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Is this question asked on scifi.stackexchange.com on-topic here?

I have asked this question on scifi.stackexchange.com. Someone suggested I instead ask the question over here on Space Exploration to get better answers. Would that question be accepted here at all? ...
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Do we count monkeys as crew?

We use the tag crewed-spaceflight instead of manned because the latter might be interpreted as gender-specific. Do we also include the pre-Mercury flights that included monkeys and other primates as "...
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Too broad questions?

I'm studying space exploration MSc at the TUDelft (netherlands), so this site naturally attracts me. However I see alot of questions on this site I would deem as "way too broad to answer". Sure many ...
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Are meaningless link titles like “Source” sub-optimal, leaving the answer unrepairable if a link rots/breaks?

Consider the three options: Source Source: NASA TM X-2525 Source: NASA TM X-2525: Atlas-Centaur AC-17 Performance for Applications Technology Satellite ATS-D Mission I tend to use option #3 because ...
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How to handle first questions/answers by new users

There's a new answer to this question about New Horizons. The answer is brief and unsupported by references, so half an hour after it was posted, it's already attracting downvotes and Delete votes. ...
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Clarify celestial-mechanics tag

The celestial-mechanics tag implies that planetary orbital mechanics are on-topic for space.SE. I would like to edit the description of the tag to clarify that it is intended for spacecraft only. ...
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When should the tag 'russia' be used as against 'roscosmos'?

The space program under the erstwhile USSR was highly decentralized. The Russian Federal Space Agency aka Roscosmos was constituted by presidential decree after the Russian Federation emerged from the ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

We don't need to have an answer to this now. It's just a good thing to start thinking about soon. What should our FAQ contain? For example and inspiration, here's Super User's FAQ: Super User is for ...
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Is the [radio] tag necessary?

There are 18 questions tagged radio. I am proposing deleting it, as it is largely redundant and confused with other tags. 10 are also tagged radio-communication. 2 more are tagged radio-astronomy or ...
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Beginner questions adding maneuverability and/or guidance under power to amateur model rockets; could/should they be closed as inherently dangerous?

Background What kind of security while using solid propellent? was asked at 2018-06-27 00:06 UTC, I flagged it at 01:28 and it ...
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Looking for a better response to “What do you want us to explain that isn't answered by a simple web search?”

I understand the sentiment behind the comment What do you want us to explain that isn't answered by a simple web search? but I feel it's not a comment that needs to be typed in this SE site. It is ...
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Should we have separate tags for the Soyuz launcher and the Soyuz spacecraft?

Right now, the soyuz tag refers specifically to "questions regarding the Soyuz manned spacecraft"; it doesn't include questions about the Soyuz launcher. Should we create separate tags for the Soyuz ...
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Redirect [dragonrider] to [dragon-v2]

The official name of SpaceX's first manned capsule is dragon-v2 so why not unify that on tag instead of double-tagging with dragonrider? I agree that the code name is comparatively nice — especially ...
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Is Kerbal Space Program a valid place to pull illustrative videos from?

I was looking at Is Kerbal Space Program a valid reference when answering SX questions? and thinking about what I've pondered doing with certain questions - taking a short video of the game in order ...
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How should abbreviations be handled?

While some readers here are very familiar with the terminology of the field and would easily understand standard abbreviations, I am guessing that many readers coming here might benefit from inclusion ...
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What should be done when information learned later largely invalidates a question?

I asked "Why did the ESA choose SPARC for LEON?" and nos pointed out that SPARC was used for the ESA's previous 32-bit processors. With a 32-bit ISA already in use, the continued use of SPARC makes ...
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Should [space-law] be just [law]?

I was thinking of going through and retagging all the space-law questions to just law. Before doing so, however, I decided to ask the community - It seems like there is something I am missing. Should ...
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What to do with overly generic tags?

We have a number of tags so far that seem overly generic, and that don't seem to add a whole lot to the questions they're used on. In particular I'm thinking of engineering, experiment, and technology....
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Synonym [eva] and [spacewalk]

[space-walk] is already a synonym but spacewalk has 32 questions
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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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Merge supply-mission and resupply-mission

The tags supply-mission and resupply-missions are the same thing and they should be synonyms. I don't have the rep to suggest the synonym so hoping some can do it for me.
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Where has the maths gone!

I feel like Jack Sparrow with the rum! Only much much sadder. I just found this question: Couldn't I escape Earth's gravity traveling only 1 mph? I've linked to my comment, but I've checked ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 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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Not enough options in the “Close question” interface

There are five options in the "Close question" interface: Duplicate of ... Off topic because ... Unclear what you're asking Too broad Primarily opinion-based These options doesn't address the truly ...
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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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What is the best tag for a question about working at NASA?

This question asks if NASA has an 'on base' department store the way the Army and Air force do. Unless this question is going to be marked off-topic, it seems we might need some better tags for it. ...
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Space launches statistics by decade

I do not want to abuse with too many questions of the same type so I ask here if its appropriate to ask a question like: What were the most busy times in space launches by decade? most busy days, ...
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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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I had my question marked as duplicate by people who don't know the technology. How do I dispute?

My question about use of ramjets for second stage of rocket launch was tagged as duplicate by several users, and subsequently marked as duplicate. I found no way to dispute that (I edited the post, ...
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Does Space Exploration beta enforce a question ban?

I have been looking around the site for several days now, and no where I have I seen any mention of a question asking ban. By saying question asking ban, I mean the ban enforced when a user repeatedly ...
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Appropriate “Reference Request” Question - List of Launch Scrubs?

I asked about a list of launch scrubs in chat, and @briligg suggested that the question might be appropriate for the main site. I wanted to check here to be sure first, though. Generally, questions ...
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Some small advertising on Reddit

it's not a question but rather a very small announcement. Yesterday I asked an obvious Kerbal Space Program-related question on the site since I assumed it might be related to the site. Then I post ...
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Congratulations for TildalWave for the first golden badge of the site!

That's all. I just want to congratulate for TildalWave for the first golden badge of Space Exploration.SE! Sadly because SE sites doesn't have any built-in message systems (as far as I know), this is ...
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Postponed! Live chat room event: India's GSLV-D5 mission

Update: The launch scheduled for August 19th, 2013 at 11:20 am UTC/GMT was scrubbed and delayed for unspecified amount of time due to detection of the 2nd stage fuel leak. This also delays our chat ...
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Should we use American or British spelling?

I just noticed that 'aeroplane' was used in a question, and I thought for a second about changing it to 'airplane' - the American spelling of the word. However, I started thinking about what might ...
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Make conspiracy theories and tin-foil hat theories off-topic

If we want to be on good terms with space agencies, we have to exterminate tinfoil hat theories ruthlessly.
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Is Kerbal Space Program a valid reference when answering SX questions?

While Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a game, it is a physics-based rocket flight simulator which, in many ways, has done a lot to increase the general population's understanding of space flight. Is it ...
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Please revise reason for closure or delete question. This downvoted, many times edited and misclosed question is not a duplicate.

Please, if the question needs to be (down voted and) closed, can you find a valid reason for closure as this is not a duplicate question? One asks for the mass launched into Space. My question asks ...
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Are there ways to make posts with images better for low connect speed users? Does the spoiler feature help?

I have a comment/suggestion below this question which contains two animated GIF images that are 1.2 and 1.6 MB in size. please put animated and heavyweight images under a spoiler or something... ...
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Topic of The Week [frozen due to lack of community support]

This is the second quarter 2014 Topic of The Week thread, where we are gathering suggestions for which of our main site tags should receive more attention and we should focus on providing more ...
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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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We need to step it up with the questions!

All right, currently our biggest "Needs Work" area (in my opinion) is our questions per day. Our visits per day is also in the "Needs Work" but we are still a fairly young beta and we have been doing ...
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Are questions about remote sensing payloads on topic?

There is a question about telescopes that's currently on hold, with a ton of recommendations that it be moved to various other sites like photography, astronomy, or physics. Given how broad and not ...
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What should we do with unprofessional questions?

This question fits together with: How can we work to include more professional questions in this site? Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51* Quote: The problem is, if this site ...
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Are consumer space travel / space tourism questions on-topic?

We've received a question in our Q&A regarding consumer space travel, and I wasn't sure whether such questions are acceptable and on-topic, or off-topic. I'm personally inclined to think they're ...
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Is there any point to the “travel” tag?

It seems overly broad to be useful. https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/travel Wiki excerpt for travel: Questions related to any kinds of travel where entering space is involved.
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Tags on the Spacex fairing catchers

There is currently a mr-steven tag, for the Spacex vessel that catches fairings (Wikipedia). This ship has since been renamed to Ms. Tree, and has a sister ship called Ms. Chief. I believe it would be ...
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What would be proper site hygiene for large image hot linking?

I saw that this answer now has a single hot linked 8 MB GIF. If I understand correctly, anyone viewing this page will have their device sent to Wikipedia to download the image promptly. 8M isn't a ...
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Are questions about Operation Fishbowl on-topic here?

Operation Fishbowl was a 1962 series of nuclear-weapon tests involving the launching of nuclear warheads into space using rockets and detonating them there, basically to see what would happen. Given ...
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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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