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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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What topics can I ask about here?

The help page What topics can I ask about here? says: Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question. That leaves some wiggle ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...