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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Please, use capitalisation of proper nouns

This is my request for everyone to use capitalisation for proper nouns. I've seen it misused in many questions and their respective answers on our main Q&A and they often cause problems with ...
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Tags to synonymise, merge or nuke

I have just reached the 'can make tag synonyms', so thought making this discussion would be prudent. Which tags should be synonymised, merged or nuked. Discuss them here!
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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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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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Let's ask more meaty questions! - Part II

Very early on in the life of Astronomy Stack Exchange, during private beta, Jon Ericson expressed concern over the level of questions the site was getting. The problem then was that the site was ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Shouldn't we Provide Explanations for “Unscientific” Questions?

I encountered this question on the main site that was deemed "unscientific" with no explanation, and then closed. I believe that this site is for answering questions, not avoiding them. Shouldn't we ...
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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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Would we benefit from having a self-answered question explaining why the “dark side of the moon” terminology is confusing?

I notice that it comes up a lot around here and Space Exploration that someone seems to have a misconception regarding the "dark side of the moon". Would it be beneficial to our community to have a ...
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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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Support Physics Problem Solving on Area 51

I know there are many Physics enthusiasts on Astronomy SE. I would invite them to have a look at the new site proposal on Area 51 Presently Physics SE isn't meant for problem-solving. It is more ...
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Does Astronomy (the field, and the stackexchange site) speak to the “existence of a purpose” for a celestial body?

Historically, science and especially Astronomy have had several serious bouts of interference and worse from hierarchies of both power and of ideologies. Luckily we have scholars of the history of ...
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Is there a key argument for not merging Astronomy and Space Exploration Q&A sites?

That's the question. Short and simple. Having spent time on each lately, I am left wondering if this would help build overall numbers and participation rates. Clearly both sites are not generally ...
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Could the proposal Scientific Imagination be kind of a duplicate of Astronomy?

There is this new proposal that is quite hot on Area51 now. Scientific Imagination. As it's description says, it is for the people who are interested in questions involving imaginary scenarios and ...
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Data analysis projects fora newly renovated desktop?

I just renovated a desktop that had been in storage for a while, and I'd like to come up with some big data analysis projects to run on it in the background. Does anyone have any ideas, know of any ...
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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 ...