I've been trying to help answer a question titled Regional Large Scale Map Projection Choice but am having difficulty providing an adequate answer, or explaining that maybe the OP doesn't understand his own knowledge limits.

Now he appears to want to give up in disgust.

I know I am not always the most tactful.

Can anyone add some new perspective or damage control, please?

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    For immediate damage control, I removed the final line of the answer, which added no information or useful advice but served only to offend the OP. Your post otherwise is a great one, filled with useful advice and responding more than adequately to a somewhat confused statement of the question. It would be a nice gesture on your part simply to apologize for any ill feelings.
    – whuber
    Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 19:04

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When I first saw that question I very nearly closed it as a duplicate of Choosing projected coordinate system for mapping all US states? but I left it open to see what the community thought.

Reading it again, I still think it should be made a duplicate of that same question.

Sometimes the asker and the answerer(s) are coming from such different directions that it is hard to find the common ground that leads to a nice "clean" Q&A and so at times we will lose users.

Fortunately, for each one we lose, we seem to be gaining many more.

Nevertheless, I hope that the user will reflect on the time you spent trying to help, and the skills and experience you brought to that Q&A, and decides to give the site another shot.

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