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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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Do we need both “scope” and “off-topic” tags on meta?

I've noticed we have both scope and off-topic tagged questions in meta.space.se. Do we really need both of them? I prefer the scope tag, and I think we could make ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Contacting space agencies PAO (public affairs' offices)?

Yes, I do know about the premature attempt to contact NASA when the site was in Area 51 (sigh). However, now things are different, and it may be much more suitable (and safe :( ) for Public Affairs ...
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Are questions about extraterrestrial life on-topic?

It would seem to me that the search for life on other planets or moons would be an important part of space exploration, even if it isn't directly related to colonization. However, I have seen mixed ...
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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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Why were my tag edits rejected?

Yesterday I edited some tags. They were all rejected. In my opinion, they were improvements to the current tags. The tags I edited were either empty or just one liners: "Questions relating to so ...
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When (if ever) should a question include general reference links?

I asked a question in which I provided a link to Wikipedia for a term that seemed likely to be unfamiliar to many here, but now I am wondering if such was appropriate/helpful. (If I had not provided ...
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What term should be used for *naut?

While I do not object to the use of astronaut as inclusive of cosmonauts, taikonauts (which Wikipedia indicates is a media term with limited use), astronauts "proper", and any other 'naut, even within ...
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How to put a human on Mars

Not sure if this should be a question here or not. But BBC just published this, which happens to be like two days after our public beta started. Is there a relationship in the timing?
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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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Space law and Stack Exchange policy on legal advice

Relevant Q&As from MetaSO: Not the Place for Legal Questions Is there a Stack Exchange site for Law Questions? If not, why not? Is "consult your lawyer" a valid answer to legal ...
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Adding online capability to draw orbits within posts

This is a long-shot question: User Experience SE users can draw Balsamiq mockups in their questions and answers. Electrical Engineering SE users can draw schematics. Maths and physics sites can use ...
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Can't find space exploration on http://stackexchange.com/sites

We're in public beta now. Why can't I find space on http://stackexchange.com/sites ?
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Are enthusiasts being discouraged?

So far we have questions such as getting more professional questions and a few others that i could link to here on meta. Whilst I am in agreement that getting a higher quantity of professional ...
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Did we just go Public Beta?

I just noticed that our privilege requirements changed to those of a public beta site. Did we just graduate to public beta?
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Should we have an agreed standard efficiency for solar energy?

Relating to questions such as how far from the sun can solar power be used as a reliable energy source Myself and tildalwave had a brief discussion about a proposed standard so that all questions ...
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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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Commitment instructions - How to follow them?

Given that most people that have chosen to commit are not experts, how is it reasonable to ask for the following?: I commit to participate actively in XYZ for at least three months, especially ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the ETA on Public Beta?

Just curious, about when will be break out of our private beta cage and let the hordes in? Are there any special benchmarks we need to meet first? Special A51 stats?
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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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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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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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Do duplicates affect the 'answered' ratio?

I don't even know if this is the right place to ask. https://space.stackexchange.com/help/duplicates does not say anything if duplicates, that are marked as such, are counted as questions that haven ...
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Collaborative math

Questions like this one Energy cost of bringing the space shuttle external tank to orbit make me wish there was some sort of embeddable collaborative math option. Something that would let you create ...
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Should we say 'ISS' or 'the ISS'?

I have been editing things like this: How are we getting stuff to ISS into How are we getting stuff to the ISS? Is it proper to do this, or is it right to just say 'ISS'?
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Alternative domain name to be less confusing

So, I can understand how given the domain name space, it could cause some confusion. Anyone have a suggestion that would be less confusing? The title of the website should remain the same.
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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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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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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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Is military use of space on topic? Is weaponry testing on topic?

There are military aspects of space exploration. The space technology is hugely impacted by the military needs and applications on the levels of spacecraft designs, available technologies, ...
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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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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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Moderator Nominations

If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed ...
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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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Is 'feasibility' a useful tag?

I created feasibility for Could a partial space elevator be practical and useful?, but I am wondering if such would be a useful tag. (I do not remember if I read the article/blog post about the evils ...
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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 ...
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Is extraterrestrial planetary exploration (eg. Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan) on-topic in Space Exploration?

"Space" in space exploration could mean many different things to many different people here. For example, I would say that almost everything that the NASA JPL does with government or corporate ...
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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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Policy on recycling example questions from Area 51

I've not followed a proposal all the way though beta before. We have example questions that are submitted in the definition phase. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration?...
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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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