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Question regarding the types of questions which we should allow here.

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Science in / vs space exploration - is there a boundary?

There is at least one question, which really bugs me: How hard is the Lunar surface? Yes, this is science. Yes, it is planetary science. Yes, it is about space instruments, landings, engineering, ...
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Rules for “Science Fiction” questions

Are there any rules we want to establish for science fiction-style questions (like this one)? I know Physics.SE doesn't allow any Sci-Fi style questions in any form. Do we want to adopt a policy ...
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Where is our demarcation line between Space Exploration and Physics?

There are quite a number of question topics that could fit on either. Do we have thoughts on what will make a question better fit here or on Physics? If it asks for mathematics, does that make it a ...
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How can we work to include more professional questions in this site?

So far, I've seen some great questions, mostly on the theoretical level. As Robert Cartaino mentioned on this question, we are lacking in questions in general that are "Real World" problems, the types ...
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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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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

On our site we have the celestial-mechanics tag, which has 37 questions. We also have at least a few more questions beyond that that are also about celestial mechanics but have not been tagged. I ...
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Radical proposal: Merge Space Exploration and Astronomy

I think we'll get more and more into deep trouble if the astronomy proposal is becoming another active site competing with at least this one. I observe more and more questions here, which could ...
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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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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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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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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 the ...
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Is there value in questions about future schedules?

I came across questions like, most recently, "What is the planned date for the Falcon Heavy Demo launch from Vandenberg AFB?". Such questions are interesting to me, but they also seem very volatile, ...
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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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Topics by SciFi Author, can or should we define some as in and some as out of scope?

I would guess that probably all of use can think of and agree on at least half dozen Science Fiction authors who's work shaped space exploration as it is today. We can probably also agree on several ...
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How should we address the topic of aliens?

It's bound to come up in questions but where do we draw the line for ET, Aliens and UFOs?
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

A five year old question Do the planets really orbit the Sun? which received 117 up votes and 2 down votes has now been closed by 5 users as off-topic. I've argued that To explore the solar ...