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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

Edit 2020-01-14: Due to yesterdays firing of two highly competent and popular community managers, I am no longer willing to take on any additional moderator roles within the Stack Exchange network. I ...
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Keeping out of censorship, politics, sex, and religion?

Unless we're talking of outright offensive, disrespectful, sexually explicit or propaganda pieces, I see no reason to edit out, rewrite, or otherwise censor any of them for political, sexual or ...
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

I'm a retired shuttle engineer with 30 years experience in mission ops at Johnson Space Center. So, "formerly active", to answer your question directly.
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

Spent a career in high performance military aviation and served in NASA's Astronaut Corp for eight years. Flew in Space once.
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Is it Starman or is it the Roadster?

Starman is in the Roadster, so therefore the correct tag should be Roadster. I think Starman should be a synonym of Roadster. According to Space-Track, the name is "TESLA ROADSTER/FALCON 9H", so it ...
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Winter Bash 2016: Do we want hats?

Of course we want hats! Why are you asking?
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Congrats to Hobbes, the first 100K member!

Why, thank you, sir. Now on to 10^7...
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Graduation of Space Exploration

I remember when this site was a rejected proposal on Area 51, and now here it is, all grown up:-) Congrats everyone!
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

I am a Software Engineer active within the industry. I'm not sure what you mean by "your typical employment is related to the space industry directly", but I work in support of such programs.
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Thank you for your trust! I am looking forward to joining the other moderators in serving the community on Space Exploration. Looks like I already joined, shortly is short indeed.
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What exactly is "PR puffery"? Where exactly is the harm, and how to distinguish between that and prior research or just plain catchy title-izing?

Woke up this morning to this spat. Thought about starting another meta thread about "uhoh" questions, but decided my material was too thin for that. I do, however, feel compelled to weigh in....
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

I work on rocket turbomachinery at the German aerospace agency DLR.
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Are unsourced yet "authoritative-sounding" answers proper here?

You're making mountains out of molehills here. On the subject of PearsonArtPhoto mentioning their rep milestones in chat: it's entirely normal and reasonable to be proud of one's achievements. I don'...
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Why can't I ask my question about amateur space projects and development?

Advice about dangerous personal amateur projects is off-topic Understand that space exploration is inherently dangerous. While there are some foolhardy people who have done amateur work in this area, ...
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Should nonsensical question titles be edited?

Titles should give a reasonable expectation for what the question is about. Drifting by, I could only deduce that the question was related to the international space station, which makes it a poor ...
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Are "I suspect..." answers okay? What if we all started writing them?

The space industry as a whole doesn't always make all of its sources publicly available. Furthermore, many of the things that we talk about on this site are hypothetical situations. Sometimes getting ...
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Keeping out of censorship, politics, sex, and religion?

The pronoun one gets awkward for me regularly. Because about 6 of 7 people on SX are men, I have always just said 'he'. But I am a woman, and know of no others here - they are here, but I don't know ...
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Are unsourced yet "authoritative-sounding" answers proper here?

There is a bit of an undefinable line here so I'll talk around what I see as the challenges: It would be great if we could have 100% documentation for answers, but in reality we have some people here ...
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Why doesn't Space.SE have an icon?

Why doesn't Space.SE use icons yet? A simple explanation is because the site is still in Beta. All Beta SE sites (except the sponsored one, like QuantumComputing.SE and ArtificialIntelligence.SE) ...
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Graduation of Space Exploration

3000 days in beta really does fly by in an instant!
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I want to ask opinion-based questions to drive community engagement. Should I?

Although they are interesting, all your examples are off-topic. If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking ...
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What exactly is "PR puffery"? Where exactly is the harm, and how to distinguish between that and prior research or just plain catchy title-izing?

What exactly is (and isn't) "PR puffery" in the context of my question posts? In general I would define "PR puffery" as using hyperboles and other "inflated" word usage ...
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Sponsorship proposal - the Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

This is a mock-up (not an actual printed t-shirt) with finalized new design for this event:     This is not in any capacity an official or Stack Exchange endorsed design for Space ...
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

I can tell you from my experience with our members that we have quite many field professionals here, from those that actually landed hardware on Mars, to those working for large space launch ...
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Do I police this site as if it were my own?

By @uhoh: @AtmosphericPrisonEscape "unclear" is not an objective concept. It's quite clear to me You have used this subjective phrasing before to justify actions. While pointing out how other's ...
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Would putting links to Space Exploration Stack Exchange on websites be a good thing for this site?

Surely SE has no control over incoming links, even if they are coming from a site run by a moderator. Incoming links are usually good (unless Google have changed their algorithms again) aren't they? ...
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Topicality of NATO phonetic alphabet

I don't feel too strongly about it, but I lean towards saying it's on-topic; we have a few "what does this terminology used by astronauts mean" questions, and just because the answer applies to ...
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Is there a way to tell how much the Apollo 11 50th anniversary bumped traffic to the site?

There was a nice bump, but it was nothing compared to the bump of the first Falcon Heavy launch. It was comparable to the bump in November of last year, which happened for a reason I can't figure out ...
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Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer?

Here's my answer but I will certainly support a new canonical Mars question if someone wants to write it. Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer? tl;dr: when the behavior rises to the ...
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