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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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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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"Please invent my invention" or "Would X work?" questions; suitability and topicality?

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....
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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

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 ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

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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Why edit other people's posts and undo their use of in-line links?

Changing the markup without changing what the resulting post looks like, seems pointless to me.
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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

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 ...
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Why delete a question with so many well-written and received answers?

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 ...
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Truth vs Presentation

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 ...
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Why edit other people's posts and undo their use of in-line links?

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 ...
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What question concerning KSP are on topic?

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 ...
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Am I really "wasting people's time" by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

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 ...
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What's going on with all the downvoting on my answers here?

Looking at that one specifically, it is very obvious you didn't like Bob's answer, despite it being accurate (he wrote Yes, along with info as to why it wasn't used), and wrote a bit of an attack on ...
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"Please invent my invention" or "Would X work?" questions; suitability and topicality?

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 ...
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Is my answer being sabotaged?

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 ...
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Answering "What would happen to the ISS if we stopped maintaining it"

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 ...
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What is it about this question that makes people want to close it despite the engineering-based answers?

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 ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The practical problems bit was placed for Stack Overflow. It doesn't apply to every site. Very few questions on this site are facing real life problems, and that doesn't apply to this site.
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Truth vs Presentation

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 ...
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Why should the question below be closed when there is no specific answer to it?

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 ...
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What might these silent close-voters' reasons have been? How might I address them?

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 ...
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Is the anonymous, silent down-vote plus close-vote for "unclear" on a new user's question welcoming?

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 ...
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Is the anonymous, silent down-vote plus close-vote for "unclear" on a new user's question welcoming?

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 ...
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Combustion chamber question on topic?

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 ...
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Why was my flagging a Dunning-Kruger effect comment declined?

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 ...

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