Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Created “reduced-gravity-manufacturing” tag but then noticed “manufacture” tag exists, what to do?

I just created a reduced-gravity-manufacturing tag to go along with the reduced-gravity-sports and reduced-gravity-cooking tags and then enthusiastically added it to eight questions. On the last one ...
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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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Software tools for space exploration available online

There are a lot of calculators, simulators, plotters, visualizers, and libraries of bits of code and models and such online. Many of us are aware of a bunch of them, and they are great learning tools ...
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Is my answer being sabotaged?

I propose the following: The block quoted text in the question Can someone help Scott Manley explain this capture maneuver? is inarticulate and pretty much meaningless in terms of explaining ...
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Is this question truly off-topic? Or are people just (over) reacting to the “may be better suited” comment?

The author of the comment addressed to me This may be better suited to a geology or physics site. says they didn't vote to close, but the comment seems to have none-the-less triggered some ...
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Best use of the 'separation' and 'stage-separation' tags

separation 11 questions stage-separation 14 questions both tags: no questions at the moment The meaning of stage-separation is probably straightforward, but what ...
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How to handle this potential question?

This is the start of a potential question: Which Apollo-era contractors are still building aerospace components today? This list of major Apollo manufacturers is from Chariots for Apollo. ...
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Identify-this-object tag potentially misapplied? Should it be slightly broadened in scope?

It was called to my attention in since-deleted comments below this answer that I might have mis-applied the identify-this-object tag a few times. Current definition: Questions which ask for an ...
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Is voting to close of this question warranted or at least defensible, or was this a bit reckless?

The question What were some of the first two stage rockets flown? has just been put on hold as duplicate to When did the concept of “stages” enter rocketry?. I feel this was a bit of reckless voting,...
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Can we merge [falcon9-r] into [falcon-9]?

There's currently both a falcon-9 and a falcon9-r tag. As far as I can see, falcon-9 is the generic tag for the Falcon 9 rocket, and falcon9-r is specifically for the reusable version (and was ...
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Do i.stack.imgur.com PNGs and GIFs ever expire?

The GIF at https://i.stack.imgur.com/cdkOW.gif is linked here and here but now doesn't work. If I look at the same file name like this ...
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Best way to ask this potentially broad question?

I am pondering asking a question on main which could turn out to be overly broad in scope. Below is the question for reference: Title: Human-rating the Saturn V using modern standards ...
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Combustion chamber question on topic?

What Constitutes A Combustion Chamber? We don't 'do' fuel questions, but what about this one? Should it be closed or is it 'innocent' enough? I lean towards accepting it. Related meta: Why can't ...
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Using the diaeresis ( ¨ ) in questions and answers?

Before this blows up in edit and comment wars (it is already happening), I want to get meta consensus on what to do. One particular user prefers to use an uncommon variant spelling for certain words: ...
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Rename [lunar-module] to [apollo-lunar-module]

While a viable lunar mission might be some years off still, I've noted that the existing lunar-module tag is geared towards Apollo exclusively. The Lunar Module was part of the Apollo program ...
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Is thre a difference between the tags [sun] and [the-sun]?

What is the difference (if any) between the tags sun and the-sun? Should they be merged, or do they refer to different topics? Note that there is currently zero overlap between the two tags; no ...
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Is it impolite to link to a deleted answer?

In the question How fast do optical surfaces get dirty or damaged in space? I've written: Answers to Accumulated environmental damage to Hubble main mirror are inconclusive, and this (deleted) ...
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How many questions should you answer per day to gain reputation at the optimal rate without expending to much time answering?

I am curious what is the right number of questions to answer (with the highest standard of quality not being sacrificed for quantity) to have your credibility go up by 200 points/day? My initial data ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

Some questions have very complicated answers therefore the answer take time to write. I am sure that 2 people come up with the same answer often but one of them is outed on the time they put into ...
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Why can't I ask my question about amateur space projects and development?

Notice: For clarity, not all amateur projects are off topic, just those that represent intent to perform work matching the bulleted list below. Why are questions about my personal amateur space ...
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Why do we let the askers of questions decide what answer is accepted?

Something has been bothering me about how questions are accepted in stack exchange. The accepted answer is chosen by the original question poster, but by definition they admit that they don't know the ...
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What are the criteria to know if a question about the space shuttle belongs to space.SE or to aviation.SE?

I recently post a question about the space shuttle on aviation.SE. The answer make me think about the frontier between space and aviation for vehicle made to maneuver in both space and atmosphere. In ...
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Any educated answer deserves an up vote on very old unanswerable questions?

There are many users who ask questions that are unrealistically answerable. Should any educated answer be given to get it answered or maybe encourage a more correct answer? Unanswered percentages seem ...
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Where is the auto award for bounties for Space.SE?

I have lost around 800 reputation over time on Space.SE in lost bounties because I missed the dead-line to award it. I think the bulk of it may have been lost during a suspension, does that effect ...
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“Please invent my invention” or “Would X work?” questions; suitability and topicality?

For comparison, what a "good" i.e. well researched "Would X work?" reactor question might look like: Could a “nuclear turbo-jet” be built? Example 1 (as originally posted): The question What is ...
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How to view deleted users posts?

While looking up reaction wheel info I came across this question: Optimal placement of 4 reaction wheels? and would like to see if there is more from the user who is now gone?
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Have any ideas posted on this site been successfully implemented in a space exploration endeavor?

Has any break through been made on Space.SE and incorporated? If so which question or answer was the most helpful?
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Why doesn't Space.SE have an icon?

Some SE sites have icons and emblems while others do not. At first glance the SE sites with icons seem more established. Why doesn't Space.SE use icons yet? What would make a good icon? What creative ...
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Is it ok to mark the older question as the duplicate question?

1) Maximum height for a Mars Balloon? Actual duplicate 2) How high could a weather balloon be used on Mars without rupturing? When the same question is asked twice on the same day, Where do I look ...
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What fraction of my questions have accepted answers? How can I find out?

I have a lot of questions here and a great majority have answers, and for a great majority of those an answer has been accepted. Is it possible for someone to figure out what fraction of my questions ...
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Can questions that have been poorly recieved be rewritten to a new question?

This question was poorly received but the edit ultimately changes the question. I am still having trouble finding the right words to express my imagination and sometimes a comment bring it into ...
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Can I have opinions on the addition of an animated gif to “Why no recent information about or photos of Ultima Thule?”

On January 15th I posted this question: Why no recent information about or photos of Ultima Thule? Last night (20th of March) an animated gif was added to it that had been published later in the day, ...
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Up voting a user again after the votes were reversed?

I am presuming the up vote reversal from the up votes I gave was done independently of whether the answers were on my own questions or other questions. I am guilty of up voting too much on multiple ...
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Merge [dust] and [regolith]

It seems to me that dust and regolith are p̶e̶r̶f̶e̶c̶t̶ ̶ more or less synonyms (for the purpose of this site). I suggest we merge and synonymize. What do you think? ("Yes" answers should specify ...
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Are other people also seeing an increase in upvoting recently?

I've noticed an increase in what looks like random up-voting of my posts over the past few months, and just now had a second reversal of serial up-voting. I've experienced a(t least one) case of ...
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Are there any engineers from NASA or SpaceX here? [duplicate]

I believe I can't make this question here because it's off topic of the off topic section (I dont see any tag which really fits it) but I'm giving it a shot, forgive me if it has to be closed. Just ...
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“Serial Voting Reversal” unwarranted?

I just had a fairly large rep loss due to a serial vote reversal. I don't see the kind of pattern I'd expect for this. I've been answering a fair amount of questions lately about shuttle. Is is ...
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Should these two tidal forces questions be asked in Astronomy SE instead of here?

Two questions just asked: How do we know that an exoplanet is tidally locked to the parent star? Do tides occur on planets like Neptune, having water? while probably not off-topic here, are ...
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Posting Specific Questions about AGI's STK

Should questions about the usage and characteristics of STK be posted on SpaceExploration SE? Should they be posted in other SE site? Are there guidelines to such questions? Explaining the point: ...
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What might a tag for the disabling, neutralization, or passivation of a spacecraft at EOM or some subsystem be called?

I couldn't find a good tag for the disabling, neutralization, or passivation of a spacecraft at EOM, or some subsystem thereof when no longer needed, when posting the question Have all of InSight's ...
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Can this question be asked here or it's too broad? (or too simple, or whatever)

Since I ignore a lot of technical details, I wonder if this question can be asked here or if it's too broad, too simple, unanswerable or whatever and therefore candidate for being closed. I want to ...
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Pod Bay bug, or SE chat feature by design?

I don't think the pod bay has a "meta" so I'll try to ask here? I dropped this link into the pod bay, hoping to see the link in blue font. Instead I got a vanity picture of Matt Damon and a summary ...
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Is the anonymous, silent down-vote plus close-vote for “unclear” on a new user's question welcoming?

This question was recently posted. Within 8 minutes two users responded: I found some resources for the OP and left a link, then edited the question to improve the grammar. I felt the question was ...
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Topicality of NATO phonetic alphabet

From our recent questions: What is the meaning of "Bravo"? I'm not sure whether to consider this question on topic, because it concerns astronauts using domain-specific terminology (it ...
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Rosalind Franklin is no longer called ExoMars, how to manage tags and titles of older questions?

Just like the "Solar Probe Plus" working title was changed to Parker Solar Probe, the "ESA Roscosmos ExoMars Rover" has now been officially named Rosalind Franklin. We have over 60 posts that contain ...
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Is evidence of research not required?

EDIT: I would appreciate a moderator reply to this question given this comment by TildalWave♦ on a now deleted post. It seems strange to say "help support the policy" without clarity on what the ...
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Rename the [bfr] tag

We've have the enigmatic spacex project that was tentatively called the BFR, or Big F[alcon] Rocket. Elon Musk likes to shoot from the hip and the F means something else. Unsurprisingly, they didn't ...
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Does this question really show research effort; is it really useful and clear?

Recently I have seen an uptick in questions from new users that have clearly been asked without even performing a cursory search in the topic, which have nonetheless received upvotes in the two-digit ...
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Do we need to clarify we have no afilliation with Musk's companies?

From time to time I see a question that appears to have come from someone who thinks they are asking a question of SpaceX rather than a StackExchange community. Is there anything we can do to avoid ...
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Are third party robots editing my posts and removing my sentences?

The comment on this edit says: Comment: broken image fixed (click 'rendered output' to see the difference); for more info, see https://gist.github.com/Glorfindel83/9d954d34385d2ac2597bbe864466259f ...