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While False (museum | talk | contributions | logs | rights) 18:45, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

The Sun and other suns...[edit]

No problem with this edit (it turns out valid), except for the stated reasoning. By convention, only our star is "The Sun" (or Sol/Helios/etc, according to culture being used), but a distant planet can and will orbit "a sun" (unless it's a rogue, or complicated by being in a (stable?) N-ary system!) with "the stars" acting as the relative background scenery for both (possibly mostly shared, but each one's sun otherwise only a star to the other, at best).

I would, and do, aggressively recalitalise "sun" to (The) "Sun" - as necessary - without bothering on the more poetic/relational uses. Unless, of course, it needs to be lowercased; and "our sun" preferential to "our Sun", but that would highly depend upon context, i.e. acceptably done in the following example style-usage from NASA:

Capitalize the names of planets (e.g., “Earth,” “Mars,” “Jupiter”). Capitalize “Moon” when referring to Earth’s Moon; otherwise, lowercase “moon” (e.g., “The Moon orbits Earth,” “Jupiter’s moons”). Capitalize “Sun” when referring to our Sun but not to other suns. Do not capitalize “solar system” and “universe.” Another note on usage: “Earth,” when used as the name of the planet, is not preceded by “the”; you would not say “the Neptune” or “the Venus.” When “earth” is lowercased, it refers to soil or the ground, not the planet as a whole. Do use “the” in front of “Sun” and “Moon” as applicable. See the list below for capitalization of words containing “sun” and “moon.”

Obviously there are many standards, and you made it at least as correct, but a simple "rephrasing" reason would perhaps have been better and not have then brought out my inner-pedant... ;) 172.70.46.40 23:26, 14 November 2023 (UTC)

'Extending' cables[edit]

No problem with the alternative wording, as it becomes, but I'm a bit concerned that you think we 'extend' undersea cables. They are laid down. Unrolled from spools (or similar windings), and might be multiple lengths of cable (whether copper or fibe-optic) spliced together as necessary for handling and other logistical purposes (before spooling or between spools, or both, depending upon practical considerations). 172.69.195.171 14:47, 9 May 2024 (UTC)

I was merely providing an example. I assumed that "extend" also included the "extension" of cables and other similar long, thin objects from spools or other holders. The first thing that jumped to my mind was a space elevator; would it not be appropriate that a space elevator's tether would be extended from the station in geostationary orbit to the surface below? In such a case, it would be a thing extended more than 400 km, making the original wording factually invalid. That's what I was thinking when I made the edit. But yeah, I knew undersea cables were rolled out in sections. Pie Guy (talk) 18:10, 9 May 2024 (UTC)