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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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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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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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NOT READY FOR PUBLIC BETA — What function should this site serve?

We've decided to keep Astronomy Stack Exchange in PRIVATE beta for one more week. The Community Manager team reviewed the site so far and, while we love the enthusiasm here, we are deeply concerned ...
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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 are we doing compared to the previous Astronomy site?

There was an older Astronomy site that was closed 3 years ago for lack of activity. I wasn't around then - nor was I around for the start of this incarnation - so I have no idea what it was like back ...
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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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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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Who should our moderators be?

Our moderators pro tempore have already been selected. See Moderator Pro Tem Announcement Original Post: If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem ...
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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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Deja Vu? How do we keep the site alive?

First of all, I am happy to see this topic getting another go! I love the field, and wish to contribute as much as possible. So this was tried a while back, and sadly the site didn't survive. It ended ...
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Do questions about the history and discoveries of astronomy belong here?

For instance, if I were to have a question about the discovery of certain astronomical facts/ideas, is this the right place for it? Like, the who/when/how something was discovered? Simple example: ...
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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 should our chatroom be named?

Currently, our chatroom has the (rather unexciting) name 'Colloquium'. In my opinion, we should not be using a common ancient Roman phrase for this modern site. What should our chatroom be named? ...
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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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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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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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Off-site Astronomy community promotion ads

Should we make some to help get some more traffic here from other stacks? Does anyone have design ideas? For clarity, I am asking if we should make an ad for Astronomy.SE to put on other stacks. ...
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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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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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What is the status of this beta?

I am wondering what the status of this beta is? Are we going to launch or are we going to fold (and our posts migrated)? The drop off in activity can be explained as a sign that we need new members, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Planetary tags for our solar system versus exoplanets

So far we have tags for Venus, Uranus and Neptune (from my questions), I am sure the rest of the solar system planet tags have either already been made or will be soon. We also have an exoplanet tag ...
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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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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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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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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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Areas of interest and expertise of members

It would be interesting if members (should they choose to) detailed their areas of interest and expertise. Just as a very rough gauge about where the community is at with regards to Astronomy.
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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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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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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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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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Shouldn't we fuse “planet” and “planets” tags?

I recently noticed that we have both planet and planets tags. I may be wrong, but aren't both of them used in the same ways? Shouldn't we fuse them or label them as synonyms? I think this is an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there enough new questions coming in?

When looking at the list of questions on main from the "newest" tab and scrolling back in time, it seems to me (without extracting statistics), that there are hardly 5 new questions coming in each day ...
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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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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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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 ...