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What does the “status-completed” tag mean on “discussion” questions? How does it compare to/contrast with an answer being accepted?

It seems I'd left this tab open on my phone a week ago because it intrigued/confused me. What does the status-completed tag denote in the context of questions tagged discussion? I'm thinking that it ...
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How can we best :“round up” the most sought-after Keplerian-to-state-vector (and vice versa) answers so they are easier to find?

In Astronomy SE there is the question Where can I find/visualize planets/stars/moons/etc positions? and @barrycarter's community wiki answer has served as a valuable go-to source for finding helpful ...
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Providing good answers to closed questions

There have recently been some questions which have been closed for, I think, good reasons related to the likely intent of the person asking them inferred from the narrative pushed in the question ...
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Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer?

Similar to How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? There's been a tremendous amount of churn on the site recently because user azot has been asking questions hinting around about the US Mars ...
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Edit to an answer, adding more relevant information, rejected by author because it's “not their intent”

https://space.stackexchange.com/a/50284/6449 Someone commented below the above answer that it was missing information regarding the range of rovers using RTGs, so I edited that answer to include that ...
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Is a question about NASA KSC's SWAT team on-topic?

In the comments to the question Why were the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts backed up by guards with automatic weapons?, the question was raised, what force the guards in the photo belong to and in another ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

The recent “so what happened with New Horizons, anyway?” question is the starkest example I’ve seen of a question that is trivially answered by a quick look at the obvious Wikipedia entry. I’d like to ...
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Where should I ask question related to indoor farming

As a project, a bit of fun and experiment, I want to work on 'Indoor farming', but with great projects come great questions. So did I, mostly with light frequency, intensity, watt, stuff that you can'...
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Best tagging for the newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope?

Just a few days ago I created the tag for the upcoming WFIRST space telescope for Will WFIRST and JWST be able to resolve each other? and today I have read it was renamed. From Space News: WASHINGTON ...
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'international-space-station' as a tag synonym to 'iss'?

I know this would be trivial or redundant on a site centered around space exploration, but I believe iss should have what it stands for as a tag synonym international-space-station. Most people ...
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artemiss mission and artemis program tags, do we need both? If so, how to know which one to use?

There are tags for artemis-mission (13) and artemis-program (8) and currently on both tags the message reads: There is no usage guidance for this tag … yet! I chose one for Demonstrative examples of ...
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Ambigous tag, “modeling”

A low-power tag on the site is modeling, with a mere 12 questions. I see at least four different usages: 3D modeling Model rockets Orbital mechanics. Modeling of other phases of space-flight, such as ...
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Do we need both “camera” and “spacecraft-cameras” tags?

camera has 71 questions, and has the guidance text "Questions about imagery devices on spacecraft and probes." spacecraft-cameras has 26 questions, and no guidance text. It appears that the ...
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Is the mission-design tag description wrong? Should the trajectory-design tag be somehow nixed?

My understanding of the term "mission design" is that it includes a variety of aspects of a mission, including features of a spacecraft and aspects of its trajectory; where it passes ...
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How did my question become untagged?

I just received a notification of a suggested edit https://space.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/16868 which would change my question from the untagged tag to an actual tag. I'm just curious ...
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Is this the right place to ask hypothetical terraforming questions?

I want to know whats a proper venue for questions about hypothetical terraforming scenarios. Ex: "What if terraformed using fusion ... " This seemed like a good place but a question I posted ...
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Should we have a policy for excessive story-spoiling in comments?

In question and answer posts there is a spoiler alert feature: Below the question What is the maximum force a deep space spacecraft experiences after launch? there is an extended conversation in ...
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What are the best books to learn about space exploration? [duplicate]

I would like to learn more about space exploration; what technology we have, how specific satellite technologies work, rocket design etc. What books would you advise to read? Where would you advise to ...
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Beginner questions adding maneuverability and/or guidance under power to amateur model rockets; could/should they be closed as inherently dangerous?

Background What kind of security while using solid propellent? was asked at 2018-06-27 00:06 UTC, I flagged it at 01:28 and it ...
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Do we need a smallsat tag, or might we just include small satellites within the cubesat tag's usage guidance?

To What was the first satellite with COTS electronics? I've added the cubesat tag though I really just want to specify any small satellites (as opposed to space stations and big communications ...
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Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

Which books, journals, articles, or electronic resources are considered a must-read by scientists, engineers, etc., involved in development and design of space missions? I'm looking for the so-called ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The help center's What types of questions should I avoid asking? says near the top that: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Does apsidal ...
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Am I really “wasting people's time” by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

Are Jool's moons' orbits stable? has had some focused attention; that the bodies are fictitious rather than hypothetical is the reason that the question needed to be closed if I understand ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Plain language and clear and helpful explanation of what if anything is wrong with this April 2019 question

Most challenging aspects of a reusable satellite scheme like this? was posted in April 2019. There is now a collection of evolving complaints below it in comments that to me feel as though they are ...
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Is there any point to the “travel” tag?

It seems overly broad to be useful. https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/travel Wiki excerpt for travel: Questions related to any kinds of travel where entering space is involved.
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Synonym [eva] and [spacewalk]

[space-walk] is already a synonym but spacewalk has 32 questions
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Should there be an “Explorer Program” tag or just add separate tags for each one as it becomes necessary? (they each seem so different!)

Was the nature of Explorer 3's orbit intentional? mentions Explorer 1 and Explorer 3 and since only the explorer-1 tag was added because it was the only one available, I created/added an explorer-...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able ...
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What are ways that we can show 3D orbits and other 3D things in posts?

I probably spent half a day figuring out how to make each of the GIFs shown below. It was gratifying as is all of my procrastinatory behavior here in Stack Exchange, but the reason it was done like ...
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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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Isn't this question on-topic and shouldn't it be reopened? No need to block answers nor migrate, is there?

The question Can a moon orbit its planet faster than its planet rotates? is well received and has had plenty of positivity and several answers. After reviewing Community Policy Repository and ...
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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 post ...
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What term should be used for *naut?

While I do not object to the use of astronaut as inclusive of cosmonauts, taikonauts (which Wikipedia indicates is a media term with limited use), astronauts "proper", and any other 'naut, even within ...
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Are “I suspect…” answers okay? What if we all started writing them?

I've just written the following comment: -1 because I have always found the "I suspect that..." format troubling when used in Stack Exchange answer posts....
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ECEF and ECI tags, do we need them? Frames seems to be the standard

I was adding tags to Satellite tracking telescope integrated program in Matlab and included the frames tag with 24 questions. Then I noticed there also existed eci with 5 questions, and ecef with 2 ...
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Should the “shenzhou-11” tag be generalized to “shenzhou”?

Shenzhou is China's crewed spacecraft, derived from the Russian Soyuz. It does not yet have its own tag, but there are currently 19 questions containing "shenzhou". Shenzhou 11 was a ...
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Why are there so few badge tagged tag-badge questions on meta?

Only on one occasion, it seems, someone has had any confusion about how tag badges work. Does that mean this feature is strikingly crystal clear compared to other aspects of the site, which generates ...
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Are missile questions on topic?

I'm referring in particular to How to determine the delta V required in order for the satellite at pt. A to hit the earth at pt. B? Those who could give a fairly competent answer to this question ...
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Is this question really, truly off-topic while all of these other physics questions are on-topic?

The question Two 1000 kg gold spheres orbit their CM in near-contact, great way to measure G or limited by spaceflight issues? was put on hold for being off topic. It seems that using a spacecraft to ...
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Can a question be asked about space explorations without space craft?

I have experience of three space explorations without spacecraft. On two different days I traveled to a very old building{Two times the greater breadth, and height than a highrise building].there were ...
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“Relevance to space exploration?” is “Guess where the invisible hoop is, then jump through it”

I've seen the comment Relevance to space exploration? Appear quickly, directly below several question posts over the past several months, and I'll explain why it makes me uncomfortable. It creates ...
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What's our policy on sci-hub links?

If I want to link a paywalled paper as my source, can I post a direct link through sci-hub, or should I just leave the doi link, and let people seek access by themselves?
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Are unsourced yet “authoritative-sounding” answers proper here?

This answer sounds very authoritative and knowledgeable, and contains several numerical values. And yet there are no sources for these numbers. How can future readers know if this is spot-on accurate, ...
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What's the purpose of the “Post is related to a rapidly changing event.” label on my question?

My question Could Steve have hurt the ISS? has a type of comment added that I haven't seen before. The text is Post is related to a rapidly changing event. Is ...
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Tagging questions about flight footage or video documentation

Are there specific tags that can / should be used with questions about footage (for example of a rocket in mid air)? When I searched the keyword footage (https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=...
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Should I add a 'mechanisms' tag?

I've been doing some tag edits as time permits. Realizing one of our problems is the sheer number of tags, I hate to say it, but I've been thinking of adding a 'mechanisms' tag. We have lots of ...
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Tagging questions on Space Shuttle Columbia and STS-107

There are currently 58 search results for "Columbia" on space.se (although a few are unrelated to the orbiter), and a large amount of them refer to the Columbia disaster, on mission STS-107. ...
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Merge and synonymize [speed] into [velocity]

This seems like a cut and dry case of two tags that should be combined. Am I missing something?
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How is our tagging situation? What can we do to improve it?

Should I create a new tag? is certainly required reading for everyone. That being said: What else can we do to improve our "tag hygiene"? What are good strategies to check the tagging of ...

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