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Are we losing imgur image links?

The top answer to this question contains two links to images on imgur.com. Both are marked as ...
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Does this answer your question?

This is the text that appears underneath a question when you flag it as a duplicate. I don't think it is helpful to the OP, especially if they are new. The point is NOT that you think there is a good ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Update link in question about Saturn/Earth?

This interesting question links to a video or image of earth with saturn-like rings. However, the website hosting the video/image appears to have changed and the link no longer works. I had a quick ...
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Is this site appropriate for identifying ufos?

I am just asking this question before I post some questions regarding my analysis on a "ufo case on mars" which I think is just I misidentified moon. Because I needed critique of my analysis ...
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Is it okay to seek website recommendation?

I need the data for a specific watchable astronomical event. But until today I couldn't find the data I want. Is it okay to ask users here if they know the source(s) of the data I need (website, book, ...
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What are your plans for the Annular Solar Eclipse on October 14th, 2023?

On October 14, there will be an annular solar eclipse viewable from the Western Hemisphere. In an annular solar eclipse, the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun. At maximum obscuration, we ...
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Question closed under the arbitrary pretext because of its content that undermines common knowledge

Expanding Confusion: Time integral of the reciprocal of the scale factor from Hubble parameter equation I know, I'll only get more downvotes for this statement out of sheer defiance, but I don't care ...
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Astronomy Stack Exchange 10-year anniversary!

Astronomy Stack Exchange will turn ten years old on September 24th! The first question asked on our site was: How do I calculate the inclination of an object with an amateur telescope? Over eight ...
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We've been using the [gravitational-waves] tag for 10 years, do we really also need [gravitational-wave-astronomy]?

We have had this tag since 2014: gravitational-waves 181 questions Waves in spacetime formed by the acceleration of massive bodies. A passing wave causes spacetime to be stretched and squashed by a ...
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Bounty on my question

I have put a 50 point bounty on my question How are the cyclones on other planets studied? 2 days ago. There are 5 more days before the bounty expires. However, I have not yet received a good quality ...
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DaveTheWave isn’t a new contributor; Can we do something about repeated account recreation?

I thought I must be going insane, but no, it’s not just me. Other people have noticed too that DaveTheWave keeps making new accounts. They will then post low-quality content. One they get a reputation ...
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June 5 Strike - Who, What, When, Why, and how to join

Following from Stack Overflow, and as other sites will soon have to (if they don't already have them, I have decided, with some approval, to announce the upcoming June 5 strike on this child meta. It ...
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Is it justifiable to block someone for posting a factually wrong but still clear question?

My question has in fact two parts. Does it mean you're blocked if you want to mention someone with a @ sign, but no sugesstions show up? Is it justifiable to block someone just because they have ...
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Spam shouldn't take this long to be deleted

This clearly spam post is at a score of -8 and has been flagged as spam. And yet it has sit there for 12 hours. If nothing else, the 8 downvotes can all flag as spam and it will be deleted. Spam is ...
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We've got at least 26 generic i.imgur.com image links that might break on May 15, 2023; should/could they be updated to i.stack.imgur.com?

Below the Math SE meta question Imgur's "old, unused, and inactive content" Imgur plans to change its Terms of Service on May 15, 2023. Part of this will be the removal of "old, unused,...
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Best way to refer to people in posts who have been knighted?

As per tradition, King Charles tapped May on the shoulder with a sword during the investiture Source: BBC Per Wikipedia we can see that Brian May has several accolades; he was a graduate student in ...
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What is the best way to tag questions about Xuntian, the Chinese Survey Space Telescope?

What is the best tag for China's Xuntian, i.e. the Chinese Survey Space Telescope? It's schedule to be launched this year in the Tiangong space station orbit (but phased away from it) and the ...
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Do we need the [nomenclature] and [naming] and [terminology] tags?

The new question Is "monochromatic source" different than "monochromator" in astronomical instrumentation? included a nomenclature tag I hadn't seen before, I usually use ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Congratulations to James(100)K

Congratulations to JamesK on his 100k-hood on Astronomy SE. 1452 answers (and 5 questions). It's a lot! Also - 2.2m "reached", which is an importantly large number.
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Should we at least temporarily ban chatbot-generated content (e.g. chatGPT) until it becomes clearer what it means for Stack Exchange?

Higher question-rate sites have already addressed chatbot-generated posting in an essentially universal negative way, for example: Stack Overflow: Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned How can we ...
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Is it wrong for someone to post an answer that does not meet their own up-vote standard?

A user could have two standards: A standard by which we think someone else's answer is good enough to up-vote. A standard by which we think our own answers are good enough to post. Question: Is it ...
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Sourcing papers vs explaining in own words

Is referencing papers like my answer in the below question link (I usually do for complicated questions) good? I saw @Connor_Garcia in this question explained it in their own words while I did so with ...
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Do we want to change the link about MathJax help?

Astronomy Stack Exchange has MathJax enabled, allowing us to use LaTeX to write equations. Like other SE sites with MathJax, we have a section in the editing help page on how to use LaTeX. This ...
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The new and increasingly popular "close for insufficient research" close reason, are we headed in the wrong direction here? Is there a way to reduce?

Comment under Why is the moon tidally locked with the earth? with +4 votes I’m voting to close this question because there's no evidence that OP has done any research. Comment under Plane of Moon&#...
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An [ultraviolet] tag to go with our [gamma-rays], [x-ray], [visible-light], [infrared], and [radio] tags?

We have these electromagnetic tags gamma-rays 11 questions The gamma-rays tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? x-ray 36 questions Questions regarding the second-shortest ...
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I can't find this question. Was it deleted?

Yesterday I remember I answered a question about the formation of the planets in the solar system by the user Kerry Frost. There was some debate in the comments on whether the question should have ...
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Should we avoid calling questions that have answers in other SE sites as "duplicate", which already has a specific and different meaning in SE?

There is some healthy overlap between Astronomy SE and some other sites, just for example: space telescope optics, operations and orbits with Space SE astrophysics, cosmology, optics, etc. with ...
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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

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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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