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post Mar 16 2021, 03:38 AM
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Hey, all. Noted, and all I can say is that we do our very best to keep things on track given limited time to spend doing so. The Forum is obviously quite busy right now and we have a lot of new people, which is the norm after a Mars landing.

Frankly, we rely quite a bit on you old heads around here to help show the newbies the ropes via leadership by example, and that's really the most effective means. If we went really hardcore in terms of moderating we'd end up with hundreds of threads with just a few posts each. It's a balancing act, always. smile.gif

However...definitely agree that Phil's map thread has become a bit cluttered; that can be fixed.


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post Mar 16 2021, 02:20 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Mar 15 2021, 11:38 PM) *
Hey, all. Noted, and all I can say is that we do our very best to keep things on track given limited time to spend doing so. The Forum is obviously quite busy right now and we have a lot of new people, which is the norm after a Mars landing.

Frankly, we rely quite a bit on you old heads around here to help show the newbies the ropes via leadership by example, and that's really the most effective means. If we went really hardcore in terms of moderating we'd end up with hundreds of threads with just a few posts each. It's a balancing act, always. smile.gif

However...definitely agree that Phil's map thread has become a bit cluttered; that can be fixed.


Thanks for heads up on the traditional role of the map topic. It is probably not obvious to any new members which thread is most appropriate for a given post. The Mars cartography category is a much better fit for these kind of discussions (unfortunately, a distance measured on a map is not necessarily the same distance measured on the ground).


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post Mar 24 2021, 05:15 PM
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Please review recently-added rule 1.4 & keep it in mind (as well as the rest of them). Enjoy! smile.gif


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post Mar 24 2021, 07:20 PM
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Yeah, our bad; they're listed in two places, this was one of them. Now fixed. Thanks! smile.gif


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post Apr 22 2021, 03:22 AM
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Hello! A quick question - I have a website covering Mars-related news. It's not commercial; everything on it is free to access. It's for a popular/academic audience and so the stories published on it would not be of relevance in the Mars section (everyone reading those threads will already be familiar with the material). But can I include references to it in Chit Chat?
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post Apr 22 2021, 05:42 AM
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Yeah, sure. smile.gif


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post Aug 15 2021, 01:34 PM
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The BAUT forum has a new address. Can the "Rules and Guidelines" page be updated to reference that new address?

In the "Rules and Guidelines" post at http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showtopic=7186
the link to the Bad Astronomy and Universe Today Forums http://www.bautforum.com/forumdisplay.php/47-Life-in-Space
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post Aug 15 2021, 11:53 PM
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Done. Thanks! smile.gif


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post Aug 16 2021, 11:38 PM
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Just a call-out re: events that are unfolding… there will be U.S. lunar missions occurring as soon as this fall that will include both crewed spaceflight and uncrewed missions that prepare the way for the former. Per board rules, the former are off-topic, but the latter are on-topic… but since some of the same sites and vehicles will be involved in both, it's potentially a bit messy.

As it stands now, uncrewed missions should include Artemis I (Nov. 2021) and the VIPER rover (Dec. 2022).
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post Aug 17 2021, 01:15 AM
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Noted.

Discussion of Artemis 1 itself would not be in accordance with our current rules, but at least several of the ride-alongs would be. VIPER seems pretty straightforward and well within our scope unless I'm missing something.


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post Aug 23 2021, 11:16 AM
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When someone donates to The Planetary Society,
how can that person be assured that their money
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post Aug 23 2021, 06:44 PM
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Hi, Sullied. Honestly--you can't. The donation feature was originally for when the Forum was not associated with TPS & privately run by Doug Ellison, but after we became a project of theirs the donations now go to general TPS operating funds, which of course does include the costs of operating UMSF. (Said costs are server lease, hosting, maintenance, etc.; it's not very much).

All that said, thank you and everyone else who choose to donate. Also please note that, since TPS is a non-profit organization, if you are a US taxpayer your contributions are tax-deductible. smile.gif


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post Aug 24 2021, 12:55 AM
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Hmm. It’s actually a little worse than that.

The text accompanying the donation link states:
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The link goes to The Planetary Society’s "Support a Project" page, which offers a number of options for making restricted gifts for specific Society activities, none of which appears to include UMSF. There's no option on that page for making an unrestricted /general operations donation, only a further link to a page discussing a variety of different support options. I would guess -- it's not clear -- that only one of those options, membership, directs a donation into an account that includes the expenses of "keep[ing] this forum up and running."

I've had a little to do with volunteer fundraising organizations, and this kind of creeping lack of clarity and mismatch between fundraising solicitations and program activities is almost inevitable over time, but it needs to be cleaned up when it's discovered.
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post Aug 24 2021, 01:20 AM
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Agreed. Let me get much more current information, might take a day or two. Will report back with much better answers; thanks everyone for your patience!


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post Aug 25 2021, 01:01 AM
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Okay, here's the scoop re donations to UMSF. The operating costs of the Forum are indeed covered by TPS as part of their routine operations, specifically on the IT side. Since as I mentioned previously there isn't really much money required per year to keep us going there isn't a need to donate to UMSF specifically as a project. However, TPS (and I, as a member) do encourage all who can to please donate to TPS, and actually please join the Society. TPS does a great many good things, and we are one of them. smile.gif

That said, I'm going to change the language on the page to reflect this to avoid any future confusion, and we definitely apologize for the confusion there's been of late.

Onward!


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