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What should our policy be on "would this idea work?" questions?

I personally don't see much of a problem with "Would X work?" or "Why don't we do X?" questions as long as the asker is honestly looking for the answer to that question. The problem is that, in many ...
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What should our policy be on "would this idea work?" questions?

"Would X work?" is essentially the same as "Why don't we have X?", which is often a legitimate question because as you said yourself above, there may be "non-obvious engineering reasons" that a non-...
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

AV.SE, and SE in general, exists primarily to answer difficult questions, ones that haven't been answered in your basic textbook. Or, if they have, to answer specialist-grade questions in a way that a ...
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What do we consider as "passenger side questions"?

I would like to quote Bret Copeland for this answer I think passenger questions which relate directly to the operation of an aircraft seem on-topic. Questions which relate more to "travel concerns" ...
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Is my question of "passenger aspects" or what is the closure reason?

Your guess is exactly right. This is a community of pilots, air traffic controllers, aerodynamic engineers, mechanics, and other people who are interested in aviation as an activity - whether ...
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What is 'aviation weather'?

It has to relate to aviation. Aviation · Weather It has to relate to how a pilot, a controller, or a manufacturer would factor that into flying. It has to be applied in aviation. Some questions ...
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Can we have the reasons why 'Does anyone know free DIY ultralight plans?' is off-topic?

This is the problem with broad close reasons, they're not very specific. You have to follow a couple of links to the on-topic help and then you will see one of the off-topic guidelines states: ...
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What is 'aviation weather'?

I agree with kevin's answer as a general approach. In this specific case it seemed to me that the question is actually very useful and relevant for pilots: knowing how and where clouds form is very ...
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Should we reject edits to off-topic questions?

Edits to closed questions that do not make the question more likely to be re-opened should not be accepted. Accepting them only increases the noise, both on the main page and in the reopen queue.
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Will StackExchange Area51 Drones Community clear clutter in Aviation?

You have two different question there, I'll try to address them separately. Does the drone community cause significant clutter in Aviation community? Depends on the meaning of clutter. Speaking as ...
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

I believe the problem is when the question appears copy pasted with no effort made by the OP to explain their current understanding of the question or explain where they're struggling. To me it feels ...
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Do we need to review our "on topic" list?

I agree with Federico's stance in principle, but often an asker does not have enough knowledge to discriminate whether a question has enough of an aviation component. It is up to the community to fill ...
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Do we need to review our "on topic" list?

Personally I think that we should not accept questions that are not leading to any new aviation knowledge for the asker or any reader. In particular, I would add the following to our "not about" ...
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Do we have a clear policy on drone questions?

TLDR; Here is an overview on what I suggest We clarify the scope of our questions on flying technique, aerodynamics, regulations (including Air Traffic control) and design/manufacture to prefer full ...
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Why is this military related question considered to be off-topic?

In my opinion, as the question stands, it seems to ask about military aircraft losses sustained without enemy intervention, and an attempt to correlate whether they came from a carrier or not. ...
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Are questions about airport's naming schemes and markings on topic here?

It has nothing to do with travels and it has a lot of to do with aviation, as per my personal opinion. It's your opinion and you're entitled to it, but I'm going to have to disagree in this case: The ...
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Are shopping-like questions allowed here?

I don't think we've discussed this much. What we have in the help center just says that "resource location" is off topic: Resource location Where to buy a specific part, "Which headset is the ...
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What do we consider as "passenger side questions"?

This particular question is definitely on topic here. The Help Center says that 'The "passenger aspects" of commercial air travel' are off topic here. But this question doesn't mention commercial air ...
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Why is resource location off-topic?

I agree that some can be useful questions but the majority tend to be one of: "What is the best....." - probably subjective, and not the good type of subjective. "Where can I find.......
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

If nothing has changed (locally or network-wide), is it something the community wishes to revisit? I don't read that answer the same way you do. It says: Yes - if it's a valid question, then why ...
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Define if airport operations and regulations are on topic in help

I believe this is already fairly well-defined -- "Questions about airport operations" is intentionally broad, but at the same time it should not be construed so broadly as to mean "Questions about ...
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What is 'aviation weather'?

Initial intention: "Aviation weather" is not simply "weather", that could mean the group of people who created this site had a particular view on this. Rules can be challenged. This is a living site, ...
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What should our policy be on "would this idea work?" questions?

My proposal is to use one of our precious off-topic reasons to make these questions specifically off-topic, to explain this (and the reasons) in our topic guidance, and to close these questions when ...
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Can we ask questions about identifying a video corresponding to airline industry?

I'd be willing to entertain it being on topic, along the same lines as aircraft identification. This one happens to be a DC-7 crash test in 1964. Here's the section of video they used.
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Would this question be on-topic?

We have certainly had a number of questions over the years on how to become a commercial pilot, so I'm not too concerned about that aspect being on topic. The parts about this question which worry me ...
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What is the site policy on drone questions?

We have had two previous consultations on the subject of Drones/UAVs here at Aviation StackExchange, and have roughly come to the same conclusion in both. Further reading: How should we handle the ...
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Will StackExchange Area51 Drones Community clear clutter in Aviation?

I don't think it creates clutter, but it does seem to create useful and relevant questions and answers. The only "clutter" that comes to mind is the time someone with a toy helicopter (the tiny ones ...
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