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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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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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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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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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Switch the “MathJax help” link on /ask to our own MathJax guidelines

Currently, the Ask Question page links to a Harvard tutorial on how to use TeX/LaTeX. While this teaches people most everything they would need to know about LaTeX, we've created our own page (based ...
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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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Is there a way to highlight a question in another site without cross-posting?

I just saw a question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/8758/can-planets-die-of-old-age that I thought would fit better in Earth Science that in it's current location (Word Building?!)...
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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 ...
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Is the question about electric versus fossil-fuelled vehicles on topic?

How do hybrid cars reduce carbon emissions (wouldn't they just transfer fuel emissions to electricity consumption?) is probably the furthest we've strayed into the mechanical engineering aspects ...
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Should we have a way for students to ask simple questions?

There have been a few examples of questions posted by students (e.g., How to perform precipitation data analysis?) that have been closed or put on hold in the past. Do we need a way for those ...
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How do we handle Wikipedia answers?

This is essentially a follow-up on the questions about whether we are an expert site or not, such as Are we aiming to be an expert site? and Is expert level the same as difficult?. I see some answers ...
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Should we allow questions that ask “why”?

I feel the word "why" asks for an answer that gives a reason or a purpose. Is that appropriate for a Q&A about Earth Science? If you look at the questions on the physics SE site, I believe the ...
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How to sort questions by views?

Is it possible to sort questions by "most viewed" or "least viewed"? If not can we get that?
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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 ...