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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, in ...
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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 ...
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Are copy written .GIF videos ok to use as a visual aid?

Copy written text material get sited all the time. Is it ok to use video clips and site them? Where or where not to be when an asteriod is coming?
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Why is this question getting so many views?

Where is the calmest place on Earth? This question is getting more attention than any other question I have asked before. What did I do right? To me it is just another question?
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When rocks are identified can we put the name of it in the title?

When I searched for an identification the title reads like "Can someone identify these rocks?" There is many of them. The ones that have a solid identification should also include the name of the rock ...
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Are questions on biogeochemistry and on basic population dynamics on topic?

Recently, this homework question was asked here: How to use Maximum Sustainable Yield concept with given a given population, growth rate and carrying capacity? It is about fish growth modeled by a ...
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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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Why isn't my reputation count raising when my post gets upvoted on meta?

Here's my problem: I've had some upvoted posts that haven't raised my reputation count. It will sometimes take some time to notify me and raise my reputation count, but it's been 36 hours, and still ...
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Can Iask questions here about other planets like Mars? [duplicate]

Are questions applicable about Mars here on Earth Science? Can this be used like a Planet Science as well as Earth Science?
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How do I answer a question correctly?

Every time I answer a question, it gets downvoted a lot. Obviously it's annoying, but I know why it happens. I'm usually downvoted for one of the following reasons: My answer isn't correct My answer ...
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what is a reasonable reputation count

We have all heard of our reputation count, and how it's constantly changing. I've been on StackExchange for only two days, and I currently have 23 reputation. all I'm asking for in this post is ...
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Would this question be on topic here for scientific correctness?

I do not wish to cross post but not sure whether the question belongs here or not - https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/185368/numerical-differentiation-on-sphere-with-python. This is a ...
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Simple/homeworkish questions getting closed as 'too broad'?

I've seen a few of these kind of questions asking a very simple thing that would be easily googlable. They are also probably homework motivated. Here is an example. What should we do about these ...
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Are geoengineering questions on-topic?

A number of questions, such as this recent one Ways, Through Science, to Counteract Hurricane Forces? seem to me beyond .the scope of this site. This is a classic case of someone misidentifying ...
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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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Is agriculture on-topic?

Agriculture, or at least horticulture, is a field that closely interacts with various fields of Earth Science such as soil science and meteorology. Are questions about agriculture in general on-topic ...
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Editing questions tagged 'rocks' or 'minerals' together with 'identification-request'?

I see people tagging identification questions with identification-request and rocks (example), or only with rocks. Consider the following question counts: 66 tagged tagged rocks and identification-...
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Should I move this van der Waals equation/atmospheric CO2 question elsewhere?

I wonder if the question ppmV versus μmol/mol for atmospheric CO2 might do better in Chemistry or Physics SE. The science behind the answer probably will need the correction to the ideal gas law as ...
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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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OK to Add Air Quality Modeling-Related Questions?

I started an Air Quality Modeling Community on Area51. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/107422/air-quality-modeling Some folks recommended we join this community instead. Is it OK with you ...
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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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Have the question standards for Earth Science Stack Exchange reduced since inception?

The title says it all. I have been with this site for over two years now. I remember clearly in the beginning there was a much higher standard as far as questions were concerned. Of late all kinds of ...
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How should we manage questions where English is not the person's native tongue?

I think we should give wide latitude to encourage questions from people who do not speak English or speak it poorly. Simple grammar changes are usually easy enough to edit in but sometimes it may take ...
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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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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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Add 'software' and 'simulation' tags

I have added the software and simulation tags to this question. They seem perfectly good tags for this site. But I also know that if a newly suggested tag is not used enough, it will disappear again. ...
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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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Is Asking A Question On Proper Temperature & Humidity Measuring On-Topic?

I've got a question that is about how to accurately measure temperature and humidity to prevent invalid data being gathered. However, these measurements are for both outdoor and indoor. Would that ...
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Jobs & professional opportunities

I had a look over at Stack Exchange https://stackoverflow.com/jobs/cv/create. I am not sure if it would be possible to do the same with Earth Science Stack Exchange. I mean post doctoral opportunities,...