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I think that for those questions, you will get better answers if you ask them on Sustainable Living Stack Exchange.


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I wouldn't say these kind of questions are "routinely" asked here, but as you note there are a few of them. Lets start with the closed question that prompted you to ask this. The car exhaust question is different than the others in that it does not directly concern earth sciences as I see it. A question related to this that does invoke earth science would ...


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It probably went on the Hot network questions list. The criteria for appearing on that list are explained here. What that means is that people who are not users of ESSE are looking at it thus ensuring many views than just registered users on this site.


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I agree. The rock-identification questions are of little help for people other than the OP. So if we put the rock name in the title (something like [SOLVED: Anthracite]), would help for search engines to show the post if somebody is googling for anthracite.


3

Shouldn't be here. Whilst it is true that some questions are somewhat relevant and may be motivated by earth sciences, we don't have the expertise here regarding that.


3

I think that we should be rather generous with religious questions as long as we can provide scientific answers. It's also about finding the right tone and complexity, religious questions should be answered by presenting scientific methods, naive questions should try to generate more interest in our field, and detailed academic questions should be answered ...


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I lean towards no. That would be no different to answering other questions in the title (albeit most answers won't fit!) Users can still search the rock term of interest in the search bar and find all answers mentioning it, and adding the conclusion to the question no better helps future users answer their own questions, as they still likely need to click ...


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I would say that at least 90% of questions in the whole SE can be answered by a google search - with a significantly different degree of effort, of course. And yet, that is not a reason for not having them on the network. The value added of SE, imo, is to transform information into a Q&A style. But not all information. The key criteria to me is this: is ...


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I'll repost my comment as an answer to get the ball rolling, perhaps others will have some feedback as well. In this case are you describing a situation where you have a question and you've found some explanation but the source is not official or too brief? If so, then I think that question might be well received. If you have done some independent ...


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If I were reviewing, I think I'd consider questions 2 and 3 on-topic. That doesn't necessarily mean that this is the best place to ask them.


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