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Should the tag be air-traffic-control or atc (and other abbreviations)?

We currently have an air-traffic-control and atc tag. Which one should be used? In general, when should common terms be abbreviated in tags and when should they be spelled out?
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Aviation Acronyms

Aviation is full of acronyms that are very often not obvious. Where can we look if we come across one that we aren't familiar with?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Can we delete this "humorous" answer?

This one in particular. We discussed "fun" in other occasions (one, two, three) and as far as I can tell the consensus is that fun is fine in comments, in meta and chat, NOT in answers to serious ...
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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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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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What tags should we use for FAR, FAA, AIM, etc.?

A similar question was asked here: Should the tag be air-traffic-control or atc (and other abbreviations)? I agree that the tags should not use acronyms because there are WAY too many of them, and ...
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Can I discuss drones and UAVs in aviation stack exchange?

I see a lot of questions regarding real aircraft, but I have a question about my drone. Is it appropriate to ask questions about drones and UAVs on the website?
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Should hypothetical situations be addressed?

A new user asked this question, which is essentially how a bigger airplane can recover from a spin? Right now, it has already 4 close votes. If I recall correctly, there have been questions which ...
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Does it seem to anyone else like we're seeing less and less questions with accepted answers?

It feels like every time I'm on the main page these days I'm staring at a long list of questions where there hasn't been an answer accepted at all. I can remember, probably a year ago, it seemed the ...
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Using acronyms in tags

There are a ton of acronyms is the world of aviation. This could lead to duplicate tags, and some non-acronym tags, and some acronym tags. Before the site goes public [knock on wood] we should ...
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Are “fun” questions allowed?

I'd like to ask a tie-in question after this answer on Worldbuilding. We surmise that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was added to Santa’s kit in 1939 as a general upgrade to deal with the emergence ...
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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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Tag modification A350 vs A350XWB

The current tag airbus-a350 refers not to the old Airbus A350 project but to the current A350XWB model in operation since 2014. I propose to rename the current tag to airbus-a350XWB and create a new ...
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How strict do we need to be about making sure that question titles reflect the actual question?

I am starting to get discouraged about the quality of question titles on Aviation.SE. For those who don't want to click things, that's a link to my user page, which has a list of my recent edits. ...
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Should we have a site blog?

Many stack exchange sites have associated site blogs for things that don't quite "fit" with the Q&A format of the main site. I think there are quite a few interesting topics we could cover in a ...
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Which URLs should be checked regularly to maintain the site?

I've posted a Community Wiki answer below with URLs that you can check to maintain content on the site. Feel free to edit it with any more useful links we can check regularly.
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EDITED - Design for Aviation Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Edit 22 June 2016 I will add more realistic icons and tweak the design to match more an aviation map. Thanks for your feedback. EDIT 21 JUNE 2016 Thanks for your feedback! I went through all of it ...
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You're asking a dumb question!!1!

New contributor 👋 or not, when a question is asked, that may for one or more reasons be eligible for putting on hold, the first few comments I've been seeing lately can be read as you're asking a ...
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Voting to close very old questions

Lately I've noticed several older questions (some as many as two years old) that are being flagged as off topic and are in the queue to be closed. I don't understand this? Why would we waste our ...
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What should we do with the afd tag?

The afd tag refers to the FAA's Airport/Facility Directory, which was renamed to the Chart Supplement in March 2016. Right now we only have 4 questions tagged afd but what should we do with them? ...
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How should we handle the new drones.SE site?

The Drones and Model Aircraft Area 51 proposal has now become a beta site: drones.SE. What does this mean for us, and how should we handle questions from now on? We've already recognized that there's ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

There have been a few questions that are answerable but to do so would invoke Sensitive Security Information. While some SSI has made its way into public knowledge and someone determined to know ...
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Help Otto teach people to fly!

@Lnafziger jokingly said that he would like to see a !!TeachMeToFly command on the suggest new chat bot commands question: The command that I would like to see the ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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What should be the preferred way to provide attribution for images?

This is prompted by a recent discussion below a post (I link to my final comment, but please take the time to read all the comments there). I have the feeling that recently the way images are ...
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Where to ask an aviation-specific question that involves non-standard atmospheric conditions?

I am absolutely not going to write "on another planet" in the title, but that's what I mean. I found a cross-over point from here when I recently linked to my answer in space exploration ...
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Are questions asking for aviation-related data sources or APIs on-topic here?

Are questions asking for data sources or APIs for aviation-related programs on-topic here? For example, the question Is there an API to retrieve airport departure and arrivals? just came up. There's ...
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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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Aviation icon/favicon the same as Astronomy

The Aviation favicon is the same as the one for Astronomy. Will this be changed?
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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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Are questions about careers in aviation on topic?

We had a question on the main site about trying to get a job in operations for an airline. Personally I think the question is on topic (not withstanding a need for some editing) because we do, ...
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Rehashing Wikipedia and other resources?

Is there general advice on how to deal with questions that deal with topics already covered in wikipedia or standard textbooks? Somehow rehashing information found in those does not seem attractive ...
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How should I handle questions I've asked that may be unanswerable

I recently asked this question. One of the comments suggested something I had not thought about, that the situation is ongoing so there may not be anyone who can provide an answer. I'm also now ...
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We need to ask more questions!

We started off great, with about 25 questions per day, but now we've slipped quite a bit, to "needs some work": I don't want to see the site closed after 90 days! Remember, you can check how we're ...
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Do we need to review our guidance for "What kinds of questions should I avoid asking?"

The ASE Help Center page https://aviation.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask has a header that reads: What types of questions should I avoid asking?. The text that follows includes the sentence: ...
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What's the problem with this question?

This question has 6 down-votes as of now. Why? It's a perfectly reasonable question. EDIT For reference, here is the original version of the question which has since been edited: PIC time with ...
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Considerations for editing and approving edits for closed posts

Vising the re-open queue tonight I came across two posts nominated for re-opening due to edits made to the post. You can see them for yourself here: Suggested edit by @ctx and approved by @egid and, ...
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Is the 'Gatwick drones' question on-topic?

Are there any photos or videos of the drones at Gatwick? The question asks for photos, and if no photos exist, asks about the reliability of eyewitnesses/news. Is it on-topic, or should it be closed?...
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Can removing comments by a moderator on their own answer be considered a conflict of interest?

Referring to this question and this question. Both were answered by a moderator. Both answers attracted a lot of comments asking for clarifications and pointing out potential flaws. In both cases ...
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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, as Jamiec's answer to ...
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Why was my question closed as off topic?

https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/9054/do-drones-such-as-predator-reaper-have-to-boresight-the-aircraft-to-launch-mis The question above, was indeed about aviation. It asked about the ...
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How should the use of copyrighted photos be addressed?

Many questions are posted with copyrighted images included. These are generally images from well known aviation photo websites that Aviation.SE users have uploaded to Imgur—with the copyright banner ...
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Do *blimp* questions get assigned the new *balloon* tag?

Is it best to assign blimp questions the new balloon tag, or better to create a new tag for them?
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Should we make the crash-investigation tag a synonym for accident-investigation?

Today, we have these two tags: accident-investigation - 37 questions crash-investigation - 16 questions I propose that we make crash-investigation a synonym for accident-investigation. "Accident ...
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What should our policy be on "would this idea work?" questions?

We get occasional questions from people with no aviation or engineering knowledge, who have a "great" idea about how aircraft should work differently, whether it's issuing parachutes to passengers, ...
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Are questions about paragliding appropriate?

I'm just starting to learn paragliding and I was wondering if question on that subject would be appropriate to this site.
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Moderators Pro Tempore Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Add tag specific popup to [accidents]

It appears that Tag Specific Popups are available for use across the network, and apparently they're 'trivial' to add. Should/could we add one to accidents? Someone can post an answer with some ...
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Would a question about airport history be on-topic?

I would like to ask about the history of the "Superbay" at KSFO. I could also imagine questions such as how an airport got its name/code (like KORD), or about the unusual layout of EDDI. Would ...