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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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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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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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Congratulations to our Sheriff - Jan Doggen

Not many of you may notice necessarily but we have a Sheriff at ES SE. He is probably first to notice every question and comment on it's quality- wall of text,etc. So many times have I had to accept ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Let's change our favicon to 🌍

I propose we request for our favicon to be changed to 🌍, a globe. Credit for this proposal goes to WBT but it's on this meta site we need to decide whether to adopt this. Please share your thoughts....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How are we doing as a community and a site?

We have been in beta now for a little over 430 days and we've been slowly but steadily growing. I am curious about how we collectively feel about this site and if we are happy with the direction it ...

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