Regarding Rock-id and mineral-id questions. Status:

There remain some 370 closed but non-deleted rock id questions. The meager 5 delete votes* per day of the people trying to move them out of sight do not seem to help much in bringing this number down.
(Additional new ID question are closed quickly and then pop up in this list as well; the Roomba will remove those because they have no answers).

If you go to your moderation tools page it is easy to see the ones that already have at least one delete vote, and you can quickly add an additional vote.

We currently have 47 2k+ users.

* Higher rep users (over 10000k?) have 14 delete votes

Update 8 november 2018

Sorry people, I stop all my 'moderation' activities on this site.
The mess about pronouns and Monica makes me no longer want to contribute to maintenance.

Good luck with getting rid of these closed questions (list is down to 284 now!).
BTW I just incorrectly voted to reopen a fossil ID questions, but it will probably not survive the review queue ;-)

  • $\begingroup$ I think this may be a prolonged process because everyone can only vote to delete 14 questions each day. I'll do what I can until they're gone. $\endgroup$ – Fred Oct 23 '19 at 4:47
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, forgot about this. Will try to remember to do some! $\endgroup$ – Semidiurnal Simon Oct 23 '19 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ Been working on it for a week or two, but progress is slow. Did not knew about the mod tool page, this is helping a lot (for me at least). Thanks for pointing it out $\endgroup$ – Etienne Godin Oct 23 '19 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ To be precise, it's one extra delete vote per 1000 extra reputation (except moderators, whose deletion powers are unlimited and final). So 5k (12 users) have 8 delete votes, 10k (7 users) have 13 delete votes, and 15k (2 users) have 18 delete votes per day. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Nov 4 '19 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ @gerrit could you simply get a morning to delete the rest? This has been enougth democratic $\endgroup$ – user18261 Nov 8 '19 at 13:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Leukocyte I'm in touch with the community team for a more automated solution. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Nov 8 '19 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ @JanDoggen Thank you for all your work assisting the moderators on this site (and elsewhere). I regret but respect your decision and I hope circumstances will change such that you will feel you can return in the future. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Nov 8 '19 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ Been deleting daily for a while now - this is getting 'harder' to find posts that I did not already voted on. Is there a way to filter out these? $\endgroup$ – Etienne Godin Nov 19 '19 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ @EtienneGodin It does not seem so earthscience.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1798/… $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Nov 19 '19 at 8:16

It looks like you stoped closing them after Jan stoped doing moderation tasks.

Well, the true is google's algorithm understood it and the site is no longer sugested to identify rocks.

My guess is if you don't close the 200 remaining questions there would be no more reputation lost, but we migth find still a few of those questions each month.

  • $\begingroup$ I think the users are comming for other searchers as Bing. For Google we are no longer appearing for the search "identify my rock" $\endgroup$ – Universal_learner Jan 5 at 19:21

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