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YES! We really do need MathJax on here. There's going to be a lot of times in which we need to reference formulas, or other such stuff, and MathJax will make everything a lot easier in these cases. The Stack Exchange team looks for posts that would benefit by having MathJax, so let's make a list of such posts. Some posts that could use this: How is ocean ...


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$$\sum{answers} = MathJax\ enabled$$


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List of questions that would benefit from mhchem: Peak phosphorus - what are the sinks? What would happen if we could revert $\mathrm{CO}_2$ production but took it too far? How were we able to measure carbon dioxide levels in earlier climates? How does radiogenic argon-40 get into the atmosphere? (features a reaction) How does one create petroleum/crude oil ...


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Agree. I guess Africa-centered would good, as we use it as the reference for plate reconstruction.


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The way to do this would be to create a search or a data.stackexchange.com query to find all questions you are interested in. Once you have a list you could coordinate it in a meta post (updating as necessary). Finally you can create a chatroom to discuss them. You could link to it in your meta post and in comments to your target questions. Here is an ...


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I added three feeds to the ticker in our chatroom (earth on astronomy and physics, geochemistry on chemistry) so any new questions posted to those tags on those sites will show up in the ticker where questions posted to our site currently show up. If you want that tweaked in any way (e.g. if you would rather have a dedicated room they get posted as chat ...


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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.


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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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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 just cause the warning to be ignored.


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I think the best approach here is a tag notification warning. That way when someone adds the identification-request tag to a question, they will see a message that directs them to the guide. It could also contain a sentence or two summarizing the key points of the guide. The downside of this approach is some people won't see the warning because they don't ...


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I would find it nice and I would encourage it too. However, to make a real contribution I would suggest that you should be very selective with the questions, and refrain from posting questions for which an answer can be found easily with an online search.


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This should now be live, as I just approved a new custom close reason: This question does not appear to be about earth science, within the scope defined in the help center.


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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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Another alternative would be 🌐.


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It's now possible describe stratospheric ozone with equations: $$ \ce{O2 ->[\text{uv light}] 2 O}\\ \ce{O2 + O -> O3} $$ Some helpful information: A guide on the basics of mhchem. Resist the urge to overuse $\TeX$. Other than that... enjoy!


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You can mark this answer as Community Wiki. What this does is allow 100+ reputation users to edit it anytime. It also gives the original author (you) no reputation. For more information, see What are "Community Wiki" posts?: Why have Community Wiki posts? One of the goals of the website is to be a continually evolving source of good information. ...


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I don't think you can do this directly from the site. In the search bar you can search for views:500 and get all questions with at least that many views. If you really want all the questions, sorted by views, try this query in the data explorer: http://data.stackexchange.com/earthscience/query/53412 See also: Can we have a sort by view count?


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You need to realize that since we moved to Public beta we are very few to have close votes and reopen votes privileges. You need to let people some time to act on it. As for your specific question, i think it's mostly a problem of legibility, i suggested an edit, to turn it into an actual question. I also voted to reopen as indeed it is now an answerable ...


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At the moment you get some little reputation for the edit. I think a feature request about sharing reputation updates for edited answers and questions is a good idea. A feature description could be: Shared contributions Users can provide shares to editors of their posts to award the contributions of other users. Questions are divided in 5 shares, answers in ...


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In principle this is fine, but doing this specifically to populate the site may lead to very odd questions that don't feel natural or really work here. So my advice is "don't try to think about what basic questions you could ask and answer; instead, think about what questions puzzled you when you were learning earth science, and post those". In other words, ...


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While I appreciate the effort, is this really required? Does the internet need yet another mineral-id? We can't beat mindat or webmineral, so why bother? Those websites have a huge database of images, full listing of the mineral properties, etc etc etc. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Furthermore, our identifications are usually based on poorly ...


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@Rob's answer points out something that I think is important: You have asked for a "pin" Jon has suggested a "tag warning" (assuming that the new user adds the correct tag to their question), but what it needs is a Stack Overflow style regex (at least for new user's questions) that looks for "what is this" within the text and ...


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There are a few sites where the consensus is to support well-asked (and interesting?) identification questions, so migrating your question to the main Meta site would expose it to a larger audience. A pin would take up valuable realestate on the main page to advertise a type of question that is often welcomed but not one we want to focus on. Our main Meta ...


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Let me answer this from the perspective of a Worldbuilding user. One of the good things about the site is that scientific and mathematical answers are welcome (to questions tagged science-based or reality-check). I take full advantage of this, and to my knowledge, I've used LaTeX much more in my answers than anyone else there. We do have a decent amount of ...


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I agree.


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Can I use LaTeX/MathJax to edit formulas in my answers? This feature is available on other SE sites, but it is not clear to me whether I will be able to use this here. The capability to write mathematical formulas is essential for any meaningful communication about science beyond elementary school. Not supporting this would really limit this site to a non-...


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