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Preparing for a feature request for chat rooms to have something like the “@channel” feature in Slack

I'm going through the unanswered questions list to try to get things answered, and I found this: Setting multiple new atype/dtype/itype with LAMMPS fix bond/create, for which I'd like to ping all ...
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We've recently had questions answered immediately by the same user, shall the answer be made a community wiki as a policy in such cases?

The topic of self-answering questions immediately is a complex one. On one hand we do not want to fill up the site with low-quality material by people hungry for raising their reputation. On the other ...
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2 days left to fulfill your commitment!

Users that "committed" to this site before it was launched into Beta, promised to write at least 10 questions or 10 answers within the first 6 months of Beta. Users that fulfill their ...
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We have let our answer ratio slip, let's do something about it!

Two days ago I asked our community if anyone thinks they know why or how this happened: We've never had such a long string of unanswered questions before, what might be the reason it happened ...
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We've never had such a long string of unanswered questions before, what might be the reason it happened recently?

This screenshot says it all: All these questions were bumped to the top on September 26th, and none of them have got answers. They are about VASP, LAMMPS, Quantum ESPRESSO, QMC, and TDDFT, all which ...
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Software recommendations for X or Y

Today we got a software recommendation code which was asking for a code that can do TDDFT or BSE: Is there any DFT code or software that implemented forces of TDDFT or BSE calculations for solids? ...
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MathJax or Unicode in titles? Does it matter? (pun intended)

I've had questions with MathJax in titles edited converting the MathJax to ? or closely-matched ASCII (Chemistry SE example), and I've had titles with Unicode replaced with the equivalent MathJax (...
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Questions per day due to low user counts

Our questions per day is really low lately it seems. I suggest this is not because our users are inactive, but I think it is because we dont have enough users either. We should prioritize questions ...
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Can we ask code specific questions?

Example: Can I ask a question about a particular input tag that is used in a specific code (let's say VASP) which might end up into an insight in the overall theory ...
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Minimum requirements for answers

On one hand we have discouraged writing "answers" in comments, and on the other hand, recently some answers were converted to comments (which "♦ moderators" are able to do). We do ...
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After a successful question spree, let's now clean up the unanswered queue!

The campaign to reach 10 questions/day: ATTENTION Matter Modelers: Can we ask 30 questions in the next 24 hours? Matter Modeling needs a lot more questions before 28 July: Here's why Salvaging ...
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ATTENTION Matter Modelers: Can we ask 30 questions in the next 24 hours?

The following campaign has worked brilliantly over the last 2 weeks: Matter Modeling needs a lot more questions before 28 July: Here's why Now we just need 30 more questions in the next 24 hours ...
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Salvaging the DFT questions and questions that fall unambiguously within our territory, from other sites

We have a chat room with a feed that tells us whenever a Matter Modeling question gets asked on a different SE site. It's nice to be able to easily see what all the Matter Modeling questions network-...
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Open-ended questions

it looks like the forum is starting to fill with open-ended questions / lists like Supercomputers around the world! What are the pitfalls for new users of DFT? What are the types of MCSCF? What are ...
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TinyURLs for everyone!

I've had to make several TinyURLs so that my comments would fit into the limitations that we have. I used unique names so that they can be reused by others: Links to answers http://tinyurl.com/...
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Matter Modeling needs a lot more questions before 28 July: Here's why

Many of us were sad when Theor. Physics SE was shut down due to not enough activity: Matter.SE is in Public Beta, which historically, gets promised 90 days with no shut down: We are in day 78, and ...
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Voting (especially upvoting) Matters!

Just a reminder to those visiting the site to upvote good content when you see it. The site will only continue to grow if we encourage good questions/answers and get the users posting them more ...
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Thank you Susi Lehtola, for your contributions! You are the first to answer 50 questions :)

Although we have achieved many milestones already, some of them deserve more public recognition, celebration or congratulation. I am pleased to announce that Susi has reached 50+ answers, which I ...
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New close vote reason for abandoned questions?

There's users that create an account, ask a question, but never come back. Such users often have not responded to any of the questions, suggestions, or requests for an input file or more details, and ...
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Answering these particular questions will earn you extra badges!

Bronze revival: What are the methods for calculating solvation effects in free energies and how do they compare? How to find the projected Hamiltonian for lowest flat-band in general? Derivatives ...
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Discussion about chat room that brings attention to relevant questions from other sites

I made this chat room thinking that it would be as simple as spending 5 minutes adding feeds from Chem.SE, 5 minutes for Physics.SE, 2 minutes for ComputationalScience.SE, 2 minutes for Engineering.SE,...
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Making the software tag work for you

While looking through our current slate of tags, the software tag stuck out to me. Its our second most used tag, but that seems to because its serving a couple different purposes: To label questions ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Materials Modeling's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three moderators are: Please thank them for volunteering, and share your assistance and advice ...
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Bug: zero visitors/day on Materials.SE

The site stats on the main Materials.SE site shows 0 visitors/day, yet on Area 51 it is 319 visitors/day. Could this bug be resolved?
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What about project-specific questions that include code or input files?

As the site matures and the community becomes more involved, we may run into (we already have a few) questions that are very project or system specific. For these questions, since it is possible that ...
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2020 Moderator Election Questionnaire

This is a list compiled based on suggestions written here (in order of how many votes the suggestions received): What questions should we ask people running for the moderator election, to answer in ...
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Does the community user not “bump” inactive questions on beta sites?

This question: Has materials modeling made any specific contribution to the success of perovskite solar cells, or has it only been experimental? Has not been edited or commented on for much more than ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Missing user in our user list?

This user has given two answers, but does not show up in our user list here. I first waited a bit, since I thought maybe it just takes time for that page to update. However after several hours of ...
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What time of the week would people like to hold town hall meetings (if any such thing at all)?

Many sites schedule a chat in one of the chat rooms, at a certain time each week. Quantum Computing has the "Quantum Revolution" every Tuesday at the same hour, and Meta.SE has the "Happy Hour" at ...
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Do we want to encourage people to follow this format when giving software (or similar) suggestions?

My favorite thread on this site so far is this one: Is there a free package with robust CASSCF functionality?, because six different people chipped in, and somehow many of us decided to follow the ...
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What can I do to help the site grow?

Our site is among the strongest to enter Public Beta in the last several years, but there is a lot of work to be done. There might never be a better time than now, to help make this site a huge ...
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Logo needed for community ads!

Since almost 9 years ago, Science Stack Exchanges have been advertising other Science Stack Exchanges that are still in Beta: Currently we are using the default image automatically generated by ...
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May we have the AMS tag added to our MathJax configuration?

In this answer of mine, I labeled my equation using \label{eq:boltzmann} and then tried to cite it in the usual LateX way: ...
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Can we find and invite all supporters from the previously failed Area51 attempts to build this site?

Robert Cartaino contacted the supporters of a failed Mathematica.SE proposal when a subsequent proposal became successful: Since the Mathematica proposal is relaunching from the support of a ...
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Thank you to our 9 inaugural “enthusiastic users”!

Thank you so much, to all of you that have been enthusiastic about helping create this site, and helping it grow during its first 30 days of life: Hopefully there will be many, many more years and ...
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Resource Requests: Constructing a Canonical List

We have had a number of posts looking for resources that give broad overviews of methods or whole branches of matter modeling (e.g. Is there any recent beginner's reference on materials ...
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Community Bounty Board

A common problem encountered on SE sites is that you offer a bounty on a question, but due to the short time limit, don't receive an answer and the points go unrewarded. To counteract this issue, I ...
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How do I drive engagement on a question?

I asked a question that got a fair number of upvotes, but no answers. It seems to be disappearing off the front page, so I think I probably won't get an answer at this point. Is there a way to drive ...
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Better late than too late: Could a single word substitution in our name, be at least considered?

I proposed this site on A51 as "Materials Modeling" on 20 August 2019. Of course it crossed my mind many times that the name proposed on day one might not turn out to have been the perfect choice for ...
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Do our users want, or not want, this site to be sponsored?

First: Thank you everyone who helped this site survive the Area51 process, and who helped this site grow so far during the first 3 weeks in Beta!!! We would not have this site without you!!! Now we ...
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2020 Pro Tempore Moderator Election: Questionnaire Suggestions

An election is coming up soon to determine the first three moderators of this site. Each candidate for the election will write a bit about themselves, and we can have an official list of questions ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Materials Modeling Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on June 8 to bring in your three inaugural pro-tem moderators. For full details of the process, see ...
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Shouldn't this site have an open-source tag?

I have noticed a couple of questions related to open-source software. I think it would be a good idea to create the tag for easier categorisation. I am aware that there are special tags for open-...
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Answering In Comments and Pseudoanswers

Here is a quote from the Physics Meta and related Any time "answering information" is posted as a comment instead of as an answer, it makes it more difficult for people to find, and we also ...
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Is there a way we could do a poll to determine the mix of disciplines we have here?

It would be interesting to know the mix of scientific backgrounds present in this group. Materials modeling has a really broad range of application from very directly correlated to materials and ...
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Should there be tags of specific (major) versions of software suites?

Every now and again software maintainers and developers add new features and fix bugs. Sometimes these are smaller changes, which do not break anything (minor revisions), sometimes these introduce ...
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New diffraction, electron-diffraction and transport tags, were these the best choices?

Since Tagging really is important and we need to focus more on it I thought I'd ask the following. I've created a few tags for my first two questions and not sure if they are the best options: to ...
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What should the tag for “ab initio” be?

I had originally made the ab-initio tag. Very soon afer, someone made the ab-initio-calculations which (to me) seems redundant. I asked to have a tag synonym created so that ab-initio-calculations ...
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If you can avoid link rot, please do it, and maybe have a back-up plan

Link-rot has been a problem on the SE sites, and will probably always be. This is one of the reason why link-only answers are highly discouraged and on most sites get converted to comments (or if that ...

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