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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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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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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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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'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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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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Should we have a canonical response for folks intent on blowing themselves up?

Inspired by this question and others I've seen like it. Do we want to steer clear of advising people who are asking questions about performing experiments that are clearly dangerous beyond their ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Should [space-law] be just [law]?

I was thinking of going through and retagging all the space-law questions to just law. Before doing so, however, I decided to ask the community - It seems like there is something I am missing. Should ...
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

This question really has very little relevance, and truly is only being asked from my own curiosity but; How many Space Exploration Stack Exchange members are active in the space industry? To ...
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Biology shouldn't be aliased to Life?

We have a Biology tag which is aliased to "Life" However, I am not sure this is appropriate for all the biological experiments done in space (the description of Life aka Biology is closest to ...
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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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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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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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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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Should 'solar-power' be renamed 'photo-voltaic cell'?

The tag 'Solar Power' is used as a synonym for 'photo-voltaic' cell/array at present. This term used is not unacceptable. It may be misleading to a nouveau who comes to SEx.SE, perhaps, to seek a ...
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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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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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You say tomato, I say tomato, you say Ultima Thule, I say 2014-MU69. How to deal with dual names and tags?

I created 2014-mu69 a year and a half ago but they've since nick-named the asteroid Ultima Thule and people use that a lot. It currently has 8 questions and no doubt in the next week it will get more,...
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Two SpaceX Dragon tags, is clarification needed?

In the question What is SpaceX's parachute problem that NASA is concerned about in the NASA ASAP report? I needed a Dragon capsule tag. There are two to choose from: dragon and dragon-v2 Do we need ...
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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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Can we ban the satellites tag?

This site is fundamentally about space, exploration, and satellites. As a result, most of the questions could be tagged with the satellites tag. I think it should be banned entirely from the site. In ...
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Should we merge launch-site and launchpad tags?

launch-site tag's description: Questions on launch complexes, spaceports or other locales for the launch of spacecraft. launchpad tag's description: Questions regarding structures used to aid ...
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Ice, [ice], baby?

I submitted an excerpt for ice, but I realized that not all the existing questions were about extra-terrestrial ice (e.g. 1, 2). Trying to shove rocket ice into that mix introduces double meanings, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do we need both “scope” and “off-topic” tags on meta?

I've noticed we have both scope and off-topic tagged questions in meta.space.se. Do we really need both of them? I prefer the scope tag, and I think we could make ...
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Can we have a [pollution] tag?

I asked a question about jettisoned rocket parts residing in the ocean, and tagged it with waste, but this tag was removed in an edit, presumably because most other instances of this tag relate waste ...
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Synonym [astronauts] and [astronaut]

astronauts is the more used of the two. astronaut has only 5 questions.
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Can we get a tag for the Tsiolkovsky Rocket Equation?

I just edited the tags of this question. I'm surprised we don't have a tag for the Tsiolkovsky Rocket Equation. Shouldn't we have one?
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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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Is there value in questions about future schedules?

I came across questions like, most recently, "What is the planned date for the Falcon Heavy Demo launch from Vandenberg AFB?". Such questions are interesting to me, but they also seem very volatile, ...
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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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Should we have separate tags for the Soyuz launcher and the Soyuz spacecraft?

Right now, the soyuz tag refers specifically to "questions regarding the Soyuz manned spacecraft"; it doesn't include questions about the Soyuz launcher. Should we create separate tags for the Soyuz ...
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Clarify celestial-mechanics tag

The celestial-mechanics tag implies that planetary orbital mechanics are on-topic for space.SE. I would like to edit the description of the tag to clarify that it is intended for spacecraft only. ...
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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 ...