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[*] posted on 17-9-2015 at 14:51


How hard would it be to include a nice prominent link to the Short Questions Thread right on the front page of the forum? I think that would help stem the flow of unnecessary new threads if the newer/less experienced members see it before starting new threads.



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[*] posted on 17-9-2015 at 16:14


I like the idea.
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[*] posted on 20-9-2015 at 06:21


From mobile or tablet,I can't download files.But I can download on PC.Why is that happening?
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[*] posted on 27-9-2015 at 21:27


right place?

so I have been having trouble on my laptop with posting; after commenting on the thread it says it will forward me to the conversation again as usual, but gets stuck staring at that screen for a WHILE. it never did that before a week ago. no clue if my kid "helped me" by pressing something. so no clue how to find out where to look for the fix. any pointers would be great. thanks guys.

I do use addblocker for pop up controll, and that is about it( disabled on scimad). lappy is dell with windows running firefox browser.

edit test

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[*] posted on 27-9-2015 at 21:38


Dunno. Try a different browser for diagnostic.
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I'm using Chrome, if that helps.

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[*] posted on 27-9-2015 at 21:45


well, ya, it seems fire fox doesn't want to cooperate but internet explorer will work. just don't care for it. Ill see what add-on's I have integrated recently. thanks j_sum1
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[*] posted on 22-7-2016 at 14:32


* Can some fields be added to the member information table to reflect current social media platforms? Twitter and YouTube have healthy chemistry communities.

* Can this thread be topped?

* When do prepublications get advanced to publication status? The member publications section hasn't been updated in some time, and a lot of mature writing seems to just be languishing in prepub limbo:
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[*] posted on 22-7-2016 at 15:06


* Can some fields be added to the member information table to reflect current social media platforms? Twitter and YouTube have healthy chemistry communities.

That would be nice. The ones currently available really show the forum's age. I'd never heard of Aim or ICQ before!

* Can this thread be topped?

Sure.

* When do prepublications get advanced to publication status? The member publications section hasn't been updated in some time, and a lot of mature writing seems to just be languishing in prepub limbo:
http://www.sciencemadness.org/member_publications/index.html

I don't know why the publications section has been so quiet lately, but another option is to "publish" a procedure to the Wiki, which can be done by anyone who requests editing access from me.




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[*] posted on 24-7-2016 at 08:41


Quote: Originally posted by zts16  

I'd never heard of Aim or ICQ before!



heh, I clearly remember 2002 as a techno-social turning point, when my friends stopped asking for phone numbers as flirtation, and began asking for AIM screen names :D




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[*] posted on 24-7-2016 at 08:58


Haha, there's some people on here who have misinterpreted the meaning of the Aim field and put things along the lines of "To learn about amateur chemistry" in it



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[*] posted on 25-7-2016 at 09:47


You dang kids and your twitters and your facepages! Back in my day we had to crank the phone up and talk to the operator!


(I'm not actually that old. But it is weird that people are around now that don't know what AIM is!)
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[*] posted on 26-8-2016 at 18:52


I'll say it again, I don't know where to put this, but this place seems somewhat relevant to the message I want to give.

I transferred to a larger university than my local community college recently, its a pretty well ranked university nationally and globally too. Today I walked into my first "official" organic chemistry lab. I'm finally here at "the big university" as it were. I'm not at a tiny little community college and I'm advancing in terms of my chemistry knowledge. However, as I walked in today, I took the time to observe. Around me were people, some had lab coats with tie dye on them, others had new coats from the university store, and many more simply had plain white coats. I carried mine in one hand, a little less white, many stains here and there that would not wash out despite all my efforts. In the lab itself I laid one of my bare hands onto a lab table/bench just after being briefed about safety for acids and proper clean up. My hand started to itch a little, and I knew that at some point someone hadn't followed the very procedures which had just talked about. When I examined my lab glassware kit, I found a few beakers that were chipped badly, and found others with warping around the glass or lip that I had to report and replace. Nobody had cared for that glassware, they had just thrown it around while getting a grade. And then, in regards to grades, I was told by a TA that getting an A would just be impossible in this lab and not to even try/stress about it. It was new, foreign, distasteful, and yet, a challenging excitement.

I yearned for my own lab again. My glassware. My cleanliness. My rules. And then again, I also felt very, very ambitious...and also very ready.

I want to thank you guys here at sciencemadness again. I haven't posted much, I've mostly just read here because this place is such a resource, and that is what I'm mostly thankful for. I've learned and grown here as a result of your guidance and aid. The stains on my lab coat, the knowledge of how to properly clean up, an understanding of a lot of lab safety, and the straight A grades I've made so far. I've made it to where I am today, received these things, and gained my passion for chemistry; in part from your own passion for it. I've delved into the art and science of amateur experimentalism, and in that pursuit done a lot which I know most of my peers have never even come close to touching. Its wonderful, its appreciated, and as I push this new horizon (TA be damned, he just made a dare to me), I'm doing so confidently in part because of the way I feel this forum has helped to prepare me. Thanks again, and when I get the time to unpack my lab during winter break, you can bet I will be back on here ASAP with at least one thing or another. Hopefully, one day, I'll be experienced enough to make some very significant contribution here, and give back a little of what I've been given.

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[*] posted on 27-8-2016 at 07:31


University teaching labs, especially lower-level ones, are often full of students who aren't particularly enthusiastic about chemistry. All those pre-meds and pre-pharms that take organic chemistry lab generally don't care much for it. University research labs, in contrast, are usually much better.

I don't know about your TA/professor, but getting an A in organic chemistry lab was pretty easy for me with all the previous experience I had.




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[*] posted on 29-8-2016 at 10:19


When does "Prepublication" get moved to www.sciencemadness.org/member_publications/index.html? Who does it?

11pubs, 180 pre pubs, and it seems the newest one is from 2012...
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[*] posted on 3-10-2016 at 06:37


+Can there be added an option to delete/edit your vote in a poll? It would be up to the author of the b whether he include this option to he poll or not.
I am thinking about a poll about element collection where you could write what elements do you have in your collection and the edit button would be very useful in case you extend your collection. (And I think it would be also appreciated in other polls.


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[*] posted on 3-10-2016 at 07:05


Well, you can only select one option in a poll, so a poll about what elements people have wouldn't be very useful. I would recommend just starting a normal thread (or maybe a poll with "how many elements do you have" and several ranges to choose from), and then after several people have responded, generate your own bar graph using Excel or something similar to show how many people have each element. That could be updated occasionally as more people reply to the thread.



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[*] posted on 3-10-2016 at 07:11


Quote: Originally posted by zts16  
Well, you can only select one option in a poll, so a poll about what elements people have wouldn't be very useful. I would recommend just starting a normal thread (or maybe a poll with "how many elements do you have" and several ranges to choose from), and then after several people have responded, generate your own bar graph using Excel or something similar to show how many people have each element. That could be updated occasionally as more people reply to the thread.

Ah well, I just realized it's only possible to select one option in a poll:).
Ok, so I'll have to try it in a different way.

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