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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Color syntax highlighting for code?

Usually when code is typed in questions/answers color syntax highlighting shows up if the language is specified as follows, python import numpy as np  But ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...