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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 ...
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Are questions about Operation Fishbowl on-topic here?

Operation Fishbowl was a 1962 series of nuclear-weapon tests involving the launching of nuclear warheads into space using rockets and detonating them there, basically to see what would happen. Given ...
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Were the moderators flagged by this user's “minor” edits? Did they find it irritating?

The question Who did I irritate enough for someone to mass downvote some of my answers? has a few answers, and discussion in comments under one of them suggest that the user's edits could be "...
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Who did I irritate enough for someone to mass downvote some of my answers?

I've been recently editing a few questions & answers on this StackExchange project again, as per my mantra of there's only one space in SpaceX. I clearly must have irritated someone with these ...
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Do we need the [technology] tag?

I just noticed we have a technology tag. It's excerpt states this: Questions relating to the use of technology to further space exploration. I'm wondering what the community's opinion is on this ...
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Rename the [bfr] tag

We've have the enigmatic spacex project that was tentatively called the BFR, or Big F[alcon] Rocket. Elon Musk likes to shoot from the hip and the F means something else. Unsurprisingly, they didn't ...
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Is thre a difference between the tags [sun] and [the-sun]?

What is the difference (if any) between the tags sun and the-sun? Should they be merged, or do they refer to different topics? Note that there is currently zero overlap between the two tags; no ...
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Rename [lunar-module] to [apollo-lunar-module]

While a viable lunar mission might be some years off still, I've noted that the existing lunar-module tag is geared towards Apollo exclusively. The Lunar Module was part of the Apollo program ...
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Synonym [accident] to [failure]

I ran across accident today. It has 23 questions and no excerpt or wiki. But we already have failure (87 questions, 1 overlap), which is already the synonym for [launch-failure], [failed-mission] and [...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

There are a lot of calculators, simulators, plotters, visualizers, and libraries of bits of code and models and such online. Many of us are aware of a bunch of them, and they are great learning tools ...
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Is my answer being sabotaged?

I propose the following: The block quoted text in the question Can someone help Scott Manley explain this capture maneuver? is inarticulate and pretty much meaningless in terms of explaining ...
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Is this question truly off-topic? Or are people just (over) reacting to the “may be better suited” comment?

The author of the comment addressed to me This may be better suited to a geology or physics site. says they didn't vote to close, but the comment seems to have none-the-less triggered some ...
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Best use of the 'separation' and 'stage-separation' tags

separation 11 questions stage-separation 14 questions both tags: no questions at the moment The meaning of stage-separation is probably straightforward, but what ...
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How to handle this potential question?

This is the start of a potential question: Which Apollo-era contractors are still building aerospace components today? This list of major Apollo manufacturers is from Chariots for Apollo. ...
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Is voting to close of this question warranted or at least defensible, or was this a bit reckless?

The question What were some of the first two stage rockets flown? has just been put on hold as duplicate to When did the concept of “stages” enter rocketry?. I feel this was a bit of reckless voting,...
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Can we merge [falcon9-r] into [falcon-9]?

There's currently both a falcon-9 and a falcon9-r tag. As far as I can see, falcon-9 is the generic tag for the Falcon 9 rocket, and falcon9-r is specifically for the reusable version (and was ...
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Do i.stack.imgur.com PNGs and GIFs ever expire?

The GIF at https://i.stack.imgur.com/cdkOW.gif is linked here and here but now doesn't work. If I look at the same file name like this ...
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Best way to ask this potentially broad question?

I am pondering asking a question on main which could turn out to be overly broad in scope. Below is the question for reference: Title: Human-rating the Saturn V using modern standards Question: Would ...
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Combustion chamber question on topic?

What Constitutes A Combustion Chamber? We don't 'do' fuel questions, but what about this one? Should it be closed or is it 'innocent' enough? I lean towards accepting it. Related meta: Why can't ...
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Using the diaeresis ( ¨ ) in questions and answers?

Before this blows up in edit and comment wars (it is already happening), I want to get meta consensus on what to do. One particular user prefers to use an uncommon variant spelling for certain words: ...
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Is it impolite to link to a deleted answer?

In the question How fast do optical surfaces get dirty or damaged in space? I've written: Answers to Accumulated environmental damage to Hubble main mirror are inconclusive, and this (deleted) ...
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How many questions should you answer per day to gain reputation at the optimal rate without expending to much time answering?

I am curious what is the right number of questions to answer (with the highest standard of quality not being sacrificed for quantity) to have your credibility go up by 200 points/day? My initial data ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

Some questions have very complicated answers therefore the answer take time to write. I am sure that 2 people come up with the same answer often but one of them is outed on the time they put into ...
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Why can't I ask my question about amateur space projects and development?

Notice: For clarity, not all amateur projects are off topic, just those that represent intent to perform work matching the bulleted list below. Why are questions about my personal amateur space ...
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Why do we let the askers of questions decide what answer is accepted?

Something has been bothering me about how questions are accepted in stack exchange. The accepted answer is chosen by the original question poster, but by definition they admit that they don't know the ...
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What are the criteria to know if a question about the space shuttle belongs to space.SE or to aviation.SE?

I recently post a question about the space shuttle on aviation.SE. The answer make me think about the frontier between space and aviation for vehicle made to maneuver in both space and atmosphere. In ...
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Any educated answer deserves an up vote on very old unanswerable questions?

There are many users who ask questions that are unrealistically answerable. Should any educated answer be given to get it answered or maybe encourage a more correct answer? Unanswered percentages seem ...
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Where is the auto award for bounties for Space.SE?

I have lost around 800 reputation over time on Space.SE in lost bounties because I missed the dead-line to award it. I think the bulk of it may have been lost during a suspension, does that effect ...
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“Please invent my invention” or “Would X work?” questions; suitability and topicality?

For comparison, what a "good" i.e. well researched "Would X work?" reactor question might look like: Could a “nuclear turbo-jet” be built? Example 1 (as originally posted): The ...
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How to view deleted users posts?

While looking up reaction wheel info I came across this question: Optimal placement of 4 reaction wheels? and would like to see if there is more from the user who is now gone?
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Have any ideas posted on this site been successfully implemented in a space exploration endeavor?

Has any break through been made on Space.SE and incorporated? If so which question or answer was the most helpful?
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Why doesn't Space.SE have an icon?

Some SE sites have icons and emblems while others do not. At first glance the SE sites with icons seem more established. Why doesn't Space.SE use icons yet? What would make a good icon? What creative ...
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Is it ok to mark the older question as the duplicate question?

1) Maximum height for a Mars Balloon? Actual duplicate 2) How high could a weather balloon be used on Mars without rupturing? When the same question is asked twice on the same day, Where do I look ...
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What fraction of my questions have accepted answers? How can I find out?

I have a lot of questions here and a great majority have answers, and for a great majority of those an answer has been accepted. Is it possible for someone to figure out what fraction of my questions ...
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Can questions that have been poorly recieved be rewritten to a new question?

This question was poorly received but the edit ultimately changes the question. I am still having trouble finding the right words to express my imagination and sometimes a comment bring it into ...
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Can I have opinions on the addition of an animated gif to “Why no recent information about or photos of Ultima Thule?”

On January 15th I posted this question: Why no recent information about or photos of Ultima Thule? Last night (20th of March) an animated gif was added to it that had been published later in the day, ...
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Up voting a user again after the votes were reversed?

I am presuming the up vote reversal from the up votes I gave was done independently of whether the answers were on my own questions or other questions. I am guilty of up voting too much on multiple ...
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Are other people also seeing an increase in upvoting recently?

I've noticed an increase in what looks like random up-voting of my posts over the past few months, and just now had a second reversal of serial up-voting. I've experienced a(t least one) case of ...
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Are there any engineers from NASA or SpaceX here? [duplicate]

I believe I can't make this question here because it's off topic of the off topic section (I dont see any tag which really fits it) but I'm giving it a shot, forgive me if it has to be closed. Just ...
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“Serial Voting Reversal” unwarranted?

I just had a fairly large rep loss due to a serial vote reversal. I don't see the kind of pattern I'd expect for this. I've been answering a fair amount of questions lately about shuttle. Is is ...

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