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Should this question be protected?

The question: At what altitude would I have to go in a lighter than air balloon to be above all wind and just have the earth rotate underneath me? is currently protected to prevent spam and etc. ...
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Are “if Earth spun backwards” speculation questions a good fit for this site?

I restrained myself on the first one If the Earth spun clockwise, how would that affect Space Exploration? but now there's another If the Earth spun clockwise, where would the US have built its ...
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Any opposition if I ask a series of questions for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13?

Update: My series of questions honoring the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13 is now complete. An index of the questions in the series are as follows: Why did NASA collect so much data about electrical ...
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Should I rewrite my question to fit the upvoted answer that didn't address my question and then post the original as a new question?

My question Have light gases like hydrogen or helium been explored for ion propulsion? reiterates the question in the body of the text: Has the "ion sorcery" for light gases like hydrogen and ...
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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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How do I know if my screen shot of a figure from an archived or redistributed copy of a scientific paper is okay to include in a post?

I need some help understanding how to cite scientific literature, text and images. Good Stack Exchange answers should usually contain both links to supporting sources in order to avoid being ...
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What should be the criteria for one person answering the same question twice?

There are two answers to this recent question by the same person How to find underground resources (water? caves?) on Mars? He could have edited what he added to his previous answer. For whatever ...
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Rules for “Science Fiction” questions

Are there any rules we want to establish for science fiction-style questions (like this one)? I know Physics.SE doesn't allow any Sci-Fi style questions in any form. Do we want to adopt a policy ...
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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

On our site we have the celestial-mechanics tag, which has 37 questions. We also have at least a few more questions beyond that that are also about celestial mechanics but have not been tagged. I ...
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Should we revise thresholds on the celestial mechanics question?

On What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here? I established some pretty strict thresholds since it is a controversial issue. However, activity has died off and both answers are pretty far ...
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Do we have a 300x300 logo that we can use for ads on other stack exchanges?

This stack exchange is advertised here: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4675/science-stack-exchanges-helping-other-science-stack-exchanges, but the size is a little bit different ...
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Space Sandbox? Good idea or a bad idea?

I've been a part of the Code Golf stack exchange for a very long time. To keep low quality posts to a minimum they basically require that you first post your question to a sandbox page which allows ...
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Slightly nonstandard questions from new users frequently getting the silent, drive-by insta-close votes, can something be done?

I feel like there is a handful of users who stop by the site thinking "let's see, what can I close today?" or "Hmm... what looks particularly close-able?" I am sure that's not the ...
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Is a question in relation to COVID19 and space travel too open ended?

I want to ask how this pandemic is expected to affect space travel and future plans for NASA and other space agencies. Is this a good question or would it be considered offtopic as its more about a ...
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Use of the word “Space” in a tag

So far, we have the following tags with the word space in them: space-law space-medicine space-shuttle deep-space space-station space-weather space-junk space-life space-telescope space-elevator ...
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How to deal with contrived questions

It is my understanding this is supposed to be a Question and Answer site, but a user who seems to want it to be a forum, so as they can't say "hey guys, look what I found" they persist in writing ...
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Repeated false-flag comments and votes, how to respond/reply?

I'm faced with a user who picks a small element of my question, posts an "answer" as a comment and (likely) down votes, and sometimes will vote to close as duplicate of something which does not answer ...
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Are questions about the nomenclature of geologic features on Mars off-topic in Space Exploration?

I'm curious about the decisions to name these features: Dalu Cavus, Layl Cavus, Malam Cavus, Nat Cavus, Noc Cavus, Usiku Cavus, and Noctis Tholus in Noctis Labyrinthus. Why only some of the canyons, ...
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Eleven community wiki answers to a question?

The "oldie but goodie" question What are the choices today for orbital mechanics simulation software? has eleven separate community wiki answers (more if you count the deleted ones). Questions: ...
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

A five year old question Do the planets really orbit the Sun? which received 117 up votes and 2 down votes has now been closed by 5 users as off-topic. I've argued that To explore the solar ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Questions for Space Exploration Mod Nominees

If anyone has any questions for the Space Exploration mod nominees, please post them below in an answer and the candidates can edit in their responses.
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Space Exploration's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Any way to mention Github Python packages or projects frequently used in questions and answers here?

Is there any way to mention to other users here Python packages or projects frequently referenced in questions and answers in this site? Just for example https://github.com/skyfielders/python-...
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Are questions about specific courses related to Space on-topic?

Had this question pop up today Have you attended the 3 day course "Space Electronics" by Dr Rajan Bedi, UK? Now, we allow some discussion about space education, and this seems related. ...
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MathJax in titles?

I have a sense that adding MathJax to titles can interfere with questions being picked up correctly by search engines, and so the practice is discouraged when not particularly helpful. I think I've ...
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Is GdD no longer a mod candidate?

Just making sure there isn't some glitch. All the other ones I have been reading about seem to be on the voting page.
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Moon landing conspiracies - you can kind of understand them given this report? [closed]

I was reading today that, in research published in The Astrophysical Journal, molecular oxygen has been discovered in the Markarian 231 galaxy, 561 million light-years from Earth. A light-year, which ...
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neo (near-earth-object) and near-earth-asteroid tags, do we need both?

The neo tag has 21 questions and its excerpt says: Questions about Near-Earth Objects or NEO for short, a term describing meteoroids, asteroids, comets, man-made spacecraft, space observatories, ...
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Reverse the [neo] and [near-earth-object] synonym

Related to this question Right now we have near-earth-asteroid and neo, which has [near-earth-object] as a synonym. This is potentially confusing to users, and if there's any other NEO acronyms out ...
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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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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. Also,...
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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 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 handle ...
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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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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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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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