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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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Can we see the south Pole of the Moon standing on North Pole of the Earth [migrated]

As the Moon's orbit is inclined to Earth's Equator and radius of earth is only 6350Km but Moon is 385000Km away, we should be able to see the south pole of the Moon from below- i.e standing on North ...
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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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Distinction between the DIY and the telescope-making tags?

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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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Astronomy's first election has come to a close. We are delighted to appoint your new moderator: He'll be joining the existing crew. Please thank him for volunteering, and share your assistance and ...
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Let's congratulate Connor Garcia on becoming our next moderator!

Congratulations!!! Today, @ConnorGarcia was appointed as our next moderator!1 So I just want to give a huge shoutout to him for having courage to self-nominate and take on a task that requires much ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question suggestions

Taking a look at other Stack Exchange elections, it seems like they all have "Moderator Q&A," where candidates answer questions about moderating, allowing voters to see what kind of ...
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Is “voids(s)” a synonym of “interstellar-space”?

Is the (newly suggested tag) voids a synonym of interstellar or interstellar-medium? I am asking since I have not yet observed that term being used by astrophysicists, but that's just my subsample. ...
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Should we have an observation-campaign tag and what is good usage advice for it?

I've just asked Is there a collection or list of all planned observations of 99942 Apophis during it's close pass to Earth? and added a new observation-campaign tag to it. We have many questions ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Astronomy Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on March 29 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Strategy for getting the best answer(s) to my question about electron-multiplying CCDs?

How often are electron-multiplying CCDs used in telescope focal planes? Will Nancy Grace Roman be the first use in a space telescope? has been around almost two months but so far there are no answers ...
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A potential sign that Astronomy is about to graduate?

We've got a bunch of questions over the years about "Are we graduating soon?" and "When is the next moderator election?", etc. Just recently, I noticed that the sidebar for ...
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999 questions with no answers and counting (downwards)

Recently I started focusing on older unanswered questions, and I realized that today we reached 999 questions with no answers and I find this repdigit number (German: Schnapszahl) worth mentioning or ...
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What is a healthy number of bounties?

I am slowly understanding what the beta-state means. I saw the Key Performance Indicators and I am trying to improve the ones in status "okay" by getting involved, e.g. asking or answering ...
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Towards defining the tags “electromagnetic-spectrum” and “wavelength”

I have yet another question about tags, this time it is about electromagnetic-spectrum (with 7 questions as of February 18th, 2021) and wavelength (with 23 questions). The tags are different on ...
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High-energy-astrophysics vs. particles and other tags in the same field

This a follow-up discussion to high-energy-astrophysics tag usage guideline, could this be improved? There are currently (February 17th, 2021) only 9 questions tagged particles, compared 22 questions ...
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high-energy-astrophysics tag usage guideline, could this be improved?

There is a proposed edit to provide users with the following guideline when choosing the high-energy-astrophysics tag. This is the message that would pop up when someone started typing "high-ener....
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What distinguishes the “nomenclature” from “definition”?

Can nomenclature and definition be regareded as synonyms? Right now (February 16th, 2021), there are only 2 records tagged as nomenclature, and only 4 with tag definition. This is not many, I agree, ...
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Tag usage guidelines are being copy/pasted with WIkipedia definitions insensitive to astronomical context and unhelpful when needed most

There have been several tag Wiki and Wiki excerpt edits in the last half-day that appear to be copy/pasted from Wikipedia without regard to the astronomical context of the terms. I've voted to reject ...
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Synonym suggestion for [tag:tides]

Currently (as of February 12, 2021), the yet undefined tag tides has only 27 occurences, which compares to the tag tidal-forces with 78 occurences. I suggest, that make tides a synonym of tidal-forces ...
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How to proceed with tags with only a single occurence?

What is the correct way of treating rare tags, say with a single occurence? I just figured out that tags without any occurrence are most likely synonyms (which is not obvious from the tag-overview ...
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Is the tag “measurement” a synonym of “observational-astronomy”?

I came across the rather rare (8 occurrences as of February 12, 2021) and yet undefined tag measurement which seems to be a synonym for the ubiquitous (728 times used) tag observational-astronomy. Do ...
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What's the point of the tag “laws-of-physics”?

As mentioned previously, whenever I have time, I am trying to add descriptions to tags which are yet undefined. I came across the laws-of-physics tag which is ...
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Tags “planetary-atmosphere” vs. “atmosphere”?

While looking for tags without any definition (in order to suggest one), I came across the tag planetary-atmosphere vs. ...
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Tag synonym suggestion for planetary-science

I do not quite understand why we need the tag planetary-science since we have planet as widely used tag. To be quantitative: It is 37 agains 607 (as of February 11, 2021). If we could all agree on ...
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How can we can bring questions about radio astronomy observational techniques to the eyes of radio telescopists?

Here are ten questions about observational radio astronomy that are either unanswered (eight) or have no accepted answer (two). These are selected from my own questions only so far, there may be ...
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Should we link to the PDF or to the abstract or source page for scholarly references? Does it matter which?

We strongly discourage link-only answers for several reasons, one of which is that if/when the link breaks or rots the answer becomes useless and future readers are left with a non-answer. In this ...
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Is a charged-coupled-devices tag okay? If so, what would be good usage guidance for it?

I've just added the new tag charge-coupled-devices to How often are electron-multiplying CCDs used in telescope focal planes? Will Nancy Grace Roman be the first use in a space telescope? since that's ...
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Why do we care if Pluto is classified as a planet? [closed]

Why do we care if Pluto is classified as a planet? Classification doesn't change anything fundamental about Pluto, like the orbital parameters or composition. We can't hurt an inanimate object's ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Can we make arguments that Pluto should be considered a planet off-topic?

It has been over 14 years since the IAU passed its definition of what constitutes a planet, and we still get arguments (mostly rants) against that decision. For example, Where to submit, or ask to ...

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