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Why, thank you, sir. Now on to 10^7...


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In 30 years of reading and writing in English a lot, I've never come across words with a diaeresis. Words that are spelled with accents in other languages (French, German, Dutch) invariably lose them in English. In English, the diaeresis was considered obsolete by 1960. it is far less commonly used in words such as coöperate and reënter except in a ...


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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 aviation as well as astronautics doesn't make it off-topic. I agree that we don't need one Q/A per NATO phonetic alphabet codeword. :)


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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) will have the generic beta theme, including favicon with an SE-bubble with either letter or symbol inside it. The more complex detail is... since Design-...


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Why do people edit other people's posts here? Ever SE site is different, has different norms and behaviors that deviate somewhat from the global average of all nearly 200 SE sites. This one is quite friendly and collegial and many longer-time as well as new-ish users will edit other people's posts. 95% or maybe more of the time it's welcomed, and when it ...


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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 at the moment. The launch of Falcon Heavy continues to be the time of most activity on this site, including even the private beta. In the last year it had the ...


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I would run if and only if nobody better placed does (and of course only if the community would welcome me). My activity on Space Exploration has been moderate, but I am an active moderator over at Earth Science Stack Exchange, which has some overlap with Space Exploration (my day-to-day-work is with weather satellites, which involve both Space Exploration ...


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Search-ability is a highly desirable characteristic for posts. Non-standard fancy stuff that could potentially interfere with the use of some search engines or using SE's internal search can lead to someone not seeing a useful post, and that's bad. This is related to why MathJax in titles? is strongly discouraged for example. But searches go beyond titles ...


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I'm against issuing a specific regulation on this sort of questions. JCRM is right - if the question didn't show any research effort or is completely misguided, we already have tools to deal with that. Downvotes, close votes (unclear, off-topic, too broad). Sometimes though the questions are quite interesting, and yield good answers referencing obscure but ...


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Regarding your title question, the answer is no. Up votes are for good posts, and you have extensive guidance on what makes a good post, both in the help pages, the faq, and from many individuals across Stack Exchange who have talked to you about this. We absolutely do not want you to upvote everything regardless of quality - your profile suggests you ...


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Changing the markup without changing what the resulting post looks like, seems pointless to me.


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IMHO it's about right on questions. I'd like to see more downvoting on answers without references or other forms of backup.


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I think that one was unfairly downvoted, and at a guess I'd say it is because we have quite a few users who don't understand physics beyond the basics. Look at the spread of highly upvoted and downvoted answers - simple, common ones get more upvotes. Overall, though, I don't think we are too harsh. It would be nice to see more upvotes, but in the main most ...


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It seems perfectly reasonable to me to ask STK questions here.


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This has been discussed extensively before, see Would a “Speculation” tag be useful?, and the linked questions and discussions. The preferred tag, in the cases where the question is on topic is design-alternative. It was selected over hypothetical-invention and hypothetical-scenario. hypothetical is even more ambiguous than the two. We don't want this tag.


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The best way to help moderators is review queues. That leaves the mods to focus on the moderator-only queues. And by all means, continue to flag. That was the standing advice when Workplace.SE had no active moderators


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Site stats as of today: questions 11,647 answers 18,058 answered 90% users 23,888 visits/day 6,153 90% is probably in the "typical" or "normal" or "healthy" range for a Stack Exchange site. The statistics cited in @called2voyage's comments below the question further indicate that the unanswered 10% is somewhat explainable; ...


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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 phrasing or actions are not objective/somehow not understandable to you, you yourself commit to courses of action that are not objective and far from obvious. ...


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I don't think so. There's tons of ways to note that it isn't official, and we don't have a URL that would indicate this is the fact. Some times people post such things anyways, but I don't think adding a disclaimer anywhere would change that fact in any meaningful way.


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For some it may be one question every couple of days. For others it may be a few a day. It is not really a useful metric - and certainly not one you should aim at at the expense of other factors. There is not an optimal rate that benefits you or the site. Instead, focus on high quality posts. If you can make good posts that the community appreciates, you ...


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A single well received answer can garner that many votes in a day. But I am always surprised which of my answers are well received. So difficult to predict, at least for me.


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My take on this. The Space Shuttle is always a spacecraft, and occasionally a plane. That means pretty much every question you have about it is on-topic here. By contrast, only specific aspects about the shuttle are on-topic at aviation.SE, in most cases that means the landing phase. If a question is on-topic both places, you should consider where the ...


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My two cents: Post the question as-is (with the whole list), then make an answer with the ones you know and make it community wiki so that the answer can be edited and no single person reaps in all the rep for it. If answers still come in too fast, we can put the question on hold or protect it (I think you can still edit answers if the question is on hold ...


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I'll weigh in as well, I think this is not a good idea. The problem with opinions is that everybody has one and opening the door to letting people share them will wipe out any pretense of being authoritative. I don't see why chat couldn't work for this. I'm not really a user - the few times I've looked it at, it's full of wooo Elon is cool, but can't rooms ...


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The first four use structure in a different way than the last. For the first four, I think the design tag would work well, or the more specific engine-design. For the last one, it is talking about structuring plans for an agency. I think the planning tag would be better there.


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We get those because Stack Overflow Blog is one of our feeds. Since that is the official Stack Exchange blog, we have it as a feed so that we can quickly see any SE updates. The blog also happens to have a lot of material geared toward Stack Overflow specifically, but we can't tailor which posts we get from the feed except by deleting them from the chat room ...


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The reason (as discussed in both those posts Andrew linked to) is that having EDIT: makes it harder for future readers. Any question should be able to stand alone, with any comments wrapped in to the post and deleted. That edit or update timeline is really only useful for folks reading and answering as a question is updated, which should be a small ...


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The SI standard says: Following the 9th CGPM (1948, Resolution 7) and the 22nd CGPM (2003, Resolution 10), for numbers with many digits the digits may be divided into groups of three by a thin space, in order to facilitate reading. Neither dots nor commas are inserted in the spaces between groups of three. However, when there are only four digits before ...


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Speaking from experience, people wouldn't read it anyways. It's not as big a deal here as it is in other places, though. You can always reword a decent question (via edits) into ones that aren't conversational but answerable (provided it's not Too Broad like the example). At least he did take that advice and break his question up


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It looks like the names have become official, as they are referenced on the SpaceX website: This first private lunar passenger flight, featuring a fly-by of the Moon as part of a weeklong mission, will help fund development of SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy (formerly known as BFR), an important step in enabling access for everyday people who dream of ...


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