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Should 'imperial units' be discouraged?

Some questions/answers use imperial units instead of SI units. Here you are some examples: Height between 62 and 75 inches The skin is actually encountering 0 atmospheric pressure, and the suit is ...
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Postponed! Live chat room event: India's GSLV-D5 mission

Update: The launch scheduled for August 19th, 2013 at 11:20 am UTC/GMT was scrubbed and delayed for unspecified amount of time due to detection of the 2nd stage fuel leak. This also delays our chat ...
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Does this site have a good chance to “survive” the beta period?

Partially related to this question. Space.SE exists for about a month now. Traffic numbers (like questions/par, e.t.c.) don't seem to be bad, but some of them may not be satisfied. What are this site'...
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Are space exploration history questions on topic here?

Prompted by Jon Ericson♦ in a comment to this question, I'd like to know if questions on history of space exploration are on-topic here. There's already a History.SE site, but I'm not sure folks there ...
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Are questions about extraterrestrial life on-topic?

It would seem to me that the search for life on other planets or moons would be an important part of space exploration, even if it isn't directly related to colonization. However, I have seen mixed ...
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Are transient questions on-topic or off-topic?

This question received a close vote: When is Fēngyún-3C planned to launch? What do we do with transient questions? Something similar may happen on Travel, if people are asking on how to travel ...
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Space Exploration Logo Proposals

Please post as answers below, your logo proposals for this site. Rules: Original artwork only. You need to have a copy of your submission in a vector format. Following the same suggested format ...
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Is it acceptable to link to a question asked elsewhere on SE?

It is clear (SE)^2 is about Space Exploration. Being a relatively new site here on SE, some questions may have been posted on other SE sites. Amongst others, Where is our demarcation line between ...
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Promotional resources: Site invitation letter templates

This is a follow-up on @DeerHunter's inquiry regarding Contacting space agencies PAO (public affairs' offices). Since we've more or less agreed there that it's about time we start sending invitations ...
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Does Space Exploration want/need a theme?

I love the way Arqade (and various other SE sites) embraces its theme of gaming into it's site theme and logo. Do we want to follow the same steps and propose a theme? Example:
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Is extraterrestrial planetary exploration (eg. Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan) on-topic in Space Exploration?

"Space" in space exploration could mean many different things to many different people here. For example, I would say that almost everything that the NASA JPL does with government or corporate ...
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Make conspiracy theories and tin-foil hat theories off-topic

If we want to be on good terms with space agencies, we have to exterminate tinfoil hat theories ruthlessly.
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Are consumer space travel / space tourism questions on-topic?

We've received a question in our Q&A regarding consumer space travel, and I wasn't sure whether such questions are acceptable and on-topic, or off-topic. I'm personally inclined to think they're ...
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What should we do with unprofessional questions?

This question fits together with: How can we work to include more professional questions in this site? Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51* Quote: The problem is, if this site ...
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Is Wikipedia a viable source?

Just a question I have, regarding the viability of us using Wikipedia as a source. Some sites / educational bodies refuse to allow Wikipedia to be used as a source because 'anyone can edit it', so ...
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Topics by SciFi Author, can or should we define some as in and some as out of scope?

I would guess that probably all of use can think of and agree on at least half dozen Science Fiction authors who's work shaped space exploration as it is today. We can probably also agree on several ...
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Space law and Stack Exchange policy on legal advice

Relevant Q&As from MetaSO: Not the Place for Legal Questions Is there a Stack Exchange site for Law Questions? If not, why not? Is "consult your lawyer" a valid answer to legal ...
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Site Evaluation- First 4 days

How are we doing as a site? What kinds of questions are we choosing as the most interesting questions, and which of them are questions that are valuable, and which should we eliminate? (This post ...
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Should we say 'ISS' or 'the ISS'?

I have been editing things like this: How are we getting stuff to ISS into How are we getting stuff to the ISS? Is it proper to do this, or is it right to just say 'ISS'?
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Should questions about black hole, FTL and other possible but still only theoretical topics by out of scope?

Black holes, Dark Matter, FTL, & Hyperdrive have differing probabilities of actually influencing Space Exploration, but they all are only theoretically possible (to differing degrees). Should ...
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Contacting space agencies PAO (public affairs' offices)?

Yes, I do know about the premature attempt to contact NASA when the site was in Area 51 (sigh). However, now things are different, and it may be much more suitable (and safe :( ) for Public Affairs ...
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Is this question asked on scifi.stackexchange.com on-topic here?

I have asked this question on scifi.stackexchange.com. Someone suggested I instead ask the question over here on Space Exploration to get better answers. Would that question be accepted here at all? ...
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What should be done when information learned later largely invalidates a question?

I asked "Why did the ESA choose SPARC for LEON?" and nos pointed out that SPARC was used for the ESA's previous 32-bit processors. With a 32-bit ISA already in use, the continued use of SPARC makes ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

We don't need to have an answer to this now. It's just a good thing to start thinking about soon. What should our FAQ contain? For example and inspiration, here's Super User's FAQ: Super User is for ...
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Multiplying content and possibly 'wrong' information - How handle it?

Ok, hopefully I am not offending people here - please take it as sound criticism. I have just read an answer, which I found rather hilarious and a good example for my problem (dear author, sorry, ...
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When (if ever) should a question include general reference links?

I asked a question in which I provided a link to Wikipedia for a term that seemed likely to be unfamiliar to many here, but now I am wondering if such was appropriate/helpful. (If I had not provided ...
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Why were my tag edits rejected?

Yesterday I edited some tags. They were all rejected. In my opinion, they were improvements to the current tags. The tags I edited were either empty or just one liners: "Questions relating to so ...
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How to put a human on Mars

Not sure if this should be a question here or not. But BBC just published this, which happens to be like two days after our public beta started. Is there a relationship in the timing?
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Are enthusiasts being discouraged?

So far we have questions such as getting more professional questions and a few others that i could link to here on meta. Whilst I am in agreement that getting a higher quantity of professional ...
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Did we just go Public Beta?

I just noticed that our privilege requirements changed to those of a public beta site. Did we just graduate to public beta?
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Should we have an agreed standard efficiency for solar energy?

Relating to questions such as how far from the sun can solar power be used as a reliable energy source Myself and tildalwave had a brief discussion about a proposed standard so that all questions ...
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Should we be deleting bad questions?

Related reading: What should we do with unprofessional questions? I noticed that someone voted to delete my question: How will we get back to the moon?. I'm not upset that it got closed, but I don't ...
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What should our chat room's name be?

"Space Exploration" is the default name for our chat room, but that's a little on the bland side. What would be a fitting name for the default SpaceEx room?
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How should we address the topic of aliens?

It's bound to come up in questions but where do we draw the line for ET, Aliens and UFOs?
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Commitment instructions - How to follow them?

Given that most people that have chosen to commit are not experts, how is it reasonable to ask for the following?: I commit to participate actively in XYZ for at least three months, especially ...
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Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51

I've not followed a proposal all the way though beta before. We have example questions that are submitted in the definition phase. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration?...
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What's the ETA on Public Beta?

Just curious, about when will be break out of our private beta cage and let the hordes in? Are there any special benchmarks we need to meet first? Special A51 stats?
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Accepting Answers during the Private Beta

This is my first private beta (151 area 51 points would be a newbie clue) I have a few questions with some really good answers. But I hesitate to mark them accepted, during the private beta. They ...
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Do Beta sites have reduced resources on the Stack network?

I have participated on many Stack sites, and several beta sites, and this is the first time, things seem much slower. I noticed that some of the common stuff that normally updates faster on ...
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Do duplicates affect the 'answered' ratio?

I don't even know if this is the right place to ask. https://space.stackexchange.com/help/duplicates does not say anything if duplicates, that are marked as such, are counted as questions that haven ...
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Collaborative math

Questions like this one Energy cost of bringing the space shuttle external tank to orbit make me wish there was some sort of embeddable collaborative math option. Something that would let you create ...
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Is space weather, solar-terrestrial physics, etc., on-topic?

Is this question on-topic? What, if any, plans have been made for handling events like a geomagnetic reversal? I'd say this is rather a question on geophysics, space weather, solar-terrestrial ...
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Alternative domain name to be less confusing

So, I can understand how given the domain name space, it could cause some confusion. Anyone have a suggestion that would be less confusing? The title of the website should remain the same.
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What to do with overly generic tags?

We have a number of tags so far that seem overly generic, and that don't seem to add a whole lot to the questions they're used on. In particular I'm thinking of engineering, experiment, and technology....
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Tags: humans, health

I just put in a tag wiki edit request for humans because the current questions are all human physiology. I then saw a question tagged health that is also about human physiology. I am wondering which ...
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How can we work to include more professional questions in this site?

So far, I've seen some great questions, mostly on the theoretical level. As Robert Cartaino mentioned on this question, we are lacking in questions in general that are "Real World" problems, the types ...
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Are stratospheric balloons on-topic?

NASA, ESA, DLR, CNES all have stratospheric balloon programmes. Technically, they don't reach space, only the stratosphere. However, they're commonly used to test space equipment, and the view from ...
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Is 'feasibility' a useful tag?

I created feasibility for Could a partial space elevator be practical and useful?, but I am wondering if such would be a useful tag. (I do not remember if I read the article/blog post about the evils ...

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