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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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5 votes

I've had enough. Let's ban rock id questions

The high flux of low quality questions has put the community under stress and that can lead to loss of active users which is of course very bad, while the value added to the site by "what kind is my ...
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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

I totally agree... I fear that a lot of people don't even read the guidelines for rock id. They shoot some badly lit and out of focus pictures with their smartphones and only have in mind that they ...
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I've had enough. Let's ban rock id questions

I disagree the proposal on the following reasons: To make the site successful, we need to be so inclusive as possible (without significantly reducing the content quality). Currently, there is no site ...
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We need a simple 'Off topic' close reason

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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Idea - make identification request posts off topic

Seriously, everybody, this is obsolete The proposal I put below served as a good stopgap, but a decision has been made and we have a custom close reason for subpar rock identification questions. ...
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Idea - make identification request posts off topic

I'm in agreement with much of what most people (@Gimelist, @Jan_Doggen, @Semidiurnal_Simon, @ JeopardyTempest) have stated here. In many ways I'd like to see such questions made Off-Topic because ...
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Idea - make identification request posts off topic

I'll be honest... I too have been thinking about making a similar post. I've always tended to support such questions being a part of our community, and tried in the past to improve their quality. ...
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Idea - make identification request posts off topic

We tried a custom off-topic close reason, but community consensus was that it was not enough. Therefore, as of 2019-07-30, rock identification questions are off-topic. (old answer) On Graphics ...
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I've had enough. Let's ban rock id questions

I agree the situation is insupportable. However, since I know nothing about how high-level moderation works, I'd like to know the specific technical steps that would be taken to "ban" rock ID ...
Spencer's user avatar
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1 vote
Accepted

I've had enough. Let's ban rock id questions

This is now live. As of 2019-07-30, rock identification questions are off-topic on Earth Science Stack Exchange. Please redirect any discussion on the practicalities of implementing this ban to that ...
gerrit's user avatar
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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

This is no longer relevant. All rock identification questions are now off-topic. As of 2019-07-30, Rock ID questions are off-topic or Earth Science Stack Exchange. See this meta post for more ...
gerrit's user avatar
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