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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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Matter Modeling is Graduating!

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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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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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Congratulations to everyone for getting this proposal into Beta! As many of you may know, Area 51 has a record to track the progress of this site, and voting definitely helps with the site's ...
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Matter Modelers: Please support our community ads!

Existing Community Ads Needs more support: Mathematica Community Promotion Ads (updated to 2021 ad!) Academia Community Promotion Ads (updated to 2021 ad!) Ask Ubuntu Community Promotion Ads (updated ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meaningful tagging with tag wikis full of meaning

We're at the beginning of a hopefully long, long journey. Right now, a handful of tags have been created. I'd like to ask everyone to please edit the tag wiki (excerpt) so that there are some ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Congratulations! Matter Modeling rocked at Winter Bash 2021!

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

Update: The ProofAssistants Private Beta has started. Stack Exchange will soon (February 8th) start Private Beta site for Proof Assistants and Automatic Theorem Provers. If you want to see what a ...
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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 notifying these groups about unanswered questions on specific topics: LAMMPS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lammps Quantum ESPRESSO: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Quantum.Espresso ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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:
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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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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 ...
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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&...
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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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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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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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