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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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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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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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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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Interest in looking into adding the YouTube viewer?

Adding a feature to a site requires some investigation into community interest and to use cases. Here's a successful example. In that case the feature was MathJax and the issue was load time and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we use fahrenheit or celsius? Does it matter?

There are two major measurement units: Fahrenheit and Celsius. Us crazy American enthusiasts often use the Fahrenheit system, while the rest of the world uses primarily the Celsius (metric) system. ...
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Where do we draw the line concerning planetary science questions?

Exoplanet questions and other planetary science questions seem to be valid here, on Space Exploration, and on Physics. Where do we draw the line on what is valid where? exoplanet
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How do we determine what geoscience questions are in scope?

We have basically three classes of geoscience questions here: Specific Geoscience Questions Day and night temperature on an earthlike planet with longer rotational period (Note: Says "earth-like&...
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How much is astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical astrophysics on topic?

There have been some concerns raised about cosmology and theoretical astrophysics, as well as astrophysics in general. The concern is that this community does not support astrophysics questions, ...
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Should tags reflect questions exclusively or the entire question-answer post

This question has been discussed on other stackexchange sites as well but I feel this is a good time to ask it and get a basic understanding of where we are at. So here we go. When asking questions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we have a speed-of-light tag?

I have seen a few questions relating to or using light speed. These seem to often be tagged with speed and/or light. I would think the speed tag would be better categorised as kinematics/motion sort ...
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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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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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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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Is tag “trajectory” necessary?

FYI, I created a new tag, trajectory. I thought I should ask it not if I was too lame to ask before creating, so there wouldn't be too late to delete it in case. Is this tag necessary or is tag orbit ...
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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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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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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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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....