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Should I stop asking questions on private beta?

I'm interested in Earth science but I am far from an expert. I'm have many questions in my mind about the Earth that I think are interesting, and I have asked some questions such as "Why is the Earth ...
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Where is the boundary between geology and chemistry?

After reading this question on diamond, my first thought was: is this really an Earth science question? Then I noticed that it was tagged geology. Fair enough, I don't even know enough about geology ...
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Subscript numbers

How do we format subscript and superscript numbers? For example, I've referred to SO2 a few times, and someone has already edited an answer of mine and converted the '2' to subscript.
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Can the misspelled [meateorology] tag be deleted?

meaterology is obviously a misspelling and so should be deleted (unless Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs actually has a scientific basis ☺) and not made a synonym of the correct spelling.
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What should we add to tag wikis?

What is the policy on creating/adding to tag wikis? I think this is of great importance, that we get some of the fundamental tags defined, such as Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry.
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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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Subdiscipline tag convention

Do we prefer tags like this: volcanology speleology glaciology or like this: volcanoes caves glaciers ?
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How can we ensure this site gets off the ground?

This post isn't about how we can make the site be the best it can be. This post is about how to avoid the site being closed by the moderators like what happened to many private beta sites I have seen ...
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Level of the questions so far

I've been delighted to look in very early in the private beta and see lots of questions. However, I'm a little concerned about the nature of these questions. The majority seem to be at a "popular ...
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What's our elevator pitch?

From The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta: 4. What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to ...
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Vote early and vote often!

This is copied from Scott Morrison's post on meta.latexSE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial launch of ...
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MathJax request

Although we are only on day 1 of the private beta, I figure we might as well get this request out there. Being a science Stack Exchange site, no doubt math is going to spring up in both questions and ...
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Is Earth Science education off topic?

IE, questions about Earth Science graduate school, field camp, curriculum, teaching in Earth Science. Is the SE purely for the discussion of the science itself?
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Is it useful to invite experts *before* the public beta?

I know some experts who I think may be interested in helping out shaping this site. Is it useful to approach and invite them as long as we are in private beta, or can I just as well wait until we are ...
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Shall we have a "cite your sources" policy for answers?

I want this site to succeed. I want a site that attracts experts. Real experts. Not people like me, but scientists with 25 years of experience in a sub-field of atmospheric science. I'm seeing ...
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Are ecology questions on topic?

There's certainly a lot of interaction between the interactions between organisms and the environment - that's what ecology is all about. As for where ecologists interact: some certainly interact ...
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What about an "essi" tag?

"ESSI" stands for "Earth and Space Science Informatics" and identifies the overlap between Earth science and computer science (or use). It's a distinct field or discipline at the AGU conference. What ...
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Are list-questions welcome?

Other sites include list-questions, but many of those questions are old and policies have changed. For example, would a (community wiki) question on a literary canon for a particular field within the ...
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Introduce yourselves here

So I'm curious: what area of geoscience do you study, and where do you study it? What is your background and what is your general story?
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What are some good ways to reach out to our desired audience?

One of the Big 7 Questions: How do we promote our site? What is the best way to reach out to the community of experts (both professional and amateur) in the Earth Science community? Share your ...
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Is planetary science on-topic?

The title of the site is Earth Science, which implies questions should be limited to, well, Earth. But the term Geosciences may be considered a synonym, and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) does ...
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Earth Science questions at Astronomy

How soon will we be able to migrate Earth Science questions from Astronomy? We have one in particular awaiting migration, but probably some other good ones that were closed as off topic. Why is ...
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