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What to do with non-scientific or pseudo-scientific answers?

Specifically, for some reason this question on heliocentricity seems to invite a lot of views outside the realm of the modern science. One had been there for nearly a year, another appeared sometime ...
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Why don't we have a page in the help center on $\LaTeX$ notation?

Many new users don't know how to use $\LaTeX$. Generally, if they write a mathematically-heavy post that needs $\LaTeX$ but doesn't have it, another user will either edit the post, show them to a page ...
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Sandbox suggestion

We've had some long, complex and LaTeX-heavy answers recently, and so I'm suggesting that we create a thread a la this post on Math.SE. I doubt this will be used much, but there's a chance it could ...
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Why was my question marked as “subjective”?

This is in regards to a question I posted recently: Note: As I typed up the title to this question, the reminder box popped up on the right and said something along the lines of "This question is ...
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What's up with this serial upvoting?

There was a user who appears to have recently benefited from serial upvoting - gaining about 200 rep within the space of three minutes. I checked the user's rep chart, and it shows that there was, at ...
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What in the world do we do with this question?

I'm talking about this one, posted in min-January. When I came to the site in August, it had been stagnant for a while, and two months later, nothing has changed (not that I would expect something to, ...
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How this question is off-topic?

I mean this question: How would Earth's climate differ if it's axis were tilted around 90 degrees like Uranus? The closing moderator said the question is about Earth science, but in fact the ...
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List of resources?

I notice many people ask questions similar to: Where can I find a list of full/new moons? When does the sun/moon rise/set in my area on a given date? How do I compute planetary/lunar positions very ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 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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Is there a 'birthday' evaluation on the table?

Congratulations to the site on one full year in beta! I've only been using the site for about two months now, but I've been encouraged by its progress. I know from looking through Meta that there ...
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Status of Astronomy Stack Exchange Site

What is current status of Astronomy Stackexchange site? Is it a Full Site now or still in beta stage? Where can I find the status of Stackexchange Site (e.g. Private beta or beta or a Full Site)? I ...
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How to go from chat to private discussion?

If two people are having a conversation in chat and wish to jump to a private discussion (e.g. because they wish to discuss stuff outside the Astronomy Stack Exchange guidelines or because they are ...
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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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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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Why are no other Stack Exchange sites listed when voting to close a Q as off-topic?

When endeavouring to recommend the closure of a question relating to a python programming problem, the only other site available for selection as more appropriate was this meta site. Is there no way ...
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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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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 is the difference between astronomy and space stack exchange websites?

I have been going through some questions on astronomy.stackexchange.com and noticed that some questions were merged from space.stackexchange.com and vise versa. My question is simply what is the ...
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Community Wiki Anwers badge

I think offering (a) badge(s) for users who choose to make their answer a Community Wiki answer would be a nice way of encouraging/rewarding those who dare to do so, even when neglecting a few/many ...
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silver badge tenacious

I was browsing through the list of silver badges. And I came across a few explanations to which are not that easy to understand. For example, Silver badge : TENACIOUS. It says: Zero score ...
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Policy on asking for book recommendations

I want to ask a question asking for book recommendations (specifically an introductory text on cosmology for advanced undergrad/beginning grad level). I am wondering what the policy is for asking for ...
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Should a link to earthscience.SE be added to the custom off-topic close reason?

One of the custom off-topic close reasons on this site currently reads as follows: Questions about Earth science, unless directly related to phenomena observable on other celestials, Solar system ...
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Can we have a site icon for astronomy.stackexchange.com?

Simple as that. What I mean by site icon is the icon that web browsers display for any given site, or the one that appears next to each stackexchange community site under the stackexchange menu.
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Overly restrictive requirements on citing sources?

I recently answered a question and was told by several moderators that I need to add sources. Is this really an appropriate thing to require for a Q&A website? I think that you can assume that if ...
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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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Question on daily inequality for tides

https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/2096/why-is-there-a-daily-inequality-for-low-tides I understand the reason for asking this question on Astronomy. The OP likely assumed that the answer ...
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At least two answers per question reasonable?

If I remember correctly, one of the guidelines to help beta stack exchanges eventually earn full stack exchange status, is to have an average of two answers per question. Certainly for questions that ...
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Another Tumbleweed after Migration

I asked for migration to Astronomy.SE of this question, for which I already got a Tumbleweed badge on Physics.SE. Right after migration I got another badge here. Is this a bug? Further, there was a ...
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Why was my comment removed?

I posted a comment to this answer. It was about the irrelevance of giving numbers in 18 significant digits, especially if one of the factors for the calculation only has 4 significant digits. I ...
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Where should I put this question?

It's not a scientific one but it would be interesting to read some answers. Probably meta is a good place, but inside astronomy.stackexchange it would get more reads. The question would be something ...
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Astronomy doesn't show at the top of `Explore our sites`

When logged in into stackoverflow and clicking StackExchange button on the bar( top left ), the sites where I'm a member of show before the search bar and every other site which are listed ...
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Why can't I click on the up/down vote counter to see how the breakdown looks?

In other Stack Exchanges, when I click on the summary vote count it resolves into how many upvotes vs downvotes. This doesn't work in Astronomy. Is this something that is disabled for this SE?
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Introduction to astronomy

I'm really interested in astronomy since I began watching the night sky with my binoculars and found the view above me so beautiful. For some reason, I didn't notice that we had such a thing above us, ...
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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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Let's get critical: Jan 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 questions easily answered by Google or Wikipedia on-topic here?

This question ("What is the Great Attractor?") is the one that prompted me to ask this, but it's a more general question. If a question like "What is Foo?" can be quickly answered by, for example, ...
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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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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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“Topic of the week” post was created by User8 but it seems he no longer exists

Let's try to keep the Topic of the week alive, this week no topic was chosen.
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Do questions about Hubble and Voyager belong here?

Do questions about man-made objects in space (such as Hubble, Voyager, the Apollo shuttles, etc) fit into this site, or is the site more aimed at cosmology and astrophysics? (the current questions ...
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To the more Knowledgeable people of Astronomy se, why not try asking questions and answering them yourself?

It came to my attention that one of the possibilities offered by stack exchange is to answer your own questions. Would it help to get out of beta if people asked questions about a subject they care ...
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Reference policy

The site intend to be a Q&A site for astronomers and astrophysicists, even though amateur questions are welcome. It therefore seems to me that, since it is a "science professional" site, we should ...
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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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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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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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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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Why was this question migrated to space exploration?

This question: What is a "Space elevator"? was migrated to the space exploration SE. Whats the line between astronomy and the Space exploration SE site? The name would suggest that all space ...
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Guideline regarding abbreviations

On Space Exploration we had a discussion before about the use of the abbreviations. Over there we decided to make our guideline: write things out in full the first time (with abbreviations in ...
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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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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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