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Site Name: Molecular and Materials Modeling?

I want to move some of the Area 51 discussion here: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/31121/discussion-about-the-name-for-materials-matter-modeling Is it still possible to change the ...
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Are support-like queries for software packages on topic?

On Chemistry.SE we have gotten a question, which is about to be closed as off-topic: Band structure of cell with doping in CP2K (or via the Internet Archive). I understand that the topics involved ...
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Get credit for your participation in Private Beta!

Your once in a life time opportunity to get the silver badge for participating in Private Beta, is no longer obtainable after the private beta period ends (7-21 days). The requirements are: 3 posts ...
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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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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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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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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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We have work to do! Here's how you can help!

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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Can we refrain from using 'dft' as a tag for density functional theory?

'dft' is popularly used for discrete Fourier transform, which too is going to be a buzz word on this site. Let's just not use 'dft' as a tag and use full forms for both, density functional theory and ...
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I would like to see more questions about macroscopic methods here, do others agree?

In my opinion, Materials Modeling covers all scales of computational modeling of materials, including mesoscopic methods such as phase-field simulations, lattice Boltzmann models, and fluid materials. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Questionnaire suggestions for moderator elections

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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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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Tagging, it really is important and we need to focus more on it

I know this is not the fun topic most of us are here, but we need to get it out of the way, if we want to make it successfully through private beta. Consider giving the following a read: The Real ...
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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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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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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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Formatting Math and Chemical Expressions

Example post to teach new users the basics of how to format expressions with mathjax and mhchem. Taken with minor edits from the Chem SE.
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New close vote reason for abandoned questions?

Update: The criteria we've been following in practice, might not be precisely what we've described "on paper" here. Hopefully one of us will have time to sort this out on Meta sooner or ...
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Is it good or bad to accept answers early in private beta?

As the site recently started, there are interesting questions which will eventually have a lot of answers, and some of them could be correctly answered before the beta goes open. I think that many ...
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Does this site cover Computational Fluid Dynamics?

I was referred to this answer over at area 51 that answered the question how this site would differ from already existing SE-sites. The answer than names a couple of research fields (VASP, LAMMPS, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about simulating low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) from crystal surfaces potentially on-topic?

A technique for deducing arrangements of atoms on crystal surfaces is Low Energy Electron Diffraction or LEED. The positions of the spots (diffracted directions) can often be reproduced just by ...
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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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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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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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How to get email notifications when questions are asked about your favorite software or favorite topic

My friend Peter Nagy, a developer of the MRCC software, asked me how to get email notifications when people ask questions with the mrcc tag. Surprisingly I could not remember how I did it years ago ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...