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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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Should tech support be on topic?

In this question's comments, Jay Carr suggests to ask here (on meta) if tech support should be on topic. There are multiple arguments: tech support is the essence of stackoverflow each communitity on ...
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Let's get critical: Dec 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Aviation Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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The only way is up: Where do we put the boundary to the 'upper' (altitude) scope of aviation?

Where do we pull the boundary between aviation and the space exploration beta? We've gotten a few questions on spaceshiptwo, and I'd imagine it's only a question of time before stuff comes up on the ...
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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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Are questions about the roles of military aircraft on-topic for Aviation?

Are combat flight and military aircraft questions on-scope? has been asked, but the consensus appears to have been 'wait and see with specific questions.' So, here's a specific one that I saw in the ...
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Link-only answers are discouraged - what about quote-only answers?

User TylerDurden brought up that link-only answers were discouraged in a discussion about this answer being a quote from wikipedia. I'm of the opinion that answers should include at least a tl;dr or ...
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Should moderators step in when there is a disagreement over leaving open / closing posts?

Should moderators step in when there is a disagreement over leaving open / closing posts? A tale of two posts: Are German, Japanese, and Chinese companies not able to build aircraft jet engines on ...
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change "ballooning" to "balloon"?

ballooning is the only aircraft class for which the tag is the activity rather than the aircraft. I think it should be balloons to parallel gliders helicopters airplanes etc and i do mean changed, ...
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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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Are combat flight and military aircraft on scope?

There is already one related question regarding military use of aircraft, flight systems, avionics, etc. on Area 51 since this site's definition and commitment phase: Will missiles and missiles ...
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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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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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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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Opening a chat room to create a place where to discuss low quality answers

Just to inform you I have opened this chat room: Link: https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/68811/low-quality-answers I believe it could be used to discuss with users, and give possibilities ...
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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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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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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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Let's have a chat!

Chat is a little bit lonely at the moment! :( Leave a message and let's get the chat rolling! You can access it by clicking the SE logo in the top bar and ...
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Rename tag class-bravo to class-b?

The FAA refers to the different types of airspace as Class A, B, C, D, E, and G. On the radio, B and D can be easily confused, so we use phonetics (Bravo or Delta), but when written it is not used ...
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Duplicates: Should we close the new question if it's better than the old one?

This has been on my mind for a while: if a new question is similar to an old one in meaning, but asked with far more detail and focus, should it count as a duplicate or not? If not, should the old ...
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The FAA P/CG is now PDF only, what do we do with all the broken links?

It appears that the FAA, in its infinite wisdom, has removed the HTML version of the P/CG (pilot/controller glossary) and all the links that I and others have used are now dead. Example: http://www....
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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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Should we have a separate tag ("RNP") for Required Navigation Performance questions?

There is a lot of room for disambiguation when it comes to ICAO RNAV and RNP standards. This seems to me like RNP should be its own tag separate from RNAV and GNSS tags. Here are some exemplary ...
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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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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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Following a major air disaster, when do we get to talk about it again?

To tack on to the frequent questions following air incidents meta post from a slightly different angle: There have been considerable edits to many recent questions, wholly stripping out any mention ...
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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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Is experience an opinion?

In a comment to this answer @Danny Beckett notes that The problem is, personal experience and word of mouth sounds a lot like a personal opinion I can have had a certain (work) experience (e.g., a ...
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How narrow a definition should this site have

We can see this message multiple times a day: "This question does not appear to be about aviation, within the scope defined in the help centre." And if we then look up what the scope is, as is ...
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What should be our policy concerning shared accounts?

Prompted by the arrival of a new user that admits being a shared account. As mentioned in the comments to that answer, I was not sure wether shared accounts are allowed by Stackexchange's Terms of ...
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What explains the enormous difference in reception between these similar questions?

I ask to seek kindly advice and recommendations on improvement. These 2 open questions Pilot passed out in a small GA plane. What can a passenger do? and Can a passenger realistically replace ...
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Should flight dynamics be treated differently than aerodynamics?

There are votes to close this question, about reconstructing the flight path of a UAV from aircraft pitch, roll, yaw data. This is a question about flight dynamics, as covered in this wiki article. It ...
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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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Deleting a wrong-but-informatively-so answer?

On a recent thread about condensation forming over the wing on landing, one of the (now deleted) answers was entirely believable, was grounded in an accurate observation of physics, but happened to be ...
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What is the policy regarding users not accepting answers?

I see a lot of questions having sufficiently explanatory answers but the users still don't accept answers. Is this because of the fact that less frequent users are not familiar with the importance of ...
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Should we have a dedicated close reason for events under investigation?

Inspired by the OP's reaction to the closure of this question: Off topic? And this one is? aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/47989/ Where is the consistency here? I can see where the confusion ...
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How can I search to see if the question I am about to ask has not yet been asked?

My greatest fear is to post a duplicate question here, how can I avoid that? Even this very question here at meta might have already been asked, how can I have this vision to see the questions that ...
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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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A little bit of FAA vs EASA

I'm trying hard to bring in some new users from EASA-land, but most of the questions seem to specifically mention 'FAA regulations', 'what is the [__] in USA', etc, that I feel kinda silly coming up ...
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Should I update posts that have been "unduplicated"?

Twice my questions have been voted duplicate and twice I've voted to reopen and been successful in that endeavor. No complaint there, all actions were legitimate IMHO. In both cases, I added ...
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What the loading tag refers to?

Browsing the loading, I find questions related to: loading and unloading payload load factor (upward accelerations) I would like to clarify editing the description of the tag, but I'm unsure which ...
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Are questions about RC plane design on topic?

I have some questions about designing advanced aerodynamic components for experimental model aircraft. Would these be allowed here?
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Should we tag the airplane model in [aircraft-identification] questions?

In the past few days there has been an ongoing wave of edits which adds the aircraft model to some old questions. Some of these edits add the aircraft model tag to a question asking to identify the ...
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Is this question too broad?

The question Is it ok to lift locked armrests on aisle or window seats? has attracted a large number of comments discussing the scope of the question (which I have purged as they are Meta comments). ...
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What is the standard of evidence required in answers?

What is the standard of evidence that we should require in answers? Do we simply rely on the upvotes and downvotes to moderate what is true and untrue? What about myths that are widely believed that ...
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Are questions on this site limited to the USA?

Are questions posted on aviation.stackexchange.com designed to be applicable to the U.S. only ... or are questions for other locales OK? If it's worldwide, perhaps there need to be some country tags.
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Is there a plan for tags for each different aircraft?

Like an F-15, 767, C-130, or the like? Or will these just evolve as people ask questions related to them?
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Proposed edit to "Don't ask" help page

A little background; moderators asked for the ability to edit all help pages, this has been declined for reasons I don't need to go in to, however we have been told that there is a process for ...

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