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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 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, ...


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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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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 title. Unless, of course, most others immediately get what "tennis racket" has to do with the station, which I doubt. On a more general note, "The Right Thing to ...


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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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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've never seen anything like the wanton retribution described in that ten year old answer happen here in Space SE or anywhere else for that matter. The accepted ten year old answer that begins with Yes. It's encouraged (answering your own question). Accept it if it's the best answer. and has ten times the votes, so there's that... Here's an example ...


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There's been a lot of chaos and upheaval in the community of late (which is why some other moderators have resigned). Stack Exchange has been plugging their pending community council as a potential solution We’ve completed the process of defining how our moderator council will be structured, shared an internal framework for asking coworkers tough community ...


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Stack Exchange is not a social network and is not intended or designed for contacting other people directly. If you have questions about using the site, ask on Meta Space Exploration. I have already migrated your question there. You need 5 reputation to participate in Meta. If there is a problem with a particular question, comment, or answer, and a ...


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


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I've done it a few times 1, with no backlash, for things that I already knew the answer to. When I run across / think of something that might be interesting / amusing / little-known. If it's something I don't know the answer to, but later figure it out, I'll answer if no one else does. Then sometimes someone else posts a far superior answer and I delete ...


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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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Moderators have to spend most of their time doing janitorial work (like cleaning the mess left behind by a spammer, etc..). The more time the moderators of a given site spend doing these janitorial work the more cleaner and healthier is the site. So How much of your precious time would you be able to invest in doing moderation stuff? Answers: William R. ...


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How much experienced are you at doing moderation stuff? Indicators of your experience as a moderator are your reviews, editing, votes casted, reputation across the network, etc. You should organize your answer in the following format: Network-wide flair No. Of edits done (here or/and across other parts of SE network) No. of reviews done (here or/and ...


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GdD removed their nomination within 10 minutes of the nomination window closing.


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Answers that rely heavily on images and videos are frowned upon here. There are a couple reasons for this: For images specifically, an answer is usually clearer if there is an explanation. Not everyone has the context to understand what a picture shows. For images and video, it is bad for accessibility to rely on the images and videos because someone with a ...


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I'm not fond of forming policy around a single piece of software. If this question is generalized to simulation software, I would say questions about said software should be on topic here insofar as it relates to industry usage of said software. In this case, KSP's primary industry usage is for outreach, so I'm inclined to agree with uhoh that asking about ...


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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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It is possible for users to also participate in communication. We can read and vote accordingly on the comments and answers to the heavily downvoted An Update to our Community and an Apology. update: @Machavity's comment is high importance so I'll echo it in this post: Apology 2.0 seems to have finally learned the lessons V1 did not but let's wait to ...


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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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I think that as long as the answer has a positive contribution, this positive contribution as voted on as per the SE standards is still a contribution. A self answered question with a good amount of votes for this self answer in itself has a reason to exist, simply because multiple people took the time to read and upvote the self answer. Even if a self ...


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I'll add a contra-position answer to permit voting. I think any questions in the Space Exploration Stack Exchange should make it clear how they are related explicitly to the exploration of space, particularly by the use of space craft. If we were to extend the remit to all topics that relate to knowledge of space, such as celestial mechanics, we end up ...


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I'm sure there are questions that are related to COVID-19 and space travel, but just a generic "What are the plans for the entire agency" is a bit too broad... Try to be specific.


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AFAIK it's on-topic so is allowed. The only issue is that, like a lot of questions to which the answers are not known ("What are the details of this SpaceX device exactly?") it will probably attract bad speculative unsourced answers. But you never know. Somebody might write a good answer.


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Woo, second to 100K -- I'm the Buzz Aldrin of space.se! Hm, wait, Organic Marble might be more likely to punch a denier.


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Whether or not recommending Sci-Hub links is already dealt with in another question. As for mentioning that the site is dangerous and will steal your data, that is based on a misunderstanding about how the site obtains the credentials it uses to bypass paywalls. It does not attack its visitors, nor does it download anything malicious onto your computer. What ...


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The right answer is the 3rd or 4th one. The idea behind Stack Exchange is for the communities to be self-governing, self-governing is how things should go.


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