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User purposefully deleting question after an answer has been provided

If I remember correctly, once there is an answer given to a post, the post cannot be deleted by the author. I experienced this in some other SE sites where if the author tries to delete a question, ...
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Homework etiquette on MMSE

This question is motivated by a series of questions in the past few days from one user who was clearly progressing through setting up a calculation and working through their errors one by one. Some of ...
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The "almost" arbitrary scaling requirements in reputation for gaining new privileges

The user privileges in MMSE grants access to various site tools, with a higher reputation granting access to more tools, reflecting a level of trust in the user's actions. As seen from the image below,...
Hemanth Haridas's user avatar
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How to Re-Open Questions Labeled as `Closed`

I have noticed that some questions on the platform have been closed, most likely because OPs have not responded to comments asking for clarification or additional information. As far as I understand, ...
Jaafar Mehrez's user avatar
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What is the minimum length required for an answer and how is this enforced?

Is there a minimum length required for an answer to meet the minimum requirements for answers on this site? Two of my short answers were recently suggested to be lengthened since their length fit ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why did so many posts in May 2023 not get any votes from anyone other than me?

Why is no one voting on good questions I was the only one that voted on the following questions despite many of them having multiple comments from other users, and a lot of views, and a lot of effort ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Canonical or exemplary questions

I saw a question about Gaussian on reddit/comp_chem that contained a long input file without any code formatting. I wanted to find a good example of a Gaussian ...
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Why has this answer not received a single upvote in almost 6 months?

As with the following three threads: Why did this question not get any votes in the last 5.5 months despite getting 61 views and comments from at least 3 different people? Why is nobody voting on ...
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Why did this question not get any votes in the last 6 months despite getting 49 views and 4 upvotes on a comment?

As with the following two threads: Why did this question not get any votes in the last 5.5 months despite getting 61 views and comments from at least 3 different people? Why is nobody voting on this ...
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Recognition Day! Thank you to all the users who have continued to make this site possible!

MMSE has helped so many researchers over the last ~3.5 years, and a large part of this was made possible by the users that have voted on so many of our posts. Also, seeing how many of our avid users ...
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A new close reason? VLQ questions for which the user is not making any effort to improve *extremely* LQ parts of the question

Specific examples can be found, but I'll avoid singling out any specific users or their questions unless it's really necessary. Basically, some questions have such extreme lack of care in the ...
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Why is nobody voting on this question, but so many people are voting on the comments?

I'm curious why at least 4 people have voted on the comments without voting on the question, here: Voting wasn't this way from 2020-2021 and much of 2022. Similar questions in the past have had over ...
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Please use hyperlinks instead of raw URLs

Instead of writing: "I have been following the example laid out in: https://github.com/maxhutch/deprecated-quantum-espresso/blob/master/PHonon/examples/example15/reference/zno.ph.in" the ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Have we had any posts on MMSE that were generated by AI or written with the help of AI?

The Quantum Computing Stack Exchange has had several cases of posts that were deleted due to looking like they were written by ChatGPT or written with ChatGPT's help. Has MMSE experienced this, ...
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One question per post please

If your post contains more than one question, or even looks like it contains more than one question, please do not be surprised if people click the following button:
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Demanding references for answers to questions that are not reference requests

I propose that for questions that are not tagged with the reference-request tag (i.e., questions that are not of the form "What are some good references for X?" or similar), answers are ...
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Please do not add "middle sidebar ads" on this site

What is going on in the SE network Many sites in the tech category suddenly got a Meta post saying that their main sites will be getting some huge and very colorful ads in their sidebars on May 10th. ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Please provide your full input file and your full output file (and error message if there is one)

If your question is related to a calculation that didn't work, please provide your input and output files in a code block. We have a 30,000 character limit, which ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Why do we ask you to use ```code``` blocks rather than screenshots?

code blocks are easier to read (we can give an example of code next to a screenshot if needed) ...
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How to address questions that can have multiple answers?

Some questions start with 'how' where the user asks how to achieve a certain task. Usually, there are more than one ways to achieve that task. Now when we are writing the answer, which of the ...
Abdul Muhaymin -Free Palestine's user avatar
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Balancing negativity with positivity

If you come to a main or meta site only to downvote or leave negative comments, some people might question your motives. If you really want to help, why are you not upvoting good content or leaving ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Preferred English version to use on MMSE

Is there a preferred choice of English (US or British) version that is preferred while asking questions and writing answers on ...
Vandan Revanur's user avatar
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We are on the brink of getting answers to the following closed questions:

The idea/origins of this question is from the comments on this answer: How it differs from that answer is that the answer linked maintains questions which are still "alive" and are closed to ...
Vandan Revanur's user avatar
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MMSE editing policy

Unfortunately, all edits on questions or answers lead to the question being bumped to the top of the front page. This is something that happens across the Stack Exchange network, and MMSE has no ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Conditions under which a question should be deleted

I have been extremely supportive of nearly all questions here. I've never downvoted a single post on this site, yet I've voted on 5000+ posts. I encourage users not to downvote, and to avoid voting to ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Clarifying close vote reasons

Due to the close votes on this question: Transiesta warning (Error on inverting X6/C7 with error: 1) (one of them being an "opinion-based closure" and the other being "needs more focus&...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Removing "duplicates" from mailing-list/forum RSS feeds

In many of our chat rooms (e.g. the Quantum ESPRESSO one), we use RSS feeds to inform us when new discussions take place on mailing lists or forums. However we get feed items posted not only when new ...
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Why do we not allow links to Google Drive files?

This post applied not just to Google Drive but to similar file sharing platforms such as Sharepoint, Dropbox, etc. Google Drive is not accessible to all users, depending on their country of residence ...
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Change "abandoned" to "on-hold"

Not long ago, diamond moderators could either "close" a question or put it "on hold" which had exactly the same effect apart from having friendlier verbiage: "On hold" is ...
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Is it possible to pick our own color theme (e.g. dark mode) in MMSE, like we can in Stack Overflow?

As in Stack Overflow it's possible to choose the colour theme for the page, is it possible to implement that feature even in MatterModeling?
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Be careful with edit summaries!

For a while, I've been planning to write a series here (MMSE.Meta) about tips on how to get along well with people in the SE network (which can be hard at times, when people are very passionate!). ...
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Just out of curitosity: Would anyone closer to UTC+8 be interested in becoming a diamond moderator?

It was agreed on Meta that we'd wait a while before our next election: We had an election relatively recently, shall we keep our current moderation team for a bit longer? My opinion on that has not ...
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Please remove the hyperlink in the sentence "Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat?"

Under certain conditions, the following message appears: "Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat?" except with a ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Congratulations on another strong Winter Bash for Matter Modelers in 2022!

As Winter Bash 2022 comes to an end I want to thank everyone who participated! This is a follow-up to last year's post: Congratulations! Matter Modeling rocked at Winter Bash 2021! I was initially a ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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Looking for a deleted post

If you're looking for a deleted post that you would be able to see if you had the URL (e.g. if it's your own post or if you have enough points to view deleted posts), here's a place where you can make ...
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"ab-initio" vs "ab initio" when we cannot use Italic font?

For titles, the Stack Exchange network does not allow us to use Italic font, without resorting to the use of MathJax, which we've agreed not to use in titles, in these discussions: MathJax or Unicode ...
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Why does OR have a short URL whereas MM has a long one?

Operations Research has a short and succinct, beautiful URL: https://or.stackexchange.com/ Matter Modelling has a long and bulky URL which might even look like a spam site when we try to recruit ...
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Bounties! At the end of each month I plan to give away a lot of my rep via bounties. Please suggest questions to receive bounties :)

SE tracks our users who earn the most rep yearly, quarterly, monthly, and weekly. I often find myself at the top of all of these lists, and I figure that if I'm on the top of all of these lists, it ...
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Is MMSE the right site for asking materials science questions?

I am Materials science Ph.D. student. I just want to know is it the right site I am in to ask my question related to materials science related field?
Learn phy's user avatar
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Who should I try to recruit to help answer these questions?

I would be willing to devote more of my time and energy towards increasing our user base to include experts in the following areas if you can let me know who the appropriate experts are!
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How did these unregistered users write answers?

For those who have enough reputation to see deleted posts, you'll notice that this answer was written by an unregistered user named boss. Very soon after, we also got this answer by an unregistered ...
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Why did this question not get any votes in the last 5.5 months despite getting 61 views and comments from at least 3 different people?

This is a question about a specific-question: Force convergence in Wannier orbitals based DFT code I am curious to hear opinions about why this question didn't deserve any votes over such a long ...
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Unanswered questions that also appear elsewhere

Many of our questions get repeated as GitHub issues or in other places. Once in a while it might be helpful to check here to see whether or not questions have been answered elsewhere so that they can ...
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Why have people stopped voting?

We have hit another all-time weekly low in voting: Previously in the week of Sunday April 10 2022 we had an all-time low of 106 votes on the main site. Recently in the week of Sunday August 21 2022 ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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The next step in the evolution of MMSE: upgraded reputation levels!

After: a failed proposal in 2018, a new proposal in August 2019, entering the commitment phase in December 2019, entering Private Beta in April 2020, entering Public Beta in May 2020, and having ...
Nike Dattani - No Free Time's user avatar
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The MMSE Sandbox

Similar to this sandbox, you're encouraged to write drafts of your questions here before posting them on the main site, if you think this may be beneficial. I was tempted to come up with a set of &...
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Why has MMSE activity reduced so much after 9 January 2022?

There seems to be a drop in usage after the red vertical line: We had: 59 posts and 33 questions in the "week of" 2 January 2022, and 59 posts and 31 questions in the "week of" 9 ...
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A faster process for migrating questions from other sites?

Occasionally a question gets migrated from a different site to this one (e.g. Chem.SE, Physics.SE, etc.). This often happens after a diamond moderator from a different site consults us in the MMSE ...
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