Finding GIS data for range of coast redwood? which was originally titled "Giant tree, probably of America" was closed as off-topic but was it really?

Sure it had nothing to do with GIS, but it was about geography, and it could be fun.

For the record yes, I voted to close it as well, just playing devil's advocate here.

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    That question would be closed whether or not it is considered on-topic (although it is not), because it shows a lack of research. – whuber Nov 10 '13 at 23:52
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    Have to agree with that, all of the information I supplied in my answer was just from Googling around... – blah238 Nov 11 '13 at 0:26

Vote for this Answer if you think such a Question should be considered OFF-TOPIC.

It may be a Question about Geography but this site is called the Geographic Information Systems (not Geography) Stack Exchange.

For reference, the text accompanying the photo in the original Question was:

Giant tree, probably of America

Where were such trees:

This photo made in the 1800s...

Is there any such tree?

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    That's nice but the Geography Stack Exchange proposal was deleted. Probably because most of the geographers are here and not interested in splitting off into separate sites. I'm thinking it might fall under Geoscience though. – blah238 Nov 10 '13 at 11:12

I ended up editing the original author's question heavily in order to make it on topic. Now it is about finding GIS data relating to the species in question.

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    That isn't an edit. Its a different (new) question with the same identifier. – BradHards Nov 14 '13 at 22:32
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    It's rephrasing the question and including a tiny bit of research effort in the hopes of helping others in the future and not completely turning off a new visitor to our site. – blah238 Nov 14 '13 at 22:45

I have voted to keep it open (in the edited form of blah238). I can imagine interesting answers on how to find such data.

Apart from that I have very frequently seen closing requests recently where I thought: ok this may not be completely on topic, but is that really such a big problem? Questions which are widely interesting and in scope will get much more upvotes and more attention that way.


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