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Are questions about phenomenon only observed in certain YouTube channels on-topic?

I'm glad this has been asked on Meta, as it's a much more appropriate place to discuss how to approach such issues - comments or chat are limited in their usefulness. My view is that this is shouldn'...
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Is astrobiology on topic here?

I think astrobiology as a component of astronomy--that is astrobiology performed using space or ground-based telescopes, should be on topic. Astrobiology that can only be performed by landers/rovers ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

Astronomy SE is a bit odd (in my view) in having no policy on closing homework questions. If homework-type questions get answered regularly (whether they actually are homework or not) the site will ...
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Are all questions asking for simple explanations really off-topic? Or should we rethink the site's "purpose" statement?

TL;DR: My assessment is that a request for a simple explanation does not conflict with the site's purpose of providing "expert-level answers", so such a request does not make the question off-topic. ...
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Thought experiment questions that aren't completely scientific?

From the help center under What questions are off topic here: Questions that are purely hypothetical, for example a question such as 'Could a black hole destroy the universe' or 'What if our solar ...
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Thought experiment questions that aren't completely scientific?

Astronomy is more of a hard science stack, so thought experiments are going to be, at best, right on the border of being off-topic. And it would probably need to be more than just somewhat related to ...
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Is the topic scope too confusing for new users?

My top two favorite resources for the scope of any Stack Exchange site are, in order, the tour and the help center. The former takes maybe a minute or two to read and should clear up some basic ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

Well, uh, this is embarrassing. As the user who put these comments onto the post, I've learned the consequences of doing so. Originally, after seeing several posts that turned out to be homework ...
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Shall we continue to agree that good SETI and extraterrestrial questions are on-topic? What about METI?

I think that I am quite OK with having SETI and METI questions, having already asked a question related to SETI (with 2 upvotes ). While to some it may seem that SETI questions are usually not well-...
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Is "solve this n-body system for me" on topic here?

I don't think that questions which are "unanswerable in a definitive fashion" are ever good SE questions, no. I think that a question like that can be closed using existing reasons pretty quickly, but ...
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Why are other questions about messages to aliens on-topic but this one isn't? Was answer-blocking premature in this case?

Astronomy.SE Help gives no guidance as to whether SETI questions are on-topic or not. SETI is at least a respectable pursuit these days, although it was not always so. The question that you are ...
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Should questions about specific geographic features on rocky planets in our solar system be on-topic here?

I would say the discussion of the process of exploring or mapping objects beyond the earth, with landers, orbiters, or flyby craft, would fall into Space Exploration, but the discussion of the actual ...
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Shall we continue to agree that good SETI and extraterrestrial questions are on-topic? What about METI?

You have two questions here, and I have opposing answers to them: I agree with you that good SETI questions should be on topic - but the definition of Good here is key. METI on the other hand - so far ...
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Are order of magnitude approximation questions on-topic?

Yes, for answers in which a order of magnitude estimation is the best available, then that should be the answer. It should perhaps be left to the answerer of a question what is an appropriate level of ...
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Is the [ufo] tag on-topic for this site?

I've never really liked questions about lights in the sky. They tend to list the location, time, and color of the lights . . . and that's about it. Invariably, we have nowhere near enough information ...
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Why are other questions about messages to aliens on-topic but this one isn't? Was answer-blocking premature in this case?

Thanks for an important meta-question @uhoh, and especially for your comment on (@)Mick's answer. While your "insta-closure" label is a bit inflammatory, your comment is really helpful in ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

In the early days of the internet I got suckered many times into doing people's homework for them. The "thanks for doing my homework, sucker" comment I received on the last time I did ...
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Should I have asked this Space Telescope question here instead?

As this is about astronomical operation of space telescopes, I think it would be on topic here, but it's also on topic on Space Exploration. If you would like it migrated here nonetheless, flag the ...
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Is "what star did I see?" on topic?

Is “what star did I see?” on topic? Yes, it is absolutely on-topic! ...potentially infinite... plethora of questions following this pattern This is not happening. These questions are infrequent ...
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