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### New stack exchange! Provers.SE (for interactive theorem provers and automatic theorem provers) will go live soon!

Stack Exchange will soon create the Private Beta site for Proof Assistants and Automatic Theorem Provers. If you want to see what a StackExchange site is like in its initial beginnings, want to help ...
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### 2021: 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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### Calculation Redoxpotential with Gaussian Software Package [migrated]

I like to perform redox potential calculations with the gaussian software package. To check if my build-up system is right I like to compare it to a benchmark database published by Grimme et al. (J. ...
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### Does the Matter Modeling community want to ban unregistered users from asking questions?

When I first learned about the concept of an "unregistered user", I was surprised that such a thing is allowed. The benefit seems to be that it lowers the barrier to entry, so that more ...
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### Congratulations! Matter Modeling rocked at Winter Bash!

Winter Bash 2021 is now over and I want to thank everyone who participated! I think it was very successful, and in many ways even more fun than last year. Furthermore, one of our very own diamond ...
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### Why moderators of Matter Modeling SE encourage off-topic questions?

Recently Matter Modeling SE became a site that attracts lots of off-topic questions (see a recent one here that is more suitable for SO and has nothing to do with matter modeling: Is there a way to do ...
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### Let's avoid editing the following questions if possible

There's two ways I considered doing this. One is by making a community-wiki answer so that anyone who wants to add or remove questions from this list, can do so freely. Another option would be to ...
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I do not know if this is the right place to ask the following question, but couldn't find the answer anywhere else either. So please delete the question if it is out of scope for this community. I ...
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### Matter Modelers: Let's all wear our hats!

I pointed out last year in this question: HATS !!!!! GET SPECIAL HATS ON 21 DEC, 25 DEC, AND 1 JAN!, that activity on SE sites often drops during late December / early January, and a loss of momentum ...
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### We had an election relatively recently, shall we keep our current moderation team for a bit longer?

Now that we've graduated out of Beta, there will be an election some time in 2022 or 2023. We had an election very recently about 1.5 years ago (this may not seem recent to some people, since many ...
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### Matter Modelers! Try to get these hats!

It's that time of the year again, and I've picked out the hats that I think would be most valuable to our site and community if as many people as possible were to try to get them! Gem detector Cast ...
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### How does one increase reputation on stack exchange

I know that is not directly related to the theme of the site. However, upon registration I am unable to comment or vote on questions without reaching a specific threshold. Is it normal for new members ...
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### 0 downvotes in 2 weeks, across ~3500 users!

When examining the stats from 13 October to 3 November, we find that our ~3500 users have in total only downvoted once (on 15 October) and we went more than 2 weeks without ever downvoting. Thanks for ...
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I have some very exciting news to share: On December 16th, our site is officially moving out of Beta! This is a great sign that the SE network has faith in our site and thinks we are a valuable ...
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### How would we like to describe ourselves?

Currently our site is described as: "Q&A for materials modelers and data scientists" This was chosen by Robert Cartaino during Area51, with no input from our community. I think it's ...
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### Changing the way we pin "accepted" answers to the top? (Update)

Decision On December 17th, the vote total was 3-2 in favor of unpinning. However, neither option reached the minimum number of votes (5) or minimum amount more than the other option (3). Therefore, ...
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### Are questions about topics proximate to, but not exclusive to, matter modeling on-topic for the site?

I'm asking this because of a recent string of questions*: Which image format is best to use in a scientific paper? How can I learn LaTeX? How to determine the right size of Gnuplot terminal output? ...
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### We hit rock bottom last week, in voting. What can we do now to encourage people to vote more?

I was very disappointed to see that we hit a record low in number of votes cast on our site this past week, despite us having a record high in number of total users and number of total questions on ...
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### Why do we have so few active users from the UK or Germany?

The research output from UK and Germany are disproportionately large compared to other European countries (which you can see based on the number of Marie Curie or ERC grants awarded/capita to people ...
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### MMSE Virtual Poster Session

I mentioned as a comment to the Town Hall Meta Post the possibility of organizing a virtual poster session on the Gather Town platform for the MMSE community. I've found the gather town platform to be ...
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### Does bumping 16 questions from the unanswered queue, enter the stage where it becomes a little counterproductive?

I've many times bumped up unanswered questions by improving them with edits, and found that they got answered shortly after, so this was indeed helpful. However this time I did 16 questions at once: ...
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### Where would hierarchical tagging help us?

In light of this answer, I thought I might put together a list of where hierarchical tagging would help us, for example: software can including things like software-recommendations python can ...
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### Is there anything the Matter Modeling community needs from the SE company?

In light of this question that was asked yesterday on the Mother Meta: Magic wand time - what does your community need? (More questions from the Community VP), is there anything we need?
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### An unusual pattern of unregistered users?

There's probably far more, but these are the ones that I had in my notes, which I noticed mainly based on Q/A they posted: Link User ID User IDs between 0-999: https://mattermodeling.stackexchange....
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### Preserving Comments and Chat Integration

I thought it might be worth making a brief explainer on one of the slight differences in protocol we have developed compared to other sites in the network: comment preservation. On a lot of sites in ...
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### Pending edits on posts, to be made when the site is lower in traffic

We are burninating the hessian tag, and I finished half of this job by removing the tag from all of the unanswered questions. I'm hesitant to remove the tag from the other two which already have ...
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### More opportunities to help MMSE with your artistic skills!

First, I'd really like to thank Anoop Nair and Pranoy Ray for their help with: Logo needed for community ads! and Let's work on our logo! (Improving on Anoop Nair's design). Everyone is ...
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### An excellent 2.5 months for the review queues, let's continue alternatives to close voting!

In February we had 6 questions in the close vote queue that we ultimately decided to keep open. In March we had 4. In April we had 1. In May we had 0. Since 26 march we've had only 1. In fact for more ...
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### MMSE Community Promotion Board

Taking the suggestion from Geoff Hutchison in Highlighting Matsci.org forum - community promotions, I decided to put together an MMSE page for community ads. Simply add an answer with a title, a brief ...
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### Highlighting Matsci.org forum - community promotions

At the moment, I don't think there are community promotion ads for 2021. I came across the https://matsci.org forum, which was started in 2020 and provides discussion for many software packages ...
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### Let's work on our logo! (Improving on Anoop Nair's design)

Out of the logo suggestions so far, I was able to work on the theme proposed by Anoop Nair in his answer, thanks to him making it available for collaboration on GitHub. This is what I have so far, but ...
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### Happy 1 year anniversary!

365 days ago we entered Private Beta and I am almost in tears thinking how far we have come since then! Thank you to all the people who have participated, and congratulations to those that got the ...
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### Annual Town Hall Meeting!

In June 2020 I made the suggestion for us to have weekly town hall meetings, a bit like Quantum Computing SE has "The Quantum Revolution" every Tuesday and Meta.SE has "Happy Hour" ...
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### "8x8x8" or "$8\times 8 \times 8$" or "8 × 8 × 8" or "8×8×8"?

When describing grids, do we want to encourage something like this: or something like this "8 × 8 × 8" or "8×8×8": or something different like Disadvantages of MathJax: it's a ...
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Software recommendation questions are on-topic here, and it's even one of our most popular tags: software-recommendations. However we haven't talked much about how we should approach such questions, ...
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### Why did these questions of mine get a negative score?

I feel like I have good ideas on changes the world could make. I know questions asking people in invest in new research to answer cannot be answered. So I asked questions about existing research. I ...
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### Please make it an aim to vote on questions, even if they aren't your own

In our early days we voted 450 times on 45 posts (10 votes/post), and this shrunk to 337 votes on 55 posts (about 6 votes/post) in July, and seems to have shrunk to nearly 0 votes in the last couple ...
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### New Text Editor issues with Mathjax

Just wanted to bring this to everyone's attention. StackExchange is in the early stages of replacing the current text editor for questions/answers with a new one that supports rich-text. The problem ...
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### How get started "supporting my project on this site"

I posted previously at Chemistry.meta.SE: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4889/. Same question, but I'll be a little more brief, because I get the sense that this is, in fact the ...
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### 2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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### At what stage would we want to implement a close-vote ban on a user?

First of all thank you to everyone who has been participating in the reviews to help moderate this growing community! On the Stack Exchange network, there is the concept of banning someone from ...
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### Is education advice on-topic for this site?

Disclaimer: I came from hot network posts and I have zero experience here. That said, the post in question is Is it Better For Me to Study Chemistry or Physics? In most other sites I observed, none ...
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### HATS !!!!! GET SPECIAL HATS ON 21 DEC, 25 DEC, AND 1 JAN!

Participation tends to drop badly as we enter the Christmas and New Year period, just as it may have dropped in November due to Diwali. For a small and new site like ours, we might not be able to ...
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### Preparing for a feature request for more flexibility and control over moving comments to chat rooms

"Comments are not for extended discussion", the Stack Exchange system always tells us if it detects two people getting into a 2-way discussion in the comments of a question or answer. ...
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### What can our community do, to get people participating more on our Meta?

Participation in our Meta seems to be somewhat lacking, and I've asked a number of questions lately that have gone unanswered: For the most part I was naming chatrooms myself, and I invited the ...
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### Accepting proposals for chat rooms

I very much would like to avoid this problem: Avoiding making so many new chatrooms called "Discussion between user[A] and user [B]" which later become frozen or not very useful We have a ...
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### If a question already has a good answer, does it need to be closed?

I was the first close voter for this question: Can DFT be considered an ab initio method?. But I have cast a re-open vote now. The question has two good answers (one of them is deleted, because I told ...