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Does the Matter Modeling community want to ban unregistered users from asking questions?

When I first learned about the concept of an "unregistered user", I was surprised that such a thing is allowed. The benefit seems to be that it lowers the barrier to entry, so that more ...
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New stack exchange! Provers.SE (for interactive theorem provers and automatic theorem provers) will go live soon!

Stack Exchange will soon create the Private Beta site for Proof Assistants and Automatic Theorem Provers. If you want to see what a StackExchange site is like in its initial beginnings, want to help ...
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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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Let's avoid editing the following questions if possible

There's two ways I considered doing this. One is by making a community-wiki answer so that anyone who wants to add or remove questions from this list, can do so freely. Another option would be to ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Calculation Redoxpotential with Gaussian Software Package [migrated]

I like to perform redox potential calculations with the gaussian software package. To check if my build-up system is right I like to compare it to a benchmark database published by Grimme et al. (J. ...
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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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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 had an election relatively recently, shall we keep our current moderation team for a bit longer?

Now that we've graduated out of Beta, there will be an election some time in 2022 or 2023. We had an election very recently about 1.5 years ago (this may not seem recent to some people, since many ...
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Congratulations! Matter Modeling rocked at Winter Bash!

Winter Bash 2021 is now over and I want to thank everyone who participated! I think it was very successful, and in many ways even more fun than last year. Furthermore, one of our very own diamond ...
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Why moderators of Matter Modeling SE encourage off-topic questions?

Recently Matter Modeling SE became a site that attracts lots of off-topic questions (see a recent one here that is more suitable for SO and has nothing to do with matter modeling: Is there a way to do ...
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Matter Modelers! Try to get these hats!

It's that time of the year again, and I've picked out the hats that I think would be most valuable to our site and community if as many people as possible were to try to get them! Gem detector Cast ...
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Matter Modelers: Let's all wear our hats!

I pointed out last year in this question: HATS !!!!! GET SPECIAL HATS ON 21 DEC, 25 DEC, AND 1 JAN!, that activity on SE sites often drops during late December / early January, and a loss of momentum ...
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I do not know if this is the right place to ask the following question, but couldn't find the answer anywhere else either. So please delete the question if it is out of scope for this community. I ...
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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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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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Changing the way we pin "accepted" answers to the top? (Update)

Decision On December 17th, the vote total was 3-2 in favor of unpinning. However, neither option reached the minimum number of votes (5) or minimum amount more than the other option (3). Therefore, ...
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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 does one increase reputation on stack exchange

I know that is not directly related to the theme of the site. However, upon registration I am unable to comment or vote on questions without reaching a specific threshold. Is it normal for new members ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...