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Anachronisms 

Whenever the video signal is being lost, instead of pixelating, as a digital signal would, the picture shows analog "snow," which would be unheard of by the era.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Throughout the series, sometimes the comm badge emits a tone when pressed, sometimes it does not.
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Character error 

It is claimed that Data can't use contractions (Can't, Isn't, Don't, etc) yet there are several instances throughout the series where he does. One of the first such examples is heard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint, where Data uses the word "Can't" while the Enterprise is being chased by Q's "ship".
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The character of Q repeatedly uses - and never correctly pronounces - the French expression "mon capitaine" when addressing Picard.
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Although the Federation and Starfleet use the metric system, there are numerous occasions when the ship's personnel refer to distances and capacities in obsolete units such as feet, miles, pounds, etcetera.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Many times throughout the series, a stage light will be reflecting its light off a window, door, glass panel, etc.
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Factual errors 

Very often star streaks are seen backward. Ignoring tunneling (something that would have been hard to do in the late 80's) when moving faster than light speed stars would look streaked as depicted, but they would be blue as you approach the star and red after you pass. Sometimes this is depicted correctly but others it is seen the other way around.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While there is a common belief that items in the Holodeck cannot exist off the Holodeck, there are several occasions where someone walks to another part of the ship carrying a trinket that was created in the Holodeck, or someone walks down the corridor while wet from Holodeck water. It appears that some objects (such as food) are actually replicated within the Holodeck, and thus are "real" (i.e. not holographic), depending on the needs of the program and its user.
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Plot holes 

Apparently the Enterprise's shuttle bays are left unattended; there are many instances in TNG - as well as other ST series like Star Trek: Voyager - in which we hear of an "unathorized shuttle launch." It's extremely likely a ship with a military command structure would have personnel stationed in the shuttle bays at all times. However, it would make it more difficult for the writers to have someone get around the guards somehow, so it's an understandable omission.
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Revealing mistakes 

The opening credits contain a compositing error. If you look at the sides of the ringed red planet, the stars on the left are moving an entirely different direction than the stars on the right.
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