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    $\begingroup$ A super useful resource! $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 1:01
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh Yes, feel free to add anything that's relevant. I borrowed the idea from History.SE. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ I wonder where they got that idea from ;) $\endgroup$
    – Machavity
    Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 23:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Machavity This is a little bit different than that, because this isn't just for any how to question but specifically issues that the community had to make a decision regarding how we would handle. But they may, in fact, have been inspired by the MSE FAQ nevertheless. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ Re-reading it, that might have sounded snarky. Didn't mean it that way $\endgroup$
    – Machavity
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Machavity It didn't sound snarky to me. :) But I did want to make sure to make the distinction, because it's not just for any question. For example, this question would not belong on this list because the answer is simply based on SE policy and what tools are available to mods; the community did not have to decide how that situation would be handled: space.meta.stackexchange.com/q/917/58 $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ the link for "Which celestial mechanics questions are on topic?" points to an answer that no longer meets the (lowered-bar) criteria for acceptance. Should it be updated to the answer than meets both the current and original criteria ? $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM We ran that particular policy decision as a first-past-the-post vote, so it is now established policy. If we want to propose changing it, the fairest way would be to have a new meta discussion. Meta posts that have been sitting around for awhile have votes that may be a mix of active and inactive users, so they are not a good gauge of what the community may currently support. As controversial as this issue has been, I think a new meta discussion would need to take place in two phases: phase 1 would determine how the policy is set (vote threshholds, etc.) ... $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM ...and phase 2 would determine the policy itself using the criteria established in phase 1. So that would actually be two separate meta questions. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ There was nothing in the question about it being run as first past the post (and that does go against the way stack exchange tends to work) until you unanimously declared it to have been won on that basis. Your comment "they are not a good gauge of what the community may currently support" is an argument against community policies. $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM It was a mod team decision. It wasn't made unilaterally. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ I suggest you refer this to the other moderators, as there could be an appearance that you are biased towards the community opinion you drafted $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM We already discussed it, and as I've stated many times, the answer I drafted is not my opinion. I don't have a dog in this fight, but I've been watching this discussion go on for some time and have seen the pendulum swing back and forth. I'm just trying to make sure it is done in a fair way that doesn't result in a lot of confusion about what is on topic, and I have conferred with the other mods through this process. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ @JCRM FYI - I have notified the other mods about this discussion so they can look over it and weigh in. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ Looked at the celestial mechanics answers, and you are right that it doesn't seem to have a clear majority, although the current top answer is slightly in favor of not including such questions. It seems to me that opening a new question would be appropriate, with a clearer defined "Allow some" vs "Allow none" type answers to better allow for voting. $\endgroup$
    – PearsonArtPhoto Mod
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 14:51


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