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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 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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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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Do Beta sites have reduced resources on the Stack network?

I have participated on many Stack sites, and several beta sites, and this is the first time, things seem much slower. I noticed that some of the common stuff that normally updates faster on ...
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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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Attracting new users

A quick look at the new users statistics gave the following chart: Worrisome. Would somebody familiar with other betas dispel the impression, please? What can we do to attract more people here?
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What sort of chat events could we schedule?

There are usually a few individuals idling in The Pod Bay, and it has a good level activity. I'd hate to see that activity slump as we move further into beta (as it seems to be with most sites). I ...
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Should I create a new tag?

There's a bunch of words in my question that don't have tags yet. Can I just add them all?
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Tags: “moon” / “earths-moon” / “luna” / “lunar-*” / “moons”

How should things relating to Earth's moon, "Luna"/"The Moon" be tagged. The usual way of distinguishing between our moon and moons in general is to capitalise the word when referring to Earth's moon. ...
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Could we possibly have a site glossary?

This is my reply to How should abbreviations be handled?. It is here posted as a dedicated question for the site community to discuss, and hopefully (+: approve. If the Stackexchange framework ...
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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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Please burninate (and blacklist) the “rocket-science” tag

For a site supposedly wholly and unabashedly devoted to rocket science, this tag is kinda superfluous.
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How to ask great questions?

This is a canonical question for every poster interested in making this site better. What are the techniques, tactics, and procedures necessary to make my question valuable for the community?
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Does this site have a good chance to “survive” the beta period?

Partially related to this question. Space.SE exists for about a month now. Traffic numbers (like questions/par, e.t.c.) don't seem to be bad, but some of them may not be satisfied. What are this site'...
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What should we do about [zero-gravity]?

I'm wondering what we should do with zero-gravity - as we all know, zero gravity does not exist - the correct term is microgravity, which we already have a tag for. Furthermore, all the zero-gravity ...
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Should questions with little information due to classified nature be asked?

Recently I found out about the fact that in NET June, CASC is planning to launch an experimental space plane. This caught me off guard as I had previously never seen/heard anything about it and was ...
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Why do we have so many posts in the chat room written for computer programmers?

In the last five hours the Pod Bay has Stack Overflow Podcast #126 – The Pros and Cons of Programming with ADHD My Most Embarrassing Mistakes as a Programmer (so far) and about 24 hours ago: ...
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Tags: space-law vs. international-law

I've started on the tagging, and I've already noticed two related tags: space-law and international-law. The few questions I've noticed could be tagged with either, as far as I can tell. Are we ...
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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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Is space weather, solar-terrestrial physics, etc., on-topic?

Is this question on-topic? What, if any, plans have been made for handling events like a geomagnetic reversal? I'd say this is rather a question on geophysics, space weather, solar-terrestrial ...
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How is our tagging situation? What can we do to improve it?

Should I create a new tag? is certainly required reading for everyone. That being said: What else can we do to improve our "tag hygiene"? What are good strategies to check the tagging of ...
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How can we best :“round up” the most sought-after Keplerian-to-state-vector (and vice versa) answers so they are easier to find?

In Astronomy SE there is the question Where can I find/visualize planets/stars/moons/etc positions? and @barrycarter's community wiki answer has served as a valuable go-to source for finding helpful ...
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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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Is the [dust] tag really necessary?

It seems to me that all the possible posts that might use the [dust] tag will not necessarily be related to each other. Some will be FOD issues (a much more interesting tag, imo), some will be space ...
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Are space exploration history questions on topic here?

Prompted by Jon Ericson♦ in a comment to this question, I'd like to know if questions on history of space exploration are on-topic here. There's already a History.SE site, but I'm not sure folks there ...
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Should the “shenzhou-11” tag be generalized to “shenzhou”?

Shenzhou is China's crewed spacecraft, derived from the Russian Soyuz. It does not yet have its own tag, but there are currently 19 questions containing "shenzhou". Shenzhou 11 was a ...
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How can we best draw in and educate beginners and the casually curious?

This is further to my previous general question 'Why are we here?', at the request of PearsonArtPhoto. In searching for examples to put in this, I found myself exploring here in a way I haven't done ...
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Please, use capitalisation of proper nouns

This is my request for everyone to use capitalisation for proper nouns. I've seen it misused in many questions and their respective answers on our main Q&A and they often cause problems with ...
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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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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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Coping with tragedies: ground rules for dealing with accident- and mishap-related questions

The loss of life during the SpaceShipTwo flight made me realize there are no guidelines on dealing with space-related accidents in SEx.SE. Specifically, I would like to know: What questions should ...
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Community Policy Repository

This is the official repository for general community policy decisions. On Posts What is the best approach to asking questions? Can I write an answer to my own question and accept it? When can I post ...
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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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Promotional resources: Site invitation letter templates

This is a follow-up on @DeerHunter's inquiry regarding Contacting space agencies PAO (public affairs' offices). Since we've more or less agreed there that it's about time we start sending invitations ...
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Tag Synonym Requests

Please collect your tag synonym requests here, to keep it all in one nice convenient spot. Basically, if you see two tags that are identical or nearly so, please let us know here so it can be fixed. ...
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Topic of The Week Q1/2014 [duplicate]

For the first quarter of 2014, we're going to make a new Topic of the Week thread - the old one was getting rather crowded. The plan is to make a new one every quarter or so. From the old one: Each ...
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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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Are “I suspect…” answers okay? What if we all started writing them?

I've just written the following comment: -1 because I have always found the "I suspect that..." format troubling when used in Stack Exchange answer posts....
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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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Is Wikipedia a viable source?

Just a question I have, regarding the viability of us using Wikipedia as a source. Some sites / educational bodies refuse to allow Wikipedia to be used as a source because 'anyone can edit it', so ...
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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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Where can you find stuff online to learn the math and physics key to Space Exploration SE?

Many answers on Space Exploration Stack Exchange are heavy on math and physics. I don't know how much this site is really meant to educate people with a casual interest, but that is certainly how I ...
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No sense of humor when people ask obviously classified questions?

I'm a little disappointed my awesome answer to a question about deorbiting classified satellites was deleted. I agree with the moderator comment that it wasn't a serious attempt to answer the ...
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Site Evaluation- First 4 days

How are we doing as a site? What kinds of questions are we choosing as the most interesting questions, and which of them are questions that are valuable, and which should we eliminate? (This post ...
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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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I want to recommend a book, or review it… How can I ask that in the form of a question?

I just got Anatoly Zak's book on the Russian space program, and it is AWESOME! I would love to be able to recommend or review it. But I am at a loss of how to do so, in the format appropriate for ...
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Should we be deleting bad questions?

Related reading: What should we do with unprofessional questions? I noticed that someone voted to delete my question: How will we get back to the moon?. I'm not upset that it got closed, but I don't ...
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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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Where to ask a question about rocket fuel?

I want to ask a question about rocket fuel, and I'm wondering if I should do it here or on chemistry. It would be about an alternative to certain fuels. Where should I ask this? Thanks!
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How did we end up with a hypothetical tag? Should we keep it, or not?

Lo and behold, we have a hypothetical tag! I spotted it on this hypothetical question but it's on three questions total. Hypothetical questions can sometimes be asked here if the answer can be based ...
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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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