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What should our chatroom be named?
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The Observatory Maybe too obvious, but I like it.

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A potential sign that Astronomy is about to graduate?
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No, this is a network-wide change to all beta sites.

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Should we close an unclear question with acceped answer?
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I would say generally no. Instead, someone should take the time to edit the question to make it more clear, now that the accepted answer makes it apparent what was being asked. There are exceptions ...

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Can we make arguments that Pluto should be considered a planet off-topic?
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I also added this to the topic guidelines in the Help Center: My question about Pluto got removed. How is that off topic? Was it really a question, or was it a rant about why you think the IAU ...

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How old is our Astronomy SE?
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How old is our Astronomy SE ? From the site list: At the end of the entry it indicates that the site is seven years and eleven months old. Unlike other sites, why there is poor patronage despite ...

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When is the next Moderator Election?
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Beta sites don't have regular elections like graduated sites. Basically, elections only occur on an as needed basis. I've requested to have an election to bring on another mod, and the CM team says it'...

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Is [space-travel] on topic here?
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You're right, just about every one of those is off topic (ok, some may be borderline), and many of them are already closed. I don't really see much of an on-topic use for this tag anyway, so it really ...

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Make no prior research or effort a reason to close?
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In my opinion, no research effort does not necessarily mean that the underlying question is bad, just the post--which to me means downvote, not close (unless you want to close as unclear). However, I ...

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Are Questions related to Cosmology and ancient history of astronomy allowed in Astronomy SE?
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Yes, scientific cosmology is perfectly acceptable here, and ancient astronomy (note: not astrology) is generally regarded as on topic as well, though we don't have many with expertise in the topic of ...

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Why can't I click on the up/down vote counter to see how the breakdown looks?
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Clicking on the counter to see the breakdown is an ability that you get at a higher rep level. If you check out your privileges page, you will see that you get that ability at 750 rep.

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Areas of interest and expertise of members
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Expertise: Software engineering and design, project management Previous areas of study: Cosmology, black holes Interests: I'm going to list interests relevant to Space Exploration as well as here....

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Request to use image
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All user-submitted content on Stack Exchange is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license.* You are free to use any of it as long as you follow the license terms and attribute it ...

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When should [early-universe] end?
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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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Is astrobiology on topic here?
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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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Can we consider Indian Astrology as astronomy?
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We have ruled in this community that astrology of any sort, despite its historical entanglement with astronomy, is off-topic because of the pseudoscience mentioned by Anders. That said, if the ...

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Can we 🐻 to have emoji in posts?
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I would not substitute emojis for actual speech, as that provides an additional obstacle for non-native English speakers and could potentially cause the question to be misunderstood in any case. If an ...

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Who should our moderators be?
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I want to remind everyone to be comfortable enough to stick out your own neck here. Moderating isn't really a position of self-promotion, but a position of self-dedication. That said, if you feel you ...

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What exactly are the tags [ebinary-star] and [tbinary-star]?
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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"?
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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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How do we handle questions with answers on other sites?
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If the question is on topic here and is not copy/pasted from another site, then it should remain open here. Answers may reference the answers on other site(s) if they want. If you have not yet asked ...

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Do you want to write for our blog?
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I would be willing to write about exoplanets, stellar imaging, and planetary formation. Most of what I would write would be derivative (I would read papers and compile/summarize), but I would provide ...

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Are questions about installing astronomy-related python packages on topic?
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I see no reason that such a question couldn't be asked here since our relevant topics include: Setting up, using and maintaining your astronomy related equipment Software could be viewed in a ...

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Policy on asking for book recommendations
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Just be careful with recommendation questions that your requirements are pretty narrow. For example: What is the best cosmology textbook? The above is too broad and subjective. The following is ...

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Why was my comment removed?
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It was requested that the comment thread be removed because it was degenerating into argument without any action being taken, or needing to be taken. If you feel the significant digit issue still ...

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Why was this question migrated to space exploration?
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You can see on the on topic section of the help page for our site what is in scope here. A space elevator is a device (large-scale equipment) which does not directly support astronomical observation ...

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Why is the general public more interested in Astronomy than other branches of Physics and Cosmology?
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Cosmology is a little abstruse for some people, even astrophysics in general can often seem daunting to the general public. Atomic/molecular/optical physics, particle physics, and condensed matter ...

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Rolling back question edits that have changed the question
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Yes, in both of those cases inappropriate changes were made to the question. In the first, the nature of the question was changed completely. In the second, the additions were more suitable for new ...

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What are the intended boundaries of this question and answers community?
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The Tour puts it well: Get answers to practical, detailed questions Professional or amateur, our site is meant to deal with questions that are practical and detailed. It is up to our site to help ...

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External resource questions on Astronomy
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I think resource requests should be treated, for the most part, like list questions. If there is a way to produce a finite, best quality list of resources, then the question is good. If the only ...

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Where do we draw the line concerning planetary science questions?
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We need to be careful to avoid the English Language & Usage / English Language Learners problem over here. Planetary sciences is one area that is particularly fuzzy when it comes to determining ...

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