EMMC-CSA launch a new Stack Exchange site dedicated to Software for Materials Modelling

The EMMC-CSA working group for Professional Software Deployment is excited to launch a new open forum Stack Exchange site dedicated to Software for Materials Modelling, for the European modelling community and International colleagues.

Topic Name: Software for Materials Modelling

Target Audience: code developers, software owners and users (public and private), material and process decision-makers in enterprises (small-to-large), materials modeling translators, industrial end-users

Topic Description: A community of software developers and industry, developing and using materials modeling software. Specific problems to be addressed include capabilities of modelling techniques and methods at the discrete (electronic, atomistic, mesoscopic) and continuum levels, the interoperability of different packages, licensing, code quality, standards for sharing data, model validation and testing, and connection with materials property data. The broad aim is to bring together users and developers to advance the application of materials modeling to industrial problems.

Stack Exchange was chosen due to its reputation as an open forum site which hosts related subject matter sites (e.g. chemistry, physics, software development), and is readily used by software developers and experts to ask technical, application and licensing/business questions (e.g. Stack Overflow has ~7.8M followers).

Please help us in making this site a success by taking the following actions:

  1. Become an Expert for the site and raise your profile in the community (take a few minutes to create a profile and click ‘Follow’)
  2. Vote on questions that you think should be prioritized for further dialogue among members (see underlined comments below)
  3. If the questions you would like to explore related to the topic of the site are not currently posted, please add your question, following the guidelines of the site (see below). If in doubt, feel free to contact us for support.

This site has been created by the European Materials Modelling Council (https://emmc.info) supported by the EMMC-CSA project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 723867.

Become a site Expert


This screen shot shows the site we are working in (AREA 51, where all new open forum Proposals are launched). Please share the site with your network.


Following the site

To follow it one must simply click “Follow it!” as in the image below:

Proposing questions

Below the definitions part is the example questions box. The users can post their questions there ( max 5).

Some questions tips that are also in the initial presentation:

What makes good questions?

The questions on your site say a lot about the community. To attract experts, you need a site where people are asking very interesting and challenging questions, not the basic questions found on every other Q&A site. Your goal is to make it clear that this is a professional site.

  • Ask real, expert questions
    We want you to capture the moment that plumbers feel when they look at Plumber Overflow and say, “Whoa! That’s my kinda site!” On a site about plumbing, there are 200 easy plumbing questions, and they’ve all been asked 100 times on other sites. Don’t suggest questions like “How do I unclog a drain?” Instead ask, “If you run 2.5 GPM through 50 feet of 1/2″ galv pipe, how many psi will be lost to friction loss?” Remember, pro sites WILL attract the enthusiasts, but not the other way around!
  • Ask questions that can be answered
    Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. Stack Exchange does not work well with questions like “Which is the best…”
  • Off-topic questions are important, too
    If you have a good, useful question in mind, but aren’t completely sure that it’s on topic, ask it anyway; others can then discuss the subject and together determine if it is appropriate for the site. Questions that simply don’t fit in the scope of the site should be closed, indicating that, while perhaps interesting, this topic is inappropriate for this site. This helps to define the very outer boundary of a site.
  • Vote early and often
    Besides voting up and down, you can also vote to close and reopen questions. Five close votes keep a question from being part of the proposal’s definition; however, five reopen votes brings it back again. Each person can only vote once to close or reopen any given question.
  • When voting, focus on your site
    Don’t worry about whether a question might be asked on another site. Your goal is to make the best possible site for this community.

You can only create 5 questions per proposal, to encourage you to narrow down to only the best questions and to leave room for others to contribute. If you think of a new question that you really want to add, you’ll have to delete one of the others before you can add it.

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