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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why have recent cosmology/astrophysics questions been closed as off-topic?

Given there have recently been several questions put on hold as "off-topic" when they're clearly about cosmology/astrophysics (which is defined as on topic in the Help Centre), I thought it might be ...
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How is this question “primarily opinion-based”, and can I save it from closure?

An SE newcomer puts a reasonable question but doesn't use the right astrophysics words, and instead of allowing voting to indicate its usefulness or otherwise, the question has been voted for closure ...
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What is happened to the site in the second half of 2017?

Using this statistics on the site, we can see the following history of the open, closed or deleted questions of the site, per month: What we can see, is a slow, roughly linear expansion, which is the ...
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Can we please not make the terrible question “Why does gravity make everything round” this basis for duplicates?

We've had yet another reasonably-asked question closed as a duplicate of Why does gravity make everything round? While the question in question has a somewhat reasonable title, it is framed around ...
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Would questions about stargazing be on topic?

I'm not an astronomer, but I do have a daughter who is fascinated with the planets and stars. I'd love to get her a telescope and start stargazing with her, but I don't know where to begin. Would ...
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What does astronomy meta thinks of community wiki?

I can't find that discussion back, but at least stack overflow (the granddady of stack exchanges), I seem to recall community wikis were not an encouraged practice. Is the astronomy SE against, ...
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Where should I expound my theories?

From what I'm understanding, StackExchange is a Question-and-Answer-Only website! It's NOT for any discussions or hypothesize or whatsoever! But then, where should I go if I got some theories I like ...
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Merge [photography] and [astrophotography]

We have two very similar tags on the site: photography and astrophotography. According to the excerpts, the first one is for Questions about photography of celest[r]ial objects by amateur ...
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What to do about intellectual copyright infringement?

I was rather distressed to find this book available for sale. It is just a cut and paste job of hundreds of Astronomy SE questions and answers. I understand that people are allowed to do this under ...
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Make no prior research or effort a reason to close?

We've had a question about a homework tag before and the consensus was to not have one. However I'm a little bothered that we're getting questions that have absolutely no effort to answer from common ...
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Can I migrate some questions from Physics SE to here that are in scope?

Is it ok to take my early questions, sharpen them up and repost them here? 1 https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/281828/if-earth-had-rings 2 https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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What is an association bonus?

Background I was recently searching for a question to answer, and I came across this one question with a score of -2, and I noticed this was that particular person's only question, and he had a some ...
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To earn the 'Tumbleweed' badge, what counts as 'low views'?

I've been searching for my next badge, and I came across the Tumbleweed badge, which has the following requirements to earn: ask a question with: a score of 0 no answers no comments low views for a ...
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What's with the amount of spam here?

Over at least the last half year I noticed spam popping up here, that I do not see on the other 15-20 SE sites that I visit (with the same frequency). What makes Astronomy.se different? More spam, ...
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Why has an answer that appears to be plagiarised been allowed to stand?

An answer to this question appears to be an unattributed copy of a space.com article. I flagged this, but my flag has been rejected by a moderator. My (perhaps limited) understanding is that whilst ...
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2017 Self-evaluation

It's been a couple of years since we did an automated self-evaluation and it seemed like a good time to look critically at this site again. (I hadn't thought of it until I gathered the questions, but ...
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Canonical question for “What is this light in the sky?”

Do we have a good question that we can point to (as a duplicate) for the I saw this light in the sky questions, that don't have enough information?. I could not find a good one. I'm thinking about a ...
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Tag synonyms for the Moon

We have three tags that should be synonyms: moon, the-moon, and lunar. Tags related to the Sun (the-sun and solar) have been marked as synonyms of sun, which is the master tag for this group. In ...
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Worldbuilding's writing a blog post about TRAPPIST-1. What should we include in it?

Yes, this meta question is on the right site. Trust me. Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has a blog, and it was suggested that we put together a post about the recent discovery of four more planets ...
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What does a good “What is this thing in the sky?” question look like?

As per the help center, Avoid asking questions about unidentified aerial objects unless you are prepared to provide detailed pictures and/or sufficient description to identify the time, location, ...
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Are we graduating sometime soon?

Just a question about how we are doing - statistically, on Area 51, it doesn't look too bad. I understand that many members are busy people (in real life), I know I am (5 jobs, 12 research projects ...
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Winter Bash 2016: Do we want hats?

It's that time of year again! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even though we typically hate it, it’s time to have some fun...with hats! That’s right - it’s time for Winter Bash ...
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Could we change the badges to a saturn like planet?

On Bio SE the badges look like genes. Could Astronomy SE change the badges to a ringed planet like Saturn?
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Should we revive the Topic of the Week?

Three years ago, Astronomy Stack Exchange had a Topic of the Week, which loosely followed a format Jon Ericson later codified for all of Stack Exchange. I like the idea; I proposed it on Worldbuilding ...