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Can we merge tags "tno" and "trans-neptunian-object"?

trans-neptunian-object: Questions about objects orbiting the Sun with an average distance greater than that of Neptune. [24 questions] tno: A Trans-Neptunian object is any minor planet in the Solar ...
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Why do some of our most prolific question answerers (and therefore reputation beneficiaries) rarely-to-never up vote questions they answer?

@uhoh's first two lemmas tell us that Stack Exchange is a collaborative effort to generate good answers to on-topic questions, and that answers simply can not exist without someone taking the time and ...
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Should we have a community-specific closing reason for Astrology questions?

Previous discussions: Should we add non-physical and/or astrology questions to the off-topic list? Can we consider Indian Astrology as astronomy? Can we have a guideline about astrology for the on-...
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One tag for LIGO, Virgo and KAGRA or three, or none?

We have ligo: 14 questions Questions about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational waves. but ...
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Can we have a guideline about astrology for the on-topic section in the help center?

As it stands now, the Help Center for on-topic questions does not mention anything about questions about astrology, which is off-topic such as this recent question (which might get deleted soon by the ...
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Is 500 reputations enough to be able to "cast close & reopen votes"?

I have just asked 4 questions here, and thanks to other members two of them were received very well. Now I have surpassed 500 reputations and I have received a new privilege "Casting close & ...
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For multi-part questions, are both partial and complete answers encouraged?

If a question has multiple parts A, B, and C, then how to the pros and cons balance out for partial answers vs. complete answers? Obviously an excellent answer that covers A, B, and C is most likely ...
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Do we need to downvote posts of New Contributors?

I can see nowadays, more than two downvotes on posts of newbies to the site (SE) or instant closure of question. I don't feel one will wantedly ask Low quality posts, either they might lack knowledge ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Do we have enough tags to "span the space" of astronomical eclipses and transits? Is something missing or needs changing?

We have solar-eclipse 143 questions Questions about the complete or partial blocking of the sun by the moon. and lunar-eclipse 60 questions Questions regarding an event where the Earth goes ...
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Site customization ideas?

Just today, we graduated from beta! :D @ConnorGarcia notes in his post: Site customization, such as custom background and badge design isn't immediately planned but may be available in the future. I'...
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Graduation of the Astronomy Stack Exchange

The Astronomy Stack Exchange site is scheduled to graduate from Beta to a full site today, December 16th. The moderator team would like to congratulate our entire user base for the contributions that ...
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Should this question be reformulated or should I post a new question?

It seems there are many approaches to calculate the speed of Sun (for instance: Oort constant, CMBR, and others). Instead of having a "correct answer", what about "survey answers"? ...
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Post your pictures of the Beaver Moon Lunar Eclipse here!

Last year I posted a place for Great Conjunction photos. As tonight's eclipse will be longest partial lunar eclipse in about 500 years, I just wanted to reach out and offer a spot to compile a list of ...
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Removing the [ar] tag?

This question used to have a tag called ar. I'm assuming this was a mistake, so I edited it out of the tags. Would it be possible to remove it?
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Should we add the eyepiece tag to all questions that are about eyepieces? Or instead delete it since tagging would be a hopeless, quixotic quest?

I've just asked How does eyepiece exit pupil diameter affect image clarity and viewing experience? and added the eyepiece tag. It turns out this is only the 2nd question to use this tag, the first was ...
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Is "But really you would do better to ask your teacher. They are paid to answer this kind of question." in an answer the wrong message and anti-SE?

This answer to When can Moon occult Venus? feels to me to be the worst possible message. To me it looks like "you are wrong, you used the wrong number, here's the right number, and instead of ...
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Is insta-closing of potential duplicates always the best way? In low Q-rate sites? Is there something to be said for slow-closing or eventual closing?

Constellation search from April 22 2007 received three good answers before it was correctly closed as duplicate to our canonical Where can I find the positions of the planets, stars, moons, artificial ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Currently, the original poster of a question can accept one non-deleted answer. This does several things, ...
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Should we close an unclear question with acceped answer?

I know, if a question is unclear, we should close it right-away, because otherwise people might interpret it in different ways and give inconsistent answers. But sometimes, before we can close it, the ...
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Should the E-ELT tag get "sent to the cornfield" and replaced by extremely-large-telescope?

When tagging What two "little observatories" run by a university in Chile and "by Germans" are near the future site of the Extremely Large Observatory? I typed "extre..." ...
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How old is our Astronomy SE?

How old is our Astronomy SE ?. Unlike other sites, why there is poor patronage despite having great reception in Astronomy ? And what is the qualification to "graduate" ?
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New to Stack exchange. What is Meta and Beta in Astronomy SE?

it's been 10 days joining stack exchange ! I observed that there are two Astronomy SE, Meta and Beta ? So what is the difference between them ?
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Congratulations to @ProfRob for reaching 100k reputation!

Congratulations!!! I'm quite late to the party after a break from SE, and I've seen that @ProfRob has hit 100,000 reputation, a new milestone for our site!
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What exactly count as a "hypothetical question"?

From help-center: Questions that are purely hypothetical, for example a question such as 'Could a black hole destroy the universe' or 'What if our solar system had two suns' (however, feel free to ...
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Too many downvote on questions recently?

I found that the downvote for questions is growing larger recently, some questions like mine and this one from uhon get downvoted, and the people who downvote the question didn't give an explanation ...
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What to do when engaged in a never ending discussion

I am fairly new to SE, so I came here to ask for advice from more experienced users. Sometimes the author of a question comments my answer to ask for clarification or because they don't agree on some ...
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Should we make the [starspot] and [sunspots] tags synonyms?

This suggestion was made in the comments to the question Do brown dwarfs have starspots? It is about sunspots (9 questions) vs. starspot (6 questions) . The latter tag I recently created. The user @...
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Why don't question-askers accept answers?

Out of idle curiosity, I was looking through some of my (old) answers to questions which have been reasonably upvoted, were often the only answer, but have not been accepted. Fair enough, you could ...
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Why do so few users suggest edits?

A curious thing I keep observing is that the suggested-edits queue seems rather empty (less than 5 suggestions per day, I guess). In other words: Not so many users seem to suggest edits to questions ...
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Did this question get closed too quickly? Doesn't it actually have a good answer that's now impossible to post?

Why aren't Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor credited as the discoverers of gravitational waves in 1974? was first written a bit enthusiastically and I made some small edits summarized ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

The recent comment This sounds like a homework/test question is unhelpful as it offer no guidance and is not actionable bad because it raises the false flag that there can be something wrong with ...
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Interest in Photo of the Week?

We used to have Topic of the Week a few years ago but it lost steam after a few weeks. I've seen other sites have Photo/Screenshot/etc. of the Week and would like to introduce it to Astronomy. Any ...
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Is there a useful distinction between the DIY and the telescope-making tags? Should they be somehow merged?

telescope-making has 16 questions starting from 2015 diy has 3 4 questions starting from 2014. I just added one that mentions a Raspbery Pi project. Neither tag has any usage guidance! A quick check ...
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Where did the "Is this object Mars" question go?

That was an interesting question. Was it deleted? If so, why? The browser record links to Page not found. If it was moved to another SE, there should be a redirection or something.
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Do we need a tag for merging? I struggled to find something suitable for supermassive black hole mergers in galaxy collisions

I wanted to add a tag like black-hole-merger to How do we know that supermassive black holes can gain mass by means other than merging with other supermassive black ...
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Threshold for site graduation?

We've been in beta for almost 8 years. A look at Astronomy's vitals on Area 51 shows this: Our beloved Astronomy SE can't graduate until these issues have been resolved: We only have 5.3 questions ...
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Should a few more users vote to accept the csst tag wiki and excerpt quickly to ensure that nobody else follows my lead and rejects them?

I just saw edits for the wiki and wiki excerpt for the newly coined csst tag that was first added to Details on the telescope(s) on the Chinese Space Station 天和 I reflexively rejected these edits ...
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Do we need/want a 3-vote closure?

There's a recent discussion in the main meta Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites. So I am wondering, as a few posts have 2,3, or even 4 close votes that haven't been closed/...
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Is it a good idea to create a much-needed tag and retag (almost) every post related to it to include this tag?

Recently, I created the tag hr-diagram as there are many questions regarding it. I went ahead and edited a few questions to include this new tag. Would it be a good idea to retag all the 82 (and ...
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Difference between resource and reference-request tags?

Resource Recommendations to systematically develop a foundation via Self study in Astrophysics/Astronomy? had the resource (25 questions) tag which I didn't see. Instead I just added the reference-...
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Why did I see the following pop-up message only now?

For quite a while, I have access to various review queues, but only today I got the following pop-up (actually individually for each queue): Why is that? PS: It seems to be astronomy SE specific as ...
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What exactly are the tags [ebinary-star] and [tbinary-star]?

This question was recently edited to include a tag called tbinary-star, while the original binary-star was removed. Another question had its binary-star replaced by a tag called ebinary-star. What ...
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Do we need a tag [agn] or is [active-galaxy] enough?

I was a bit suprised that agn did not exist, and neither does active-galactic-nucleus, and I just created it because a search showed 72 results (as of 2021-04-15). On second thought, it is probably a ...
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Changing the question based on new evidence or asking a new question?

Context I've asked a question on why some graph absorption pattern is shown on Earth. Based on information that Venus did not show this pattern. However, I could at the time not find a source that ...
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Reviving the Astronomy SE blog

Our blog, An Eye On the Universe, has been inactive for two years. I recently joined the short list of contributors (see these posts: 1 and 2), and have begun to contribute to the blog. So I am ...
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Regarding the state of our chat room

Our chat room, the Observatory, has existed for almost 10 years, yet it doesn't have many messages in it. On average these days, one message is posted every week, mainly regarding interesting ...
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Are my comments being poorly received?

Recently, I left a few comments on different posts, and received negative responses from other users. In the past, I have left the same kind of comment before, without any complications. So is there ...
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Should we delete this closed, cross-posted Spaceflight question and get rid of the Kerbal Space Program tag at the same time?

Multiple aerobraking from 2016 was closed as off-topic but the OP reposted the same question in Space SE before it could be migrated. It was very well received there and has several good answers, ...
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How could I calculate my (theoretical) candidate score automatically?

We did it! We had the first election (well, kind of) and we have a new moderator! I figured what the candidate score is The Candidate Score can range from 0 to 40, and is calculated as follows: 1 ...
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