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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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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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A guide for asking "Identify this rock" questions?

A streak test is another test that can be useful in mineral identification. If you are able to perform this test, include the results in the question. Streak is the colour of the powdered mineral. In ...
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Is it correct to ask a question that can be answered doing searches?

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 ...
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Is it correct to ask a question that can be answered doing searches?

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 ...
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Can I ask questions about rock cutting and gem cutting here?

I think questions on rock cutting and gem cutting for artistic or industrial purposes is off topic for Earth Science stack exchange. Some aspects may be on-topic, such as scientific aspects of rock ...
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Should we tolerate rock identification-request questions if they are answerable despite not following the guidelines?

There's a practical difficulty beside the broken-window one - which is that there are (relatively) many people who can review close and re-open votes, but few who have the expertise to know whether a ...
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A guide for asking "Identify this rock" questions?

If you think you have a fossil, Use this guide instead. You may not have a fossil This is always a possibility there are many chemical and physical processes that look superficially like fossils. If ...
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Should we tolerate rock identification-request questions if they are answerable despite not following the guidelines?

I would suggest holding off on closing for a day or two so an answer can be posted. I also think most people asking the questions would be happy with an answer that essentially says, "it is probably......
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Cross-site duplicate question should contain all information?

I agree with with what's proposed in the question both for the reason mentioned in a comment: ...there should be no need to go to another site to read the question. and because what happens in one ...
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Merging of Two Questions

I have merged the questions. Merging can only be done by diamond moderators, so flagging for moderator attention (which someone did) was the right course of action here.
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