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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Based on my experience with other stack exchanges, I assumed that the content that people take the time to write here, would be easily citable, and in fact when advertising our site to professional ...
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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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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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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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2020 Moderator Election Questionnaire

This is a list compiled based on suggestions written here (in order of how many votes the suggestions received): What questions should we ask people running for the moderator election, to answer in ...
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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can MathJax be enabled on Materials.SE?

Can a CM help enable MathJax on this site, as it is expected that there will be considerable mathematics involved in posts?
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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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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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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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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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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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Thank you to our 9 inaugural “enthusiastic users”!

Thank you so much, to all of you that have been enthusiastic about helping create this site, and helping it grow during its first 30 days of life: Hopefully there will be many, many more years and ...
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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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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 an invitation box be added to our site?

The Private Beta site for the DronesSE had this invitation box on the side: I don't yet see it for our site. Is it possible for us to get this added too?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...