Buck Thorn
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Flagging up Controversial Scientific Approaches
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You might employ different approaches to address what you consider spammy or disreputable content in either questions or answers. With regard to questions note there are at least two guiding clauses ...

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Is habitual down voting considered okay?
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Individual visitors are allowed to vote according to what they personally regard as desirable and helpful questions. There are at present no rules that argue that individuals should preferably up- ...

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Regarding coronavirus questions
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I partly disagree. There is nothing mysterious about what needs to be done. Wash your hands regularly and properly. Detergents denature viruses. No mystery in this physicochemical process. Other ...

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Do we appreciate questions?
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Following up on Karsten's SEDE query, the following is a plot of the fraction of votes that were upvotes, by month. There isn't anything enormously surprising there. I would not expect the fraction ...

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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
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The website contains many many closely related if not identical questions, plus new questions probably related to old ones springing up every day. What is your editorial philosophy? For instance, ...

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Is it realistic to expect a new user to use mathjax & mhchem?
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I think it's thoroughly unrealistic (to extent that I would say "obviously") to expect new users to post for the first time with a knowledge of MathJax and Markdown. Go ahead, start a post yourself. ...

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Custom close reason text for "homework"
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Part 1: Close vote screen Original: No effort displayed This question does not demonstrate any engagement with the underlying concepts or an attempt at understanding them. Possible alternative: ...

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Yet another closure question
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I didn't vote to close this question but when I encountered it I lurked around for a while wondering if I should and then decided to draft an answer instead (now posted). What kept me from posting ...

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Why was this question closed for insufficient details/clarity?
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I voted to close. In retrospect it was likely a reaction to the general lazy quality of the question, starting with "We know that ..." without providing any references or additional information. In ...

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Let's not forget to pay tribute to questioner if the question is good enough
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While I may be countering the official site guidelines for up/downvoting in what I write below, the fact that up/downvoting is so obviously subjective justifies this answer. While the rate at which ...

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Buzzwords Season 9 - Number of Moles (reboot)
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I'll provide one reason (opinion based) why editing questions should be done with care: search engines. I think one of your goals is very important - keep answers on the site clear and accurate. But ...

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New users might have a different view on homework than those who frequently answer questions
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It is unlikely that the flow of low quality posts - which includes many questions that can be labeled "homework" - can be discouraged without penalizing well meaning posters. Therefore, focus must be ...

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Why so few questions from the top 36 users?
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I share the opinion of most other answers but particularly like A.K.'s answer. Much of the fun of the site is in the broad range of questions that can crop up, and in figuring out where the questions ...

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Do we need [polymers] and [plastics] tags?
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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 ...

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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here
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What is the best way to explain what is considered an appropriate homework question?
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I propose the following as the "homework" close statement: Exercise questions must demonstrate effort to solve the underlying problem. For help asking a good exercise question, see: How do ...

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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview
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The OP left me somewhat unclear about what answer is sought, which may be appropriate given the long winding history of the "homework" close topic (not to be confused with the deprecated "homework" ...

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Is the question about a theory that predicts pKa values based on structure really 'too broad'?
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I thought the question was uneven, and could certainly be described as "too broad" (although it could well have fallen under "unclear what you are asking"). I have seen very similar questions (of the ...

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What are the key differences between the conception of "question and answer quality" on SO and this site?
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Chemistry is a "work in progress", generally involving inductive reasoning, and as such it addresses many questions that don't have complete answers. In addition, our answers to chemistry questions ...

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