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Rock identification questions are now off topic. Old questions will be deleted. Should we retain any?

We should retain questions that are interesting for some other reason than "identify this rock", and are hence of interest to more than the asker. The "rock eating worm" one is a good example, but ...
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Does Earth Science cover the practical aspects of combatting climate change?

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

As long as questions with an agricultural element concern themselves with the earth sciences aspects of agriculture such as, but not limited to: soil science; meteorology, ground water; land use and ...
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Reference for quoting seasonal lag image

This isn't an earth science question so maybe it'll be closed, but I'll answer it fully because there's something you need to know about using content from Stack Exchange (and from Wikipedia and lots ...
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Have the question standards for Earth Science Stack Exchange reduced since inception?

Have the question standards for Earth Science Stack Exchange reduced since inception? To some extent, yes, they have. That appears to be the natural progression on the SE network. SE sites appear to ...
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Why do we have so few accepted answers?

Accepting and answer is the prerogative of the person posting the question. There is no obligation to accept an answer. Sometimes the answers may not satisfy the poster - it may be a partial answer ...
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Would importing question from private discussion boards be desirable?

Yes, but: They should be good questions. The copyright should be compatible with CC BY-SA 3.0 and you need to respect any other requirements stated by the source. The answer may be yours, but the ...
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Rock identification questions are now off topic. Old questions will be deleted. Should we retain any?

Let's start with the easy thing: which questions to delete? These Because these questions bring in the traffic to this website. Anything with zero or negative votes. These questions are usually ...
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Is Asking A Question On Proper Temperature & Humidity Measuring On-Topic?

Accurate measurements of temperature and humidity are essential for both weather and climate science. It involves physics, engineering, metrology, and practical matters. Anyone measuring temperature ...
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Proposing to add a custom close reason for rock-identification questions that are lacking in sufficient detail to be useful and answerable

100% yes. A perfect next step to addressing the problem, avoiding going to extremes. And really seems to offer hope of solving issues because it makes it more straightforward to close. Honestly ...
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Do 'Salt water toilets' belong here or on Sustainability.SE?

I agree, the question fits much better on Sustainability SE than here. The OP already cross-posted the same question on Sustainability SE (where it got a few upvotes), so the question here can be ...
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Let's change our favicon to 🌍

Agree. I guess Africa-centered would good, as we use it as the reference for plate reconstruction.
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what is a reasonable reputation count

The purpose of this site, and other Stack Exchange sites, is to gain knowledge or share knowledge, by asking or answering questions - not to acquire reputation points. This isn't a game like Candy ...
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Why isn't my reputation count raising when my post gets upvoted on meta?

Meta does not contribute to your reputation. The reputation you see on meta is just whatever your rep on the main site is. Based on this and your linked questions, you are a bit obsessed about ...
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Should I rollback a user's own edit?

Yes, please rollback edits that vandalize a user's own post. This is a little more important when the post is relevant/on-topic, but the same rule should generally apply everywhere. By rolling back ...
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Stack Exchange Inc. fired two popular community team employees

Whatever happens with Stack Exchange, our community will continue to exist. Thoughts, reflections, or proposals are all welcome. Ultimately, it is the community that defines who we are and what we ...
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I am gone. This is not my place

My goodness, 22 well-received posts (mostly answers) in your first 27 days suggests that you are really engaging with the site and finding something good here! I'd recommend that you just ignore ...
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Why "Earth Science" (singular) and not "Earth Sciences" (plural)?

To my way of thinking, and people may disagree with me, I have no objections to that; earth science denotes science about the Earth as a whole (single entity). For me earth science is science of the ...
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Is our Beta label being removed?

Yes, Earth Science will be graduating too. See this blog post from 2021-12-16 announcing how Earth Science is graduating along with many other sites.
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How should we manage questions where English is not the person's native tongue?

I tend to agree with you regarding given non-native English speakers a wide latitude with questions that are not written as a native speaker would write questions. Like you, I have edited such ...
Fred's user avatar
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Have the question standards for Earth Science Stack Exchange reduced since inception?

Certainly, we do not have any lower standard for questions or answers than in the beginning of the site. If the quality of posts now is lower than at the beginning, that would be due to a change in ...
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A guide for asking "Identify this rock" questions?

Describe and photograph a fresh surface. Breaking open a rock to see an unweathered surface is very important for identification. In some cases the minerals show up better on a weathered surface so ...
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Is agriculture on-topic?

Fred captured my view as a hydrogeologist working in agriculture research. I would also consider plant breeding for yield or quality to be off topic, but breeding to respond to climate change or water ...
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Let's change our favicon to 🌍

Or we can make it Australia centered because that's where the oldest Earth materials are found? Doesn't matter. I'll vote for whatever makes the transition quicker and easier!
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When rocks are identified can we put the name of it in the title?

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 ...
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Should we strive for perfecting answers? Or should we avoid enhancing answers through edits?

My take on this is that we should we always strive for perfecting the answers. Otherwise, multiple incremental answers would make the answers more difficult to follow and confusing (and the edit ...
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Rock-identification tag: Notification warning

I've updated the tag wiki. Feel free to suggest further edits. I also added a warning to the identification-request tag: Remember that people universally don't read, so adding too much text will ...
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When is geography on-topic?

It seems to me that the International Date Line is a human construct used to delineate an arbitrary border for the purpose of measurement of time on the Earth. Therefore, by definition, any question ...
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