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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!

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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About recommendations questions

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 ...
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We reached 100 unanswered questions today. Let's focus on answering the unanswered questions!

Certainly the list of unanswered questions will get bigger over time, but I was really hoping it would stay under 2 pages long (when listing 50 questions/page) for much longer. The longer the list of ...
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Helping to get unanswered questions answered: What are the communities where we can notify people of our questions?

I have been posting unanswered questions about LAMMPS here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lammps, about Quantum ESPRESSO here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Quantum.Espresso, about VASP here: ...
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How can data be extracted from the Matter Modeling Beta?

As far as I can see, Beta sites are not part of StackExchange data dumps https://archive.org/details/stackexchange . According to https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/216245/884991, sites in public beta ...
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New Stack Exchange site proposal: Computational Fluid Dynamics!

There's a proposal at the moment for creating an SE site for computational fluid dynamics, and if you would like SE to add a site for this topic, I suggest you follow the proposal, ask some example ...
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0 Question Days

In August we had at least 1 question each day In September we had 1 day with 0 questions In October we had 3 days with 0 questions 16 November was already day number 5 with 0 questions in November. ...
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Advocate this site through PsiK site?

I think to broaden the user base we could make this site publicly known through Psi-K. What do you think? Do you have any sugar text for this, I would be happy to send the mail to Psi-K, or one of you,...
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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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1 day 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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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 ...