Is on topic for the site? To me it looks like a big red flag that the question actually belongs on Space Exploration, or in the more hypothetical cases Worldbuilding.

Looking at the questions that have this tag, a lot of them are closed/migrated, and many of the ones that have not been would in my opinion be candidates for closure/migration if necromancy was not a concern. The relevant page in the Help Center states that artificial satellites whose purpose is not related to astronomy is off-topic, and for the astronomical aspects we have and .

  • $\begingroup$ If you're satisfied with my response, please upvote as this is an issue that will require CM intervention, and I will need to demonstrate that the community wants action here. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ This is on the CM team's backlog, and we'll get back to you once someone gets assigned to have a look at your request. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 14:30

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You're right, just about every one of those is off topic (ok, some may be borderline), and many of them are already closed. I don't really see much of an on-topic use for this tag anyway, so it really needs to go.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 I agree that the tag should be removed, its very existence conflicts with the clear distinction between Astronomy and Space SE. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 23:25
  • $\begingroup$ If we added a tag warning to this block, would it make sense to say something pointing at the Space Exploration on topic page letting them know that it may be a valid alternative but to check the scope? $\endgroup$
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 3, 2020 at 2:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Catija That sounds great, actually! $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Sep 3, 2020 at 2:03

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