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Do 'Salt water toilets' belong here or on Sustainability.SE?

I think the question Why don't toilets use saltwater? should be on Sustainability.SE Shall we recommend moving it?
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Copyrighted material from sites that allow educational use but not commercial use

The COMET program at http://meted.ucar.edu/ contains a number of images and other material that are directly applicable and of great use to the questions and answers at this site. However, I'm a bit ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

This question asks "Is there a package for R to plot Schmidt nets, like it is done in geology?"; the first answer posted said "Try the RockFab library on CRAN", which at least at first glance seems to ...
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Should we clean up the tags on this site?

I am an active user on chemistry.SE and I've recently become interested in Earth Science and have started to participate over here as well. One of things I noticed whilst browsing around the site was ...
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Atmospheric science fortran code review

Very basic question. Should I get my code reviewed here (I have written some code for a problem in atmos science) or on codereview stack exchange. It is written in Fortran. Moving forward how should ...
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How to ask a good earth science question?

What is required for a question about earth sciences question? That is, what guidelines are there for writing a question so that it is well received, and gets a good response, including minimal ...
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What's the purpose or use of tag [world-building]?

As of now (2016-02-10 20:04 UTC -6), there are 4 questions tagged with world-building, but it's not clear to me what topic or category it defines, based on those (4) questions it has been used. I ...
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Where is the line between earthscience and physics SE?

This question about atmospheric refraction of visible light was recently closed as off-topic because "it belongs on physics". While it would fit on physics I also feel that it is on-topic here, and ...
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How should we handle questions that are valid and focussed, but not answerable without unreasonably large efforts?

How should we handle questions that are valid and focussed, but not answerable without large efforts? Many climate-related questions fall in this category. For example, one could consider the ...
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Should we host questions about hypothetical or fictional planets?

There are three recent questions that are asking about how things would be different on a fictional "alternate earth" with different parameters: Altering the Milankovitch Cycles Great Lakes Earth: ...
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Are Earth Science related programming questions on topic?

I'm asking this because of the closing of this question asking how to plot wind barbs in python. The reception from the community seems to be split. One one hand it was upvoted to +7, and on the ...
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Should we add a 'hydrogeology' tag?

In common earth science usage, 'hydrology' refers to surface water flow and 'hydrogeology' refers to subsurface flow. We have a 'hydrology' tag but not a 'hydrogeology' tag. Bearing in mind that ...
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Should we add a “not mainstream science” close reason?

As a science-based stack, we do and will inevitable get questions that are, to put it mildly, not based on "mainstream science". Some examples: https://earthscience.stackexchange.com/q/6928/6 Why ...
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Are counterfactual questions on topic?

I'm personally a bit ambivalent about questions like this: Would there still be wind if Earth had no water? How would the Earth look without water in the oceans? How would plate tectonics differ if ...
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Should we refine our page description?

I think our page description Q&A for those interested in the geology, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental sciences could be refined. How do you feel about this? Should we update the ...
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Help center improvement — what is on topic?

Right now our "What topics can I ask about" page is bland and not too informative. It basically says "go look around and figure out what is on-topic". I'm looking for proposals of content to include ...
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Questions (even unanswered ones) from our site are being illegally cloned

Not sure if this is the right forum but it looks like we got us a content thief boys and girls. See the following: Seeking details for the "historical rate" of arable land loss vs http://...
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Same user asking same question under different user name

I have a feeling that it is the same person asking the same question under different user names - What is the reason for absence of cyclone in south atlantic and south eastern pacific and then here ...
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Can I delete my question?

Paper result validation and the scientific method in earth science - This question was asked by me without knowing the rules of meta ES SE. It was based on a inadequate understanding of what meta.ESSE ...
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Preserve or remove formula formatting in the question title?

This question uses $\mathrm{CO}_2$ formatting in the title (Latex I believe MathJax). Picture in case someone edits it out: Personally I find it superfluous and ...
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Close question or leave open with answer “There is no answer”?

This question is getting close votes as 'primarily opinion based'. Shouldn't it stay open with an answer "There is no data"? The question is pretty straightforward: For what proportion of the earth'...
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Can we interact with the new Wikipedia WikiProject: Earth Sciences?

There is a new WikiProject: Earch Science on Wikipedia. Thought people here might be interested. Anyone have any good ideas on how ES.SE can interact with it? Might be interesting to be able to keep ...
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Human health and earth science questions - do they belong here

There's kind of a grey area surrounding the appropriateness of questions on the human health effects of earth science-related processes for this site. Where should the line be drawn? For example, a ...
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Advice asked for question on hold for being too broad

How is this question of mine "too broad? Is the importance of planetary science for Earth science so enormous that it can't even be explained? Then please just answer so, don't shut it down. How am I ...
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Should we have the [homework] tag?

I realize that our homework policy states that when asking a homework question, one should include the homework tag. However, it seems to me that the homework tag is a meta tag and thus should be ...
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Consistency in closing questions

Two questions have been asked on our site about global warming causing cold weather events. Both questions used the term global warming. The first question was posted in April 2014 about an event in ...
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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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Community promotion ad

It is 2016 now and we can submit our site ad to this years community ad rotation on relevant graduated sites. However, the image size and guidelines have changed, and the current image below is not ...
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Algorithm confirmation

I have an algorithm in textual form(in English) from a research paper that deals with meteorology/climatology . If I convert the textual algorithm into pseudo code can I ask it as a question here for ...
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Should we shut this site down?

This site has been averaging about 1 to 2 questions per day for the past few weeks. This is a strong indicator of how unhealthy the site is despite having had plenty of time to develop. Is it time ...
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Should we allow requests for references?

Prompted by seeing References for moving and nested grids in models. The asker is after information on "concepts such as moving grids and nested grids in models", which if asked as such would probably ...
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Should we reword a question's title so that it can get more Google visitors?

I am referring to my question here. Currently the title is "Is a complete global flood physically possible?" It's a much more accurate and scientific-oriented title compared to my initial title "Did ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Earth Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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move [nwp] tag to [numerical-weather-prediction]

Move nwp tag to numerical-weather-prediction. Initialised tags are unclear, even when the initialism is common. I can't suggest a synonym, because I don't have points in that tag.
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Religious Questions

I had a formal (which I apparently lost) debate over the geological validity of Noah's Flood, and flood "geology as a whole. My opponent was claiming that all the fossil evidence points that all of ...
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Agrometeorology questions on topic?

Are questions related to agrometeorology on topic or not ? It could encompass crop yield forecast in response to climate change. Ways to prevent a hailstorm battering crops etc. Are these on topic ?
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Rename the [geothermal-heat] tag?

The tag geothermal-heat seems a bit tautologous. I suppose the idea is 'geothermal energy for heating'. But it's not a super-popular tag (only 15 uses), and some questions (e.g. yesterday's Is there a ...
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Answering current meteorological events that are evolving

What would be the best strategy to answer meteorological events that are still evolving and whose data is still being gathered and analysed ? Recently this question was asked - Two severe cyclones ...
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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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Answer existing question or ask a new concise one in it's place

There is an existing question asked a while ago - What are monsoons caused by? and I just want to know whether it is better to ask a more concise version of this question restricting it to the Asian ...
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Should pseudoscience questions be closed on sight?

A comment on a recent question: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about pseudoscience. received numerous votes and noting we have no "official" policy on this I am ...
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Are Shumann waves on topic?

Are Schumann resonances (SR) on topic? Like background radiation of the Earth (the Shumann wave) at 7.8 Hertz?
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What is the difference between Earth Science and Sustainable Living SE?

Can anybody clarify what is the main differences between Earth Science and Sustainable Living stack exchange sites? As I'm finding it a bit confusing where to ask and what kind of questions. Both ...
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Usage of remote sensing to derive meteorological parameters be on topic?

I am not sure if I can recall perfectly but somebody mentioned this in a meta posting once. Would the usage of remote sensing to calculate meteorological/oceanographical parameters be on topic ? I ...
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Are Questions About Other Planets On Topic? [duplicate]

A question has been asked about a strange feature on Mars. The name of this site Earth Science. As interesting as the question is, does the question belong on this site or should it be moved to the ...
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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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Is there a list of topics that are to be censored?

I have asked one simple question about something we can all observe. Both times I got shut down immediately. I am simply concerned with us humans trying to 'own the weather by 2025'...of course ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: antarctic [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest scoring suggestion is for antarctic. Please use the tag antarctic when posting questions for this challenge, and remember to ...
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Are questions about atmospheric radiation on topic?

One aspect that there are few questions (so far) about atmospheric radiation (e.g. ultraviolet A and B; applications of Beer's Law; etc). I am a bit biased about this as it is my primary area of ...
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What shall we do with cross-posted questions?

Today, I noticed that the question Where did the energy released due to gravitational binding energy of the Earth go? was posted word for word just over an hour earlier on Physics.SE here, where two ...