I posted this to the ESRI Ideas site:

The resource centers are static and, beyond a certain point, of little help to developers (especially the search). Provide stack overflow sites for developer communities by platform and include a wiki (like ScrewTurn or Media Wiki) to post bugs, work-arounds and best practices. Let the developers run it for the community rather than making it about marketing. It could also promote the writing of third-party developer books that newbie GIS programmers can use to get up to speed.

I got a response today that ESRI's interested in talking about it. If anybody has any suggestions or things worth bouncing off ESRI about this, comment or add an answer to this thread.

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    -1 Not a question. Jan 5, 2011 at 6:49
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    Link to the Idea ideas.arcgis.com/ideaView?id=087300000008IQO and a similar Idea that @Kirk-Kuykendall posted ideas.arcgis.com/ideaView?id=087300000008A3B and this discussion on the meta meta.gis.stackexchange.com/questions/254/… Jan 5, 2011 at 8:57
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    One thing that I really like about this site is that it is a mix of geospatial problems, people, and solutions from both the proprietary world and the OpenSource world. I see some great cross-pollination of ideas and solutions going on. It would greatly turn me off if this just became an ESRI focused site. (heck, they are a company with 3/4 billion dollars annual revenue, and they can't come up with a solution?)
    – DavidF
    Jan 5, 2011 at 17:03
  • @DavidF: I agree entirely. My suggestion was to let developer customers - not ESRI - run the site but for ESRI to provide the site. GIS.se shouldn't become an ESRI site, but ESRI should provide a similar resource so we developers can use both to advance our work.
    – Tim Rourke
    Jan 6, 2011 at 14:14
  • @MathiasWestin: Thanks for mentioning Kirk's post and the meta question. I duplicated the post here to catch the folks who don't know or visit the meta site.
    – Tim Rourke
    Jan 6, 2011 at 15:07

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I'd suppose the same tension exists for Microsoft with respect to StackExchange. Including search results would be a step in the right direction.

I've posted this as an idea here:

Microsoft has incorporated StackOverflow search results into MSDN search. (See Joel Spolsky's announcent).

Esri should follow suit and incorporate https://gis.stackexchange.com/ results into searches at resources.arcgis.com.

  • wow, I didn't know about the msdn<-so link. That is a great model for esri (and other vendors) to follow. Jan 6, 2011 at 20:00
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    That would be cool, but I'm concerned that it might cause ArcGISers to overrun this site and chase others away.
    – Tim Rourke
    Jan 7, 2011 at 22:52
  • I see a growing number of ArcGIS sites also running FOSS4G. gis.stackexchange.com/questions/2516/… gis.stackexchange.com/questions/4771/… IMHO, questions posed by users at these sites will nurture FOSS4G growth, and will also motivate Esri (and other proprietary) vendors to improve their products. Jan 10, 2011 at 14:28

It is an interesting idea. I see some issues.
1. Would it be a sub to this stack?
2. Would it degrade the use of this site?
3. Would it make using the resource center site easier?

  • I would expect it to help this site, since this site is not limited to ArcGIS. My suggestion was to let the community run it, but I'm not sure they want that.
    – Tim Rourke
    Jan 4, 2011 at 22:55
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    They want "only" positive or successful implementations and I see them trying harder than they used to to help and get that going.
    – Brad Nesom
    Jan 4, 2011 at 23:02
  • @Brad Nesom: I hope so.
    – Tim Rourke
    Jan 6, 2011 at 14:15

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