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Hershel, I'm sorry about my bad answers. Should I just not answer at all?

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I am not very experienced and I want to learn more, but if my answers are misleading, should I just leave the site? I want to help, but if I am not doing what this website is meant to do, should I even be a part of it? I'm don't want to cause you any trouble, so I'll just lay low for a while.
asked Oct 18, 2018 by linkisnotzelda (5,360 points)

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I learned here. You can learn, too. I defer to Herschel's knowledge. Pay attention to the questions and use the interesting rocks to research the choices. Oftentimes, you will find as each question gets answered, the focus narrows. Really, I have taken rocks to geology professors who could tell me very little. The more places you visit, the more you will learn. Actually, Herschel's questions guided me somewhat. As I started to gain knowledge, I used the internet to guide my questions more. Look up blue rocks and minerals. Click on images and look for a similar rock. Read about it and the characteristics of each will be revealed, including, magnetic, translucent, soft, hard, very hard, common, rare, iridescent, microcrystalline, macrocrystalline, ....volcanic, sedimentary, conglomerate. Very soon, you will be able to actually do just as much as I can by asking pointed questions. Typically, answering questions emphatically implies expertise. I usually preface my posts with statements about my lack of expertise if I am not sure. I encourage you to stick around. Pick a sample that intrigues you. Look up the images like I suggested and then learn everthing you can about your choice. Then look at the post again and see what questions will clarify your deductions. Ask them and then use your newfound knowledge to narrow your guesses. Then, Herschel will correct things as he sees fit. And, when he does, you will learn even more.
answered Oct 18, 2018 by Weasel (58,120 points)
Thank you Weasel!!!
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Weasel, thanks for your comments and kind words. Glad to have both of your contributions and it really helps the mineral community and enhances the overall site. Please continue to comment when you have information to share. @linkisnotszelda, your thoughts and contributions are always welcome even if you aren't 100% sure. Just be sure to say that in the post - for example "i think" or "it looks like" or "my guess is" withouth a definitive approach unless you are sure. Thanks!
answered Jun 6 by hershel (51,840 points)

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