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What is the status of Space SE's beta rating?

What is the status of Space SE's beta rating as of January 2016, and when will we become a fully graduated site?
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How could us moderators improve?

I'm a freshman in all this moderation business, at least as far as Stack Exchange moderation goes. If you look at the date when us pro tempore moderators were selected by the community managers, it ...
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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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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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Winter Bash 2014 Hat Dash Yay or Nay?

Remember last year's Haaaaaaaaaaaaaats!? Stack Exchange is going to repeat it this year, and asked us if we want it on Space Exploration, too. What is it? Winter Bash is an annual event that can run ...
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Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51

I've not followed a proposal all the way though beta before. We have example questions that are submitted in the definition phase. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration?...
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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 this apparently recurring problem with links just a coincidence? Anyone else seen it?

This proposed edit to repair a few spaces in front of a link (shown there as "http://%20%20http//library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf" is the third time in the last week I've seen ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Space Exploration Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google,...
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Topic of the Week H2/2013 [duplicate]

This was the Topic of the Week thread for 2013. The current thread is here. Please post new suggestions there! One of the things that Stack Exchange in general has found effective is to devote a week ...
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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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Why so many upvotes?

i experienced that I got far more upvotes on Space Exloration.SE, than on other sites like Stack Overflow. How is it possible? I mean, my questions are not always cover important of popular aspects. ...
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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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Ideas for off-site Space Exploration community promotion ads

This is not a thread for community ads that would rotate on our own main site, those banner rotations are reserved for already graduated Stack Exchange webistes. However, nobody is stopping us from ...
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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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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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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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Is extraterrestrial planetary exploration (eg. Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan) on-topic in Space Exploration?

"Space" in space exploration could mean many different things to many different people here. For example, I would say that almost everything that the NASA JPL does with government or corporate ...
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Are stratospheric balloons on-topic?

NASA, ESA, DLR, CNES all have stratospheric balloon programmes. Technically, they don't reach space, only the stratosphere. However, they're commonly used to test space equipment, and the view from ...
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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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Are enthusiasts being discouraged?

So far we have questions such as getting more professional questions and a few others that i could link to here on meta. Whilst I am in agreement that getting a higher quantity of professional ...
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Did we just go Public Beta?

I just noticed that our privilege requirements changed to those of a public beta site. Did we just graduate to public beta?
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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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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 a partial answer worth posting

Often I see a question (without an answer) where I can construct part of an answer that would be potentially useful to the question asked. However I've noticed from questions I've ask on other sites ...
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Should the policy against 'shopping' questions operate the same way here?

Yesterday there was a question about small commercial rocket motors for sale in the U.S.. I'm going to post an image of it in case it becomes inaccessible in a while due to deletion: TildalWave put ...
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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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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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How can NASA be alerted to their expired security certificates?

Linking to a NASA document as a reference in an answer or a question is at the moment complicated by the fact that they seem to have a bunch of expired security certificates for their websites. I ...
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How can I take a more active part in Space Exploration on Stack Exchange

I'm a PhD student studying space. I've been a part of stack exchange for ages and recently came across space exploration! Having answered a few questions on the forums I'd like to offer my time to ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

The recent “so what happened with New Horizons, anyway?” question is the starkest example I’ve seen of a question that is trivially answered by a quick look at the obvious Wikipedia entry. I’d like to ...
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Request for cleanup: There's only one space in SpaceX!

Sorry. This just really irritates me: but SpaceX is a single word! There is, ironically, no space between the Space and the X. Neither is there a hyphen or any other type of dash! As an example: <...
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Some PR to have these guys as contributors?

I'm glad space.SE exists I'm sure it'll be a successful adventure. Before space.SE we have been relying on other websites, some were open, other had a part reserved to subscribers. In the past, I've ...
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How can we increase the number of visits/day?

Every time I check our report card we are around 200 visits a day. With 500 being the needs work low score. At 40 days old we seem to be doing well at the other indicators. There is no doubt in ...
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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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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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Do we want a community blog?

Is it possible to create a blog for space.SE. When i discussed this with our chat room I came to know that we don't have a blog. I thinks it's the right time for us to create a blog since we need more ...
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Is a question about NASA KSC's SWAT team on-topic?

In the comments to the question Why were the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts backed up by guards with automatic weapons?, the question was raised, what force the guards in the photo belong to and in another ...
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Should we disallow the Exploration tag?

Should we disallow the exploration tag? I don't think it's going to be very useful, since theoretically this entire Stack Exchange site is about Space Exploration.
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How to best support the reduced moderation team

given the current disruption to the moderation team, how can users best support the volunteers in their site activity. My guesses are: be less vigilant - the working members of the team are likely to ...
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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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Educational resources to accompany Space Exploration

We have a couple threads containing infographics and a wide array of important books covering the topics we discuss on this site. Let's try to collect educational resources! This can include video ...
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Commitment instructions - How to follow them?

Given that most people that have chosen to commit are not experts, how is it reasonable to ask for the following?: I commit to participate actively in XYZ for at least three months, especially ...
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Should 'imperial units' be discouraged?

Some questions/answers use imperial units instead of SI units. Here you are some examples: Height between 62 and 75 inches The skin is actually encountering 0 atmospheric pressure, and the suit is ...
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artemiss mission and artemis program tags, do we need both? If so, how to know which one to use?

There are tags for artemis-mission (13) and artemis-program (8) and currently on both tags the message reads: There is no usage guidance for this tag … yet! I chose one for Demonstrative examples of ...
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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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Are transient questions on-topic or off-topic?

This question received a close vote: When is Fēngyún-3C planned to launch? What do we do with transient questions? Something similar may happen on Travel, if people are asking on how to travel ...
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Is evidence of research not required?

EDIT: I would appreciate a moderator reply to this question given this comment by TildalWave♦ on a now deleted post. It seems strange to say "help support the policy" without clarity on what ...
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Is it alright to open a chat room for a space advocacy project on another site?

I run Moonwards, a website working to develop a virtual Moon colony that is technically and scientifically realistic. It is a small site so far, and I am actively seeking collaboration. It has a forum ...

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