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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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### An unusual pattern of unregistered users?

There's probably far more, but these are the ones that I had in my notes, which I noticed mainly based on Q/A they posted: Link User ID User IDs between 0-999: https://mattermodeling.stackexchange....
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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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### Do we want to change the way we pin "accepted" answers to the top?

SE is making the way accepted answers behave configurable per-site and is looking for input from our side as to what our preference is. Currently, accepted answers - answers that the asker of the ...
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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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### Pending edits on posts, to be made when the site is lower in traffic

We are burninating the hessian tag, and I finished half of this job by removing the tag from all of the unanswered questions. I'm hesitant to remove the tag from the other two which already have ...
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### We hit rock bottom last week, in voting. What can we do now to encourage people to vote more?

I was very disappointed to see that we hit a record low in number of votes cast on our site this past week, despite us having a record high in number of total users and number of total questions on ...
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### Why do we have so few active users from the UK or Germany?

The research output from UK and Germany are disproportionately large compared to other European countries (which you can see based on the number of Marie Curie or ERC grants awarded/capita to people ...
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### Does bumping 16 questions from the unanswered queue, enter the stage where it becomes a little counterproductive?

I've many times bumped up unanswered questions by improving them with edits, and found that they got answered shortly after, so this was indeed helpful. However this time I did 16 questions at once: ...
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### MMSE Virtual Poster Session

I mentioned as a comment to the Town Hall Meta Post the possibility of organizing a virtual poster session on the Gather Town platform for the MMSE community. I've found the gather town platform to be ...
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### Where would hierarchical tagging help us?

In light of this answer, I thought I might put together a list of where hierarchical tagging would help us, for example: software can including things like software-recommendations python can ...
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### Let's work on our logo! (Improving on Anoop Nair's design)

Out of the logo suggestions so far, I was able to work on the theme proposed by Anoop Nair in his answer, thanks to him making it available for collaboration on GitHub. This is what I have so far, but ...
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### Is there anything the Matter Modeling community needs from the SE company?

In light of this question that was asked yesterday on the Mother Meta: Magic wand time - what does your community need? (More questions from the Community VP), is there anything we need?
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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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### 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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### MMSE Community Promotion Board

Taking the suggestion from Geoff Hutchison in Highlighting Matsci.org forum - community promotions, I decided to put together an MMSE page for community ads. Simply add an answer with a title, a brief ...
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### More opportunities to help MMSE with your artistic skills!

First, I'd really like to thank Anoop Nair and Pranoy Ray for their help with: Logo needed for community ads! and Let's work on our logo! (Improving on Anoop Nair's design). Everyone is ...
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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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### An excellent 2.5 months for the review queues, let's continue alternatives to close voting!

In February we had 6 questions in the close vote queue that we ultimately decided to keep open. In March we had 4. In April we had 1. In May we had 0. Since 26 march we've had only 1. In fact for more ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### "8x8x8" or "$8\times 8 \times 8$" or "8 × 8 × 8" or "8×8×8"?

When describing grids, do we want to encourage something like this: or something like this "8 × 8 × 8" or "8×8×8": or something different like Disadvantages of MathJax: it's a ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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Software recommendation questions are on-topic here, and it's even one of our most popular tags: software-recommendations. However we haven't talked much about how we should approach such questions, ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Why did these questions of mine get a negative score?

I feel like I have good ideas on changes the world could make. I know questions asking people in invest in new research to answer cannot be answered. So I asked questions about existing research. I ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### How get started "supporting my project on this site"

I posted previously at Chemistry.meta.SE: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4889/. Same question, but I'll be a little more brief, because I get the sense that this is, in fact the ...
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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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### 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 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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### 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 ...