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On a site like Space Exploration, it is often not so black and white that an answer is true/false. The issues we deal with are complicated and broad in scope, and sometimes we are dealing with situations where we don't even have all the data yet. All of these could be said to apply to the question you answered. Because this is often the case here, we ...


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First of, welcome to Space Exploration, and thanks for asking this question! I have already posted some suggestion in other similar threads in our Meta, so I'll just repeat it here and perhaps expand a bit on it, as soon as I can think of other ways: Use the share and favorite buttons under questions and answers. Have you asked a question, or maybe answered ...


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Remember our be-nice policy. Leave a comment, edit the question and leave a comment describing what you did and why, and give them the chance to reply. (Consider what the OP sees: Someone takes the time to improve the question, people are responding, he may get some upvotes (always nice for a new user), ...) Then, as in Organic Marble's answer, if people ...


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I don't think such answers meet the criteria for spam. The criteria for spam is that the post: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. Sure, one can argue that they promote the poster's pet conspiracy theory, but many other answers also promote ideas shared by the poster, so that on its own shouldn't ...


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First of all, I welcome that you are wanting to improve your presentation, that is fantastic! The truth is arguably more important than presentation style, but when it's difficult to figure out the truth, that is difficult. Stack Exchange encourages the editing of sub-par answers, either by the user or others, when they contain truth that is beneficial. ...


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I didn't understand the importance of downvoting so thanks for explaining that. I don't have a deep understanding of the mechanics of the site. I've been a bit afraid of being flagged as a "serial downvoter" or being seen as "picking on" people if I downvoted much. I totally agree that to grow the site we need to attract more people and we don't want to ...


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Remember: absent users will never get better. When we're out of beta, we can start being more picky. Currently though, instead of downvoting a bad question, it's much better to edit it and make it a good question - unless it's really beyond salvation, say, lacking fundamental understanding of physics. And even "stupid questions" can get good answers. ...


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Most of those questions that you list are not good representatives of what we should strive towards, and would likely be closed as too broad if they were posted now, that the community has more-or-less spoken what's on topic on our site. One thing that needs to be considered when giving such examples is, that most were asked during first few weeks of our ...


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I think, compared to true space exploration, we are suffering from a large bias toward manned space exploration. From the top 15 questions, 6 or so are about manned space exploration. Out of professionals working in the field, the number of people actually working with manned spaceflight is much, much smaller. Manned spaceflight tends to get the most ...


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Here's my musings about the status of this site: I'm going to take a look at how our highest voted questions are really in terms of their quality. I'm going to do this by dividing them in to a few categories. Questions that an expert might use- These are questions that ask real problems that are being discussed for the medium term (20 years or so). They ...


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See What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"? How long do I have to wait before I can post again? What can I do to release the ban? How can I reactivate my account? Automatic bans never expire or "time out." This means that you cannot simply wait for a certain amount of time. If you do ...


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I too don't think such answers meet the criteria for spam. If there are no commercial links, it's probably not spam. A couple of marked exceptions: If you see a wall of text that is obviously nonsense, copy and a paste the first sentence or two into a search engine and do an exact search. If you see multiple exact copies of the same wall of text, it's spam. ...


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Science Fiction is the gateway to Science Expert. While there is a line between the two drawing it to close science fact, (IMHO) will throttle the site down to oblivion. Space exploration is in its infancy (or maybe still in gestation) in any case, the site will need to grow with the science. Much of the really good hard science is either not known or is ...


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I also fear that everyone expectation of expert level questions is unreasonable. I can do research and read ask questions but that's because I had to go out there a search for an question. Not everyone has the time to research and come up with questions. There isn't even the ability for mass questioning since space exploration isn't a topic everyone can get ...


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I am not sure what it means, but my 2 day old question Can gunpowder get you to the moon? has almost 2k hits on a site that is only getting 239 visits a day. I actually posted the question on https://scifi.stackexchange.com/ and have been extremely surprised by the both the activity there and here. I feel some of my other less popular questions here are ...


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I was pretty excited to see this site, but I'm skeptical about how long it will last. Mostly, I'm concerned about the scope. Many (most) SE sites have some questions that have potential to overlap (like ELU, ELL, and Lingustics); here we have Physics, Astronomy, SciFi, and Travel just as the obvious ones (plus other kinds of natural sciences, and ...


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