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Calendar feature

Post by longtry » Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:41 am

I'm in the process of slowly catching up with APOD's posts. Currently I'm at 2015, so something I'll say may be outdated or simply wrong. In that case, pls kindly correct me, will you? :ssmile:

I'm assuming that the annual calendar is being made for 2020. It'll feature 12 pictures as monthly background, along with full / waning / new / waxing moon date.

Here I propose we add 10-20 events to the calendar. They are significant dates in 2020 that are all astronomy-related. It might be a solar eclipse, an important rocket launch, a 4-planet conjunction, or a spectacular end-of-mission crash of a faraway spacecraft... Anything is possible, but the most important thing is, those 10-20 spots are all voted by us, the Starship Asterisk community.

As of now, I can only think of 2 counter-arguments.
A. The actual dates may be moved. Well, we all know that these new stuffs are just tentative. If anything to help, I think we can use another ink color to clearly specify that some event dates are not final.
B. The calendar is too crowded as it is now. This is a matter of perspective, but IMO it's too deserted now. Adding only 10 dates for 12 months is not gonna make it too jam-packed. Even if we choose to add 20 and some people find the calendar congested, then I suggest we drop those waning/waxing events. Really, nobody cares about these dates. We only want to know when it's full to point our binos toward the moon, or when it's new to observe everything else. Furthermore, even in case someone needs to know waning/waxing date, he can just glance at the calendar & add 7 to the full/new date. As a month is longer than a lunar cycle, those dates are always available on any page.

So what is your opinion on this proposal? I think if this one gets traction, then we'll follow the topic with several others in specific order, to:
1. Vote on the number of events to add on the calendar
2. List all the candidates. Or candi-dates? :wink:
3. Final vote for the most important [number chosen by 1.] events in 2020.

Thanks for reading!
P.S: I wanted to create a poll for this very topic, asking what you guys think of the idea; but can't find the option anywhere. Is it because normal members are banned from creating polls, or this feature is unavailable in the Cafe forum, or something?

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Re: Calendar feature

Post by Chris Peterson » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:08 pm

longtry wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:41 am
I'm in the process of slowly catching up with APOD's posts. Currently I'm at 2015, so something I'll say may be outdated or simply wrong. In that case, pls kindly correct me, will you? :ssmile:

I'm assuming that the annual calendar is being made for 2020. It'll feature 12 pictures as monthly background, along with full / waning / new / waxing moon date.

Here I propose we add 10-20 events to the calendar. They are significant dates in 2020 that are all astronomy-related. It might be a solar eclipse, an important rocket launch, a 4-planet conjunction, or a spectacular end-of-mission crash of a faraway spacecraft... Anything is possible, but the most important thing is, those 10-20 spots are all voted by us, the Starship Asterisk community.

As of now, I can only think of 2 counter-arguments.
A. The actual dates may be moved. Well, we all know that these new stuffs are just tentative. If anything to help, I think we can use another ink color to clearly specify that some event dates are not final.
Just limit these items to true astronomical events. No risk of dates changing in that case.
Chris

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Re: Calendar feature

Post by longtry » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:51 am

No prob, if the community wants only true astro then it'll reflect in the votes. The real problem, I think, is the lack of traffic to the forum these days, or simply that the idea is bad and people don't bother to answer.