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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New diffraction, electron-diffraction and transport tags, were these the best choices?

Since Tagging really is important and we need to focus more on it I thought I'd ask the following. I've created a few tags for my first two questions and not sure if they are the best options: to ...
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What should the tag for “ab initio” be?

I had originally made the ab-initio tag. Very soon afer, someone made the ab-initio-calculations which (to me) seems redundant. I asked to have a tag synonym created so that ab-initio-calculations ...
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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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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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Name and room owners for the main chat room

This community has a chat room: Materials Modeling This is the third place, where people can meet up and discuss. It's the most casual of the three, with sometimes realtime back-and-forth. That's ...
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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 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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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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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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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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61% of our questions have been answered. Should we focus on improving this?

Area 51 says: 90% answered is a healthy beta, 80% answered needs some work. In the beta We are far from 90% . How do we tackle that?
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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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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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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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Is the site about physical modelling or computer modelling? [closed]

"Is the site about physical modelling or computer modelling?" The question says it all!
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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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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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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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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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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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How does this site differ from the Chemistry.SE?

Typically, SE sites decide their topicality independently from each other. But knowing Chemistry.SE a little bit, I am thinking about, what is the topic of the site, what would not be on topic on ...

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