 / ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Do we really need [homework]? [Part 3]

I would like to see it gone. There was a time, where we were still struggling with the scope of the site and where the community was small and where we were not sure in which way we would like to ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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If I want to buy compound/element X …

Should we or should we not allow (and answer questions) that ask how to acquire a certain chemical? No, we should neither allow, nor answer questions about how to acquire a specific chemical.* But ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Perhaps let's eliminate [classification]?

Based on uniformly positive early feedback, I went ahead and retagged all of the relevant questions, editing further where warranted.
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Do we really need [homework]? [Part 3]

We should let it die after a rewrite of the homework policy As is, I think the biggest problem with deleting homework is our mediocre homework policy that somehow asks for some kind of a bookkeeping ...
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Functional group tagging - revisited

Proposal of a different tagging system Functional group tags need not be scrapped entirely, but their usage should be restricted. Questions about the properties of functional groups may be tagged as ...
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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. [......
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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quantum-chemistry vs. computational-chemistry

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 ...
pentavalentcarbon's user avatar
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Do we need the [iupac] tag?

Considering it’s been around for so long and it has only three questions, I think removal is a safe option.
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Why is the "ft-ir" tag used to tag infrared spectroscopy questions?

Indeed, ft-ir has been applied to questions that are about infrared spectroscopy. That still is - in my opinion - no reason to remove the spectroscopy. In general we don't remove broad tags just ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Can [rare-earth-elements] be improved?

I would actually argue against combining the two, at least from a technical perspective. The chemistries of the lanthanides and the actinides are very different. Lanthanides mostly form only ...
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Feature request for a new tag for confusing high school textbook paragraphs

I think erratum already fulfills this purpose. From the tag info: For questions that deal with possible errors in a specific statement of a specified book, article, website, etc. These questions ...
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What is the difference between the tags [synthesis] and [total-synthesis]?

I'd say that there is no functional difference between the tags. As for the concepts, formally, total synthesis is only a subset of synthesis, as the first two sentences of its Wikipedia article ...
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Throw in an idea for TRE (II)

Well, there are various things and taking care of as many of them as possible would be beneficial. Adding tags to one-taggers - there's lots of them. About 150 only in inorganic chemistry. Taking ...
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If I want to buy compound/element X …

Should we or should we not allow (and answer questions) that ask how to acquire a certain chemical? Ignoring the legal/safety issue for a moment, it seems to me that this kind of question is a ...
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How good is the organophosphate tag?

14 Aug 2017: This has now been implemented, thank you for voting. If you have time, tag a few questions, in particular those involving Wittig or Horner–Wadsworth–Emmons reactions ;) And also please ...
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Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag?

Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag? Is this too minor of an edit? No! Having the correct tags under a question is vital.[1] Tags are useful. For high-...
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Should we be more worried about [corrosion]?

I don't see anything wrong with creating this tag as it seems to already have the critical mass to be used appropriately. I also think that the MATT is good for this one (I got 18). Moreover it will ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Proposed change to the "Enzyme" tag wiki (excerpt)

Of course you can propose it. However, it should be rejected. What you have written could be the beginning of a great tag wiki — but at the moment you seem to propose it being in the excerpt (which is ...
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Tag for physical organic chemistry?

I don't see much harm in creating it. There is a multitude of questions coming in (everyday) that are mistagged; often just using organic-chemistry. Almost every question will be edited at one point ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Is there any need for a real gas tag?

While it appears like an easy task, I believe it isn't as much. The currently used gas-laws is not specifically about ideal gases, as the excerpt clearly states: Physical and chemical laws ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Tagging questions on diffraction of things other than X-rays?

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, ...
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Does the tag [petrochemistry] encompass natural gas?

I wasn't aware of the tag and I'm glad you brought it up. Presently, it is being misapplied. The definition of petrochemistry (OED, Webster's, Wikipedia, my education as a geologist, etc.) is (Webster'...
Todd Minehardt's user avatar
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Questions about the kinetic theory of gases

If kinetic-theory can be misinterpreted, why not use kinetic-gas-theory? 18 characters (= viable). Or maybe even kinetic-theory-of-gases (23 characters, still viable).
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Should acronyms be tags or should tags be spelled out?

My answer to this question is a definite it depends. One major thing about tags is that they must be shorter than 25 characters. So international-union-of-pure-and-applied-chemistry can’t be a tag (...
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