As an undergrad student in the Earth Sciences I get really frustrated by the sheer amount of rock ID requests. Is this something we all tolerate? I feel like this site has the potential to be a great one, but the lack of actual science questions is driving me crazy. I think we should all make an effort to ID rocks on our own before throwing pictures of them at an Earth Science page. If you really, really can not ID a rock then ask the community. The same policy is used on sites like Physics and Mathematics. First, you must make an honest attempt to solve your own question. Then, show your reasoning on the site and explain your thought process. The scientific method is pretty helpful.
Most likely because we show up third on the Google search for "identify my rock":
These questions are also frustrating for me, but I don't know what to do. Closing them is not a solution, we would need to delete them, and I find that rude and inappropriate. I which there were a rock identification SE to take this burden. As a matter of fact, identification-request questions amount for 10% of all questions in Earth Science SE, more than geophysics, atmosphere, climate, oceanography and a whole lot of very relevant topics.
On the other hand, if we identify for somebody a massive gold meteorite, we could get share ;-)
Because it's a question that a person who learned some of the material in college but didn't get much practice at would actually want to try to get an answer for years later, and because looking it up in a textbook is hard.
Anyway I've got a stack of textbooks and studied the material very well but got stumped with a question looking very much like this form. Only in this case, I'm reasonably certain of the rock type involved but am asking a different question.