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Overzealous insta-closing of new users' first question with less than 5 site Q's per day here

I've ran into several situations recently where a question that I'd like to answer is collecting close votes quickly. Often (but not always) they are of the silent, anonymous, sans-helpful-comment ...
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We have two tags for the Quest Joint Airlock

quest and quest-joint-airlock both refer to the Quest Joint Airlock. How should we handle these synonyms?
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Should Fuel and Propellant be merged?

I'm trying to decide if there is any meaningful difference between fuel and propellants. They both seem to cover the same thing, namely the fuel of a spacecraft. I suppose fuel is slightly more ...
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Why was this question downvoted? How might I get it answered?

Inviting from the community your guidance, suggestions, opinions, and theories as to why this question was downvoted and close-voted: How long would it take to move Venus and Mars into Earth's ...
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Is this the right place to ask hypothetical terraforming questions?

I want to know whats a proper venue for questions about hypothetical terraforming scenarios. Ex: "What if terraformed using fusion ... " This seemed like a good place but a question I posted ...
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Ambigous tag, “modeling”

A low-power tag on the site is modeling, with a mere 12 questions. I see at least four different usages: 3D modeling Model rockets Orbital mechanics. Modeling of other phases of space-flight, such as ...
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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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Some way to raise awareness of helpful collections of resources?

The 2013 SXSE question Resources and references on the topic of space exploration was kindly migrated to meta, and recognizing the value of a central source, 5 answers were posted with a really nice ...
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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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Why have the XKCD cartoons in The Pod Bay stopped loading?

Monday's cartoon appeared only as a link, instead of loading as a graphic the way it usually does. Today's cartoon link is broken, it loads a 404 message. We need our XKCD. The cartoons are starred ...
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ECEF and ECI tags, do we need them? Frames seems to be the standard

I was adding tags to Satellite tracking telescope integrated program in Matlab and included the frames tag with 24 questions. Then I noticed there also existed eci with 5 questions, and ecef with 2 ...
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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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Is beta-graduation the goal here? With a limited reserve of high-quality answer-writers, might it present more challenges?

I'm a big fan of this site, and have spent most of my SE time here. The technical level of the community is an incredible resource, and the moderation top-notch. I think this site is an excellent ...
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What to do with a question where the answer is a list

I have asked a question about what satellites/probes have been directed outside of the solar system. There is one answer posted at the moment, but also comments that suggest that the answer is really ...
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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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Can we lose the [satellites] tag in favour of [artificial-satellites] and [natural-satellites]?

The satellites tag seems to be both ambiguous and pointless in light of the existence of its two sub-tags in artificial-satellites and natural-satellites. Therefore, it might be a good idea to make ...
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Some minor improvements to the Help Center

Poking around the site, I noticed this is our current help center text: Space Exploration is primarily about spacecraft, how to get them to space, and what they do when they get there. Specifically, ...
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Should tags have “Question” in the opening sentence of the description?

I notice that most of our tags descriptions begin 'Questions about', 'Questions regarding', 'Questions pertaining to', etc. This seems rather redundant as all tags are on questions. A look at https:/...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Should Contingency have its own tag?

I am opening this question on suggestion by called2voyage here. There currently exists an emergency tag, but no contingency tag. Emergencies and Contingencies are quite different. From what I ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019: 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, ...
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Could a 'puzzler' or 'quiz' type tag prevent kneejerk downvoting?

(This question does not apply to questions where the question-asker asks and answers their own question, that's clearly OK and even encouraged) There have been some questions, for example What was ...
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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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Space activities live: What are the current sources for video and data?

Is this possible -- useful / advisable / add your personal criteria -- to start building a page that would be a good reference for primary sources references? What are the current available sources ...
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Should [probe] be made a synonym with [space-probes]?

I noticed when asking a question involving space probes that two tags came up in the autocomplete thingy: probe and space-probes. Is there any reason that space-probes shouldn't be a synonym of probe? ...
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Do I police this site as if it were my own?

This comment says: @uhoh: That's good for you. It is very unclear to me, because your interpretation doesn't make sense, as other comments have pointed out. Not objective indeed, maybe you should ...
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Why are we here?

The internet is changing quickly, Stack Exchange is the foremost example of a new format on the web, and thus the traffic SEx.SE gets is shifting over time. As can be seen from a lot of the questions ...
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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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Should we edit a date into questions that are moving targets?

For example, this question is very time-bound: What landings beyond Mars and the Moon are scheduled? (asked 15 June 2016) In a few years parts of the answer will be obsolete, and new missions will ...
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Multiplying content and possibly 'wrong' information - How handle it?

Ok, hopefully I am not offending people here - please take it as sound criticism. I have just read an answer, which I found rather hilarious and a good example for my problem (dear author, sorry, ...
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Accepting Answers during the Private Beta

This is my first private beta (151 area 51 points would be a newbie clue) I have a few questions with some really good answers. But I hesitate to mark them accepted, during the private beta. They ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 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 do you think about a weekly new tag report bot?

I moderate other communities outside of Stack Exchange, and in most other cases I have put on my app developer hat to make some helpful bots. I haven't done that yet for Space Exploration, but I'm ...
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Will/would it be impossible for me to add a third bounty here? Why was 500 my only choice for #2?

I've seen some behavior from the bounty system that I did not expect, though it couldn't be called official unexpected behavior. One example is this question. I've been working on it for about 3 ...
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Is it appropriate to remove a question, when I have the wrong information?

I recently posted a question about the reasoning behind the altitude of the Dawn Spacecraft's orbit around Ceres, and it was duly and helpfully answered. But it was kindly revealed that my ...
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Should questions about black hole, FTL and other possible but still only theoretical topics by out of scope?

Black holes, Dark Matter, FTL, & Hyperdrive have differing probabilities of actually influencing Space Exploration, but they all are only theoretically possible (to differing degrees). Should ...
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Custom close reasons

Once we get out of the private beta and have our own mods we will need to think about the custom close reasons that each site has. This might be a good time to throw some ideas out there as to what ...
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Are questions about specific courses related to Space on-topic?

Had this question pop up today Have you attended the 3 day course "Space Electronics" by Dr Rajan Bedi, UK? Now, we allow some discussion about space education, and this seems related. ...
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How to bring up moderators putting questions on hold too quickly?

Not exactly sure how to bring this up, no offense is intended and no disregard to volunteers doing a very difficult job. I have noticed that occasionally moderator(s) are putting questions on hold, ...
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Why are there so few badge tagged tag-badge questions on meta?

Only on one occasion, it seems, someone has had any confusion about how tag badges work. Does that mean this feature is strikingly crystal clear compared to other aspects of the site, which generates ...
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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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Answering “What would happen to the ISS if we stopped maintaining it”

Feel free to post information relevant to answering What would happen to the ISS if we stopped maintaining it below:
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Are “if Earth spun backwards” speculation questions a good fit for this site?

I restrained myself on the first one If the Earth spun clockwise, how would that affect Space Exploration? but now there's another If the Earth spun clockwise, where would the US have built its ...
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Is a question in relation to COVID19 and space travel too open ended?

I want to ask how this pandemic is expected to affect space travel and future plans for NASA and other space agencies. Is this a good question or would it be considered offtopic as its more about a ...
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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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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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Are telescope questions not considered space exploration?

I came across this question: What type of telescope should I use in order to view the surface of the moon? which got closed for being off-topic. And I'm wondering, are telescopes not considered a ...
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Wide ranging questions

I note that how long is the aerodynamic heating during reentry, do solid propellant engine needs optimum temperatureand what is the safe temperature range of spacecraft propellant storage tanks are ...
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Should we broaden the type of questions that are in scope?

Looking at http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration we are 66 days into beta and are at "needs work" in two areas. Number of questions per day and number of visits per day. ...

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