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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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Are we being too quick to close rock-identification questions?

In other Meta questions we agreed to keep rock-identification questions on the site, but to close them if they did not have most of all of the information detailed here. We created a custom close ...
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When is geography on-topic?

We have a geography tag. That includes physical geography, which is on-topic, but also questions more related to what people do with the Earth, such as What is the line crossing the Pacific Ocean ...
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Let's not close things that are only off-topic if you already know the answer

See the question, Why are the Great Lakes not considered a sea? The actual answer here is "because the naming of bodies of water is a historical, liguistic and cultural matter, not a scientific one". ...
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Are individually-composed “because it belongs in” a proper off-topic close reason?

The question Plastic VS carton VS glass VS tin— harm to environment is almost certainly off-topic here, and Sustainability SE might be a better place for it. Question: But are individually-composed "...
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How are 'we' doing with the rock ID questions since the introduction of the ID guide close reason?

I'm wondering in how far the introduction of the off-topic close reason pointing to the ID guide has 'helped'. 'Helped' can be interpreted in different ways, and I find it hard to describe measurable ...
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Reference for quoting seasonal lag image

In this answer to the question Why is March colder than September in Northern Hemisphere? the user @kwinkunks posted the following figure: I need a reference for quoting this image, to show the ...
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When does geology tag should be used?

The science comprising the study of the rocks Earth is composed of, and the processes by which they change. Some subfields of geology are petrology, mineralogy, and geophysics. I don't know if ...
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Should we make a review of geology related tags on posts?

Well I have time, I do not know a lot of the tags beneficts but it looks important for correctly search for information. Lots of examples where they are not correctly tagged when we talk about ...
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How do people feel about a PM2.5 tag and this wiki excerpt?

I have recently created pm2.5 and have it on 3 questions so far. update: 8 questions now. I have also written the following tag Wiki excerpt: PM2.5 is one size classification of airborne ...
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Should we extend the Rock ID guide with photo's of the surroundings?

In section 3 of A guide for asking "Identify this rock" questions?, Describe where you found it, would it be wise to add the sentence?: Add a picture of the surroundings if you have one.
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GPS vs GNSS tags, do we need both?

GPS technically only refers to the system established by the US, whereas GNSS is a general term including Beidou, Galileo, and GLONASS. (any others?). Two questions use gps and five questions use ...
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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 good idea, ...
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Would you find it nice if I start to make self-answered questions about basic geology?

It is encouraged by stack. I am planning to make questions from time to time about basics geology and answer myself if nobody does before they fall down on the list. I wrote the first one to leave ...
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Questions asking for programming help

On Stack Overflow each and every programming question must include a minimum piece of code including test data otherwise it gets closed down. What is our policy regarding this ? I raised the flag on ...
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Do we need a review of unanswered questions?

Back after an hospitalization and leaving alcohol, fortunately for my health. I will be quiet. I realized we have a lot of unsanswered questions. I made a review and four of them were easy to me, a ...
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Vote on tag synonyms

I suggested a couple tag synonyms more than a year ago and they have no approval votes yet. Other tag synonyms suggestions are waiting for approval since 2014. I guess this is not because people don'...
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Should we have a “Sandbox for Proposed Questions”?

Recently I came upon the Sandbox for Proposed Questions of Worldbuilding SE, and it seems like a good idea. I thought of this also because (as some of you might have noticed) I've played posting some ...
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We need a simple 'Off topic' close reason

I wanted to vote close question https://earthscience.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/9888, but there is no appropriate close reason other than writing one myself. I suggest we have a ...
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Why so many rock identification requests?

As an undergrad student in the Earth Sciences I get really frustrated by the sheer amount of rock ID requests. Is this something we all tolerate? I feel like this site has the potential to be a great ...
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Please *use* our new rock-identification custom close reason

Following this discussion, we now have a custom close reason that says, Please review our rock identification guidelines to provide the missing information so that your question is both ...
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Seriously? Have I done something wrong?

How did plants adapated to past CO2 levels? Why won't they do it again? Upgraded: i know i did that artistic trick about pigs (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain), but well i am not a bad guy. i ...
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Custom close reason for “push questions”?

It's always been difficult for me to decide how to treat questions based on clearly incorrect reasoning such as this one. A lot of times someone is pushing pseudoscience or a well-discredited ...
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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 ...
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2018: 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 to convincingly ask a serial upvoter to stop doing it when they already know better?

In another site, my question about upvoting Are other people also seeing an increase in upvoting recently? received this answer: It was me I've been going around and up voting everybody like crazy ...
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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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Standard comment text when VTC ID questions as 'unclear'

As suggested in my comment under Spencer's answer in the Idea - make identification request posts off topic topic, what could be a 'default' comment text that we can quickly cut and paste a question ...
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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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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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Let's start offering bounties!

Somehow I became the highest rep user on this site, and since I have no use for my rep points (14.5k at the moment) I'll start investing them in bounties for ignored or interesting questions, both new ...
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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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Are questions based on fiction allowed?

Let's say there is a movie in which a meteorological even is depicted. Would it be on topic to ask "is this a realistic representation? under which conditions?"
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Questions related to NOAA API

I see these questions on SO -Past Weather forecasts archive and I wonder why these questions are not coming to our site. Are they off topic ?
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Can I ask questions about rock cutting and gem cutting here?

Can I ask questions on this SE regarding things such as gem tumbling, cabbing, and faceting here along with concepts such as gem "fire"? I'm guessing not, at least to the first, because that's more of ...
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Please clean up your comments

Please remove all of the comments on the question What is this old potential stone or relic found in a Kansas pasture? except for the last one, by gansub. It's the only one that should have been ...
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Should we strive for perfecting answers? Or should we avoid enhancing answers through edits?

After an answer is posted, I often find myself reading it over and finding ways to improve it, and I usually do so. Some times, a comment points to an aspect of the question that I've missed so I go ...
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Would importing question from private discussion boards be desirable?

One of my duties as assistant teacher at the University of British Columbia is to answers questions in the discussion boards of a few Earth Sciences first year courses. Some of the questions are not ...
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Why does an older revision of my question get more views?

Where is the calmest place on Earth? The above question was on fire getting many views. The person who edited my question did it good taste but, the views drastically stopped. IMO that is a negative ...