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Destroy the [science] tag

To the best of my understanding, the kind of vague, high-level "meta" tag that science represents is generally discouraged. I agree - kill it with malice.
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When should [early-universe] end?

This UC Berkeley page seems to peg the CMB as the end of the early universe period. We should give a little bit for some of our astrophysics professionals around here to weigh in, but otherwise I ...
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What exactly are the tags [ebinary-star] and [tbinary-star]?

I suspect tbinary was a typo for ebinary, and I think they are referring to eclipsing binaries. I think both tags should be replaced with eclipsing-star-systems.
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Tags "planetary-atmosphere" vs. "atmosphere"?

Update: There's a catch to being able to do this right away. See discussion in the comments. These definitely should be merged. The only reason I could see for having a distinction would be for ...
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Strange problem creating sunspots tag & should we have a sunspots tag?

I've recreated the tag but if you want to keep it around for more than six months, find another question to add it to or give it a tag wiki. Or, if you decide that you don't want it, just remove it ...
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Shouldn't we fuse "planet" and "planets" tags?

Yes, and the singular form should have precedence, compare with other popular tags such as "star" or "black-hole"
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Why was my answer deleted?

That was an accident. I apologize for the mistake. I have undeleted your answer.
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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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When should [early-universe] end?

Several sites (The First Stars and Galaxies, for example) place the formation of the first stars as happening in the early universe period. This happened well after the CMB. NASA pegs the early ...
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Is there really a use to having separate [time] and [date-time] tags?

The time tag currently has 17 questions, and date-time currently has 58. Neither of them have a tag wiki. They seem to be used for exactly the same purpose. I think we should 1) make date-time a ...
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Difference between resource and reference-request tags?

I was the OP of the question that uhoh mentioned in the question and I just used the "resource" tag to search for questions similar to mine. The presence of two similar tags of the same ...
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Is TESS a sky-survey? Is the tag sufficiently broad for all kinds of surveys?

I think sky-survey is totally fine. Among astronomers, these are normally just called "surveys" because the "sky" part is implied by context and the background of ...
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Spectroscopy Spectrometry Spectra and Spectrum tags; is there room for some consolidation?

All of them have a substantial number of questions, but you are right that spectrum should be consolidated under spectra. Otherwise, I think we should probably leave them be, but spectrometry needs a ...
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Tag synonyms for the Moon

the-sun and the-moon are now the official tags. lunar is now a synonym of the-moon. moons is now a synonym of natural-satellite. Only developers can blacklist tags, but I don't think we need to ...
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Interest in looking into adding the YouTube viewer?

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 ...
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Should the hubble-telescope and hst tags be merged?

This is a simple enough request, so I've gone ahead and performed the merge; I can't think of a reason not to. In the process, I also created a synonym mapping hst to hubble-telescope. If we see ...
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Is this a duplicate tag?

The tag foundamental-astronomy has been marked as a synonym of fundamental-astronomy. Users can't actually use "foundamental astronomy" - everything automatically routes, corrects, and or renames to ...
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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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What is the difference between the "chemistry" and "astrochemistry" tags?

I don't think we need both tags. I suggest merging the chemistry questions into astrochemistry, as we have astrobiology but no biology tag. I don't think we should create a synonym between chemistry ...
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Should [observation] and [observational-astronomy] be merged?

The only difference seems to be that observation discusses a singular object, and observational-astronomy discusses multiple. Looks to me that these tags could be merged since basically ...
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Is the tag "measurement" a synonym of "observational-astronomy"?

These seem to be the questions tagged measurement that are about some kind of measuring. I think that for all except "measure the age of the universe" the observational-astronomy tag would ...
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What's the point of the tag "laws-of-physics"?

Yeah, this seems like a junk tag. My inclination would be to retag the questions with more specific tags. When there are no laws-of-physics questions left, the tag will be automatically deleted.
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Synonym suggestion for [tag:tides]

I agree that tidal-forces concept is the driving force (literally) for ocean tides. Bodies have solid-tides as well, so we should either have three tags or one. I kind-of like the idea of having all ...
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Tags "planetary-atmosphere" vs. "atmosphere"?

My understanding is that atmosphere and planetary-atmosphere tags will be merged and called planetary-atmosphere, so I will treat them as one in my summary below. I've set about the following scripted ...
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Do we need separate tags for [habitable-zone] and [goldilocks-zone]?

Based on a quick Google search, they do appear to be completely synonymous. I think we should prefer habitable-zone as the main tag and make goldilocks-zone a synonym, because "habitable" is ...
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"MathJax help" link is broken

As I noted over yonder, this has been fixed now. Thanks for the report, and please join me in thanking rene for digging up the archived page!
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Duplicate Sagittarius A* tags

I'll merge them. As for your last question, we could make a sagittarius-a-asterisk tag, but since Sagittarius A* is a component of Sagittarius A, I don't see the need for a separate tag.
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Interest in looking into adding the YouTube viewer?

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://...

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