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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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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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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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Please use hyperlinks instead of raw URLs

Instead of writing: "I have been following the example laid out in:" the ...
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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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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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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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A summary about edits

Posts can be edited (often by users other than the post's original author) for numerous reasons. Each SE site will have its own culture and policy, hopefully described on the site's Meta, as this post ...
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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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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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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 ...