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


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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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I am going to make a try at answering this, a couple of things to keep in mind when reading this answer. I have probably written the highest volume of way out there questions. So my views do not always represent the views of the community. I have probably written the highest volume of way out there questions. So I have had a lot of opportunity to see ...


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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 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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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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I have often observed that many groups or places of work bear the 'scars' of some of its most trying members. The sign in the office that says "flush the toilet" or "constructive criticism ONLY!", the sign in the gym saying "Don't rest the weights against the mirror". They usually come about because of one person, and persist well after that one person (and ...


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I totally sympathize with you; I had a similar experience in the past week. Like your post, I self-answered my own question, and got a lot of downvotes for it. It seems that some people are downvoting because they don't like self-answers, even if the answer is useful and accurate. That's not what downvotes should be used for.


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1 week: Mold starts growing unabated - Without the crew's weekly cleaning sessions, mold is allowed to grow on interior surfaces. Within ~1 year: Some space junk collisions have occurred - Without active ground monitoring, the station is no longer able to perform collision avoidance maneuvers. A collision worth avoiding may not occur for more than a year or ...


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In your particular case, I think you could reword your question safely, without causing much of a headache to already helpful commenters. What matters the most with such cases is that the answers (where they exist), especially those good ones, remain relevant to the question asked, as you don't want to cause problems to their authors for putting effort into ...


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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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The other question you mention: “Why is the US building a Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway” solicits arguments in favor of a mission and is, in my opinion, a good question. Your question, as originally worded, asks how people in the business make policy decisions. It may seem identical or that it is just semantics, but the two questions are very different. “...


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When people vote to close there can be a mix of reasons, there could be some "unclear what you are asking" votes there as well. When the close happens, I believe that only the most frequent reason is given. So it's possible that the message is slightly misleading in that respect, and that not all users voted that way. That said, while I am not sure, I do ...


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This question is about how a highly space-related technology works. We answer such questions all the time. We close questions about how to home-make stuff, most importantly fuel. The question does not ask how you would make a combustion chamber at home. It asks how one works in principle. I do not see any reason why that question should be closed.


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There are several good reasons to keep this question and especially it's excellent answers here and not delete them. I think that these, taken in toto override any benefit of deleting the post in question. Answers about how the appearance of objects in images from space can deviate from each other due to time, illumination, surface contamination, and color ...


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This is the original revision of the post Can it be rel to build a artificial magnetic Can it be rel to build a artificial magnetic field around mars,my thought is using Current magnetic effect to make it,but I do not know how Numerical value it need? The title was incomplete and thus misleading, the body didn't show any research effort, and the question ...


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Your response is obviously much more welcoming than anonymous down votes and close votes, so most sites on Stack Exchange try to encourage comments etc. That said, SE's position on this is that anonymous votes will always be allowed. The benefits far outweigh the downsides. And downvotes without any comment can be taken to mean "this post is not useful" at ...


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Stack Exchange provides several ways to include links in a post. If an author chooses to use one of them, then that's the author's option, and intent. Coming in and rewriting their post and reversing their choice for no discernible reason beyond "I would have done this differently" is heavy-handed, and the action does not benefit the site. The editor was ...


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The original comment and resulting discussion has been removed I was the moderator handling the flag. The offensiveness of mentioning the Dunning-Kruger effect varies greatly with usage and interpretation. You found this to mean a direct "this is what's wrong with you" attack, but that's not the popular usage of the effect. From my experience, it's a more ...


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I was one of the close-voters. My motivation for closing was that the Cybertruck is a terrestrial vehicle. It is not designed for Mars and there is no way (currently or in the near future) to get such a large vehicle to Mars. That makes it, in my opinion, a purely hypothetical, speculative, and frivolous question no added value. Hence I voted to close.


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