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Rock identification questions are now off topic. Old questions will be deleted. Should we retain any?

On July 16, the proposal a ban on rock ID questions was proposed. After two weeks, this proposal has 15 upvotes and 0 downvotes. The answers are supportive of the ban. Clearly, there is a community ...
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Are questions such as "Can you identify this rock?" on-topic

Here is an example of the style of question which I am referring to from outdoors.SE. Are questions such as these on-topic here? What difficulties might this type of question present? One major ...
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Idea - make identification request posts off topic

I think we should not allow identification-request any more. Here's why: People do not use the guide. Even when referring to the guide, people ignore it. I stopped bothering referring to the guide on ...
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Proposing to add a custom close reason for rock-identification questions that are lacking in sufficient detail to be useful and answerable

Out of 29 questions closed in the past month, 23 were rock-identification questions. All of them were closed because the asker did not follow this very good guide on how to ask them. Those questions ...
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When rocks are identified can we put the name of it in the title?

When I searched for an identification the title reads like "Can someone identify these rocks?" There is many of them. The ones that have a solid identification should also include the name of the rock ...
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Is there any way we can pin "A guide for asking “Identify this rock” questions?" to the main ES page?

It would save a lot of effort if we could direct newbies to the faq before they ask identification questions. I can't really blame them for not finding it first because it's not obvious.
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Help center improvement -- what is on topic?

Right now our "What topics can I ask about" page is bland and not too informative. It basically says "go look around and figure out what is on-topic". I'm looking for proposals of content to include ...
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Rock-identification tag: Notification warning

Creating a tag notification warning for the identification-request tag was suggested as a measure to reduce the number of bad quality "identify my rock" questions. I think that is indeed a ...
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Should we tolerate rock identification-request questions if they are answerable despite not following the guidelines?

We have many rock identification-request questions and some excellent guidelines on how to ask them, guidelines which are not usually followed through. There's been plenty of discussion on meta on ...
gerrit's user avatar
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Should we have a "guide for answering rock identification questions?"

People who ask "identify this rock" questions usually have limited knowledge of geology or mineralogy. In spite of that, the questions give us an opportunity to teach them a little if we go beyond ...
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Should we include a suggestion for a displacement test in the rock identification guide?

Part 1: We want them to do science, right? People asking rock-identification questions occasionally say things like "it feels heavy for its size", and when that happens I usually think "shouldn't we ...
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Example of how to ask an identifiaction-request question

I weekly walk along a mountain called San Cristobal near my town, Pamplona, at Spain. I frequently wonder what kind of rocks form the mountain, so I took a little piece fallen on the road at an ...
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Let's clean-up those rock identification questions

We now have more than 200 rock-identification questions. Here on meta, we have a very good guide on what it takes to write a good rock ID question. It doesn't take a geologist to recognise that many ...
gerrit's user avatar
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Should this question be re-opened, or should we close this very similar question?

I have identified an inconsistency that cannot be good for the site. This question, What is this rock? , has been left open, while this question, What type of rock is this?, has been closed. Could ...
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Should rock identification questions be 'one sample per question'?

In this question the OP asks identification for 4 samples. (Update: question has been removed by the OP. It contained 4 pictures and basically only asked 'Can anyone identify these?') Should this be ...
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