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I'm taking a leave of absence from moderating

Update 1/20/2020: called2voyage has resumed moderation, more info here. I’ve wrestled for some time with how to approach this issue, but I’ve finally come to a decision. The bottom-line is that it ...
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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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Space.SE moderator resignation

Due to a highly turbulent situation, the moderator status network wide is very chaotic. Main meta post: Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Returning to moderation

I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of resignation over the weekend, and one thing that kept going through my head was Jon Ericson's blog post. Despite what he had to say about ...
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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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Winter Bash 2016: Do we want hats?

It's that time of year again! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even though we typically hate it, it’s time to have some fun...with hats! That’s right - it’s time for Winter Bash ...
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Would it be useful to be able to put videos in questions and answers?

I was going to do this the other day with two videos of the Antares explosion this week. The question regarded analysis of the video so it would have been relevant. It occurs to me that animations ...
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Collection of space exploration related infographics

Infographics can be quite convenient sometimes, collating information from multiple sources and/or describing complex concepts in easy to understand and often visually pleasing way. Problem is, there ...
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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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Regarding moderating the new Code of Conduct

To hopefully alleviate concerns regarding the new Code of Conduct, I want to explain how I intend to moderate regarding pronoun use. When speaking generically, posts should use gender neutral ...
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Sponsorship proposal - the Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

This meeting is held every year by LEAG, a division of NASA that oversees lunar exploration objectives. It is attended by the best in the area of lunar science and exploration. This year I am going ...
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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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Congrats to Hobbes, the first 100K member!

With Russell Borogove up soon!
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Space Exploration's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Note: The election date was pushed back a month, due to some ongoing back-end work on the election mechanics, in order to automate some steps. Summary: Space Exploration Stack Exchange will begin the ...
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Writing equations (Mathjax and alternatives)

How important does everyone feel that equations are here? Other communities like physics and math uses MathJax, which will render equations typed in LaTeX. That has to be added to the site code, and ...
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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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What shall our canonical question and answer regarding moon hoax conspiracy theories be?

Official community answer regarding the reality of the Apollo moon landings here: How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? Overall voting, on both our questions here in Meta on how to ...
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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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…And then there was silence… (to our esteemed CMs)

TildalWave has quit his moderator's position. Our esteemed CMs were quick to clean up the details of his resignation and chat transcripts, but are obviously playing the Cunctator when it comes to ...
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

This question really has very little relevance, and truly is only being asked from my own curiosity but; How many Space Exploration Stack Exchange members are active in the space industry? To ...
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Are we downvoting enough?

Stack Exchange has a built in system that blocks a user from asking more questions if their others have been low quality. From this Help Center page: Stack Exchange has automatic filters in place ...
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Worldbuilding's writing a blog post about TRAPPIST-1. What should we include in it?

From user HDE 226868, : Yes, this meta question is on the right site. Trust me. Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has a blog, and it was suggested that we put together a post about the recent ...
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This site has accessibility problems

In my opinion, too many questions and too many answers rely on images and videos. To be accessible to the visually impaired, authors who use images in their questions and answers should write ...
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What should our chat room's name be?

"Space Exploration" is the default name for our chat room, but that's a little on the bland side. What would be a fitting name for the default SpaceEx room?
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2017, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — Hohmannfan — has stepped down from their ...
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Do we want to touch the “moon hoax”?

There was recently a question from someone new who came just to ask about the 'obvious moon hoax'. I wouldn't be surprised if this has come up a bunch of other times. @Mark Bailey tried to save the ...
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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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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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Space.SE resolution: 1000+ questions by year end

I would like all of us to make one rather reasonable resolution, to ask at least 1000 questions by New Year's Day 2014. This is a perfectly reasonable number to target, and should be close to our ...
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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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1,099 Unanswered Questions - What should we do, if anything?

I filtered by unanswered recently (no not just no accepted answer, not answered at all): https://space.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=MostVotes&filters=NoAnswers&edited=true It seems we ...
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Keeping out of censorship, politics, sex, and religion?

Should users with editorial powers go around and "fix" the following items: an original poster's (frivolous or not) mention of the Lord (this); personal pronouns (replacing "he" for s/he or she or ...
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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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Are we downvoting too much?

I've noticed a few questions lately where the question was downvoted because the questioner didn't understand the physics behind his question. This one for example: a question about exceeding light ...
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Haaaaaaaaaaaaaats!

Stack Exchange last year did an end of the year party featuring special hats. They want to know if we want to do the same thing this year to our site. So, do we want hats?
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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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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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Feature request: add marvosym package to our MathJax set (for celestial body symbols)

\usepackage{marvosym} allows you to write M_\Sun or r_\Earth to have variables annotated ...
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Using the diaeresis ( ¨ ) in questions and answers?

Before this blows up in edit and comment wars (it is already happening), I want to get meta consensus on what to do. One particular user prefers to use an uncommon variant spelling for certain words: ...
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Let's try and answer the unanswered questions!

Let's see what we can do to answer the unanswered questions. I was able to answer one about cryogenic propulsion recently, and I'm suspecting more can be answered. I'm going to place a few bounties on ...
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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 this alright as a Community Ad? Any other proposals?

For a while we posted Community Ads on other Stack Exchange sites to boost our traffic a bit. The original ones, from this post can no longer be used because the size has changed, and for the most ...
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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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Summer of Space

There are 3 large potentially helpful sources of questions that are going on right now. I suggest we take as much advantage of them as possible, to see if we can get this site promoted to the next ...
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Questions for Space Exploration Mod Nominees

If anyone has any questions for the Space Exploration mod nominees, please post them below in an answer and the candidates can edit in their responses.
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How could us moderators improve?

I'm a freshman in all this moderation business, at least as far as Stack Exchange moderation goes. If you look at the date when us pro tempore moderators were selected by the community managers, it ...
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Winter Bash 2014 Hat Dash Yay or Nay?

Remember last year's Haaaaaaaaaaaaaats!? Stack Exchange is going to repeat it this year, and asked us if we want it on Space Exploration, too. What is it? Winter Bash is an annual event that can ...
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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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