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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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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 to have quite a couple of either active or former personell in the industry or government agencies which regularly produce incredible answers. Its those kinds of ...


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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 starts getting dangerously close to export control issues, both under ITAR and EAR. It's important to note that ITAR and EAR do not necessarily prohibit building ...


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There is a new-is alliterative user who has asked a whole series of "list" questions. This would pass your "pure joy" test. I judge each one, and unless I can see a point to the question I select the "not useful" option. If the user were to present some context for the questions, that may well sway my judgement, in just the same ...


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This is a question and answer site, not a discussion forum. Crafting a question because you find a factoid "is simply interesting" is not really appropriate. The question you chose as your example isn't a particularly good one, as it shouldn't be caught by this guidence, as there is an implicit "I have a problem understanding the implications/...


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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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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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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 fiction to be "waste of time" might disagree. While I somewhat understand the sentiment that comment likely came from,* I personally don't agree with it ...


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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 part of the base question itself. Yes, this line can be fuzzy in certain creative hypothetical scenarios, such as ones I have been guilty of getting a little ...


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As demonstrated by you being easily able to answer it yourself in an attempt to prevent it being closed: In fact, I think this question should be added to the "case" for an insufficient research (insta)close reason. And now you continue to waste people's time by dragging it into Meta.


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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 be solved with the proposed solution? (the single example cited was easily and quickly handled with current tools) How many examples of this problem can be cited ...


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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. e.g. in the OP there was no clue as to the test environment (town backyard vs. licensed club area in a desert) no context about the size of the rocket or ...


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