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Should we consolidate rain forecast questions?

There are many questions about how to interpret rain in the weather forecast. Some are focused on the PoP, some are focused on the amount, while others are focused on trying to find a relationship ...
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My Question's Guide to new Community Members

Some new community members I noticed don't check the How do I ask a good question's Page so I made this Google Doc the Goes over how to ask correctly, explains important key things to keep in mind ...
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Tags Antarctica and Antarctic: request merge

Antarctic currently has more posts but Antarctica seems more correct.
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Earth Science's moderator election has come to a close. Since there were not enough candidates, we simply appointed the sole candidate: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Should there be a tag about the Himalayas?

Now, I understand there is a tag about Mountains, but people use the Himalayas as an example a lot, and people ask about the Indian-Eurasian plate collision every once in a while. I'm taking the ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election for 2021

Earth Science Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election beginning on May 24th to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Earth Science Home Page Formatting

Biology SE has an extraordinary Background Design when you enter it, maybe this explains why it has such an active user base and far more Members than Earth Science SE. All of the Beta Sites don't ...
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Do we need mod elections?

My experience here is mainly due to my activity in Chess and Earth Science Stack Exchanges. While I see very active moderators in Chess Exchange: Brian Towers and Glorfindel, I don't see the diamond ...
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Should we ask for the 3 votes to close-reopen feature?

I have read this meta post that say some sites are testing 3-votes to close and reopen feature. In my opinion moderators should ask to include us in those sites. My reason is there are not enough ...
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Skepticism about the intentions of a particular question

A question with the title Does the Earth produces measurable gravitational waves? was posted on 9 May 2021.1 I am skeptical about the questions intention. Is it a legitimate question, in which case ...
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Proposal in Area51 to open a new site for identify my rock/mineral/fossil questions

EDIT It is not possible. We do not accept proposals for identify-this style sites. – animuson♦ Ok, so I went to Area51 and I posted a proposal to open a new site. ...
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Life Biology-like Questions on Earth Science SE

NOTICE: Here is the link to the question: How much does the biosphere contribute to Earth's entropy production The biosphere is the point in the Earth's Atmosphere is where life is able to breathe a ...
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Question about Earthquakes

I would like to know are questions on earthquakes on-topic on this site? For example, the devastating Earthquake of ASSAM INDIA in 1950 is rarely mentioned in Newspapers nowadays. The book "CODE ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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How do we handle tags that have more than one meaning

A tag "vein" has been established in connection with a question dealing with a model called VEIN. A vein is of course also a common term in geology. So in this case a vein tag has two ...
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Cross-site duplicate question should contain all information?

In the question Doesn't Increase of Potential Temperature with Height contradict Adiabatic Nature of Processes within Troposphere? the OP refers to a duplicate on physics.stackexchange Duplicates ...
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Fossil identification is not off-topic even on this new, “controversial” rule

Only rock identification is off-topic. Please vote to reopen this question.
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Do man-made landforms count as geomorphological features?

I was looking at this question and considering adding the tag "geomorphology". Then I wondered if it was really appropriate, as the features discussed in the question were man-made. I looked ...
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Revisiting whether agriculture is on topic

Highly related, but never resolved: Is agriculture on topic? The site has had several agriculture-related questions of late, the vast majority of which have been closed as off-topic. The most recent ...
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Science stack exchanges helping other science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. The Earth Science SE is one of the sites that ...
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Economic geography — on topic?

I've been thinking about asking this question for a while. But I saw a good example that made me go ahead and ask it now. Recently, this History SE question was (rightly) closed as off-topic for ...
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Do we still need advice how to best describe our rocks?

When I forgot to add a title to a question before posting and clicked "review" I got an error which is good. But since I included the identification-request tag the advice includes ...
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how can I upload my files to show my question better

I would like to ask my questions by uploading my files to mean my questions, better. But, I can't upload my files. How can I upload my examples file under my questions on this site? Thank you very ...
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How are hot questions selected?

What puts a question on the hot list, an algorithm?
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Why “Earth Science” (singular) and not “Earth Sciences” (plural)?

When I first read "Earth Science" (singular), I assumed this was a site about geology. But the on-topic page specifically says there's multiple sciences represented here: meteorology ...
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Is it correct to ask a question that can be answered doing searches?

We want more questions, but I know we want good ones. I am someone that look for a lot of information in the net. Sometimes I have a question related with Earth Science, and I find an explanation. ...
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Why do we have so few accepted answers?

Most questions get at least one answer, and some of these answers get plenty of upvotes, but there seem to be fewer than I (at least) would expect that get the accepted answer tick. Why is this, and ...
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What can we do to increase the number of questions on the site

This stat is shown at area51: I wonder what can I or others do to revert this. I upvote most of questions that appear at the home page. I think even the question is poor or difficult to answer, we ...
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Do we need to be stricter on enforcing citations?

Earth Science Stack Exchange is a science site, and, in principle, we require or strongly encourage sources for answers. It's been nearly six years since the linked meta post, which was in fact ...
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I am gone. This is not my place

I might come back one day when moderators enforce that claims are underlain with references and psychopaths are restrained to reasonable content and kept from spreading bunk. This site only costs ...
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Stack Exchange Inc. fired two popular community team employees

Stack Exchange Inc. has fired Shog9 and Robert Cartaino, who were both employed as liaisons between the company and the various Stack Exchange communities. For details, see this post on Meta Stack ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How do we cope with obviously unfounded answers?

I am talking of this thread: Are 60C heat waves predicted by 5C of global heating? (The worst consequence of global heating) Obviously, downvoting did not give the right signal, it seems to have ...
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Does Earth Science cover the practical aspects of combatting climate change?

I recently went searching through the Stack Exchange site list for one that may support practical advice for combating climate change on every level: personal, business, local, state or nationally. ...
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What is the Most effective way to counter climate change denial? [closed]

I need to find a very effective way to prove that anthropogenic climate change is real and unmitigated will eventually have very severe consequences. I am trying to boil the proof of significant ...
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Query on Stack Exchange Data Explorer to show the number of id-questions received by month

Movies&TV query I found this query on Stack Exchange Data Explorer Movies&TV wrote that shows the monthly frequency input of id my movie questions and total questions on the site. As you can ...
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Please vote for quality content

When we started this site in 2014, we encouraged everyone to vote early and often, and people did. Now this site is not young anymore. In the past 5 years, we have seen a steady increase in the ...
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Should I rollback a user's own edit?

The OP of this rock identification question vandalized his own question in a fit of pique. I flagged the question for deletion, but then I thought maybe just rolling back the edit might be a better ...
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Creation of edaphology tag

I think questions about soil, as on-topic, should be taged with the Science that studies soil, Edaphology. I would create it, but I cannot because it needs reputation.
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Are we deleting closed questions?

A very important part of this entire make-rock-id-q-offtopic story was to delete the old questions so it stops bringing this kind of traffic into the website. My understanding is that questions have ...
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Rock-id and mineral-id questions. Status

Status: Every question taged with identification request is a closed question. Questions related with field or theorical geology were untaged. Clouds and instrumentation questions were untaged. ...
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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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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 ...
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Anonymous user making edits to answers

An anonymous user is making edits to Source of water for the Great Artesian Basin in Australia that seem to go a little far - I have already rejected one as conflicting with the author's intent, and ...
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Other sites for rock ID questions

Following the decision to render all rock and mineral ID questions off-topic I have begun searching for other sites, similar to Stack Exchange’s forum layout, that I could ask such questions on in the ...
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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 about pollution on cities off-topic (demography based)?

Madrid banned oil based cars at the center. Some people from Madrid that lives at the periphery are arguing they are receiving center's pollution, while the center is clean and free to park for rich ...
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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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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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