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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 ...
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A duplicate question with a unique answer by a closer

In this question: When do wings not matter? a closer Jaun had answered my question but yet he marked my question to another question which his answer would not make any sense. I have seen where a ...
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Trolley weight savings "question"

This post asks a very clear question in the title, and then proceeds to perform the rough arithmetic to estimate an answer. The math itself seems fine, and the question seems perfectly appropriate, ...
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Do we need the [gnss-gps] tag?

I noticed that we seem to have two tags for the Global Positioning System: [gps] and [gnss-gps]. These two tags seem to have exactly the same meaning—namely, the Global Positioning System, which is a ...
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Should the 'E195 gliding' question be closed or left open?

The question: For how long can an Embraer E195 airplane glide at malfunction? The review ended with 3x leave open and 2x close. The question asks if a specific plane would fall like a rock, or how ...
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Why aren't people trying to answer my questions?

I mean for my past few questions, people have been correcting my mistakes but no one offers to help. I get it I made mistakes but people just criticise my questions rather help me solve a problem. I ...
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Why the down vote on my last 3 question?

I have noticed on my last few questions that they got a down vote and close vote. Are they that bad and how can I make them better? Are they by the same person? What is the highest a helicopter can ...
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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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What if calculations are denied without going into detail?

Well this is the first site I experience this, but I've seen it quite often. People actively making wrong calculations and when explained the modifications are "denied". Often by users with quite ...
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Should we edit answers to make them correct?

In this question, J. Hougaard edited this this answer. The answer was incorrect and the edit made it correct. J. Hougaard then posted a very good answer that detailed the previous edited one. ...
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Do we need the "engineer" tag?

Currently we have a engineer with 7 questions. Do we really need that?
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Should I upvote an interesting, thoughtful, off-topic question?

This question by a brand-new user is interesting, decently well written, and totally off topic. I'm torn: I want to upvote it because in isolation it's a good question, but I don't want to encourage ...
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What should we do with the "737 Max high speed stall" question?

This one in particular. It was originally closed as "unclear what you are asking". Got edited, but failed to be reopened. Got edited again to include an answer that was given via email, purportedly ...
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Need help with a question

I thought this was a good question. Spinning wing heat dispersion dynamics? but is down voted. Can someone please help me make this question better?
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Do we have posts that would be worth advertising?

In the aim of bringing more people to SE, the powers that be have decided to revitalize the main SE twitter account. They then asked us mods to propose questions from our sites that might be worthy ...
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Answer deleted without cause, should it be flagged for modderator attention?

I was just digging through my old stuff and noticed I had one of my answers deleted(three votes by non-moderators). However it does not come close to violating any of the rules for deletion listed on ...
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Can deleted low quality questions be brought back after they disappear?

I have this question ban that has been lingering over me for years here. I recently learned somewhere on SE chat that bad deleted questions (which is a strike to delete now counts as 2 strikes to a ...
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Are 'aircraft identification' questions using photos eligible for duplicate voting?

Not post-specific, rather general policy, but I will use two posts as an example: A recent question asked: What is this aircraft that has flown over my house all day? To which I voted duplicate for: ...
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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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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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Should I remove dead link?

Some link to third party website that holds Boeing or Airbus presentation becomes dead. I have no hope to bring back those link to life. Should I edit to remove those dead links or should I just leave ...
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What to do with this question?

This question had been closed when in its original form. The OP then edited it. The question was further edited in an attempt of getting it reopened. This succeeded (yes, I am in there). This has ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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What do we consider as "passenger side questions"?

This is prompted by the comments seen on this question (and this). Basically: are questions asked in the early days of this SE (e.g. this one) a good indication of what we deem on topic? Or has the ...
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Duplicate questions that raise better answers?

Often I see duplicate questions that have great answers. Can the original question be edited to reflect all the duplicates titles in the body as a foot note? Can answers be migrated from 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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Declined comment flag for obsolete comment

This answer: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/a/57925/874 gathered an excellent comment by @Mackk, which included a link to a video. I thought that the video would enhance the answer greatly, so ...
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How do you flag a question for closure when the reason for closing is not in the menu?

In this question, the user is asking about how/where to purchase a part. This is a specific violation of the network rules What topics can I ask about here? If [your question is] not about… ...
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Why was my question about cabin chimes on a specific plane closed as primarily opinion-based?

I recently asked Why are the cabin chimes one semitone lower on the Boeing 747-400 than on other aircraft? on the main site. It was later deemed to be primarily based on opinions, but it's not. I ...
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Would you avoid downvoting an answer with a factual error?

Would you avoid downvoting an answer with a factual error, especially one that is central to the answer? Is it considered "rude" or something? Sure one can leave a comment noting the problem with ...
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Replace entire answer-- best via edit, or delete and add new?

If, based on encountering new information, or simply based on a re-thinking of the problem, or based on an actual change in circumstances (e.g. new regulations passed), I wish to completely replace an ...
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Aviation updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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How to ask about material to study aviation related topics?

Since reading Aviation SE I noticed that I have a huge interest in everything related to aerodynamics so I'd like to know the whole topic in more depth. This led me to nearly asking about what the ...
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How should we handle misleading comments?

I've noticed quite a few times that people comment, just to comment - whether that's to fill a quota towards a badge or whatnot, I don't know. However, oftentimes people can post comments that are ...
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What should we do with "Are there any" questions with many answers?

The question about two airports connected by taxiways, to be exact. The question asks about whether there are examples which satisfy a criteria. Turns out there are many! I'm sure the OP thought it ...
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Are questions that are meaningless without site-external material not unclear?

Why did this 737 not take off on first attempt? has me wondering. In full, that question (by Cloud) is: This video shows a 737 'near miss' takeoff. I'm curious as to why the aircraft did not take ...
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Should Aviation start requiring artifacts for aircraft-identifcation questions?

On Arqade, there's a policy that game identification questions without some sort of media from the game are off-topic, and with the number of questions affected, getting that policy settled was a huge ...
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What should we do if a user wants to create a new tag and apply it to old questions?

This question is prompted by the creation of the inverted-flight and its addition to a few old questions. This has raised a few eyebrows, since the actions basically swamped the homepage for a while. ...
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Would this kind of a multiple-part question be appropriate?

This question may be subjective enough and complex enough that it is more appropriate as a real question to the meta, not to chat. Plus it's not about the simple mechanisms of the site. I want to ...
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Should the locked heavily edited long answer be split?

Related to: Can a locked thread be upvoted? Because the topic being answered is complex, I have suggested to the author to delete the long bonus section of their locked answer, and split it into ...
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Answering a question twice? [duplicate]

May person have two answers showing for the same question? If something happens (examples: a regulation change, a FAA interpretation) that invalidates an answer a person has provided, or if a person ...
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How to preserve Qs&As from Aviation StackExchange...?

Well, this is a sort of meta-question; not about aviation itself, but on the study of aviation. I use to read Aviation SA with my Mac, and –very often– I would like to 'cut and preserve', for later ...
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What should we do with this answer?

This in particular. It got flagged, as not an answer, it passed review and now is flagged again. What should we do?
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Will enough time pass where I'll get a fresh start here on Aviation SE?

I can't see when I got a question ban nor have any idea when I will be allowed to ask again. Can I get a date or direction? I can't revise my current questions without getting more down votes or ...
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What is this community consensus on comments cleaning?

Due to the volume of comments generated on the main site, StackOverflow, some comments can be "nuked" by a single user with a "no longer needed" flag. This is a built-in functionality available on all ...
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Bret's Last Day at Stack Exchange

I haven't been very active on this site lately, but since a lot of people in this community know me, and have always known they could come to me with questions, I wanted to let you all know that today ...
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Would a question about a system that I am not sure actually exists be on topic?

Wikipedia says: Denver International Airport uses many pneumatic tube systems, including a 25 cm diameter system for moving aircraft parts to remote concourses, a 10 cm system for United Airlines ...
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Why is there no record of deleted answers on ASE?

I noticed that an answer was deleted from a question that I commented on (Why would a flight from North America to Asia sometimes fly over the Atlantic?, the deleted answer had some reference to ...
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Why is the A220 cockpit seat question being considered a duplicate?

This question got voted as a duplicate of this other question. Both before and after closure it got edited to avoid being a duplicate. Despite the edits, people voted to keep it closed. I am ...
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