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Should we comment/speculate on incidents being investigated?

Speculation, by its very nature is opinion-based, and probably not a good fit on those grounds. If the question is very specific, and there are facts available to base an answer on, then I think it's ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

I totally agree with Lnafziger that if there are portions which can be answered using knowledge the general public already has access to, then do so. I also think that it's perfectly fine to leave a ...
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Would a question about airport history be on-topic?

Personally I would say yes. We already have an aviation-history tag and the topics you listed I think would nicely fit in it.
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How narrow a definition should this site have

I think that aeronautical questions are already welcomed on the site, so they are de facto on-topic. I think your question is not really, "How narrow should the scope be?" but instead, "Should we ...
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Should we comment/speculate on incidents being investigated?

I'm not really a fan of speculating about accidents under investigation - I generally don't engage in that kind of speculation myself, and on the rare occasions I do it's always prefaced with "we won'...
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Does this board cover questions on airport and airline operations?

For the most part, I think that yes, airline-related questions ought to be welcome here. A lot of them seem likely to be regulation-based anyway, which is half of aviation! :) Whatever you've got, ...
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Are questions about the roles of military aircraft on-topic for Aviation?

The world of aviation is broad, you'd have to stray pretty far off for it to be off-topic in my book. Military aviation is very relevant to today's world so to me it is very on-topic.
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Would a question about converting a plane into a monument be on-topic?

No. For such a conversion, any modification which makes the plane no longer airworthy can be made (i.e., you can put as much steel struts in there as you'd like, and just remove heavy parts like ...
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How narrow a definition should this site have

I also agree that the Help Center description could use some updating to match the shape of the site. Specifically, adding aircraft design would certainly be good. And adding "design engineers" or ...
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Should we broaden our scope to include questions related to Air-to-ground weaponry as well?

No, I do not agree they should be included in the scope. If we include air-to-ground weapons, we will have to include a whole range of military questions like missile guidance systems, different ...
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Should we comment/speculate on incidents being investigated?

There are quite a lot of places where 'experts' are guessing for reasons behind accidents. Sticking to facts seems the best way forward as far as I am concerned. In the end it will serve users better.
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How specific to weapons is too specific to weapons?

Moderator Hat Off This question appears to be entirely about missile guidance. It has nothing to do with aircraft, aerodynamics, or aviation (save that the missile was presumably launched from an ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

I would consider these kinds of questions on-topic (because they are related to aviation - specifically aviation security procedures), though possibly "not answerable" (because answering them would ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

I certainly did not mean to set off a storm of criticism here, the original question was purely out of curiosity. The problem as I see it that we live in very different localities. Naturally, the ...
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Are questions about the roles of military aircraft on-topic for Aviation?

I didn't even think that it might be off-topic when I saw it, but now that you bring it up.... I suppose that I'm okay with it since it is about the military use of aviation. That combined with ...
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Do we need to review our guidance for "What kinds of questions should I avoid asking?"

I think you have a very valid point, and that phrase has bothered me in the past also. I believe (but I need to go back and check) it is a carry-over from previous stacks where that guidance make ...
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Would "recommend me an aircraft for this mission" questions be appropriate?

I think this would make an excellent topic for chat, maybe even a blog posting, but I don't think that it's a good fit for a "Q&A" topic on the main site. This question is insidious because it ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

I personally think this kind of problem is best dealt with by cultural moray (aka, etiquette, social norms, etc.). If the general habit here is to make a comment that says, "that information is ...
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How narrow a definition should this site have

I had no luck finding a precedent on Meta.SE regarding how to go on about updating the site description. We can discuss it, then perhaps ask the mods to check with the community managers. I agree the ...
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Are questions asking for aviation-related data sources or APIs on-topic here?

I don't think we have any particular group opinion on this yet, although these questions do seem to come up regularly. Personally, I think they should be considered as product recommendations and ...
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Would a question about a system that I am not sure actually exists be on topic?

Thank you for posting here. I'll post my answer from chat also here so that it can be voted upon. In my opinion, asking if it exists could be on topic, but could receive better answers on skeptics. ...
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Can it be possible to ask certain carefully-scoped questions about UFOs here? (Wait! Please read before downvoting.)

Since we can't factually know what the Pentagon considers of interest until that's made public, it would be closable as opinion based, IMO. In the same vein, questions here about aviation accidents ...
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X-Plane / F-4 question -- policy on sim related questions

My opinion is as I have commented twice: Asking a question stemming from a sim is on-topic if it is about the real life application of that question. Pursuing product support is off-topic. Similar ...
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Are 'where to get API' questions on-topic?

I believe these are classic examples of shopping questions and as such should be considered off topic. It would be my preference to simply close those questions as off topic. Most are old, and ...
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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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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

When designing a secure system, one thing you can safely assume is that your adversaries are well aware of all of your procedures. If you are under legal/contractual/professional obligation to keep a ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

Many years ago I followed a newsgroup (remember those?) that dealt with military matters, especially aviation. One of the more prominent posters one day put up a notice saying she'd just completed ...
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Are questions that involve SSI on-topic?

Well, I think that the question can be answered without giving the actual knowledge needed to do it since it didn't ask "how" to do it Same can be said for most SSI questions. Anything covered by a ...
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Would a question about a system that I am not sure actually exists be on topic?

Asking if something exists seems fine to me, provided that: It's on-topic It's a real-world question, i.e. not about a fictional universe or whatever It isn't sensationalist or a conspiracy theory (...
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Are questions about the roles of military aircraft on-topic for Aviation?

I think that the dividing line has to be in between questions of aviation engineering as it relates to military aircraft and questions about tactics. In this particular case I think the question is ...
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