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The 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 "What was the first (or earliest)...?" and "...last...?" as well as "How many...?" questions.

I wonder if they should be either added to the tag1 or to a new tag that serves to help group these answers? First (earliest) and last are sort-of like records, though they can't be broken. (However they can be corrected). Some "How many...?" questions can have permanent answers, but for other's things may continue to change over time.

There are plenty of all of those kinds of questions so in this case adding lists of them does not seem helpful.


1as I have done (as an experiment) on How many bubble levels have been used in space? Were any of them used some place besides the Moon?

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I am in favor of a firsts tag. The records tag should mean the greatest or smallest of a number (i.e. different from firsts). However, it would involve a considerable amount of re-tagging.

There seem to be too many questions for a how-many tag, so I am opposed to that.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm up for it! One does it in "bursts" say 10 or 20 questions at a time, to minimize impact on the active queue. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 23 at 5:19
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh: Yeah, I wish that retags had their own tab, to avoid polluting the active question tab. $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Jul 23 at 5:45
  • $\begingroup$ Which "this" are you most in favor of? "I wonder if they should be either added to the record tag or to a new tag that serves to help group these answers?" $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 24 at 23:48
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh: Sorry, I've clarified my meta answer. $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Jul 25 at 3:46
  • $\begingroup$ opposed to 'how-many' because too many? Is it because of the re-tagging loading the active queue? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 25 at 7:30
  • $\begingroup$ No, rather because maybe 1/4 of our questions are a how-many. It becomes so common that it is useless. $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Jul 26 at 4:01
  • $\begingroup$ I think the 1/4 figure is way high but thanks for the clarification! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 26 at 5:01
  • $\begingroup$ Searching questions for the two phrase how many appearing anywhere in the post returns only 386/15,864 = 2.4%. Compare that to questions tagged orbital-mechanics at 1,443/15,864 = 9.1% $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 26 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ I still don't understand the "too many questions" view (see my previous comments) $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 4 at 22:55
  • $\begingroup$ I've added a spaceflight-firsts to the currently unanswered questin Which launch was the first to use a dogleg maneuver? Let's see what happens. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 10 at 1:45
  • $\begingroup$ I've now gone ahead and added spaceflight-firsts to a block of 20 questions. I'll wait a week or so and do another. Wherever record was used I've removed it; there shouldn't be any overlap. I've also added usage guidance. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 18 at 1:55
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I've now gone ahead and added to an additional block of 20 questions.

I'll wait a week or so between sessions and do between 10 and 20 questions each time. Wherever was used as a proxy for a first I've removed it; there shouldn't be any overlap.

  • [record] "first" = https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=%5Brecord%5D+%22first%22

I've also added usage guidance.

First or earliest instances of a notable event, implementation, or technological achievement related to spaceflight. Use the record tag instead for questions of the class fastest, smallest etc. as these records can be set and broken while firsts never change (in principle)

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