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Too many questions about Starlink

As of 12:30 UCT on the 15th of January 2020, four of the fifteen newest questions are about Starlink satellites. Should we consider having one, definitive answer and closing any new questions as ...
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Is “what star did I see?” on topic?

What do we do with questions that can be answered easily by opening Stellarium or other similar software, such as Several stars in line Which Planet/Star is it? What's that very bright star (south-...
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I'm taking a leave of absence from moderating

I’ve wrestled for some time with how to approach this issue, but I’ve finally come to a decision. The bottom-line is that it appears SE is becoming unhealthy, and I don’t feel it would be wise for me ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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“MathJax help” link is broken

When the user is asking or editing a question, a "MathJax help" link is present on the right-hand side of the screen. The link is to http://www.math.harvard.edu/texman/ Currently, this only leads to ...
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Duplicate Sagittarius A* tags

We have tags for both sgr-a and sagittarius-a, which should presumably be merged. The actual usage of both of these tags shows they are both actually being applied to questions about Sagittarius A* ...
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Do we need a notice about billionaire space ventures?

It seems that every time a certain billionaire launches a bunch of satellites in his quest to inflict the internet on every last corner of the Earth we get a whole bunch of "what are these objects ...
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Regarding moderating the new Code of Conduct

To hopefully alleviate concerns regarding the new Code of Conduct, I want to explain how I intend to moderate regarding pronoun use. When speaking generically, posts should use gender neutral ...
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Should I change the title of my question to make the results more searchable?

My question Who is Sifter, and what is “the so-called Sifter flare” exists only because the linked BBC news item wrote "Sifter flare" where it should have written Seyfert flare. The BBC News article ...
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Can we consider Indian Astrology as astronomy?

Indian Astrology has mentioned about the basics of modern astrology. Apart from Varaha Samhita any other texts available on Indian Astrology/ Jyotish?
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Why was this question voted down?

This question asks how to obtain peridicities from a signal. It seems on-topic if very specific to me, dealing with one of the main activities of astronomy (signal processing). However, it was voted ...
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Is TESS a sky-survey? Is the tag sufficiently broad for all kinds of surveys?

The sky-survey tag currently has 21 questions after I added it to Any plans for TESS after it finishes northern sky survey? For background, Wikipedia's Astronomical survey says An astronomical ...
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Spectroscopy Spectrometry Spectra and Spectrum tags; is there room for some consolidation?

Here are four related tags and their current question count: spectroscopy (100) (101) spectra (60) spectrum (13) spectrometry (10) Here are three related questions about them: As terms and as ...
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Why was my comment deleted, and this this replacement comment okay?

I'd left a "lead by example" comment addressed to the user who wrote an extended comment about why they'd chosen to immediately close What would happen if a Sun-like star were to consume a Jupiter-...
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Can I nominate someone for an award for answering an extremely tough question?

Is there a way of asking for someone to receive a medal or badge such as "badge for answering an extremely tough question that many other people struggled to answer?" In this particular case I am ...
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Should this question about touching event horizons really be closed as duplicate?

The question If two black hole event horizons overlap (touch) can they ever separate again? is well received with +32 upvotes currently and has two well received answers with +32 and +24 votes as well....
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Strange problem creating sunspots tag & should we have a sunspots tag?

As was noted in comments below the question Is the longitude assigned to sunspots spherical or projected? it is impossible to create a sunspots tag. Trying to do so results in the error message: ...
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How long, under current policy (as of 6/18/2019), do closed questions remain visible?

I've asked a question for which I feel a zero score to be appropriate, and I have no objections to any of the comments posted about it, but it has content, and has received comments, which I feel may ...
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Can we 🐻 to have emoji in posts?

The well-received and hot network question If a massive object like Jupiter flew past the Earth how close would it need to come to pull people off of the surface? includes the phrase I understand ...
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Are questions asking for help with calculations and results on or off topic?

As the title states, are questions that ask for help with calculations, or help with the results of the said calculations, on-topic? or are they off-topic, and would have a better home on a site like ...
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Is the [ufo] tag on-topic for this site?

Is the [ufo] tag actually on-topic for this site? The help page discourages questions about satellites and notes we are not a UFO-reporting site. Most of the questions tagged with this are of the "...
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Is there any way to tell which questions a deleted user effected?

Recently a user got deleted and I would like to see which questions that has effected. When I delete my account does this also happen to other users?
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Are all questions asking for simple explanations really off-topic? Or should we rethink the site's “purpose” statement?

A comment on the question How moon is visible during sun is still shining, simple explanation please! says in part: I appreciate your attempt to meet the OP's request for a simple explanation, but ...
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What gives with all these comments about “too many images” in some of my posts?

This comment: ...the rest (the "fluff" actually makes it harder to read your post. This is definitely one of those times when adding pictures really detracts from the answer. in regards to this ...
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What is the difference between the “chemistry” and “astrochemistry” tags?

Both the chemistry and astrochemistry tags have over a dozen questions. However there are only four questions that have both tags, and three of those are mine, probably in anticipation that they ...
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Reputation transfer

I note that there was a merge between astronomy and physics SE some time ago, before another astronomy SE was made. My question is, that if there is even a similar transfer, would badges and ...
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Are questions about phenomenon only observed in certain YouTube channels on-topic?

The question What phenomenon causes “lunar waves”? links to YouTube videos posted by individual contributors, one laments being ignored by the scientific community. The comment exchange is extensive ...
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Nuclear physics, relativity theory and quantum mechanic on Astronomy SE

Are questions about nuclear physics, relativity theory and quantum mechanics on topic? I'm asking this because I'm trying to send a question about relativity theory on SE. But I don't know where can I ...
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What stellar content do we want to share with Twitter?

As of late yesterday, Stack Exchange has revived its official Twitter account, @StackExchange. It had been used intermittently/actually-not-at-all for several years,...
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When can a “beta” site become an official one?

I wondered for a long time what is the difference between a "beta" site and an official one. I have a major problem at school when the lightspeed systems blocks the beta sites but not the official ...
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This month's focus tag: white-dwarf

Sorry for the delay in the focus tag this month! Last month we took a close look at the topic of tidal forces. This month's focus tag is white-dwarf. Featured Question: Is there a possibility that a ...
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Is there really a use to having separate [time] and [date-time] tags?

I question the need for having separate time and date-time tags. I think those concepts will rarely be distinct in terms of the questions we have here. What do you think? My inclination would be to ...
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Why was this answer deleted? Is it possible to re-open and this link added to it?

This answer (viewable to those with rep > 10k on "alpha sites", 2k on beta) to the question Which star did Uranus occult in 1977 when the planet's rings were discovered? seems useful. The author never ...
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Destroy the [science] tag

I think the science tag should be removed, and maybe even blacklisted from the site. The way it is currently used it does not really mean anything, and I don't really see it being that fruitful of a ...
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Should [observation] and [observational-astronomy] be merged?

observation and observational-astronomy seem to more or less mean the same thing. Should these tags be merged? Which name should be favored?
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Am I a sea lion?

I've been told that I am sealioning. From my perspective this answer is general screen shots and a bit of block quoted text tangentially related to the topic, but in no way addresses the question. ...
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Interest in looking into adding the YouTube viewer?

Adding a feature to a site requires some investigation into community interest and to use cases. Here's a successful example. In that case the feature was MathJax and the issue was load time and ...
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Blog Status Update #1

You might have heard that we're trying to rustle up support for a site blog. It seems like we have a critical mass of potential writers such that it should be able to support itself with content for ...
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This month's focus tag: tidal-forces

Happy New Year! Last month we took a close look at the topic of dust. This month's focus tag is tidal-forces. Featured Question: How did Mars come to have a 24 hour 39 minute day? This question ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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I can't find this site's “homework policy” or find out how “suspected homework question askers” should be treated

Similar to what I described in another meta post I've just seen a first time user become a "suspect" and discussed in the third person like they'd broken some rule, rather than have someone helpfully ...
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Do you want to write for our blog?

About a month ago, I set forth the idea for an unofficial blog for Astronomy Stack Exchange. It's garnered some support so far for the idea, but we need to know that people are actually willing to ...
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This month's focus tag: dust

Welcome to our new series of monthly focus tags! This month's focus tag is dust. Featured Question: What is the difference between gas and dust in astronomy? This question is great to start off with ...
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Monthly focus tag

There seems to be an interest in reviving the topic of the week in some form: Should we revive the Topic of the Week? My proposal is based on the top upvoted "topic of the month" idea there. Each ...
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Link in user profile wants to install PUPs (potentially unwanted programs)

WARNING: Follow the links mentioned here with care. The profile description for new user Solenodon Paradoxus, has a link to his/her blog at solenodus dot com which redirects to reps.appcase.com, ...
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Should we have a blog?

As some of you might know, Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has a blog, which we call Universe Factory. Though less active than it was when it started up a couple of years ago, we still manage 2-3 post ...
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Would this question have been better to ask in Astronomy? Could it be split it into two? Something else?

I've asked the question What might the first deep space telescope using the Sun or Jupiter as a gravitational lens be like? in Space Exploration SE. I chose that site because it involves propulsion ...
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Can a vote to close be reversed if a user is removed?

In this question which I recently revised a user was removed of SE at least from Astronomy.SE. Can their vote to close on this question also be removed? Can the Moon provide momentum to an object in ...
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At what point does up voting become serial?

I think that some of my up votes here may have been reversed for being serial? I want to be sure not to break any rules whilst achieving the badge for up voting. That maybe how I got suspension in ...
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Should the hubble-telescope and hst tags be merged?

Should hubble-telescope and hst be merged? It looks like I may be the culprit here, I only see three hst questions and they're all mine.

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