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Rename request for FAR tags

The following are the current FAR tags (total of 112 questions): far-91, far-61, far-135, far-121, far-25, and far-141. FAR stands for Federal Aviation Regulations, although it is no longer ...
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For planes, do we need an up-to-date fleet count in the tag wikis?

I just rejected two edit suggestions: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/48671 reject reason: linked wiki articles are enough for this type of always-changing information ...
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Tag merge: [legal] → [regulations]

During a discussion I had with @ymb1 on "Do we need the "legal" and "legislation" tags?", we came to the idea of merging the legal tag to regulations. The description for legal is ...
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Tip: FAA AIP, AIM, ATC (point sixty five), are back on HTML

I previously suggested using a Google search limited to site:avstop.com/ac when the HTML pages were taken down, but due to avstop not being up-to-date, I deleted ...
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Can we have the reasons why 'Does anyone know free DIY ultralight plans?' is off-topic?

The question Does anyone know free DIY ultralight plans? has been closed as off-topic, but there are no reasons given for this. I don't necessarily want to challenge the decision, but it would be ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

Often I see comments like this: This is not a forum for solving homework questions. VTC. A meta post from 5 years ago seems to suggest otherwise: Should we answer exam or test questions? If ...
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Is there something weird going on with link-sharing counts?

I've received an oddly-high number of Announcer badges over the past couple of days for links that I shared mostly years ago, most of them on Aviation. I've earned 5 Announcer badges today alone on ...
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Repeat no-effort answers, Looks OK or Delete?

As an example, which does happen every now and again, this answer: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/a/72384/14897 It is a one-liner that was posted four hours after two back-to-back answers, and ...
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New site proposal: Drones and Model Aviation

ifconfig recently (November 27, 2019) submitted an Area 51 proposal for a new Stack Exchange site: Drones and Model Aviation. There's no clear consensus on what questions about model aircraft are on ...
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What can we do when an answer is intentionally harmed by the author?

The author of this answer wrote "despatch" instead of "dispatch" several times, which is (being a non-native English speaker myself) an understandable mistake. It was corrected in an edit by ymb1. ...
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Merge [boeing-747-8] → [boeing-747]?

I don't know why the -8i/f variants get special treatment, since the same is not done for the variants of the 737, 777, etc. Unless I've missed something, I request a tag merge for boeing-747-8 x27 → ...
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How can we best tackle the reviewing discrepancy?

To start off, I'll borrow something @DanHulme said in chat a while back: "Review votes" aren't supposed to be a democratic decision about whether each post individually should be allowed. They're ...
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What is the tag usage of [flow]?

What is the tag usage of flow? It seems to me it's mostly boundary layer questions. Would it be better if it's renamed to boundary-layer? A quick search gives 47 results.
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Why is this MH370's disappearance question on-topic?

This: Are there any Airworthiness Directives for the Boeing 777 that might explain MH370's disappearance? It asks for speculation (the word "might") on an accident that remains a mystery. Or as ...
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Merge and rename: [airman-certification] and [licence]

I can't tell the usage difference between airman-certification x116 and licence x33. The usage guidelines are: Airman Certification is for questions related to obtaining certificates and ratings ...
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Should we have tags for specific aircraft engines?

Currently, we have tags for specific models of aircraft (for instance, boeing-737, de-havilland-comet, tu-154, bombardier-crj), which makes sense, given the large numbers of questions regarding ...
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Is baggage handling on-topic at Aviation?

We recently had the question How can luggage be lost if it has a bag tag? The question was closed as off-topic, but there was disagreement in the comments about whether or not it should be considered ...
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What tag to use for warning sounds (and lights)?

The tag sound was merged into noise. I proposed the synonym 1.5 years ago: Should 'sound' tag be a synonym of 'noise'? The top-voted answer and comments there made a good case for them ...
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Why is the [md-80] tag being changed to [dc-9-family]?

Here: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/posts/64358/revisions https://aviation.stackexchange.com/posts/67396/revisions Those actions were taken today. I don't know if others were done in the past, ...
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Were the MD-90 and 717 ever known by DC-9-9x names

Motivated by the title/body of Why was the DC-9-80 so successful despite being obsolete almost from birth? and its comments (and the rollback), and then the tag info, I was surprised to find the MD-90/...
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Should voting be used to undo damage?

We all know the damage that anonymous downvoting does, especially to novice users. We have been asked repeatedly to provide a welcoming atmosphere for new users and anonymous downvoting certainly isn'...
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“noise” and “noise-reduction” tags : do we need both?

See this question for example. I cannot imagine an example where "noise" is discussed but it is not about noise reduction. (noise enhancement???) I suggest we keep the shorter one, noise, and make ...
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Overediting and stylistic edits

Most proposed edits are pretty good and useful. However, every once in a while, a user makes an edit that generally improves the post, and preserves its intent, but changes things that do not need to ...
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How about tags on the country of origin of aircraft?

Currently, Aviation SE has the tag russia, which is used for questions on the Russian Federation. However, questions on Russian aircraft often (mis)use this tag. Hence, I do believe it would be useful ...
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Do we need the [flight-mechanics] tag?

At the moment flight-mechanics has 14 questions. Do we need it? My opinion is we should get rid of it and use aerodynamics (1,316 questions) and/or aircraft-physics (157 questions).
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Please don't make a minor edit for a low-quality-flagged post from the review page

One of the examples I've recently come across: low-quality-posts/46508 If you wish to make said minor edit, press on link and do it in another tab, please (I do it all the time). The underlined ...
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Why do we allow unregistered accounts to post questions?

According to How do unregistered accounts work? over on meta.stackoverflow.com only few sites allow unregistered users to post questions. From the accepted answer: On Stack Overflow (and a few ...
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What is the difference in tag usage of [fixed-wing] vs. [airplane]?

What is the difference in tag usage of fixed-wing x57 vs. airplane x72? If fixed-wing is to differentiate unpowered, is it sailplane then? Which has its own tag, and has been proposed and voted for ...
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Should [cg] be a synonym of [weight-and-balance]?

Should cg x21 be a synonym of weight-and-balance x121? If not, when would one use cg and not weight-and-balance in asking a question?
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Why is the approve-tag-wiki-edits privilege awarded at a much lower reputation level than the edit-tag-wikis-without-needing-approval privilege?

The "Approve tag wiki edits" privilege is currently awarded at 5,000 reputation. However, the ability to edit tagwikis without needing approval is part of the "Trusted user" privilege, which isn't ...
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What should the tag format be for aircraft models?

We favor creating tags for aircraft models (Do we need a tag for each airplane model we mention?). I typically create tags that include the manufacturer's name (consistent with boeing-747, airbus-...
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Why did a moderator delete 'Do former fighter pilots make better airline pilots'?

https://aviation.stackexchange.com/q/68491/128 was closed as "opinion-based", then I accepted the lone answer. But then a moderator unilaterally deleted it. Why not maintain it open to let others ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Aviation's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering,...
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What's the difference between [sailplane] and [glider] tags?

For me, it looks like both tags (gliders and sailplane) are similar and active (last question active less than a month ago). I fail to see the difference. What are the criteria to know if a question ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Why was my flag declined?

I flagged this answer as “not an answer” because it was short, link-only, and the poster explicitly said that they did not have enough reputation to leave a comment. The flag was declined because “a ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Aviation is scheduled for an election next week, August 19. In ...
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Do we need [aircraft-purchase]?

I just notice that we have the tag aircraft-purchase. Is this a proper tag? Or should we burninate it?
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Please re-check my question which has been closed as duplicate, I do not agree it is a duplicate

Once upon a time I was challenged to "post an example on Meta" when I found a similar, but different, question being blocked as a duplicate. My question, "Why would it be logical to call clearance ...
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How much should be added to an answer by another user?

This answer has just been expanded a lot by a different user. It went from a single sentence to a 4 paragraph answer! More than 90% of the answer were not written by the author. Is it appropriate to ...
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Should we have a [flying-wing] tag?

As the title asks, should we have a tag for questions about flying wing aircraft? A simple search for "flying wing" on the main site brings up over 900 results. If yes, should we also consider ...
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Why was this spam flag declined?

This post: Market for a rear mount 1913-1914 (Wright flyer type) wood propeller with "Paragon" isignia ... is clearly a sell advert. I flagged it as spam, going off the "exists only to ...
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Should these two answers be merged?

Background: I was reviewing this question when I noticed that: it is a list question (i.e. open-ended, i.e. generally regarded as too broad) the OP posted two answers. I have asked in the comments ...
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What should we do with list questions?

Background: I was reviewing this question when I noticed that: it is a list question (i.e. open-ended, i.e. generally regarded as too broad) the OP posted two answers. I have asked in the comments ...
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Should we have a tag for ideas about safety improvements?

There are quite a lot of questions that bring up an idea for improving the safety of commercial aviation, and ask why the idea is not implemented. These questions tend to have similar answers: namely,...
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Do we need to review our “on topic” list?

This question is due to this question and the subsequent discussion in chat. It looks like we have a few questions that are not really on topic, but rather are about military stuff and they are not ...
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Should we close questions as off-topic if the fact that it's off-topic isn't known until it's answered?

This question was prompted by this question about a structure on a mountain in Switzerland that I noticed in the review queue. It has attracted a couple of votes to close the question as off-topic. ...
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Why were this question and answer so widely upvoted?

What happens to Cessna electric flaps that are moving when power is lost? I'm certainly not complaining, and I'm glad my answer was appreciated, but I'm a little puzzled. Both question and answer ...