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Let's make an attempt to answer old, unanswered questions

I have been looking at the unanswered questions on this site for some time (for some days tbh) and in my opinion, most of them are very intriguing and interesting and they deserved to get answered. ...
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Why are other questions about messages to aliens on-topic but this one isn't? Was answer-blocking premature in this case?

These seem to be accepted by the community Who or what will the Arecibo message reach? +6, 1 answer Is broadcasting the location of Earth to potential extraterrestial civilization regulated? +5, 1 ...
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Do we need separate tags for [habitable-zone] and [goldilocks-zone]?

We have separate tags for habitable-zone and goldilocks-zone — does it make sense to keep both of these? Of the two, habitable-zone appears to be used more frequently, although its tag wiki entry does ...
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Etiquette for user-created external resource links in posts

I've just discovered that one of our old users (barrycarter, now "user21"), who is no longer with us, used a personal, unlicensed github repository in 31 of his posts: https://data....
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Are questions about equipment instructions on-topic here?

I have bought an amateur telescope recently. Can I ask other members detailed questions like "How can I work with my telescope?" or "How do I set my telescope on a specific celestial ...
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Do we need both ephemeris and ephemerides tags?

I just noticed that we we have both ephemeris (35 questions) and ephemerides (6 questions) tags. I can't see how the six questions that have ephemerides need it, and I'm guessing that ephemeris is all ...
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I need help rewording this unwieldily title

The current title is former title was How error bars on recent speed of gravity determination from gravitational waves and coincident gamma ray burst? Was Hubble constant in there? and it is explained ...
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When should [early-universe] end?

Do we want it to be equal to the definition at Wikipedia, i.e. ending with cmb? Currently we have questions like these: Will James Webb see Population III stars? Characteristics of the first planets ...
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Questions pertaining to ongoing competitions

As part of the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition, the pre final round question sheet has been released. Should questions regarding answers to the paper be closed, or at least have ...
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Is [space-travel] on topic here?

Is space-travel 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 ...
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Should the “naming” and “nomenclature” tags be merged?

We have both naming and nomenclature - does it make sense to have these as separate tags, or should we merge them? If so, which one would be preferred?
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Is “solve this n-body system for me” on topic here?

Are worldbuilding-style questions which boil down to "is this n-body system I've invented stable" on-topic for this site? As examples I am talking about things like Is this a potential planetary ...
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Should we update definitions and remove the 100 GHz hard limits on radio astronomy related tags?

I just noticed that some of the following tag definitions include upper limits on frequency: radio: Questions about the part of the electromagnetic spectrum between 10 MHz and 100 GHz. radio-...
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Science stack exchanges helping other science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. The Astronomy SE is one of the sites that has ...
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Should this question be reopened or a new and improved version of the question posted?

The question Do stars come on like LEDs or wick lamps? was closed as duplicate of Timescale of ignition of a protostar?. A comment says Actually, it's not the same question, because this question ...
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Is astrobiology on topic here?

A question that occurred to me in regards to the off-topic closure of this question about Martian tetanus, are questions about astrobiology on topic here? The parts of the question about human ...
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A modest proposal to increase question quality

Highly related: What can we do about the deteriorating quality of questions? This related question was asked over five years ago, and the situation has not improved. My perception is the opposite: A ...
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Create a wiki entry for future Starlink launches?

With the recent 2020-03-18 delayed-from-Sunday launch of the latest SpaceX mission for the build-out of the Starlink constellation, I am expecting another round of the "what is this set of bright ...
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Pile-on down voting without a single comment explaining why or how to edit, is this how a site should work? How close was my guess?

The question Why isn't Eris considered a planet despite being the body of dominant mass? received three down votes in its first three hours, but with none of the down voters leaving any clues as to ...
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Are there any IAU members on the astronomy stack exchange?

Are there any members of the International Astronomical Union that are active on this astronomy stack exchange?
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Is there a consensus on the capitalization of Sun, Moon, Earth and the planets on this site?

The English Language and Usage SE has this question "What is the correct capitalization of the words earth and moon?" but I do not see this issue dealt with on this here. Is there any guidance ...
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Should questions about specific geographic features on rocky planets in our solar system be on-topic here?

Planetary science questions are generally on-topic both here and in Space Exploration SE. The recent and rapidly answered question How can I find the depth of a portion of the Valles Marineris? ...
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Should I have asked this Space Telescope question here instead?

I posted Will the James Webb Space Telescope be able to see the Spitzer Space Telescope (assuming…)? in Space Exploration SE because the observer and observed are both spacecraft, but now I'm ...
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Community Policy Repository

This is the official repository for general community policy decisions. On Posts How do we handle questions with answers on other sites? On Topics Scope Are astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical ...
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How do we handle questions with answers on other sites?

I asked a question about black holes that already had an answer on the Physics Stack Exchange. This has raised quite some discussion in the comments, as to how questions that are on-topic for several ...
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Returning to moderation

I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of resignation over the weekend, and one thing that kept going through my head was Jon Ericson's blog post. Despite what he had to say about ...
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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

Update 1/20/2020: called2voyage has resumed moderation, more info here. 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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,...