To riff off of What is this site about, really?, we have (at least) two major classes of questions welcome here, which for the moment I'll call deep and surficial for lack of better terms (feel free to suggest alternatives).
For the purposes of this discussion a
deep question is one which is about theory, general principle and best practice. It's software and maybe even method agnostic. Some examples of deep questions:
- Error assessment of calculation done using unprojected vs. projected data
- How to create an accurate Tissot Indicatrix?
- Calculating visible sky percentage?
surficial question -- by no means to be confused with the derogatory connotations of superficial or shallow -- is characterized by time limited nature or narrow to a particular software or project environment. Examples of surficial questions:
- Win7 GRASS 7 & i.landsat.toar
- When was Esri File Geodatabase API made available?
Please let me be clear, I consider both styles of questions to be a vital and important to our community. We have far more surficial than deep questions, and even a brief survey of the world at large will show this is no more than reflection of the greater macrocosm. In other words it is to be expected. The aim is to come up with tag or some other method of filtering between them, a means to unearth the gems (which never arise on their own; crystals precipitate out of a surrounding solution) to which the "fluffy" questions owe their existence. The stack exchange voting system has done wonders for separating wheat from chaff, seed from stalk, but we can go farther, perhaps. So, at long last I arrive at my real question:
- can you think of a tag to filter out the deep questions?
- or some other method? (e.g. the blog idea)