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2022 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Space Exploration. The last election we held was back in 2020 when we elected one moderator. So: we should hold a new election to ...
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Is there an explicit principle that edits shall not invalidate existing answers?

I have been told by @fyrepenguin, in this discussion, that « edits are not supposed to invalidate existing answers ». Does this rule exist; if yes, where is it explicited? practically how is it ...
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Exact process in counting votes for closing a question

When a question goes to a vetting process, I notice that there is a counter called "closed" under the question, but I don't see any counter for the "Leave open". Does this mean ...
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Is it always possible to make comments/edits in an anonymous way?

Say, I want to edit a question by an OP to show how to improve it. For various reasons, I do not want to reveal who is making this suggestion. Is it possible?
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Inconsistencies in the practice of SE policy on this site

Please bear with me because I do not have a long experience with SE. During my short life here, it seems to me (I accept that I can be wrong) that there are several inconsistencies in the way you ...
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Space exploration jobs

This admittedly is a self-serving question. I know that StackOverflow has a way to advertise for jobs; my employer has used it. The problem is that we're not getting good matches. Is there a way to ...
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Need help getting two questions undeleted/unroombad so I can put a bounty on each of them!

My currently roombad (and invisible to those without enough reputation) questions" Roughly express how much of our Moon's apparent libration amplitude seen from the Geocenter is due to different ...
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Make JWST a synonym of the James Webb Telescope tag

We have james-webb-telescope, but more people seem to know it as JWST. Making a synonym might help people tag their questions appropriately.
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I want to ask opinion-based questions to drive community engagement. Should I?

I love seeing the creative & fun side of this community come out. Too often it can seem like a race to the top (bottom?) for technicality & impenetrability in an answer. While I also adore the ...
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Space SE has graduated, now what? What kinds of changes can we expect in the next year or two?

The Graduation of Space Exploration may lead to some changes in this site in the following year or two, small and large, in "look and feel" and in the way it runs. What are the kinds of ...
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Graduation of Space Exploration

The Space Exploration Stack Exchange site is scheduled to graduate from Beta to a full site today, December 16th. The moderator team would like to congratulate our entire user base for the ...
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What's the difference between the [astrodynamics] and [orbital-mechanics] tags? Do we need both? Will question authors always know which to use?

astrodynamics 82 questions: The study of satellite orbits and space flight dynamics. orbital-mechanics 1,527 questions: Orbital mechanics or astrodynamics is the application of ballistics and ...
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"Can I offer you a hydrolysis tag?" It's delicious and essential to future spaceflight, but can we maintain such a tag?

The recent question has added a hydrolysis tag. Below it I added the comment: I first removed the hydrolysis tag then after thinking further I rolled back my edit ...
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"I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Physics SE" is bad and here's why

There's nothing about another SE site like Physics that can make a question off-topic here! SE has several close reasons for questions, one of which is that the question is off-topic. For a few ...
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Is our Beta label being removed?

Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating, I'm curious if Space will be too?
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Is referencing a professional's Linkedin page appropriate?

In working on a rather large answer to a question I stumbled upon the Linkedin page of an aerospace professional. It offers some interesting insights related to the question and my (future) answer but ...
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Where does the low-earth-orbit tag end and the very-low-earth-orbit tag begin? How should they be defined?

low-earth-orbit 347 questions Questions regarding Low Earth Orbit or LEO, which refers to orbits at an altitude between approximately 160 kilometers / 100 miles and 2,000 kilometers / 1,200 miles. ...
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Duplicate Mars colonization questions

Two questions which seem to be essentially the same question of colonizing Mars versus a space station: Feasibility: self-sustaining colony on Mars vs. Space Station (June 2014, 3 answers) Why Mars ...
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Should we revive the developing-space-programs tag by adding it to all applicable questions, or just delete or combine with space-program?

developing-space-programs 7 questions: The developing-space-programs tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? seems to be an experiment that's run its course. While I think we've had ...
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Do we need both equipment and ground-equipment tags?

equipment 30 questions The equipment tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? ground-equipment 2 questions The ground-equipment tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? ...
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What is the prediction tag for? Do we need it?

I found the prediction tag (11 questions currently) on Terraforming — when and where — current estimates? where it was added by a new user assuming it belongs on questions about predicting ...
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How does one report an offensive suggested edit?

on suggested edit https://space.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/27923 for question Are there any long term storable sources of vitamin C? There is a VERY offensive "suggested edit" ...
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Hot topics? Cool questions? thermal, thermal-control, heat, heat-flow, cooling, sub-cooled, liquid-cooled tags; is there room for some consolidation?

thermal: 96 questions How heat affects spacecraft and space missions, or materials and methods to deal with heat. thermal-control: 67 questions Questions about heat management in spacecraft heat: ...
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How to determine on which questions the falcon9-r and falcon-9 tags do and don't belong?

note: I'm perplexed by the answer to Can we merge [falcon9-r] into [falcon-9]? since there still seems to be two different tags with different question counts! There are currently 36 questions tagged ...
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Looking for that cool astronomical and spaceflight simulation website that's been discussed here

There were several questions here about n-body simulations and spacecraft trajectories that were asked in relation to the development of a cool astronomical and spaceflight simulation website. The ...
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How extensively should we interrogate/pursue post authors about suspected ulterior motives or suspected thoughts or beliefs?

NASA is quite a transparent organization with extensive public outreach and is therefore exposed to all kinds of things. To our great advantage as a Stack Exchange community we have many users (and ...
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Difference between [law], [regulatory] and [international-politics] tags? The last two have no use guidance, what might that be?

law 117 questions: Relating to treaties, laws, ownership and disputes during the exploration of space. For non-space exploration related law questions, see our sister site Law Stack Exchange. ...
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We have the "record" tag, would a tag for "firsts" or "how many" question be helpful to make these answers grouped and easy to find?

The record tag currently has 127 questions, and this makes all the valuable answers about space records (most, smallest, etc.) easily accessible to future readers. We also have classes of questions &...
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What can I do to try to see if I have overlooked or under-appreciated the acceptability of answers so that I can accept them?

I checked my stats: 'user:12102 is:question` yields 2,338 posts. adding isanswered:yes yields 1,985 posts or 85% (the whole site is currently around 88%) adding <...
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Is this question about evaluating my math regarding a fictional spacecraft on-topic?

Background I've written a short story set in a sci-fi universe. It involves a spaceship traveling across interstellar distances, so I'm sure there are a bunch of issues I've hand-waved away regarding ...
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Shall we make it explicit site policy that screenshots of text ≠ readable text?

As a helpful example only, this otherwise great answer to Is Starship planned to fly directly to the ISS without first stage? Is it even possible? relies heavily on the readers ability to read ...
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Is CSS a better tag for the Chinese Space Station Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace")?

Background Because Stack Exchange sites are requited to stick to English (except for those specifically in other languages) we sometimes make certain choices. For example it's been previously ...
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Would a “space-governance” new tag be of interest?

With the growing number of private space activities, both for commercial and for non-profit (educational/scientific/hobbies/...), it is legitimate to ask questions on whether a regulatory framework ...
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Need help looking for a question about the veracity of an anecdote (astronaut floating in middle spacecraft) and the video I think I've linked there

I've spent about 10 minutes searching every way I know how for a question about a story/anecdote that an astronaut wrote about. It asked about a recounted story of the astronaut exiting a capsule and ...
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Tag name for MMU, SAFER, and similar?

What would be a good tag name for devices that help propel a spacewalking astronaut? Such devices include the MMU, SAFER, and the canned gas that Ed White used during his spacewalk. I have a pending ...
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How should questions about a characteristic of multiple launchers be handled?

Following up on this question, I'd like to ask about the temperature requirements for various solid boosters, including but not limited to Shuttle SRBs, SLS SRBs, and the Minotaur I's second stage. I'...
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Should old questions by a deleted user not be re-asked just so someone can choose the accepted answer?

The following question was asked 26 days ago: Is there independent evidence that China landed a robot on Mars in May 2021? Since then, the asker of the original question has deleted the account. An ...
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Should lop-g, deep-space-gateway and gateway be synonymized? If so, to what?

We have lop-g with 5 questions deep-space-gateway with 18 questions gateway with 2 questions Which may all want to refer to the Lunar Gateway: The Lunar Gateway, or simply Gateway, is a planned ...
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Is breakthrough-starshot the best tag, and should the project-starshot tag now be a synonym for it?

We have breakthrough-starshot (3 questions) and project-starshot (8 questions) and the Wikipedia article Breakthrough Starshot says: Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by ...
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Should we clean up and separate 'attitude' and 'attitude-determination-and-control' questions, or just further merge these last two tags?

Thanks to the retiring of the adcs tag we now have: attitude 211 questions: Questions on ascertaining, predicting, and controlling spatial orientation and rotation of spacecraft, and on forces that ...
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Get rid of the old ADCS tag and either merge with attitude-control or attitude-determination-and-control?

We have had the old adcs tag since October 2016 and I think I created it. The acronym is for Attitude Determination and Control System. Random links legitimizing the acronym Attitude Determination ...
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Why was the Falcon 9 wash/paint question closed as duplicate?

Link to Q: Do Falcon 9s get a thorough wash or a fresh coat of paint (they look clean pre-reflight)? It was voted leave open the first time, but it was closed, and the reopen review was also 3x leave ...
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My question was closed for being off-topic even though the admins moved it here

So, a while ago I asked a question over on the astronomy stack and the admins migrated it here, soon after that happened the question was closed for being off-topic. Later it got moved back to the ...
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Is the single-use attitude-indicator tag necessary? Should it just be synonymized with instrument?

This is about a reasonable tag that may be used so infrequently and has a good alternative that I wonder if we should cull it out of good tag hygene practice. What order were space shuttle roll-pitch-...
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While the first nine Alcubierre drive questions were on-topic, why is what an astronaut would see gazing out the back window be off-topic?

If you travelled at exactly the speed of light, what would the stars look like behind you? was closed as off topic, reasons include I think that it's clearly not relevant to space exploration (if ...
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Can we pleeease buy the space.se domain name?

Space.se seems to be an available domain name. It doesn't load any site and isn't parked anywhere. When I try to go to it I just get a 'this site can't be reached' error. It's for sites in Sweden, but ...
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Is this particular close vote's reason absurd and the timing damaging to the site? Does this make us look silly?

I propose that the idea behind this particular close vote is absurd and the timing is damaging to the site. The upcoming uncontrolled Long March 5B booster reentry is imminent (days) and is widely ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

Why was this answer https://space.stackexchange.com/a/51696/40252 to this question Is "Stranded in the middle of the room" by retired NASA astronaut Dan Barry the unvarnished truth? deleted ...
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Missing 'Rollback' button

https://space.stackexchange.com/posts/51696/revisions at the top has no 'Rollback' button/link, only "Source Edit Link Full". Why is that? Is it because the answer was deleted an hour after ...

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