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Is Sci-Hub a stolen data site and does this pose a problem for recommending a Sci-Hub link?

In a discussion in comments below this answer I said things to the effect that if you want recommend someone click on a Sci-Hub link you should also mention that Sci-Hub is based (in part) on stealing ...
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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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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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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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Should we have an [up-goer-five] tag?

A recent question included the following line: Note that this question was translated into English by my father, who is the one typing it. I'm eight years old and I don't use SE unsupervised. ...
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Is it Starman or is it the Roadster?

After the test flight of the Falcon Heavy, we've gotten a flood of questions related to its wonderfully quirky payload. Before the launch, this payload was known as 'the Roadster', and we created a ...
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Why edit other people's posts and undo their use of in-line links?

A new user performed a substantial suggested edit to another user's answer post, changing all the in-line links to numbered links with the urls themselves moved to the bottom of the post. I rejected ...
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When the real answer may only be in links within comments below the answer, what to do or say?

This answer to What radio frequencies were used by the Soviet space program circa 1961? (“Lost Cosmonaut” recording) contains a lot of relevant perspective, and is authored by a user who regularly ...
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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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What should distinguish [tag:health] and [tag:medical]?

Currently each tag only has one question (and neither tag has a wiki summary). For health the question was Would wearing heavy clothing be enough to solve the health effects of reduced gravity on ...
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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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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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Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

Which books, journals, articles, or electronic resources are considered a must-read by scientists, engineers, etc., involved in development and design of space missions? I'm looking for the so-called ...
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FYI - Beta Graduation

I just posted Will the recent flush of Beta graduations impact sites that meet criteria? on meta.stackexchange and specifilly pointed out that Space Exploration has been meeting the graduation ...
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Congrats to Hobbes, the first 100K member!

With Russell Borogove up soon!
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Three-body versus CR3BP tags; combine them?

The three-body tag (5 questions) has the best name, but the tag info is written like a full tag Wiki rather than an excerpt. I think it can be shortened. The cr3bp tag (7 questions) has an admittedly ...
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Should one of these be closed as a duplicate of the other? If so, which one?

Two well written, well received questions each with several well written, well received answers. Each now has one close vote as a duplicate of the other. January 2019 Why are probes that tend to ...
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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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Okay if I re-ask this Space Exploration-related question from Astronomy SE here?

The well-received question in Astronomy SE What is the maximum transmission distance of the radio signal in the outer space which could still be understood? was asked in November of 2013 and so is way ...
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Are second-person edits supposed to push a question to the main page?

A new user asked "When do rockets push back on matter?", which as originally written seemed to push a particular point of view, rather than pose a genuine question. It subsequently garnered a large ...
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Does Space Exploration worth its price? Community wiki suggestion

We have here a question with the title How much did all the space agencies spent on rockets launching and space exploration? Does it worth it? What are the benefits for me and you? This question ...
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How to ask a question which has exclusively opinionated answers?

I'd like to get the opinions of members valued here on a specific topic and want to ask an opinionated question which cannot have a correct answer. This is usually not a good idea due to this site's ...
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Created “reduced-gravity-manufacturing” tag but then noticed “manufacture” tag exists, what to do?

I just created a reduced-gravity-manufacturing tag to go along with the reduced-gravity-sports and reduced-gravity-cooking tags and then enthusiastically added it to eight questions. On the last one ...
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can we do away with the 'trajectories' tag and just keep 'trajectory'?

According to this answer there can be issues when there are two tags which are singular and plural form of the same term. However it seems we have both trajectory and trajectories. It looks like the ...
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Example of dysfunctional question closing and answering?

There are good, thorough answers that can not be posted to the question Time taken for moon landing because the question is currently closed. This is because @JanDoggen voted to close as duplicate ...
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Are these questions good candidates for merging?

There are two overlapping questions, each with one or more good quality and well-received answer. Are there any CubeSats that have been launched into Geostationary (GEO/GSO) or Geostationary Transfer ...
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Is “unclear what you're asking” close reason just a catch-all for your own close reason, or does it mean what it says?

I object to closing how to find the value of a? for "unclear what you are asking" because the question is obviously perfectly clear. I think that definition creep is dangerous because once users see ...
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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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Were the moderators flagged by this user's “minor” edits? Did they find it irritating?

The question Who did I irritate enough for someone to mass downvote some of my answers? has a few answers, and discussion in comments under one of them suggest that the user's edits could be "...
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Who did I irritate enough for someone to mass downvote some of my answers?

I've been recently editing a few questions & answers on this StackExchange project again, as per my mantra of there's only one space in SpaceX. I clearly must have irritated someone with these ...
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Do we need the [technology] tag?

I just noticed we have a technology tag. It's excerpt states this: Questions relating to the use of technology to further space exploration. I'm wondering what the community's opinion is on this ...
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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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How to determine when a question should or should not be duped to “…Moon landings are real?”

I'm a little confused. I was under the impression that questions which attempted to raise conspiracy theories or challenge facts related to the Apollo Moon landings might be marked as duplicate to "...
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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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Is thre a difference between the tags [sun] and [the-sun]?

What is the difference (if any) between the tags sun and the-sun? Should they be merged, or do they refer to different topics? Note that there is currently zero overlap between the two tags; no ...
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Rename [lunar-module] to [apollo-lunar-module]

While a viable lunar mission might be some years off still, I've noted that the existing lunar-module tag is geared towards Apollo exclusively. The Lunar Module was part of the Apollo program ...
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Synonym [accident] to [failure]

I ran across accident today. It has 23 questions and no excerpt or wiki. But we already have failure (87 questions, 1 overlap), which is already the synonym for [launch-failure], [failed-mission] and [...
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Is this question really, truly off-topic while all of these other physics questions are on-topic?

The question Two 1000 kg gold spheres orbit their CM in near-contact, great way to measure G or limited by spaceflight issues? was put on hold for being off topic. It seems that using a spacecraft to ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

There are a lot of calculators, simulators, plotters, visualizers, and libraries of bits of code and models and such online. Many of us are aware of a bunch of them, and they are great learning tools ...
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Is my answer being sabotaged?

I propose the following: The block quoted text in the question Can someone help Scott Manley explain this capture maneuver? is inarticulate and pretty much meaningless in terms of explaining ...
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Is this question truly off-topic? Or are people just (over) reacting to the “may be better suited” comment?

The author of the comment addressed to me This may be better suited to a geology or physics site. says they didn't vote to close, but the comment seems to have none-the-less triggered some ...
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Best use of the 'separation' and 'stage-separation' tags

separation 11 questions stage-separation 14 questions both tags: no questions at the moment The meaning of stage-separation is probably straightforward, but what ...
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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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Identify-this-object tag potentially misapplied? Should it be slightly broadened in scope?

It was called to my attention in since-deleted comments below this answer that I might have mis-applied the identify-this-object tag a few times. Current definition: Questions which ask for an ...
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Is voting to close of this question warranted or at least defensible, or was this a bit reckless?

The question What were some of the first two stage rockets flown? has just been put on hold as duplicate to When did the concept of “stages” enter rocketry?. I feel this was a bit of reckless voting,...
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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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Intermittent denial of commenting privilege

In the last week I've gotten this occasionally I re-try and it eventually works. Maybe it's getting all judgmental on me :)
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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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Best way to ask this potentially broad question?

I am pondering asking a question on main which could turn out to be overly broad in scope. Below is the question for reference: Title: Human-rating the Saturn V using modern standards ...
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What's the easiest way to get a link directly to an answer?

I can get the link to a question by hovering the cursor over its title. What's the smart way to get a direct link to one of the answers? The only way I know is to go to the user's page and hunt for ...

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