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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

I don't think you're "wasting people's time" with that particular question, although I suppose people who are only interested in real-world space exploration and who consider games and ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

I agree, to take that wording literally would wipe out hundreds of interesting questions about space exploration history. (Unless, I guess, the questioner is writing a book about space exploration)
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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

I think there is some concern as to the scope of this site, and it is a reasonable concern. Because the tone we set for the questions might make a difference in attracting experts. We are very lucky ...
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"I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Physics SE" is bad and here's why

I agree, the correct course of action should be: Is the question on topic here? Check the help center and meta. If you don't have time to check these, just say "I'm not sure this is a good fit ...
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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

I think fictitious subject matter clearly crosses a line. Our guideline for questions in the past has been that the fictive elements should be supporting information for the main question and not be ...
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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?

My concern in the OP was directed towards the specific issue of there being a question asked out of context and and then potentially answered out of context - which did indeed happen in the comments. ...
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Should the policy against 'shopping' questions operate the same way here?

Thank you briligg, for posting this question. I admit that I was unaware of the shopping question issue, as I was unaware when someone previously asked about attitude control systems for cubesats. ...
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Should the policy against 'shopping' questions operate the same way here?

Let's look at this question from a different angle than the shopping angle. Based on the parameters in the question, we're talking about the type of engine you would have on a model rocket not bound ...
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What is it about this question that makes people want to close it despite the engineering-based answers?

I was one of the close-voters. My motivation for closing was that the Cybertruck is a terrestrial vehicle. It is not designed for Mars and there is no way (currently or in the near future) to get such ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The practical problems bit was placed for Stack Overflow. It doesn't apply to every site. Very few questions on this site are facing real life problems, and that doesn't apply to this site.
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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?

This answer is not intended to compete with @Puffin's answer but rather to supplement it. Issues of whether we as a community think questions about rocket guidance are "safe" aside, this ...
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Should we also close "Are the Mars landings real?" questions as duplicates of "Are the Moon landings real"?

Yes, we should. Three of the five points in the main answer of How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? are directly applicable. The fourth applies as well, though it's written to address ...
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My question was closed for being off-topic even though the admins moved it here

Preamble It can be frustrating at first to have a question shuttled around like this, and it may be more so for a relatively new user to Stack Exchange. The cure for that feeling is to ask more ...
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My question was closed for being off-topic even though the admins moved it here

Sometimes, there's just not a community where a question is a good fit. We have had Dyson sphere questions here before, but we've never explicitly determined their topicality. It seems in this case, ...
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At what point does a question about what happens inside a rocket engine become absolutely off-topic? (rocket fuel reaction products chemistry)

There are many fields of science and engineering that overlap space exploration. Certainly chemistry is one, as is physics, biology, geology, etc. Chemistry is important to space exploration in more ...
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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

I felt it was clearly off topic but was wary of mentioning it and earning a tumbril ride. So I added kerbal-space-program to my list of ignored tags. Time wasted, < 2 minutes. Time saved in future!
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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?

There certainly are several reasons why that reason could be used. It's my understanding that the primary reason to close for "unclear what you are asking" is to give the asker a chance to fix the ...
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Isn't this question on-topic and shouldn't it be reopened? No need to block answers nor migrate, is there?

This should be on topic. It's a bit borderline, but would fall under the realm of planetary science and orbital mechanics, both of which are valid subjects here. The same question would also be on ...
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

It was previously ruled as on topic (technically ruled as "not strictly off topic"), but this is definitely one of those borderline cases. I think we need a new meta question about what is on/off ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

(Extended from comment.) I think the question boils down to: do we want to answer trivial questions or not. Both direction has some dangers. Disadvantages of making them off-topic: It would cause ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

I understand the sentiment and concern but before adding more features to the site let's do our homework. What existing, documented problem that could not be addressed with existing tools would now ...
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At what point does a question about what happens inside a rocket engine become absolutely off-topic? (rocket fuel reaction products chemistry)

Chemical reactions should need to demonstrate that they are suitable for use in a rocket engine, before they can be considered on-topic here. Otherwise, you are literally opening up every possible ...
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"I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Physics SE" is bad and here's why

A recently closed question highlights why this may continue to happen (in my opinion). The question is clearly not related to space exploration as written (focusses on aircraft), yet I can't vote to ...
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"I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Physics SE" is bad and here's why

"because it belongs on X" is simply not a close reason. It most certainly is. I emphatically disagree with the premise of this question. This site gets lots of science fiction and world ...
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Should we also close "Are the Mars landings real?" questions as duplicates of "Are the Moon landings real"?

There has been a recent cluster of questions insinuating that Chinese/CNSA landings on Mars are fake. I want to make it clear that such questions are just as bad as those that allege that U.S./NASA ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

I stopped participating in Space.SE three months ago, because another user said he would no longer answer my questions because he felt I already knew the answers. So if you don't do any research, some ...
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

There is no contradiction between upvotes and votes to close. It happened multiple times that I casted both an upvote and a vote to close on the same question. Upvoting is for good questions. A ...
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

I initiated the closure, so I think I should post the original reasoning I gave, along with the points on which I feel convinced that the question in question should remain closed. I'm voting to ...
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