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The new and increasingly popular "close for insufficient research" close reason, are we headed in the wrong direction here? Is there a way to reduce?

Comment under Why is the moon tidally locked with the earth? with +4 votes I’m voting to close this question because there's no evidence that OP has done any research. Comment under Plane of Moon&#...
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An [ultraviolet] tag to go with our [gamma-rays], [x-ray], [visible-light], [infrared], and [radio] tags?

We have these electromagnetic tags gamma-rays 11 questions The gamma-rays tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? x-ray 36 questions Questions regarding the second-shortest ...
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I can't find this question. Was it deleted?

Yesterday I remember I answered a question about the formation of the planets in the solar system by the user Kerry Frost. There was some debate in the comments on whether the question should have ...
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Should we avoid calling questions that have answers in other SE sites as "duplicate", which already has a specific and different meaning in SE?

There is some healthy overlap between Astronomy SE and some other sites, just for example: space telescope optics, operations and orbits with Space SE astrophysics, cosmology, optics, etc. with ...
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The tags for cosmic microwave background need merging

It seems like there are two tags referring to the cosmic microwave background, cmb and cosmic-microwave-background. Should they be merged?
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Can we merge tags "tno" and "trans-neptunian-object"?

trans-neptunian-object: Questions about objects orbiting the Sun with an average distance greater than that of Neptune. [24 questions] tno: A Trans-Neptunian object is any minor planet in the Solar ...
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Why do some of our most prolific question answerers (and therefore reputation beneficiaries) rarely-to-never up vote questions they answer?

@uhoh's first two lemmas tell us that Stack Exchange is a collaborative effort to generate good answers to on-topic questions, and that answers simply can not exist without someone taking the time and ...
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Should we have a community-specific closing reason for Astrology questions?

Previous discussions: Should we add non-physical and/or astrology questions to the off-topic list? Can we consider Indian Astrology as astronomy? Can we have a guideline about astrology for the on-...
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One tag for LIGO, Virgo and KAGRA or three, or none?

We have ligo: 14 questions Questions about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational waves. but ...
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Can we have a guideline about astrology for the on-topic section in the help center?

As it stands now, the Help Center for on-topic questions does not mention anything about questions about astrology, which is off-topic such as this recent question (which might get deleted soon by the ...
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How can I withdraw a down vote?

I down voted this question because I took the bright points on the image to be stars. It was pointed out to me that they were artifacts from an overlay of a star map. So my down vote is invalid and ...
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Is 500 reputations enough to be able to "cast close & reopen votes"?

I have just asked 4 questions here, and thanks to other members two of them were received very well. Now I have surpassed 500 reputations and I have received a new privilege "Casting close & ...
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For multi-part questions, are both partial and complete answers encouraged?

If a question has multiple parts A, B, and C, then how to the pros and cons balance out for partial answers vs. complete answers? Obviously an excellent answer that covers A, B, and C is most likely ...
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Need help with a proper Sunyaev-Zeldovich-effect tag

When posting Why does the first measurements of the thermal Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect from ALMA show a temperature decrease and not an increase at the cluster? I tried to add a Sunyaev-Zeldovich-...
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Do we need to downvote posts of New Contributors?

I can see nowadays, more than two downvotes on posts of newbies to the site (SE) or instant closure of question. I don't feel one will wantedly ask Low quality posts, either they might lack knowledge ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Question got roomba'd, would it be possible to undelete it?

Just a few moments ago, I realized that one of my questions (Relation between core mass and red giant mass?) got deleted by Community for inactivity. Would it be possible to undelete it so I can place ...
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Do we have enough tags to "span the space" of astronomical eclipses and transits? Is something missing or needs changing?

We have solar-eclipse 143 questions Questions about the complete or partial blocking of the sun by the moon. and lunar-eclipse 60 questions Questions regarding an event where the Earth goes ...
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Site customization ideas?

Just today, we graduated from beta! :D @ConnorGarcia notes in his post: Site customization, such as custom background and badge design isn't immediately planned but may be available in the future. I'...
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Graduation of the Astronomy Stack Exchange

The Astronomy Stack Exchange site is scheduled to graduate from Beta to a full site today, December 16th. The moderator team would like to congratulate our entire user base for the contributions that ...
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"Serial voting was reversed" while I have only one item to vote on

On Astronomy stack exchange I have only one item that people can vote on, a question from 2016. It was upvoted once that same year and gained another upvote in 2020. How can this be the target of ...
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Should this question be reformulated or should I post a new question?

It seems there are many approaches to calculate the speed of Sun (for instance: Oort constant, CMBR, and others). Instead of having a "correct answer", what about "survey answers"? ...
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Post your pictures of the Beaver Moon Lunar Eclipse here!

Last year I posted a place for Great Conjunction photos. As tonight's eclipse will be longest partial lunar eclipse in about 500 years, I just wanted to reach out and offer a spot to compile a list of ...
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How to easily find & link to that amazingly helpful "How to find the positions of the planets and stars?" question with the big Community Wiki answer?

There's a question that goes something like: How to find the positions of the planets and stars? but that's not it exactly. One of the very early members of Astronomy SE started a Community Wiki ...
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Removing the [ar] tag?

This question used to have a tag called ar. I'm assuming this was a mistake, so I edited it out of the tags. Would it be possible to remove it?
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Should we add the eyepiece tag to all questions that are about eyepieces? Or instead delete it since tagging would be a hopeless, quixotic quest?

I've just asked How does eyepiece exit pupil diameter affect image clarity and viewing experience? and added the eyepiece tag. It turns out this is only the 2nd question to use this tag, the first was ...
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Is "But really you would do better to ask your teacher. They are paid to answer this kind of question." in an answer the wrong message and anti-SE?

This answer to When can Moon occult Venus? feels to me to be the worst possible message. To me it looks like "you are wrong, you used the wrong number, here's the right number, and instead of ...
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Is insta-closing of potential duplicates always the best way? In low Q-rate sites? Is there something to be said for slow-closing or eventual closing?

Constellation search from April 22 2007 received three good answers before it was correctly closed as duplicate to our canonical Where can I find the positions of the planets, stars, moons, artificial ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Currently, the original poster of a question can accept one non-deleted answer. This does several things, ...
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Should we close an unclear question with acceped answer?

I know, if a question is unclear, we should close it right-away, because otherwise people might interpret it in different ways and give inconsistent answers. But sometimes, before we can close it, the ...
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Should the E-ELT tag get "sent to the cornfield" and replaced by extremely-large-telescope?

When tagging What two "little observatories" run by a university in Chile and "by Germans" are near the future site of the Extremely Large Observatory? I typed "extre..." ...
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Why does SE hide the "stellar-dynamics" tag from us when we type "stella..." and leave a blank spot instead? ("stellar..." behaves differently)

When looking for the stellar-dynamics tag in the autocomplete box after stellar-astrophysics had been selected, the suggested tags concealed it from me for "stell..." and "stella...&...
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How old is our Astronomy SE?

How old is our Astronomy SE ?. Unlike other sites, why there is poor patronage despite having great reception in Astronomy ? And what is the qualification to "graduate" ?
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New to Stack exchange. What is Meta and Beta in Astronomy SE?

it's been 10 days joining stack exchange ! I observed that there are two Astronomy SE, Meta and Beta ? So what is the difference between them ?
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Congratulations to @ProfRob for reaching 100k reputation!

Congratulations!!! I'm quite late to the party after a break from SE, and I've seen that @ProfRob has hit 100,000 reputation, a new milestone for our site!
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How to write and format tweet-based questions in Astronomy SE?

I've just asked What does this tweeted Astronomy Plot of the Week mean? What does it represent? I'm totally confused by twitter and its re-twittering practices and formats. I've done my best here but ...
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What exactly count as a "hypothetical question"?

From help-center: Questions that are purely hypothetical, for example a question such as 'Could a black hole destroy the universe' or 'What if our solar system had two suns' (however, feel free to ...
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Too many downvote on questions recently?

I found that the downvote for questions is growing larger recently, some questions like mine and this one from uhon get downvoted, and the people who downvote the question didn't give an explanation ...
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What to do when engaged in a never ending discussion

I am fairly new to SE, so I came here to ask for advice from more experienced users. Sometimes the author of a question comments my answer to ask for clarification or because they don't agree on some ...
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Should we make the [starspot] and [sunspots] tags synonyms?

This suggestion was made in the comments to the question Do brown dwarfs have starspots? It is about sunspots (9 questions) vs. starspot (6 questions) . The latter tag I recently created. The user @...
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Why don't question-askers accept answers?

Out of idle curiosity, I was looking through some of my (old) answers to questions which have been reasonably upvoted, were often the only answer, but have not been accepted. Fair enough, you could ...
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Why do so few users suggest edits?

A curious thing I keep observing is that the suggested-edits queue seems rather empty (less than 5 suggestions per day, I guess). In other words: Not so many users seem to suggest edits to questions ...
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Did this question get closed too quickly? Doesn't it actually have a good answer that's now impossible to post?

Why aren't Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor credited as the discoverers of gravitational waves in 1974? was first written a bit enthusiastically and I made some small edits summarized ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

The recent comment This sounds like a homework/test question is unhelpful as it offer no guidance and is not actionable bad because it raises the false flag that there can be something wrong with ...
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Interest in Photo of the Week?

We used to have Topic of the Week a few years ago but it lost steam after a few weeks. I've seen other sites have Photo/Screenshot/etc. of the Week and would like to introduce it to Astronomy. Any ...
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Is there a useful distinction between the DIY and the telescope-making tags? Should they be somehow merged?

telescope-making has 16 questions starting from 2015 diy has 3 4 questions starting from 2014. I just added one that mentions a Raspbery Pi project. Neither tag has any usage guidance! A quick check ...
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Where did the "Is this object Mars" question go?

That was an interesting question. Was it deleted? If so, why? The browser record links to Page not found. If it was moved to another SE, there should be a redirection or something.
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Do we need a tag for merging? I struggled to find something suitable for supermassive black hole mergers in galaxy collisions

I wanted to add a tag like black-hole-merger to How do we know that supermassive black holes can gain mass by means other than merging with other supermassive black ...
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Threshold for site graduation?

We've been in beta for almost 8 years. A look at Astronomy's vitals on Area 51 shows this: Our beloved Astronomy SE can't graduate until these issues have been resolved: We only have 5.3 questions ...
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Should a few more users vote to accept the csst tag wiki and excerpt quickly to ensure that nobody else follows my lead and rejects them?

I just saw edits for the wiki and wiki excerpt for the newly coined csst tag that was first added to Details on the telescope(s) on the Chinese Space Station 天和 I reflexively rejected these edits ...
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