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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Can this question be asked here or it's too broad? (or too simple, or whatever)

Since I ignore a lot of technical details, I wonder if this question can be asked here or if it's too broad, too simple, unanswerable or whatever and therefore candidate for being closed. I want to ...
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Merge [dust] and [regolith]

It seems to me that dust and regolith are p̶e̶r̶f̶e̶c̶t̶ ̶ more or less synonyms (for the purpose of this site). I suggest we merge and synonymize. What do you think? ("Yes" answers should specify ...
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Topicality of NATO phonetic alphabet

From our recent questions: What is the meaning of "Bravo"? I'm not sure whether to consider this question on topic, because it concerns astronauts using domain-specific terminology (it ...
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Is the anonymous, silent down-vote plus close-vote for “unclear” on a new user's question welcoming?

This question was recently posted. Within 8 minutes two users responded: I found some resources for the OP and left a link, then edited the question to improve the grammar. I felt the question was ...
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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 these two tidal forces questions be asked in Astronomy SE instead of here?

Two questions just asked: How do we know that an exoplanet is tidally locked to the parent star? Do tides occur on planets like Neptune, having water? while probably not off-topic here, are ...
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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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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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Posting Specific Questions about AGI's STK

Should questions about the usage and characteristics of STK be posted on SpaceExploration SE? Should they be posted in other SE site? Are there guidelines to such questions? Explaining the point: ...
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Does this question really show research effort; is it really useful and clear?

Recently I have seen an uptick in questions from new users that have clearly been asked without even performing a cursory search in the topic, which have nonetheless received upvotes in the two-digit ...
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Do we need to clarify we have no afilliation with Musk's companies?

From time to time I see a question that appears to have come from someone who thinks they are asking a question of SpaceX rather than a StackExchange community. Is there anything we can do to avoid ...
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Are third party robots editing my posts and removing my sentences?

The comment on this edit says: Comment: broken image fixed (click 'rendered output' to see the difference); for more info, see https://gist.github.com/Glorfindel83/9d954d34385d2ac2597bbe864466259f ...
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Defining requirements for hypothetical-invention questions

The idea of a hypothetical-invention tag seems to be gaining mild acceptance: https://space.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1167/58 If we're going to have this tag, we should probably first establish what ...
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Why delete a question with so many well-written and received answers?

The question Why does the Mars InSight Lander look wet like a cardboard box that came in contact with water? [closed] may have a conspiracy theorist bent but it was handled well and has three very ...
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Why should the question below be closed when there is no specific answer to it?

The question "Does a credible Kármán plane reach escape velocity within 1 minute or does it follow the curvature of the Earth ?" was closed because it would have an answer from the already closed ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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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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What is the utility of moving the hyperlink for a bit of information as far from the information as conceivably possible?

This well-sourced answer in its current form (revision 4) has several numerical values and block-quoted snippets. All are cited using an ancient Earth custom known as "footnoting", which is okay, ...
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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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Dealing with possible copyright violations or plagiarism?

I have noticed that a lot of questions and answers include images and quotes without attribution. In many instances images are used that aren't licensed for reüse1. In some instances I have found ...
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Why are “edit callouts” being removed from other people's posts?

I had an edit to a post that removed an "EDIT:" flag from one of my posts. I see this as counterproductive and obfuscatory. Stack Exchange has a tools and cues throughout the interface that allows ...
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Are we downvoting too much?

I've noticed a few questions lately where the question was downvoted because the questioner didn't understand the physics behind his question. This one for example: a question about exceeding light ...
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How many variants of the “Was Karman wrong?” question is enough for one user?

In addition to my answer there, I've just added the comment -1 "If von Kármán is right with his description of the Kármán line..." That sentence misrepresents ...
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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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Ways to indicate decimal and thousands demarkations? Possible personal “best practice” to adopt?

I've seen a few situations where the different ways to write numbers with more than three digits has become a small topic of discussion itself within comments. One case is the use of a period versus ...
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How/where to leave a comment for a user with only a deleted answer?

I'd like to leave a message for the author of this deleted answer encouraging them to undelete. I left the following comment below my question Where is the “antenna farm” from which this Soyuz ...
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How to get a link to an old question of mine, possibly deleted?

I am looking for an old question of mine that (I believe) asked about the largest number of different kinds of satellites in one payload. I also believe I included a yellow-room photo of the Kanopus-V-...
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What might a tag for the disabling, neutralization, or passivation of a spacecraft at EOM or some subsystem be called?

I couldn't find a good tag for the disabling, neutralization, or passivation of a spacecraft at EOM, or some subsystem thereof when no longer needed, when posting the question Have all of InSight's ...

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