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How did my question become untagged?

I just received a notification of a suggested edit https://space.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/16868 which would change my question from the untagged tag to an actual tag. I'm just curious ...
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Is this the right place to ask hypothetical terraforming questions?

I want to know whats a proper venue for questions about hypothetical terraforming scenarios. Ex: "What if terraformed using fusion ... " This seemed like a good place but a question I posted ...
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Should we have a policy for excessive story-spoiling in comments?

In question and answer posts there is a spoiler alert feature: Below the question What is the maximum force a deep space spacecraft experiences after launch? there is an extended conversation in ...
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What are the best books to learn about space exploration? [duplicate]

I would like to learn more about space exploration; what technology we have, how specific satellite technologies work, rocket design etc. What books would you advise to read? Where would you advise to ...
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Do we need a smallsat tag, or might we just include small satellites within the cubesat tag's usage guidance?

To What was the first satellite with COTS electronics? I've added the cubesat tag though I really just want to specify any small satellites (as opposed to space stations and big communications ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The help center's What types of questions should I avoid asking? says near the top that: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Does apsidal ...
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Am I really “wasting people's time” by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

Are Jool's moons' orbits stable? has had some focused attention; that the bodies are fictitious rather than hypothetical is the reason that the question needed to be closed if I understand ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Is there any point to the “travel” tag?

It seems overly broad to be useful. https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/travel Wiki excerpt for travel: Questions related to any kinds of travel where entering space is involved.
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Synonym [eva] and [spacewalk]

[space-walk] is already a synonym but spacewalk has 32 questions
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Should there be an “Explorer Program” tag or just add separate tags for each one as it becomes necessary? (they each seem so different!)

Was the nature of Explorer 3's orbit intentional? mentions Explorer 1 and Explorer 3 and since only the explorer-1 tag was added because it was the only one available, I created/added an explorer-...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able ...
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What are ways that we can show 3D orbits and other 3D things in posts?

I probably spent half a day figuring out how to make each of the GIFs shown below. It was gratifying as is all of my procrastinatory behavior here in Stack Exchange, but the reason it was done like ...
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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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Isn't this question on-topic and shouldn't it be reopened? No need to block answers nor migrate, is there?

The question Can a moon orbit its planet faster than its planet rotates? is well received and has had plenty of positivity and several answers. After reviewing Community Policy Repository and ...
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What term should be used for *naut?

While I do not object to the use of astronaut as inclusive of cosmonauts, taikonauts (which Wikipedia indicates is a media term with limited use), astronauts "proper", and any other 'naut, even within ...
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Are “I suspect…” answers okay? What if we all started writing them?

I've just written the following comment: -1 because I have always found the "I suspect that..." format troubling when used in Stack Exchange answer posts....
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ECEF and ECI tags, do we need them? Frames seems to be the standard

I was adding tags to Satellite tracking telescope integrated program in Matlab and included the frames tag with 24 questions. Then I noticed there also existed eci with 5 questions, and ecef with 2 ...
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Should the “shenzhou-11” tag be generalized to “shenzhou”?

Shenzhou is China's crewed spacecraft, derived from the Russian Soyuz. It does not yet have its own tag, but there are currently 19 questions containing "shenzhou". Shenzhou 11 was a ...
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Why are there so few badge tagged tag-badge questions on meta?

Only on one occasion, it seems, someone has had any confusion about how tag badges work. Does that mean this feature is strikingly crystal clear compared to other aspects of the site, which generates ...
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Are missile questions on topic?

I'm referring in particular to How to determine the delta V required in order for the satellite at pt. A to hit the earth at pt. B? Those who could give a fairly competent answer to this question ...
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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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Can a question be asked about space explorations without space craft?

I have experience of three space explorations without spacecraft. On two different days I traveled to a very old building{Two times the greater breadth, and height than a highrise building].there were ...
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“Relevance to space exploration?” is “Guess where the invisible hoop is, then jump through it”

I've seen the comment Relevance to space exploration? Appear quickly, directly below several question posts over the past several months, and I'll explain why it makes me uncomfortable. It creates ...
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Are unsourced yet “authoritative-sounding” answers proper here?

This answer sounds very authoritative and knowledgeable, and contains several numerical values. And yet there are no sources for these numbers. How can future readers know if this is spot-on accurate, ...
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What's the purpose of the “Post is related to a rapidly changing event.” label on my question?

My question Could Steve have hurt the ISS? has a type of comment added that I haven't seen before. The text is Post is related to a rapidly changing event. Is ...
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Tagging questions about flight footage or video documentation

Are there specific tags that can / should be used with questions about footage (for example of a rocket in mid air)? When I searched the keyword footage (https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=...
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Should I add a 'mechanisms' tag?

I've been doing some tag edits as time permits. Realizing one of our problems is the sheer number of tags, I hate to say it, but I've been thinking of adding a 'mechanisms' tag. We have lots of ...
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Tagging questions on Space Shuttle Columbia and STS-107

There are currently 58 search results for "Columbia" on space.se (although a few are unrelated to the orbiter), and a large amount of them refer to the Columbia disaster, on mission STS-107. ...
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Merge and synonymize [speed] into [velocity]

This seems like a cut and dry case of two tags that should be combined. Am I missing something?
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How is our tagging situation? What can we do to improve it?

Should I create a new tag? is certainly required reading for everyone. That being said: What else can we do to improve our "tag hygiene"? What are good strategies to check the tagging of ...
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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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Should Contingency have its own tag?

I am opening this question on suggestion by called2voyage here. There currently exists an emergency tag, but no contingency tag. Emergencies and Contingencies are quite different. From what I ...
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Launch statistics by year

I am curious about such yearly space launch numbers: space launches sounding rockets space launches ICBM space launches space launches excluding sounding rockets and ICBM orbital launches (might be ...
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Space launches statistics by decade

I do not want to abuse with too many questions of the same type so I ask here if its appropriate to ask a question like: What were the most busy times in space launches by decade? most busy days, ...
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Merge tags delta-iv and delta4

There is a tag delta-iv (1 question) and a tag delta4 (9 questions). I believe they should be merged with one as a synonym. I personally think delta-iv is better than delta4
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Best tag name for Al-Amal (Hope) or Emirates Mars Mission (EMM)?

For the awkwardly titled question Did UAE's Al-Amal (Hope) Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) launch directly into an interplanetary trajectory or did it spend some time in LEO? I've just created the tag ...
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Tags on the Spacex fairing catchers

There is currently a mr-steven tag, for the Spacex vessel that catches fairings (Wikipedia). This ship has since been renamed to Ms. Tree, and has a sister ship called Ms. Chief. I believe it would be ...
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Rosalind Franklin is no longer called “ExoMars rover”, 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 ...
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Should I create a new tag?

There's a bunch of words in my question that don't have tags yet. Can I just add them all?
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Can a question be asked that has already an answer to a related question?

Can the question How long could a Oxygen/Nitrogen atmosphere last on the Moon? be asked if it has already an answer to this similar question ? With just the key words "atmosphere" and "...
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How to contact a member directly?

I'd like to contact a member directly. After going through help topics, etc. etc. I found nothing. All I can do is get a profile. Same for the Moderators... Any help would be appreciated. Tom PS There ...
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Are questions asking for literature recommendations on topic?

The title is most of the question, but I'm specifically wondering if it would be OK ask for literature recommendations on the relativistic rocket equation on the space exploration SE. I can't find ...
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Contingency as a synonym to Emergency?

I was thinking of adding 'Contingency' as a synonym of the 'Emergency' tag since there are quite a few questions that relate to contingency, and it could be included in Emergency. Emergency and ...
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What is “NIX” on the NASA Technical Reports Server?

As this question is more about resources to ask/answer questions than actual space exploration, I am asking it on meta. Feel free to adjust tags as appropriate. The NASA Technical Reports Server ...
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Should questions with little information due to classified nature be asked?

Recently I found out about the fact that in NET June, CASC is planning to launch an experimental space plane. This caught me off guard as I had previously never seen/heard anything about it and was ...
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Just the pictures answers the questions. A picture is worth a thousand words

In my answer was deleted. I think because of a misunderstanding of how stackexchange works and a misinterpretation of the rules. Letting perfect get in the way of the good. How do astronauts brave a ...
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Do we count monkeys as crew?

We use the tag crewed-spaceflight instead of manned because the latter might be interpreted as gender-specific. Do we also include the pre-Mercury flights that included monkeys and other primates as "...
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ICBM and space-related weapons questions have been on-topic, why change now?

The following few examples demonstrate that the topics of ICBMs and space-related weapons can be well-received on this site: How to decide if the rocket most recently tested by North Korean is ...
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Tags for pre-Sputnik topics

A small but significant number of past and future questions involve space technology prior to the October 1957 launch of Sputnik 1. There does not seem to be any dedicated tag for such topics. What ...

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