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Any way to mention that Github gave a Python package/project frequently used in questions and answers sponsored status?

Is there any way to mention to other users here that a Python package/project frequently used in questions and answers in this site to precisely calculate the positions and velocities of planets and ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Note: The election date was pushed back a month, due to some ongoing back-end work on the election mechanics, in order to automate some steps. Summary: Space Exploration Stack Exchange will begin the ...
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Are exosolar trajectories of spacecrafts and their gravitational behaviour in Milky Way off-topic on Space Exploration SE?

I have asked these two questions 1, 2 that are related to spacecraft trajectories outside the Solar system. The primary reason why I asked them was to assist in my understanding and visualization (...
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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 ...
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What feeds should we have in The Pod Bay?

We were recently having a conversation in The Pod Bay, our chatroom (get involved!), about what feeds we should have. These can be RSS feeds, and can contain anything you can fit in an RSS block. ...
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Tag moxie? I mean MOXIE tag?

I've recently asked three questions related to MOXIE and created a moxie-oxygen-generator tag. I'm not sure that that is the best name for the tag that a tag is even needed; we already have oxygen ...
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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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How to determine when a question should or should not be duped to “…Moon landings are real?”

I'm a little confused. I was under the impression that questions which attempted to raise conspiracy theories or challenge facts related to the Apollo Moon landings might be marked as duplicate to "...
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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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What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?

Official community answer regarding the reality of the Apollo moon landings here: How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? Overall voting, on both our questions here in Meta on how to ...
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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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What should be our standard for creating speculative craft/mission tags?

So today I came across falcon-super-heavy. There's one question, and it links to an article that talks about it in theoretical terms Musk was asked whether SpaceX can increase the Falcon Heavy’s ...
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I'm taking a leave of absence from moderating

Update 1/20/2020: called2voyage has resumed moderation, more info here. I’ve wrestled for some time with how to approach this issue, but I’ve finally come to a decision. The bottom-line is that it ...
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Returning to moderation

I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of resignation over the weekend, and one thing that kept going through my head was Jon Ericson's blog post. Despite what he had to say about ...
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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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How to share someone else's answer here as a short post?

I recently asked a question in stackoverflow regarding simulation of suicide burn and I also got a wonderful answer from William Miller as well. I think the answer posted in stackoverflow is more ...
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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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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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Cleaning up the [dust]

When reading the question Dealing with lunar regolith I looked at the [dust] tag and saw there's also a [space-dust] tag. Reading the first level descriptions it sounds like [space-dust] is ...
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What is SE community attitude to accepting your own answers?

This help center states that answering your own questions is encouraged, and, if there's no other good answers, one can accept his/her own answer. This answer to a similar question suggests some ...
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Should nonsensical question titles be edited?

Recently this question was posted: Is the ISS a tennis racket? I think the question itself is good, but the question title by itself does not make any sense without context. This makes it useless in ...
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Appropriate definitions for stage-separation and separation tags?

I've adjusted tagging on a few questions so that stage-separation appears on questions about separation events involving stages capsules "pseudo-stages" like Apollo command and service modules and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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