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Community Policy Repository

This is the official repository for general community policy decisions. On Posts What is the best approach to asking questions? Can I write an answer to my own question and accept it? When can I ...
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Returning to moderation

I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of resignation over the weekend, and one thing that kept going through my head was Jon Ericson's blog post. Despite what he had to say about ...
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How to share someone else's answer here as a short post?

I recently asked a question in stackoverflow regarding simulation of suicide burn and I also got a wonderful answer from William Miller as well. I think the answer posted in stackoverflow is more ...
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I'm taking a leave of absence from moderating

Update 1/20/2020: called2voyage has resumed moderation, more info here. I’ve wrestled for some time with how to approach this issue, but I’ve finally come to a decision. The bottom-line is that it ...
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Cleaning up the [dust]

When reading the question Dealing with lunar regolith I looked at the [dust] tag and saw there's also a [space-dust] tag. Reading the first level descriptions it sounds like [space-dust] is ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What is SE community attitude to accepting your own answers?

This help center states that answering your own questions is encouraged, and, if there's no other good answers, one can accept his/her own answer. This answer to a similar question suggests some ...
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Should nonsensical question titles be edited?

Recently this question was posted: Is the ISS a tennis racket? I think the question itself is good, but the question title by itself does not make any sense without context. This makes it useless in ...
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Appropriate definitions for stage-separation and separation tags?

I've adjusted tagging on a few questions so that stage-separation appears on questions about separation events involving stages capsules "pseudo-stages" like Apollo command and service modules and ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Note: The election date was pushed back a month, due to some ongoing back-end work on the election mechanics, in order to automate some steps. Summary: Space Exploration Stack Exchange will begin the ...
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Is my specific question about fictional use of a real-world spacecraft really off-topic or overbroad here?

Related: Rules for "Science Fiction" questions, How best to ensure my question will not "get migrated" to World Building? Recently, I asked a (now-deleted-by-me) question about ...
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Do I police this site as if it were my own?

This comment says: @uhoh: That's good for you. It is very unclear to me, because your interpretation doesn't make sense, as other comments have pointed out. Not objective indeed, maybe you should ...
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What is it about this question that makes people want to close it despite the engineering-based answers?

The question How well could the Tesla Cybertruck drive on Mars? received five close votes and was put on hold, then re-opened, and now currently has four more close votes, for a total of nine, most or ...
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Tags [expandable] and [expendable]

I noticed that someone had confused the words EXPANDABLE and EXPENDABLE and used the wrong tag. To avoid confusion I added a description for the expandable tag. However, I'm not sure if the best ...
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Why is this question about science on Venus off-topic?

Why is the question With no acid cloud deck surrounding Venus, would the poles be much colder than the equator ? put on hold as off-topic? Isn't the question about planetary science and as such on-...
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2017, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — Hohmannfan — has stepped down from their ...
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What is the reason for the absence of 40 minute delay to ask questions?

In some other StackExchange networks, I am currently in, for example in Mathematics and Chemistry, I am able to post questions successively only after a delay of 40 minutes. But here on Space ...
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What's best to do about questions that might not be answerable for a few months?

Two recent questions have comments suggesting that there might be something wrong about posting questions that some users feel are not immediately answerable: Why can't the VIPER lunar rover recharge ...
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1,099 Unanswered Questions - What should we do, if anything?

I filtered by unanswered recently (no not just no accepted answer, not answered at all): https://space.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=MostVotes&filters=NoAnswers&edited=true It seems we ...
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Why do we have so many posts in the chat room written for computer programmers?

In the last five hours the Pod Bay has Stack Overflow Podcast #126 – The Pros and Cons of Programming with ADHD My Most Embarrassing Mistakes as a Programmer (so far) and about 24 hours ago: ...
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“[shuttle]” tag appeared, seems redundant to “[space-shuttle]”

This month a couple of questions have used the shuttle tag. Both were clearly asking about STS which is covered by [space-shuttle]. I've edited both questions and replaced the tag; can [shuttle] be ...
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Can/should answers be moved after substantial edits of the question?

This question originally asked for samples of old guidance/spacecraft software, which is an interesting question, which I answered with one example. However, at some point during some interaction ...
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Regarding moderating the new Code of Conduct

To hopefully alleviate concerns regarding the new Code of Conduct, I want to explain how I intend to moderate regarding pronoun use. When speaking generically, posts should use gender neutral ...
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Should [dragon-v2] and [crew-dragon] be merged?

SpaceX really likes to rename things and the crewed Dragon capsule is no exception The problem is we have dragon-v2 SpaceX's second version of the Dragon spacecraft, also called "Crew Dragon". It ...
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How to best support the reduced moderation team

given the current disruption to the moderation team, how can users best support the volunteers in their site activity. My guesses are: be less vigilant - the working members of the team are likely to ...
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Space.SE moderator resignation

Due to a highly turbulent situation, the moderator status network wide is very chaotic. Main meta post: Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the ...
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Why was this question so quickly put on hold, and without comments, guidance, or suggestions?

What does this NASA administrator's tweeted statement mean? What is the context? Question: Would a similar statement about taxpayer money used in SLS/Boeing or the JWST (delays and cost overruns ...
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How did we end up with a hypothetical tag? Should we keep it, or not?

Lo and behold, we have a hypothetical tag! I spotted it on this hypothetical question but it's on three questions total. Hypothetical questions can sometimes be asked here if the answer can be based ...
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What would be proper site hygiene for large image hot linking?

I saw that this answer now has a single hot linked 8 MB GIF. If I understand correctly, anyone viewing this page will have their device sent to Wikipedia to download the image promptly. 8M isn't a ...
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Could a 'puzzler' or 'quiz' type tag prevent kneejerk downvoting?

(This question does not apply to questions where the question-asker asks and answers their own question, that's clearly OK and even encouraged) There have been some questions, for example What was ...
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What's up with the [tag:structure]?

Just saw [structure] was used the other day and had 5 entries, anyone have objections if I remove this tag and add more specific ones to the entries in question? Mainly: Why aren't rockets built ...
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Can the tag [specfications] be spelt correctly

There are 7 questions in this tag, but it is not spelt correctly. It looks a bit illiterate at the moment. It should be spelt specifications, and probably does not need to be pluralised.
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Why was my flagging a Dunning-Kruger effect comment declined?

I flagged the comment: "Most of the things are done." No they're not. Not even close. You are so far from being done that it is impossible to know just how incredibly far from being done you are. ( ...
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Do we need the ORBITAL tag?

I think almost all (if not all) of the 18 instances of the orbital tag could be replaced with orbital-mechanics or just be removed. There's only one question where it is the only tag currently present....
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planetary science: overlap with Astronomy SE

The help pages for both this site and the astronomy site say that "planetary science" is on topic. Could we refine our help page to guide new users to one site or the other? For instance, here we ...
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What question concerning KSP are on topic?

Give the comments in this question Will Kerbal Space Program 2 have Lagrange points, halo orbits, and other 3-body goodies?, I wander what questions related to KSP are on topic. I propose the ...
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Is Sci-Hub a stolen data site and does this pose a problem for recommending a Sci-Hub link?

In a discussion in comments below this answer I said things to the effect that if you want recommend someone click on a Sci-Hub link you should also mention that Sci-Hub is based (in part) on stealing ...
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Are meaningless link titles like “Source” sub-optimal, leaving the answer unrepairable if a link rots/breaks?

Consider the three options: Source Source: NASA TM X-2525 Source: NASA TM X-2525: Atlas-Centaur AC-17 Performance for Applications Technology Satellite ATS-D Mission I tend to use option #3 because ...
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When the real answer may only be in links within comments below the answer, what to do or say?

This answer to What radio frequencies were used by the Soviet space program circa 1961? (“Lost Cosmonaut” recording) contains a lot of relevant perspective, and is authored by a user who regularly ...
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Why edit other people's posts and undo their use of in-line links?

A new user performed a substantial suggested edit to another user's answer post, changing all the in-line links to numbered links with the urls themselves moved to the bottom of the post. I rejected ...
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FYI - Beta Graduation

I just posted Will the recent flush of Beta graduations impact sites that meet criteria? on meta.stackexchange and specifilly pointed out that Space Exploration has been meeting the graduation ...
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Three-body versus CR3BP tags; combine them?

The three-body tag (5 questions) has the best name, but the tag info is written like a full tag Wiki rather than an excerpt. I think it can be shortened. The cr3bp tag (7 questions) has an admittedly ...
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Should one of these be closed as a duplicate of the other? If so, which one?

Two well written, well received questions each with several well written, well received answers. Each now has one close vote as a duplicate of the other. January 2019 Why are probes that tend to ...
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Is there a way to tell how much the Apollo 11 50th anniversary bumped traffic to the site?

It seems to me that there was an uptick, but I don't know how to tell.
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Okay if I re-ask this Space Exploration-related question from Astronomy SE here?

The well-received question in Astronomy SE What is the maximum transmission distance of the radio signal in the outer space which could still be understood? was asked in November of 2013 and so is way ...
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Are second-person edits supposed to push a question to the main page?

A new user asked "When do rockets push back on matter?", which as originally written seemed to push a particular point of view, rather than pose a genuine question. It subsequently garnered a large ...
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Does Space Exploration worth its price? Community wiki suggestion

We have here a question with the title How much did all the space agencies spent on rockets launching and space exploration? Does it worth it? What are the benefits for me and you? This question ...
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How to ask a question which has exclusively opinionated answers?

I'd like to get the opinions of members valued here on a specific topic and want to ask an opinionated question which cannot have a correct answer. This is usually not a good idea due to this site's ...
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Example of dysfunctional question closing and answering?

There are good, thorough answers that can not be posted to the question Time taken for moon landing because the question is currently closed. This is because @JanDoggen voted to close as duplicate ...
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can we do away with the 'trajectories' tag and just keep 'trajectory'?

According to this answer there can be issues when there are two tags which are singular and plural form of the same term. However it seems we have both trajectory and trajectories. It looks like the ...

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