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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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We have two tags for the Quest Joint Airlock

quest and quest-joint-airlock both refer to the Quest Joint Airlock. How should we handle these synonyms?
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What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for?

Title pretty much says it all. What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for? How is it different from space-shuttle?
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Should we have an [up-goer-five] tag?

A recent question included the following line: Note that this question was translated into English by my father, who is the one typing it. I'm eight years old and I don't use SE unsupervised. ...
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Is it Starman or is it the Roadster?

After the test flight of the Falcon Heavy, we've gotten a flood of questions related to its wonderfully quirky payload. Before the launch, this payload was known as 'the Roadster', and we created a ...
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When the real answer may only be in links within comments below the answer, what to do or say?

This answer to What radio frequencies were used by the Soviet space program circa 1961? (“Lost Cosmonaut” recording) contains a lot of relevant perspective, and is authored by a user who regularly ...
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Tags: “moon” / “earths-moon” / “luna” / “lunar-*” / “moons”

How should things relating to Earth's moon, "Luna"/"The Moon" be tagged. The usual way of distinguishing between our moon and moons in general is to capitalise the word when referring to Earth's moon. ...
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What should distinguish [tag:health] and [tag:medical]?

Currently each tag only has one question (and neither tag has a wiki summary). For health the question was Would wearing heavy clothing be enough to solve the health effects of reduced gravity on ...
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Should we disallow the Exploration tag?

Should we disallow the exploration tag? I don't think it's going to be very useful, since theoretically this entire Stack Exchange site is about Space Exploration.
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Tags: space-law vs. international-law

I've started on the tagging, and I've already noticed two related tags: space-law and international-law. The few questions I've noticed could be tagged with either, as far as I can tell. Are we ...
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FYI - Beta Graduation

I just posted Will the recent flush of Beta graduations impact sites that meet criteria? on meta.stackexchange and specifilly pointed out that Space Exploration has been meeting the graduation ...
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Congrats to Hobbes, the first 100K member!

With Russell Borogove up soon!
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Should one of these be closed as a duplicate of the other? If so, which one?

Two well written, well received questions each with several well written, well received answers. Each now has one close vote as a duplicate of the other. January 2019 Why are probes that tend to ...
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Is there a way to tell how much the Apollo 11 50th anniversary bumped traffic to the site?

It seems to me that there was an uptick, but I don't know how to tell.
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Okay if I re-ask this Space Exploration-related question from Astronomy SE here?

The well-received question in Astronomy SE What is the maximum transmission distance of the radio signal in the outer space which could still be understood? was asked in November of 2013 and so is way ...
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Are second-person edits supposed to push a question to the main page?

A new user asked "When do rockets push back on matter?", which as originally written seemed to push a particular point of view, rather than pose a genuine question. It subsequently garnered a large ...
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Does Space Exploration worth its price? Community wiki suggestion

We have here a question with the title How much did all the space agencies spent on rockets launching and space exploration? Does it worth it? What are the benefits for me and you? This question ...
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How to ask a question which has exclusively opinionated answers?

I'd like to get the opinions of members valued here on a specific topic and want to ask an opinionated question which cannot have a correct answer. This is usually not a good idea due to this site's ...
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can we do away with the 'trajectories' tag and just keep 'trajectory'?

According to this answer there can be issues when there are two tags which are singular and plural form of the same term. However it seems we have both trajectory and trajectories. It looks like the ...
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Example of dysfunctional question closing and answering?

There are good, thorough answers that can not be posted to the question Time taken for moon landing because the question is currently closed. This is because @JanDoggen voted to close as duplicate ...
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Are these questions good candidates for merging?

There are two overlapping questions, each with one or more good quality and well-received answer. Are there any CubeSats that have been launched into Geostationary (GEO/GSO) or Geostationary Transfer ...
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Is “unclear what you're asking” close reason just a catch-all for your own close reason, or does it mean what it says?

I object to closing how to find the value of a? for "unclear what you are asking" because the question is obviously perfectly clear. I think that definition creep is dangerous because once users see ...