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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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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 ...
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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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Why was my answer deleted?

Not sure if this belongs here, but I had an answer with 47 upvotes, and it was just deleted an hour ago with no comment. I lost 470 rep from that. Could someone explain how it broke the rules?
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Is the topic scope too confusing for new users?

Recently, a new user, who I would consider to be a reasonable individual who actually took the time to try to learn the system, complained that the topic scope of the site is too confusing for new ...
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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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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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How does Astronomy, amateur and professional, contribute to humanity and a better world?

I think this is a good question to ask. There are possibly many aspects to this question. Astronomy and seeking knowledge has lead to the development of space probes, space science, development of ...
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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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What to do when an edit forms an totally different question which is a good question at all anyway?

Yesterday I asked this question: What's the distinction between "planetary formation mechanisms" and "gravitational collapse"? And it got edited when I had not that much time ...
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I didn't notice anything that really leaned one way or the other on this, but let me know if this is redundant or irrelevant. Should answers such as Jack R. Woods's answer on this question be ...
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Is this question acceptable?

I want to ask a question about amateur observing but I am little concerned that it could be considered opinion based and closed. Below is my question, please do not try to answer it here but instead ...
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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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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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New name suggestion: Astronomy & Astrophysics

I had the idea that we could include Astrophysics in the name of this SE because it better reflects the nature of questions we receive. As well as being about observations of the sky (Astronomy) we ...
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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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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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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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Is there an automatic upvote for all questions with the tag "9th planet"? Or possibly a bug?

I just posted my first 9th planet question, and immediately (less than one second) got an upvote. I refreshed the page and it still said 1 view. I refreshed ten seconds later and still saw only 1 view....
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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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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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Feature request: add marvosym package to our MathJax set (for celestial body symbols)

Shameless copy from SF.'s question on Space Meta: \usepackage{marvosym} allows you to write M_\Sun or ...
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Why am I being blocked from asking questions?

I tried posting a question just now, and this is what I got: It looks like you might need a break - take a breather and come back soon! You've asked 4 questions recently, some of which have not been ...
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What is the present expertise of astronomy beta

What is the expertise of this site and how far it is change from beta to normal?What's preventing it to change from beta?
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Do we have a FAQ?

Does this site (meaning the actual site, not the meta site) have a FAQ? I notice several questions are asked repeatedly, and it might be nice to have a prominently displayed FAQ.
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Should out of date/obsolete questions be closed

This question about a sky object from 2013 is of not much value anymore, even if we assume an event that repeats yearly. (It's not a good question either: no location, no picture or sketch) Do we ...
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Are order of magnitude approximation questions on-topic?

Are order of magnitude approximation questions on-topic? e.g. How long (order of magnitude) did it take for Pluto to form to 90% of its size? This seems like an on-topic Astrophysics problem, but ...
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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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Is this a duplicate tag?

Here on page 9 of the tags list, there's a tag named "foundamental-astronomy", which seems to be a duplicate of "fundamental-astronomy". The tag description is the same, and when I click on it, it ...
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Are questions about installing astronomy-related python packages on topic?

In particular, PyRAF is a tool for analyzing spectra. Aside from its documentation there are few online resources about it, and no question and answer sites for it. Can the Astronomy Stack Exchange ...
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Thought experiment questions that aren't completely scientific?

Should one ask questions regarding some thought experiments on the Astronomy Stack Exchange? (Assuming that these thought experiments are somewhat related to astronomy/astrophysics but aren't ...
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How do I become a "follower" for a tag?

I was thinking that becoming a follower will let me know when there are new questions about the tags I'm interested in. However I can't figure out how to become a follower or if becoming one will ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 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 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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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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