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Site statistics

This meta post will track our stats on Area 51, fortnightly (14 days) or a bit longer if I forget and someone else updates it: Here's the Quantcast estimate of site traffic, with the mean number of ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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 ...
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What are our best Q&As to show off this site?

I'm looking to promote this site and want to hear from our domain experts what our best questions in each discipline are. I'm interested in both questions with great answers and also great questions ...
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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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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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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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Is there a consensus on non-substantive edits?

I have just rolled back an edit for (as far as I can recall) the first time on this site. This edit was approved (and improved) by Jan Doggen, a user I respect, so I thought it might be a good idea to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tackling the unanswered list

This is similar to the thread 90 unanswered questions and counting, I have just tackled and answered 4 unanswered questions - it took a bit of research, but was doable and I think the answers are of a ...
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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 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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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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Comments on the possible abiological origin of oil

These comments seem to have degenerated into a slanging match. Can they all be deleted - or the entire question deleted / blocked?
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Should we describe additional tests for identifying minerals?

In the mineral identification questions, we commonly need information in addition to the hardness test suggested in our guidelines. In particular reactivity with acid and streak tests can be important....
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Satellites, weather-satellites and remote-sensing, why not earth-observation-satellite for the first two and keep the third for non-satellite Q's?

To the question How can I relation aerosol particle size (2, 5 and 10 microns) with the aerosol index measurement of the Sentinel-5P (TROPOMI) data sets? I've added both satellites 50 questions The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, in ...
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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 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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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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Biweekly topic challenge: volcanology

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest scoring suggestion is for volcanology. Please use the tag volcanology when posting questions for this challenge, and remember ...
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Overusing ​​​​​​​​​​​TeX

TeX looks great and all for equations and reactions, but, at least on some browsers, there is a significant break in style between it and the body text. Sure, one is serif and other sans, but the ...
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Anyone for cake?

The Great Geobakeoff has produced some wonderful results : https://www.flickr.com/photos/99330142@N05/sets/72157644551255832/
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A tag for mantle plumes/hotspots?

One question that'd benefit from this already, and as a somewhat controversial topic and an active area of research I'd be astonished if we don't get more. I suggest "mantle-plumes", as hotspot's more ...
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Do closed questions and other items count toward fulfilling your commitment?

As of yesterday, I had six questions and four answers, and the sum of the two is ten. That is versus the required ten questions and/or answers to make up a fulfilled commitment. (Actually I had a ...
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What's our elevator pitch?

From The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta: 4. What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to ...
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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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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 ...
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A tag for Earth's rotation

What about a tag like earth-rotation (synonym rotation maybe)?. For several questions I think something like this one is missing.
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Tags Antarctica and Antarctic: request merge

Antarctic currently has more posts but Antarctica seems more correct.
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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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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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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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Should we split the waves tag?

I noticed that we currently tag questions about waves at the ocean surface and seismic waves with the same waves tag. There are other topics about waves, which could come up here. Should we split the ...
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Tag recommendations: sea-water

There is no tag for general sea-water related questions. The only tags up until now that come remotely close are sea-level, and sea-ice