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Do we have a clear policy on drone questions?

The last time we discussed the new Drones.SE was about 2 years ago. Lately it seems there are more discussions in the community about certain questions being asked here. Some want them migrated there, ...
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Retiring from my moderator position

I won't sugar-coat this. I will be leaving my moderator position soon. I have contacted the administration and I will coordinate with them on how to proceed: I might remain as mod until new elections ...
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Did I overstep in my edit of another user's answer?

I came across this answer some time ago, and upvoted it because it seemed generally accurate and helpful. In recent days the tags on the question were edited and the question rose to the top of the ...
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Should we move to 3 close votes?

My understanding is that there's been an update where a SE site can close questions on 3 votes as opposed to 5. The same applies to reopen votes, moving from 5 to 3 votes needed to reopen a closed ...
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Why was my flag of a rude post declined?

I flagged this answer because it contains: The "chewing out" instructor is an idiot ... If this knucklehead is actually griping at students over this, ... The flag was declined. In my ...
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Should there be tag [aviation-in-fiction]?

In Chemistry SE, there is tag chemistry-in-fiction, arguably due to lots of questions on Breaking Bad. Given the recent question on the Top Gun dilogy, should there be tag aviation-in-fiction? For ...
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Should these images be hosted on imgur?

In this answer there is: As for how much of the fuselage is taken up by fuel tanks, you can look at cutaways of the [KC-135][3] and [KC-10][4] (unfortunately the captions for the KC-10 are in a ...
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Publishing comment sections of ASE on other site

I have come across a case where a comment section of a now deleted Aviation Stack Exchange answer is being published on a website not part of the Stack Exhchange community pool: USHBY - interviews, ...
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Has anyone come across posts in Aviation.SE where unpinning an answer was crucially helpful?

The decision was made to unpin accepted answers, per Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?. There was a good argument for why this was a worthwhile experiment, even if some of us had ...
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Question closing is too arbitrary

I have now experienced it too often to stay silent. People vote to close a question they don't know the answer to. The question itself is clear and easy to answer, but some people prefer to put others ...
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Who has the right to delete comments?

In the question "The FAA is asking for medical records that I don’t want to give. May I refuse?" there was a discussion about a demand for an MRI by the FAA. This question was asked by a new ...
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What tag to create for environmental control systems?

Some variations that came to mind (not limited to those): ecs environmental-control-system / -systems more professional but encompasses the existing acs-pressurization* x6 climate-control cabin-...
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Should the question https://aviation.stackexchange.com/q/91120/34686 be un-deleted?

Should the question "Do the NPRMs & Final Rules preceding 1993 "alphabet" airspace re-designation indicate that these phrases were meant to exclude Class E "extensions"?&...
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Should missiles be on-topic?

Recently there has been an increasing interest in military topics. Normally, Aviation does include military aircraft. Since e.g. this question got 4 close votes, and other missile-related questions ...
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An appeal regarding "Do-my-homework-for-me" questions

Scenario: a student has a homework question which checks his ability in some basic conceptual task, like reading an instrument approach chart. He has no idea, and posts the question here, with the ...
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An appeal to *just* vote to close

Motivated by An appeal regarding "Do-my-homework-for-me" questions, even though I do not think this will be well-received, I'll say it anyway: I do not like homework questions as much as ...
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Why is this A321 spoilers question closed as a duplicate?

Do the different spoilers on an A321 extend by different amounts? closed as dupe to Why is there a difference in the max spoilers extension between the A320 and A321 in a roll? One is asking do, ...
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Is there a difference between the three meta tags, [scope], [on-topic], and [off-topic]?

1. scope x24 The oldest (oldest topic dating to 2013), and is a clear tag; its usage guidance: [...] which questions are on-topic here. 2. on-topic x16 No usage guidance; same as scope? 3. off-topic ...
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What is the "aviation-culture" tag for?

We currently have a aviation-culture with 7 questions. 3 of them are closed, with a 4th that probably need migration. The other 3 do not seem to be needing such a tag, imho. What is this tag for? Do ...
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Does this TCAS question need more details?

How does the TCAS decide which aircraft to climb and which to descend Three related topics were linked that IMO adequately address the question, but OP said: However, I don't think this post ...
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Would you consider this question suitable?

I've taken a look at the following questions, but I don't know what to make of it: Switching careers to become a professional pilot For me, there seems to be something not quite right about the way ...
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What should be the Aviation.SE consensus on spam posts?

Sure, ideally we flag it as spam and then it goes away, but what should we do between the flagging and the "it goes away"? The Meta.SE post on this says that in theory is better not to touch them, ...
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Are questions about deciphering ATC recordings on-topic?

A question about deciphering an ATC recording was posted today: Pilot communication with ATC partially unreadable Can anybody decipher this pilot's landing request due to moderate turbulence (some ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should bits of relevant information that are not full answers be allowed in question comments?

Per the recent question Should Aviation.SE allow answers posted in comments? and general SE policy, answers to the question are not supposed to be answered in comments. However, sometimes users drop ...
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Should questions rely on tags for clarity?

While there is no need to include tags in the question title (see Should questions include "tags" in their titles? on the main Meta site), I couldn't find any discussion on including tags in ...
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Why were my rebuttals to another user's comments deleted?

In the comments to my answer on this question: Is there a deterministic guide to landing?, User71659 made several blatantly incorrect assertions. I countered, but my comments have been deleted with ...
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Should Aviation.SE allow answers posted in comments?

From the network guidelines: When shouldn't I comment? Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one)...
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Comment policy consistency [duplicate]

Today I have been told off by a moderator for providing too much details in a comment on this question: Since modern ADF receivers don't rotate, how do they work?. I had previously written an answer ...
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Can it be possible to ask certain carefully-scoped questions about UFOs here? (Wait! Please read before downvoting.)

The carefully worded and scoped question What aircraft equipment produced the three recordings of unidentified aerial phenomenon released by the US Pentagon in 2020? What does black signify? managed ...
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

Stack Overflow is not pinning the accepted answer to the top any longer. What would we like for our site? Keep things as they are, as the right answer is not changing in aviation as it does for code. ...
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Why was an answer about arming pilots deleted?

This question: Do commercial aircraft carry personal weapons? until yesterday contained an answer that began with words to the effect that arming pilots was “a recipe for disaster” due to the presumed ...
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Why was my question about tyre smoke viewed 2k times and upvoted 5x in just 24 hours?

Yesterday I posted this question about tyre smoke of big and small airplanes. I got answers very fast which is great. Then, I closed the tab and went to do something else. When I checked my SE inbox ...
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How to invite someone to The Hangar

After so many years, I just figured this out and thought to share it. It was never clear to me why chat sometimes would show me the option to invite someone to The Hangar, to say discuss something ...
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How best to handle the tags for the boundary layer topic?

Background (from 2 years ago): What is the tag usage of [flow]? Based on that and its accepted answer: I now created boundary-layer including usage guidance in preparation for adding the existing flow ...
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Why are the comments being misused by established users?

Yes I'm putting myself in the firing line. And the purpose of this is not to call any one out. I came across this: It really boggles the mind. The Hangar is collecting figurative dust, and is being ...
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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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Why was this regulations question without a jurisdiction reopened?

This is about Can I fly a friend for money when holding a commercial pilot certificate? We have many questions on the topic, but OP did not say which country. A comment was left asking 'for which ...
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Should we allow questions which are likely answerable by the experts here, but are not directly related to Aviation?

Our help centre (and more specifically our on-topic page) states (emphasis mine): Aviation Stack Exchange is a site for pilots, engineers, controllers, mechanics, and aviation enthusiasts. If you ...
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Why can a bounty created to "reward an existing answer" not be awarded immediately?

At least twice now, I've created a bounty on a question for the specific purpose of rewarding an answer that is really excellent. The system then lets the bounty sit out there, not awarded, for a ...
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Less questions to answer?

Following this question: Does it seem to anyone else like we're seeing less and less questions with accepted answers? It seems the number of accepted answers is stable these days, and the ratio per ...
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Why was the "two small vs one big aircraft" question closed?

Q link: Why is it more fuel-efficient to fly two small aircraft in formation than one big aircraft? The most upvoted comment is: I’m voting to close this question because its basic premise about ...
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On the lack of consistency in aircraft-specific tags [duplicate]

At the moment, Aviation SE has both tag a-6 and tag douglas-a-4-skyhawk, for instance. Why not have tag grumman-a-6-intruder instead of tag a-6? Why not have a-4 instead of douglas-a-4-skyhawk? Why ...
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Would this question be on-topic?

I wanted to ask a question in this site, but I'm not sure it would be on-topic (maybe a bit opinion based): I'm currently an IT project manager (I have a french engineering degree in computer science ...
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Why was "opinion based" flag declined, when even the author of the question agrees it's opinion-based?

I flagged this question as "primarily opinion-based". The language in the question makes very clear that the author is asking for an opinion. "Should" is the word they use, rather ...
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My question was closed and deleted because of its humoristic phrasing

I've asked this question: What can I do with my pimped 767-300ER, which I'm no longer using regarding a public dilemma in Israel today (Note: linked article is in Hebrew) in Israel today: What to do ...
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Why was this question on control systems for quadcopters closed?

I do not understand why the following question was closed. Please note that I am not its author. If the Quadcopter is a MIMO Nonlinear System, How Can it be Controlled using PID? Allegedly, this ...
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Why is 'What is the difference between slice, segment and leg" on-topic while "What are the definitions of stages/sequences" was closed as off-topic?

Why is What is the difference between slice, segment and leg? on-topic while What are the definitions of stages and sequences when describing a flight, and how do they compare against leg/portion/...
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What's the point of the tag [aircraft-physics]?

The tag aircraft-physics is too broad; it reminds me of the now-dead flight tag. It usage guidance says: ... aerodynamics, flight dynamics, stability and control, aircraft hydraulic and electric ...
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Does [flight-dynamics] encompass [flight-mechanics] and [stability]?

I don't think it was brought up before. The tags flight-dynamics x120 and flight-mechanics x51, don't they mean the same thing? Should one be a synonym of the other? Note that the latter has no usage ...

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