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What is our definition of “space agency”?

In support of the meta question "Role of country tags", I think it would be helpful for us to define what we mean by a space agency. Wikipedia defines space agencies as government agencies engaged ...
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Is voting to close a question for “primarily opinion-based answers” while answering with fact exercising faulty logic, or even gamesmanship?

The question Will Scotland require a space agency? Is there one in the works? was insta-closed, but not before one of the closers also wrote a well-received, fact-based answer to it. I find the logic ...
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What is going on with these Mars questions with female astronauts?

In past about 5 days I have seen almost 6 to 7 Female on Mars questions. Which feels like a lot of repeatation. How do we prevent or deal with these kind of questions?
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Did title wrapping change? What is El ectron?

The rocket formerly know as Electron has a new name, El ectron. Am I imagining things, or did the wrapping of question title change in the edit window? I thought it always did compete word wrap ...
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Two SpaceX Dragon tags, is clarification needed?

In the question What is SpaceX's parachute problem that NASA is concerned about in the NASA ASAP report? I needed a Dragon capsule tag. There are two to choose from: dragon and dragon-v2 Do we need ...
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What might these silent close-voters' reasons have been? How might I address them?

I just wrote the comment: This question asks about decisions made within the US government and so can have a factual answer. Insta-closing prevents such answers from being written. I am not ...
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How to cross post a question correctly?

In this question one of the comments said the question below should be in Worldbuilding.SE. From what I understand it is a place where writers go to ask questions. Still not sure really but it is not ...
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Bad physics in accepted answer, what to do? (if anything)

This answer is currently accepted. I believe the physics is wrong, since conservation of angular momentum prevents a satellite from raising its orbit around a spherically symmetric body by using only ...
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Role of country tags

The russia and china tags are used on 63 questions and 20 questions respectively. I've asked two questions that seem to be about the US space program and government positions, so I've created united-...
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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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Opinions on recurring (not duplicate) questions? [duplicate]

Some questions are structured in such a way that they could be asked in the future, and get a completely different answer. For example, "Who's "winning" with launch rate?" was recently ...
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Should the space-history and history tags be merged?

"space-history" is little used, showing up 4 times. "history" has ~ 200 appearances. Perhaps "space-history" is redundant given the nature of the site.
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What is a good reason to have many comments?

When is it ok to have extended comments? I have a question that has many valuable comments and don't want them to disappear into chat. Why are to many comments frowned on again? I would like to ...
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Have there been more closed/duplicate questions recently than usual?

I try to do my civic duty and vote on the review queues. To that end, I have noticed a large number of close votes during the past two weeks. Is this amount typical? Perhaps a user who has been ...
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Synonym [astronauts] and [astronaut]

astronauts is the more used of the two. astronaut has only 5 questions.
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Did the editing of this post go way overboard, like “six-sigma” overboard?

A recent question has gone through an aggressive and almost continuous revision process even though: An answer was posted soon after the question was posted OP was reminded several times on this ...
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Why was my highly up-voted question with several highly up-voted answers suddenly deleted? (69 up votes total)

The following posts (and all of their reputation?) was all deleted on 08-Aug-2018, two months after all of the activity. This all happened on the one question linked below. Why? Why two months later?...
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Does the astro-biology tag apply to all life in space, ever?

@Conelisinspace shouldn't the astrobiology tag be for non terrestrial native life forms? I don't think it applies to tardigrades any more than it does to to mold, plants, mice, or people on the ...
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Can bigger bounties have longer expiration dates?

Is it possible to refine bounties to have longer expiration dates? What would be the down side? Is this something that can be changed just for SE.SE? It would encourage more bounties.
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How to make this question better

This question Can a satellite utilize gravity gradient stabiliazation and passive stabilization together? is severely flawed, despite some attempt to improve it. Since the flaws are often found in ...
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Can we have a [pollution] tag?

I asked a question about jettisoned rocket parts residing in the ocean, and tagged it with waste, but this tag was removed in an edit, presumably because most other instances of this tag relate waste ...
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Options for posting incidental python scripts or other code?

I like to include short, one-off python scripts with a post now and then. Sometimes the script is central to the post so I include it as a code block within the post the same way it's done in other SE ...
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What might a campaign to improve tag definitions and wiki's look like?

Question: What might be a good way to incentivize and/or promote the generation of definitions and wikis for undocumented or under-documented tags in this site? I'm trying to think of perhaps some ...
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How does one reask something that has changed since it was previously asked?

Ive been sorting by most votes on questions and occasionally come across something for 2014. Usually Sometimes these articles end with "we dont know but probe X in 1-3 years will give us that ...
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What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for?

Title pretty much says it all. What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for? How is it different from space-shuttle?
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Places to host reference documents?

I am referencing a document, the Apollo Mission Simulator Instructor Handbook Volume 1, that I can't find on the internet. I see no reason why I shouldn't post this and make it generally available. ...
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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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Ice, [ice], baby?

I submitted an excerpt for ice, but I realized that not all the existing questions were about extra-terrestrial ice (e.g. 1, 2). Trying to shove rocket ice into that mix introduces double meanings, ...
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How to reply to “Moon ladings were faked”? [duplicate]

I was presented with this statement by one of my friends a few hours ago. I truly believe in NASA and the moon landings. Therefore, soon we were in a debate and he was telling me some stupid proofs ...
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Credible Space-Exploration Sources

I'm unaware of a comprehensive list of websites that produce space-related news of-which are accepted, credible sources for this SE. Can we get a "thread" of websites, which are, in your personal ...
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What's our policy on sci-hub links?

If I want to link a paywalled paper as my source, can I post a direct link through sci-hub, or should I just leave the doi link, and let people seek access by themselves?
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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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Should we have a canonical response for folks intent on blowing themselves up?

Inspired by this question and others I've seen like it. Do we want to steer clear of advising people who are asking questions about performing experiments that are clearly dangerous beyond their ...
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The answer to the question about Moon landing hoax theories

This is for us to draft the answer to the question drafted in the related question What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?. That question is phrased ...
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Should I remove a question based on an incorrect premise?

I asked this question in response to some questions raised in an answer to this one. In my research, I discovered that the original answer appears to be incorrect or only part of the story, making my ...
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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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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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Clarification: “Who is the artist of this image appearing in an article about a Russian space laser?”

Who is the artist of this image appearing in an article about a Russian space laser? This question was previously titled (and worded internally) as being about a "space-based" laser. The laser is not ...
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How to edit colloquial questions

I recently edited this question and made some minor spelling corrections and tidying. However, the end of the question had this: Im thinking it would be a minuscule % but Im not sure. It could be ...
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Does the community spend too much time on debunking conspiracy theories?

It's, I suppose, inevitable that this site will attract Apollo conspiracy theorists (ACT). My experience with these people in real life has taught me that attempting to convince them of reality with ...
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When are questions regarding Python on topic here?

I only realized we have a python tag the other day when someone added the tag to several questions containing Python code, and then someone else disputed the validity of the tag. But now we have 17 ...
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Comments vs. Answers

I see a lot of questions with comments that are in reality answers, and no actual answers. Are people just too polite to "answer" rather than "comment"? It seems that many experienced users will ...
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Be welcoming - case in point

Regarding the recent discussion on 'be welcoming', here's an example: Where can one find safety regulations for storing, handling, and using rocket fuels - this question got put on hold for being ...
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Be welcoming - a new Space Exploration Stack Exchange

If you haven't already seen the new Stack Overflow blog post, please take the time to do so: Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change. You may have noticed this tidbit ...
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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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Does this site have anything like a homework policy?

I found a question with one up and one down vote, and a comment that read only "Homework problem?" I had gotten the idea that it would be bad if this were only a homework problem, but after a quick ...
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Duplicate in part? Solved

I had a question that had a part of it that included the duplicate, but it mostly was not a duplicate. Can it be reversed if it was mistaken? I was not voted on hold but moderator put it on hold. I ...
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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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Do we have or do we need a tag for robotic aircraft used to explore other planets?

Do we have or do we need a tag for robotic aircraft used to explore other planets? I noticed this lack when I posted the new question Why Never-EVER Land? It looks like we have no appropriate tag, ...
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Are we interested in moderating the quality of questions here?

This question: Are spacecrafts single-use? has gotten three answers, a lot of votes (Q and As) and has attracted attention via HNQ, but no one has mentioned that it is a very simple question with ...

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