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Let's ask more meaty questions!

It's been an exciting first (partial) week. We've got 105 questions (and counting) with a number of interesting and useful answers. However, I'm concerned that too many of your questions do not, um, ...
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How to draw a line between Astrophysics and Physics, if there is any posibility?

There is not really much to say. Ideas?
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Topic of the Week: [astrometry]

Topic of the week is a week where we make an effort to ask and answer more questions around a specific tag, this brings more attention to the topic which in turn should bring us more views and users ...
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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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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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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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Concerns about this site

(Apologies in advance if I seem to wander in this post. I'm having a multitude of thoughts and I'm not quite sure how t organize them) Ever since I've joined, I've been a bit uneasy about this site. ...
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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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Balance between professional and enthusiast questions

Something that just occurred to me and probably needs to be discussed - the balance needed between professional and enthusiast questions. There hasn't really been any problems here thus far, but this ...
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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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Attribution of sources used in questions and answers

Any and all sources, particularly when we are quoting from another website, journal article, book etc. must be properly attributed to the source. Attributions can take the following forms (and folks ...
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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 ...
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Should we add non-physical and/or astrology questions to the off-topic list?

In the last couple of days we had some weird question: (this and this) and a question about astrology. My gut feeling is that as the number of people using ...
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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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What are the intended boundaries of this question and answers community?

Is the intended group to be serviced by this Q&A community the professional and semi-professional amateur astronomers on specific technical questions. Or is it intended to include astronomy ...
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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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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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Are Questions related to Cosmology and ancient history of astronomy allowed in Astronomy SE?

I am newcommer on this site , and would like to know whether we can ask questions relating to cosmology on this site?. As I am a enthusiast in both subjects. But these are not my professions. It is ...
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What can we do about the deteriorating quality of questions?

I was an active member during the beta launch of this site, checking the site regularly for questions I could answer and writing exhaustive answers. Since the past 2 months or so, increasing number ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Astronomy Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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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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Astronomy Jokes

What are the best astronomy jokes you've ever heard? I'm looking for images; however, you can share whatever you like.
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Homework policy

Although this issue more than likely won't be as much of an issue as say, Physics.SE and Mathematics.SE, there could still be astronomy-based homework questions. I think we need to hash out a ...
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Reference material

This community wiki is a one-stop shop for astronomy-related textual resources. Feel free to make recommendations of resources that you find particularly useful in the study of astronomy. Original ...
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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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Everyone ask ONE expert question today!

We're having some... Trouble. Namely, we have been held back from graduating to a public beta for one more week. Why? Many of our questions are very basic. How can we fix this? Ask more meaty ...
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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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Are physicsy questions on-topic here? [duplicate]

I'm seeing quite a few physicsy questions. Are they on topic here? Examples: If nothing travels at the speed of light, except light, how can a black hole also pull light into itself? https://...
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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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Questions Which Are Cosmological in Nature [duplicate]

There have been a number of posts so far discussing the scope of this astronomy SE site. Physics-y questions seem to be okay if the physics is directly related to astronomical/astrophysical objects (...
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Topic of the Week Archive

This is the archive of all Topics of the Week whose end date was more than 30 days ago. Return to the main Topic of the Week thread
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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What are online options for anyone without an astronomy background who wants to contribute to the study of space?

With the advent of the internet, crowdsourcing and communities, many ways to help astronomers worldwide to obtain and analyse data have been proposed; from the comfort of your own home or office, you ...
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Is it ever acceptable for answers to cut and paste answers from other sites?

I have noticed that a large (increasing?) fraction of Astronomy SE answers appear to be relying very heavily on simply cutting and pasting material from other sites. Where this is done without ...
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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, in ...
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Custom Off Topic close reasons

It would be useful if we could have some custom off topic close reasons. One of the most useful ones would be: Close as Product Recommendation Any others?
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Equipment discussions (telescopes, astrophotography etc)

Should we encourage questions about amateur astronomy? i.e. what are the advantages of Dobsonian telescopes? How do I build a telescope? How do I get started on astrophotography? Although it could be ...
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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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External resource questions on Astronomy

This question has been flagged as possibly being off topic with the reason "Request for an external resource - normally considered off topic on other sites." In the case of this specific question, I ...
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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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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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Are questions that require calculations off-topic?

I've asked a question about the recent solar eclipse (March 8-9, 2016) that requires some basic eclipse geometry calculations. Someone who does this will understand how to deal with the plane - I've ...
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What's on topic on this site?

Now that you've got moderators, you can edit the on-topic page in your help center! Cheers! Now what do you put there? Post your points in the answers below, and vote for them.
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Is More Math Important For This Site?

A quick glance at Physics SE shows that there is a lot more math used on that site, generally in answers. Granted, there are a lot of physics concepts (not including those oh-so-treacherous homework-...
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Can we change the tags from sun to Sun and moon to Moon?

A recent question raised a problem with the current tags. When referring to the Sun, our star, capitals should be used. This tag could rarely be misused, but that is not the case for the Moon, which ...
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An “Escalate to an Astronomer (in related field)” button?

In a comment under this question I expressed "I wish there was an Escalate to an Astronomer in a Related Field button, even if only for moderators." Is there any ...