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Are support-like queries for software packages on topic?

It was questions like that one that I had in mind when I first made the proposal. My answer to your question during Area51 alluded to the fact that VASP, MOLCAS, CFOUR, GAUSSIAN, LAMMPS, CP2K, DIRAC, ...
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Better late than too late: Could a single word substitution in our name, be at least considered?

By having our name "Materials Modeling" as opposed to "Matter Modeling", are we potentially losing any of our audience? I believe yes. Some molecular modelers do not associate themselves with ...
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Is education advice on-topic for this site?

Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion on this, rather than a statement on what site policy is or should be. That will likely evolve as more users chime in here and as the site grows. I think as ...
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Can we refrain from using 'dft' as a tag for density functional theory?

I strongly encourage y'all to spell out tags as much as possible unless it's a dead-standard term as an abbreviation even outside your field... Like... scuba. I'm happy to synonymize any of these to ...
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Better late than too late: Could a single word substitution in our name, be at least considered?

I am late to the discussion. I see that most up votes are for changing the title to Matter Modelling. My take on this: According to wikipedia The interdisciplinary field of materials science, also ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Congrats Tyberius and I.Camps. Special thanks to other candidates etienne_ip, taciteloquence, TheSimpliFire and Alone Programmer. Also a big thanks to all who voted and supported us. Thank you for ...
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I would like to see more questions about macroscopic methods here, do others agree?

I agree that the field of Materials Modeling covers mesoscopic methods such as phase-field simulations, lattice Boltzmann models, and fluid materials. I would be very delighted if you wanted to ask ...
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Better late than too late: Could a single word substitution in our name, be at least considered?

On the site's permanent name: I think it is safe to say that we all agree that "Modeling" has to stay and that by modeling we understand that this is a community Q&A focused on the computational ...
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Matter Modeling needs a lot more questions before 28 July: Here's why

Don't take the Area 51 numbers too heavily There is a blog post from 2010 that address this. At it's 89th day, some user of GIS was worryied about the site closure. It was not closed. Nowadays, it is ...
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Does this site cover Computational Fluid Dynamics?

At every university I visit, I try to make it a point to visit the local researcher groups, and there's one book that I see over and over and over again: Modeling the effects of solvents is actually ...
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How does this site differ from the Chemistry.SE?

Sorry it's taken me a long time to write an answer. The question of how we differ from ChemSE came up in August 2019 in the first week of our Area51 journey, and I provided this answer. Adding to ...
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61% of our questions have been answered. Should we focus on improving this?

The statistics and ranges on Area 51 were set almost a decade ago, under a very different idea of how launching sites would work (among other things, the idea was that every site would reach Stack ...
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Formatting Math and Chemical Expressions

Getting started On Matter Modeling SE, we use MathJax to format mathematical as well as chemical equations and similar expressions in questions, answers, and comments. MathJax allows us to typeset ...
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Better late than too late: Could a single word substitution in our name, be at least considered?

Here's what we'll be rolling out later this week: We will update your site name to "Matter Modeling Stack Exchange". It seems pretty unanimous here that this is a better fit for your site. ...
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How can data be extracted from the Matter Modeling Beta?

SEDE doesn't know about the site name change, so it's still listed under 'Materials Modeling': Site renames cause some problems for SEDE and it needs to be updated manually, see e.g. A site URL ...
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Does the Matter Modeling community want to ban unregistered users from asking questions?

I would support this for answers and questions. An inordinately large proportion of the moderation activity on the site has been towards unregistered users, whether that is to format or generally ...
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Are support-like queries for software packages on topic?

Here is a more concise answer: I personally would like to welcome such software questions. They would still have to conform. If we get questions where the answer is easily found in the software's ...
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If you can avoid link rot, please do it, and maybe have a back-up plan

Inspired by the feature request Automatically have links archived in the Wayback Machine, a while ago I wrote the Stack Exchange Archivist user script, which searches posts for external links and ...
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How to get email notifications when questions are asked about your favorite software or favorite topic

You can do the following: Go here: https://stackexchange.com/filters and fill out the form: In this example I'm asking to get an email whenever a question with the basis-sets tag is given on this ...
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What topics can I ask about here?

The way I see the site developing, materials can encompass anything from small molecules, proteins/oligomers, and nanoparticles (finite size) to solids, 2D sheets/tubes, and gas/liquid mixtures (...
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Answering In Comments and Pseudoanswers

In this comment I reminded a user that comments are temporary, by providing a link to the definition of a comment: Comment at your own risk. I have had many thoughtful, detailed, and well-...
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Questionnaire suggestions for moderator elections

How do you feel about downvoting or closing questions by brand new users with a reputation of only 1 (and no experience on any Stack Exchange community), when the question is not spam or ill-...
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Better late than too late: Could a single word substitution in our name, be at least considered?

I think having Materials Modeling as the name definitely dissuades people from joining (or, often, even looking at the site). These are potential users who would clearly fit into the scope we have ...
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Open-ended questions

I agree in the long run that these sort of questions would not be well suited for the StackExchange format. However, there are potentially some short and long term incentives to have these questions ...
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Preserving Comments and Chat Integration

How can I help? For the OP, if you are prompted to move the comments on your post to chat don't do it. This will create a temporary chatroom, rather than moving the comments to the appropriate room. ...
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We had an election relatively recently, shall we keep our current moderation team for a bit longer?

Do the current moderators want to continue on in their roles? Are they happy with the workload (current and expected) If both these questions are answered in the affirmative, I agree that there's no ...
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Why moderators of Matter Modeling SE encourage off-topic questions?

I'm guessing my response is going to be fairly long, so I'll try to keep it at least somewhat organized by putting it in sections. Meta and Feedback I wanted to lead off by just mentioning that one of ...
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How does this site differ from the Chemistry.SE?

Let me be the advocate I never have intended to be; given that I have asked a similar question in the definition phase of this site (How can this proposal be clearly distinguished from Chemistry, ...
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Does this site cover Computational Fluid Dynamics?

I think we should cover CFD here. I know when we talk about CFD, people think about it as mechanical engineers not materials scientists that use it for macroscopic phenomena, but there are plenty of ...
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How does this site differ from the Chemistry.SE?

I think the creation of a Materials Modeling SE apart from the Chemistry.SE is working well, at least for me. Besides the question mentioned by @Nike Dattani, I had other two questions brought here ...
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