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A guide for asking “Identify this rock” questions?

Spurred on by the discussion on my earlier question about whether or not 'identify this rock' questions should be on topic and the appearance of our first such question; I propose that we make a guide ...
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I've had enough. Let's ban rock id questions

Let's completely ban rock id questions, and delete the old ones. Here's why: These rocks are of interest only to the person who opened them. They can rarely be used as a reference point, which is ...
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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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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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Asking for help to +500 rep users to close id-request questions [Update: all are closed]

Ok, so to stop receiving those question, we should not appear firsts at Google common searches from users that want to know what is the stone they found. For that the 450 questions we have should be ...
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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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Burninate `rocks` and `identification-request`? Promote `petrology` and `paleontology`?

Now that rock ID questions have been banned, I'd like to offer some suggestions about how to achieve the desired result, which is to stop ES:SE from being a honey trap for uninteresting rock ID ...
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Shark tooth ID question on topic?

The question Identify this...item found on Myrtle Beach essentially asks "Did I find a shark tooth?" The title could be better, the question could do with more information, but is now getting close ...