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Is this forum the right place to ask basic physical chemistry questions?
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Basic questions are completely allowed here (so long as they're in keeping with the homework policy), and indeed there are many really great examples of basic questions that have provided great ...

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Can we please be friendlier at least in the beginning?
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To add a personal perspective to those already offered by Bon and TIPS, I've always found this community to be incredibly friendly. We have very few incidents compared to other similar sites, or even ...

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Newcomers are more valuable than you think, please welcome them
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"We need more members" Personally, I'm not sure this is necessarily true. What we need is good quality questions and good quality answers to accompany them. StackExchange generally has quite a ...

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Should we completely ban all homework questions?
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"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" springs to mind. Most homework questions I see fall into one of two categories: the first category is questions like the photo in your ...

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Topic Challenge Ideas Meta Post
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I'd suggest supramolecular-chemistry. Supramolecular chemistry won the 2016 Nobel prize and is a vast field (self assembly, molecular machinery, dynamic covalent chemistry, template synthesis), yet ...

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Let's talk about effort, shall we?
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This very much isn’t a fully thought out answer, but it was a lot longer than I could fit into a comment. Just my two english cent. . . Effort as a metric for closure Broadly speaking, I agree ...

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What's our (maybe updated) take on questions about (quantum) chemical software?
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Prompted by Martin, and as a purely synthetic chemist which is potentially against the overall trend here. But my $0.01 (or £0.01 as may be more appropriate now). I'd argue that there should be a ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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Where can I learn more about organic synthesis? Books specifically about synthesis planning: The Logic Of Chemical Synthesis, 1995, E. J. Corey, and Xue-Min Cheng. A fairly advanced book covering ...

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Better living through home experiments? Chapter II
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Assuming we're happy that the question isn't asking about some illicit synthesis where laws are clearly being broken (*), then I see no reason why chemistry.se has any more of a responsibility/duty of ...

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Suggestions for synthesis-golf targets
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Notice: Used as target for the November 2017 Synthesis Golf (+)-Clopidogrel (+)-Clopidogrel (sold as Plavix)[1] is a common pharmaceutical used to help combat the risk of heart disease. The World ...

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Synthesis golf I: thoughts/comments/suggestions
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The proposal: Based on the comments so far, I propose the following (comments very much welcome, as above). We do synthesis golf once a month, starting on the second Monday (I actually agree with @...

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Don't I have the authority to reject any suggested edit?
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You're unable to force the system to allow you to stop people editing your posts, this is a feature of the StackExchange model, that anyone in the community is free to improve upon posts (once they ...

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If I want to buy compound/element X …
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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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Usage of literature references and external sources
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Proposal: Make it a requirement to cite sources/material, with uncited questions put [on-hold] until such a time as content is attributed to the correct source (possible addition of a custom close ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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What should my answer include/ are there any rules? Answers should at least include: A forward synthesis, giving the structures of key intermediates, and the reagents used. Its not expected that ...

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The five-tag limit and its implications
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To offer a different perspective, I'd argue for an approach that starts at the top (broad) and works its way down to more narrow, specific tags. This is possibly a bit of a heavy departure from the '...

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Ask questions about [biochemistry] and [transition-state-theory]!
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The results of Topic Challenge 2 The second topic challenge appeared to be less successful than the first. Whilst some excellent questions were raised, there haven't been many answers. As previously, ...

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Ask questions about [pericyclic] and [group-theory]!
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The results of Topic Challenge 1 The first topic challenge was moderately successful, though its difficult to really judge after a single attempt (one issue I can see with this whole idea is that it ...

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Proposing a salt identification challenge series
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tl;dr: I don't necessarily think this is going to work well, but support anything that might engage people around here, ultimately, if it works, great, if it doesn't, theres no lasting damage and it ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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What is synthesis-golf? Chemistry.SE has the same problems as many other communities on the Stack Exchange network, namely that the bulk of questions are at a basic level. The effect of this is that ...

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How to ask for "a good reading/reference"
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Chemical Structure & Reactivity by Keeler and Wothers is an excellent text. It's aimed at Undergraduate courses in the UK so is fairly thorough (compared to the U.S. at least), and is more ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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What previous synthesis golf challenges have taken place? 2017 May – Synthesis Golf I: Sodium Fluvastatin (with feedback on chemistry.meta.se) June – Synthesis Golf II: Erythronolide B July – ...

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Suggestions for molecular design golf problems
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What is the global minima? I recently came across this post from the chemistry department at the University of Cambridge. The post itself is quite old, but the idea is one that I like. Essentially, ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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Can I post my own synthesis golf challenges on chemistry.SE? In order to avoid there being 'too much of a good thing'/ 'spamming the homepage', it's been agreed that it would be sensible to post ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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I can't quite get to a full answer, can I participate anyway? The point of synthesis golf is to get as many people involved as possible, so yes. If you have a proposed synthesis with a few gaps then ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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How often does synthesis golf take place/how long does the challenge run for? The current idea is to introduce a new synthesis golf challenge once a month, posted by NotEvans or orthocresol. There ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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What is the correct answer? Necessarily there is no one correct answer, which is why this works, many people can provide what they subjectively think is a good answer based upon the chemistry they ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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Aren't synthesis golf questions too broad, and therefore off-topic? Necessarily, synthesis golf challenges will be somewhat 'broad', as there are many possible answers rather than a single one. That ...

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Everything you need to know about Synthesis Golf
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This is all very organic, will there be any other kinds of golf on Chemistry.se? Synthesis golf itself could already be expanded to other areas of synthesis (inorganic synthesis, materials synthesis ...

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Enable 'hide preview' on answers by default
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A possible workaround for users of Safari on Mac (I'm sure a Windows variant exists of this) involves 'tricking' the browser into thinking that you're viewing the page on a mobile device (no previews ...

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