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I get what you mean; I, too, have gotten some amazing answers across Stack Exchange that made me think "Wow, where did that come from?" While you can't award someone a badge for top-notch work, you can offer a bounty on the question (assuming it's at least two days old) of anywhere from 50 to 500 reputation points, and award it to their answer. Now, that ...


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My impression is that a significant majority of low quality questions (across the network) are posted by 1 rep newbies. Since the downvote penalty has zero affect on their rep score, tripling it wouldn't make a difference.


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We've been slowly backing away from using Community Wiki in most situations. That doesn't mean the badge is a bad idea. Rather, we'd want to find a way to make a badge that encourages the rather nuanced behavior we want to endorse. And that's not going to be easy. If you have some ideas about how to make a badge that does something other than cause people to ...


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First of all, to correct the term, there are "beta" sites, and there are "graduated" sites (the one you called "official"). What is the difference between a "beta" site and an official one. The core features are still the same, but some differences are (AFAIK): Beta sites don't have migration paths Beta sites have beta reputation threshold privileges ...


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Yes. update: Additional problems: Premature, reflexive close-voting of Several stars in line because it has the words "stars" and "line". It hasn't been established for sure that they are moving and there are only three stars which could be orion's belt if static, or the A-train constellation if moving. Overzealous down voting of Stars are moving in row ...


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No, this controversial proposal to "close early, close often" is probably meant to apply to fast-paced sites where there isn't enough time to consider the merits of each question carefully, have a dialogue with the OP and see improvement's can't be made efficiently without all the question-closing drama and trauma1. When there is no substantial ...


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As others have noted in the existing answers, I'm not sure this would have the effect you hope it would. If you see increasing the reward for question upvotes as a thing that encourages low-quality questions, then I'd say there may be something about the voting culture on Astronomy that needs to be looked at — are people up- and downvoting when appropriate? ...


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Building site design is a large effort, so this effort is limited to "graduated" sites. Further explanation is below. What is graduation? From Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites - Meta Stack Exchange: Graduation is a hard concept to pin down quantitatively, but we basically expect that a graduated site should be ...


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When someone asks a question which folks are likely to ask over and over, you should use that opportunity to create a really awesome, canonical answer to make this an invaluable resource on the Internet. For example, if someone were to ask when the sun/moon rise/set on a given date, don't give them the time or answer with a hyperlink to some other ...


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Due to lack of traffic and active members in our meta (I think it's only more severe with the new top bar and it used to be easier to switch between main and meta with the previous one, but it's hard to judge in late December when number of visits plummet everywhere on Stack Exchange), we've decided to keep the current TOTW running until the next one is ...


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UPDATE: It has now been enabled on the site. I'm going to hazard a guess that since this has a net score of 10 currently, which is an ample amount for Astronomy meta, the community is generally interested in this. I could see it being useful in some cases as a visual aid for things that can be kind of hard to envision from a textual description, especially ...


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It does seem like a good idea. I will see what I can do. In the meantime, please use those references as well as these: How do I add mathematical notation using MathJax (World Building) MathJax tutorial and quick reference (Math)


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My personal feeling is that down voting harder will not increase the number of the kind of questions that would cause question-answerers to stay and not leave. Angst begets angst. I don't know about others, but I certainly don't self-censor out of a fear of getting down voted. Instead I first think about what questions will tend to lead to interesting ...


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Examples where YouTube viewer would be helpful: https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/35572/6 https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/32069/6 https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/11043/6 https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/281/6 https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/34531/6 https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/33262/6 https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/...


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What kinds of questions? You mean like posts on the main site? Normally, the course of action with these is to close as duplicate. In cases like "where can I find the positions of the planets tonight" or "where can I find a catalog of stars" or "how can I visualize what tonight's sky will look like" the titles are certainly generic enough to have one ...


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