Let's completely ban rock id questions, and delete the old ones.
- These rocks are of interest only to the person who opened them. They can rarely be used as a reference point, which is what other questions on SE can be. Individual questions cannot be found, and once a question is answered or forgotten, it ceases being relevant to anyone.
- The vast majority of rocks are of very poor quality. After introduction of the guidelines etc, only a handful of people actually improve their questions in a way that they can be answered. Although well meaning, this is useless.
- Many high-rep old-timers are becoming less active, including myself. I can only speak for myself, but I guess this is a factor in the disappearance of others as well. When I go on ESSE this is what I see:
Eight out of nine questions on the first two pages are rock id question, and I could not care less about them. Obviously, I am not the only one, evident by the lack of upvotes on these questions. For someone who is genuinely interested in earth sciences (other than plain rock id), seeing this is a sure way to make them not join the community. I joined the community a long time ago, when things were interesting here. This is not the case. I am slowly becoming more detached. I believe others are.
Let's stop this.
We should also delete the old questions. Here's why:
The several top results on Google are from ESSE. As long as it exists, it will draw more people to here.
Another aspect raised in the comments, this also pollutes our review queue. I don't review any more precisely because of that. It's taking the 80% rock-id questions I got on my feed, and concentrates them even more to 90%. The end result is a website with lots of poor quality questions, that no one reviews, driving good users out, and no one is left to answer whatever kind of question.