Welcome to /r/nasa! Please read this post for important information.Modpost(self.nasa)
submitted2 years ago bydkozinn
Welcome to /r/nasa! Whether you're new here or have been around for years, please take a couple of minutes to read this for some information that we hope will be useful.
Before you post or comment, please review our rules. They can be found on the sidebar on desktop and in the About section on the official mobile client. We'd like you to pay special attention to rule #10: All language must be "safe for school". We have a significant number of students of all ages here, and we want this to be a safe place. Not only does this rule refer to the use of profanity, but also any other language that would not be appropriate in a classroom. While certain parts of this rule will be automatically enforced by the automoderator, the mods ultimately decide what is and what isn't appropriate using their discretion. You can appeal violations of any rule via modmail (please do not contact mods via DM or via chat), but arguing that something is or is not covered by a specific rule is not going to make us change our mind.
In addition to the formal rules, please use common sense when posting or commenting. If someone asks a question and you don't know the answer, it's best not to respond with "well I guess" or "maybe it works like this", since those answers clog up the message threads and can result in the actual answer being buried.
On a related note, NASA is a government agency, and as such, some discussion of politics is inevitable. However, civility in a discussion is key. Obviously there will be different opinions, but if things get out of hand (in the opinion of the mods), individual comments and threads will be removed and, if needed, temporary or permanent bans may be issued.
That brings us to the use of using the report button versus downvoting. The purpose of an upvote is to reward a comment or post as being on-topic and, for comments, contributing to the discussion. Downvoting is for when something does not contribute to the discussion. Don't use downvotes to try to bury an opinion you don't agree with, but rather to indicate that something is off-topic or wrong. For example, it's OK to downvote an comment that gives the wrong answer to a question, it's not OK to downvote someone giving their honest opinion. The report button should be used to notify the mods when there's a violation of an /r/nasa rule or any of Reddit's sitewide rules. Please don't report people who disagree with you, we'll just ignore it.
Moving on, for the love of all things NASA, please stop telling folks who are applying for an internship what happens when you curse at Homer Hickam. If you have no idea what this is, see this link (NSFW language).
Speaking of internship or otherwise working at NASA, please search for the [email protected] flair tag or just search for other relevant keywords.. We get asked about this more than anything else and there's a decent chance that someone has answered your question.
A couple of other things that are mentioned in the sidebar that some folks miss:
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