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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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Biweekly topic challenge: economic-geology [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest scoring suggestion is for economic-geology. Please use the tag economic-geology when posting questions for this challenge, and ...
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Are the logistics of field projects on topic?

This question ponders the dress requirements for outdoor operations in the Antarctic winter. This is a consideration for any field project that operates in the extreme cold and part of the logistic ...
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Is it possible to automatically create a chat room for questions that remain unanswered which have more than say x votes and y time has elapsed?

I say this because I notice some of these questions are not really answerable at the moment, yet they are worthy of discussion. It seems to me creating a chat room would allow for a more relaxed ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: mesoscale-meteorology [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest scoring suggestion is for mesoscale-meteorology. Please use the tag mesoscale-meteorology when posting questions for this ...
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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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How can I format math and chemistry expressions here?

The site supports mathjax for mathematical equations and the mhchem extension for describing chemical reactions. What is the markdown syntax to add these to my own posts?
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In this site, is it correct to write 'Earth' and incorrect to write 'the Earth'?

Pretty much every mention of Earth on this site will be referring to the celestial body, the planet Earth. So in my opinion, just as it is weird to say the Jupiter, it is weird to say the Earth.
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Is there a way to share authorship of an answer?

In the question What visual wave behavior help to tell..., the current accepted answer was first drafted by me, but IRO-bot provided a very good complement to the answer. The point is that, it should ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: paleoclimatology [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest scoring suggestion is for paleoclimatology. Please use the tag paleoclimatology when posting questions for this challenge, and ...
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Blacklisting the [earth] tag

There are no longer any questions on the main site tagged with earth. Discussion has taken place here and consensus is that the earth is not a useful tag. This site is titled "Earth Science" and ...
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Silly question: answering ones' own questions?

Possibly a silly question, but got to ask it - is there any particular limit to how many of our own questions we can answer? Just looking at the stats, about 10 or so out of the 86 or so unanswered ...
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Are questions about exoplanets and planetary formation on topic?

In response to this question: 'Late Veneer' on other planets Few have brought up the point that it may or may not be on topic. Is it?
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Earth Science: Biweekly Topic Challenge

Jon Ericson has come up with a wonderful way to boost the amount of questions on the site, and promote activity in topics that may otherwise receive only minimal attention. And it will be a lot of fun....
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Should we discourage wildly hypothetical questions?

The question Can we really travel through earth's core? is wildly hypothetical - basically asking how plausible "movie science" is, from a position of ignorance - but kinda fun. Right now it has ...
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Do we want weekly topic challenges?

A great suggestion from Jon Ericson is to have Weekly Topic Challenges, these would involve 4 steps: Step 1: Ask for topic ideas. Select underrepresented topics, or topics we feel need a boost. ...
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Is there any more that I can do?

Looking at the Area 51 stats, we seem to be floundering in a couple of areas, in particular, questions per day and visits per day. What I have been doing (when I get time): Tackling the unanswered ...
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Synonymize [ocean] and [oceanography]

I just saw that weather and meteorology were synonymized now, shouldn't we synonymized, in a similar way, tags ocean and oceanography? I don't really think there is a good reason to keep them separate....
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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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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 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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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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What's the community's position on copyrighted material?

Copyright was covered briefly in an answer to a previous question, but not really addressed. The Stack Exchange content policy document is a bit vague on the subject: users should be careful when ...
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Should this question be re-opened, or should we close this very similar question?

I have identified an inconsistency that cannot be good for the site. This question, What is this rock? , has been left open, while this question, What type of rock is this?, has been closed. Could ...
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Are stratigraphic tags useful?

I have found myself in the last few months tagging or retagging some questions with time-based tags (namely precambrian and carboniferous). I realize now that nobody else did, and thus was wondering ...
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Is the imperial measurement system still used in the geosciences?

There are a bunch of questions on this site with measurements in miles, feet, etc. I'm an imperial system hater, so it annoys me. I'm wondering if this measurement system is still used anywhere in the ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Earth Science Stack Exchange?

Consensus was reached on using the Physics.SE model for homework questions, so I am creating this question to formulate out specific policy. This will serve as the FAQ for this topic and is CW, so ...
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How granular should tags be?

If you have a look at the edit history of this question, you'll see there's been a minor tag edit-war (not really - all genial, see the comments on the question itself :) ). I originally put quite ...
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Could the proposal Scientific Imagination be kind of a duplicate of Earth Science

There is this new proposal that is quite hot on Area51 now. Scientific Imagination. As it's description says, it is for the people who are interested in questions involving imaginary scenarios and ...
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Google results show weird naming for this site

For some reason, when searching "reasons of hottest august this year earth science" in Google, it displays a weird title for this question: Note that it should be Earth Science Stack Exchange, ...
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Is telling jokes good marketing?

The OP of the question https://earthscience.stackexchange.com/questions/2376/what-is-your-favorite-earth-science-joke argues that a fun question would help to attract user to come to our site. Is ...
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90 unanswered questions and counting

I can see a whole bunch of interesting but unanswered questions on the site, which means there are no experts around motivated enough to post here. This does not bode well and discourages people from ...
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Mathematical methods applied to Earth science?

Do we welcome questions about the interpretation of mathematical tools used in Earth Science? For example, I asked a question related to the interpretation of the mathematics of remote sounding. Is ...
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Welcome to EarthScience.SE!

Please help improve this post. This is intended to be a welcome guide for new users that we can reference in comments to help acclimate then to the Q&A format here at EarthScience.SE. This is a ...
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Would [field-technique] be a useful tag?

A comment by plannapus suggested that field-technique might be a useful tag for the question. (I had thought of "field-methods", but "field-technique" has a more technical feel.) Would field-...
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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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Importing questions from Reddit AskScience?

We're still struggling to reach traction with our # of questions/day. And I'm really concerned that this is going to end up closed, like the Astronomy/Economics SEs.. I have an idea: how about ...
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Should we have the mhchem MathJax extension enabled?

Biology and Chemistry have the mhchem MathJax extension enabled, which makes it easier to write chemical species and reactions. Should this extension be enabled here? I imagine that it will be useful ...
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We should strive for consistent spelling forms

I just noted that the palaeobotany is using british spelling, while all the other similar tags are using american spelling (e.g. paleontology. As a community, we should strive for tags using the same ...
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Do we need [climate-change] and [global-warming]?

We currently have tags global-warming (6 questions) and climate-change (6 questions). I don't think we need both of these tags, so the question becomes which tag do we keep? I definitely feel one of ...
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Addressing climate change denial

It seems to me that SE is potentially an ideal format to challenge some of the climate change denial blogs and journalism (names withheld to protect the innocent). Should we have a tag under which ...
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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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Is Helioseismology on topic in Earth Science or Astronomy?

What is says on the tin, is Helioseismology on topic in Earth Science or Astronomy? Myself I'd think no (for ES) as although it takes elements of seismology, I think there is a fundamental difference ...
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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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Should the [earthquakes] tag be synonymized to [seismology]?

Should the earthquakes tag be synonymized to seismology? Or, in other words - we know that all questions about earthquakes are also about seismology. Is it also true that all questions about ...
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What should our about page contain?

Moderators can edit the tour page (formerly called the about page) of a site. We can change the "ask about" and "don't ask about" sections of the page. Here's the current content: Ask about... ...
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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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Would it be beneficial to incorporate the el-nino tag and prempt a la-nina tag under an ENSO tag?

Should we combine these tags? Or is it better they remain separate?
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Merging Ocean Modelling proposal?

Back in A51, there was a discussion on merging "Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric modelling" with Earth Science. Now that ES is in beta (and that one isn't), should this be revisited? I see that ...
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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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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

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