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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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What do I need to know about tagging?

How to find out if a tag is good to have/make I present to you, the MAR Tag Test™ (abbreviated as MATT), a short test with three possible responses to each question, designed as a crude way of ...
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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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The Great Retagging Event - Episode 1: The one-taggers

TRE stats: Episode 1 — scene 1 (Friday 2015/10/02, 15:30 - 17:00 UTC): 187 edits No more nonclosed questions with only the homework tag. 120 questions tagged only with organic-chemistry were ...
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What is it with the nuclear?

tl;dr *sigh* It's not just done with renaming. Introduction Nucular is one horrible tag. For the reason you mentioned and for a couple more, well, mainly inconsistency. (And MATT is -2, in words: ...
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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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The Great Retagging Event - Episode 1: The one-taggers

TRE notes and tips Don't edit closed questions! (This is covered with my query, but just in case) The rationale, if you ask, is an SE slogan saying "$\color{red}{\mathcal{don't~polish~turds}}$". ...
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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 / ...
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Scope of Crystal-structure and X-Ray-diffraction

We need to keep x-ray-diffraction. The most common application of x-ray diffraction methods is crystallography, however. However, there are other x-ray diffraction techniques used in the ...
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Should we create tags for common functional groups?

I think that creating some more tags for certain functional groups can actually be beneficial. Here are a few comments on the status quo and some recommendations: $\Large\color{\green}{\checkmark\...
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What about the magic in the questions?

Let's burn breaking-bad. Some things are okay-ish to do when we're a small community, not so okay-ish when our community grows bigger. Now that we're in the bigger phase, we should be consistent with ...
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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 ...
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Is there a difference between nomenclature and iupac

The IUPAC is the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry does more than work to standardize the symbols and nomenclature of chemistry, although this is the work they are most famous for. ...
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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. [......
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Can we please burninate the organic tag?

The tag was on the question "Photoisomerization of Azobenzene", see the edit history here. I am responsible for making this tag an orphan, meaning as soon as I saw it, I substituted it to the proper ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Use of redox tag

As an organic chemist, I am perfectly comfortable with describing a reaction involving the oxidation of a compound as a redox reaction. In fact, I teach these reactions using the familiar terms of ...
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