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"Error in Parcel Selection" in SaeX in ArcGIS 9.3 has been put on hold as off-topic:

This problem cannot or can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the asker's circumstances may have rendered the question obsolete, or the question does not include a procedure to enable potential answerers to reproduce the same symptoms. Such questions are off-topic as they are unlikely to help future readers, but editing them to include more details can lead to re-opening.

This problem is specific to arcgis extension SaeX, and there are many users of SaeX. the question is related to arcgis and to reproduce it, SaeX is needed. This question will be useful to many SaeX users.

Should such extension specific questions be allowed in this site?

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    @AndreSilva I think the key part of the Close Reason here is "Such questions are off-topic as they are unlikely to help future readers" which I think actually fits in this situation. – Midavalo Mar 7 '17 at 21:36
  • @Midavalo, that sentence is important indeed. I provided an answer sharing my interpretation of it. – Andre Silva Mar 8 '17 at 12:30
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Yes, questions relating to ArcGIS plugins are on-topic at GIS SE and the question has been reopened. In the question you reference, it is best to provide information about the plugin such as a hyperlink or a short description. Additionally, providing information about your workflow will help future readers.

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I voted to close that question because your

problem cannot or can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to [your] circumstances may have rendered the question obsolete

It was not closed for being about SaeX, because questions about ArcGIS extensions are generally on-topic.

However, this is the first time SaeX has been mentioned in a question here, and the problem being discussed was only seen in a version of ArcGIS released nearly 9 years ago in June 2008, and retired at the end of 2013, so that contributes to me thinking that this particular Q&A is especially:

unlikely to help future readers.

I am normally supportive of, and often upvote, self-answered questions, but in this case I felt that the Q&A posted had negligible value to the site and voted accordingly. As always, others are free to exercise their votes when they think differently.

  • Yes it is very old extension that hasn't been updated, but it is still being used by many people. – neogeomat Mar 7 '17 at 14:20
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About your specific question, I believe Aaron answers it well.


About the close reason which was used to put the question "on hold":

It is used for questions when OP says the question is solved without saying why. Or possibly when OP provides an "answer" as a comment and abandon the question.

Also, it is used when questions are "unlikely to help future readers" in the following cases:

  • Obsolete questions due to changes in the system or in the asker's circumstances;
  • Questions which do not include a procedure to enable potential answerers to reproduce the same symptoms.

Your closed question does not fit in any of above scenarios so, it should not have been closed with this specific close-reason.

  • I suspect that list of negatively scored unanswered questions does contain many that will be closed and Roomba-ed but some are new so may yet prove their value, especially if edited well. With just under 17,500 unanswered questions my feeling is that we are still closing too few rather than too many questions. – PolyGeo Mar 8 '17 at 12:50
  • @PolyGeo, the point is about using the correct close reasons; and votes when close reasons do not apply. – Andre Silva Mar 8 '17 at 12:56
  • For the question under discussion, I stand by the reasons I voted to close it i.e. "problem cannot or can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to [your] circumstances may have rendered the question obsolete" and [such questions are] "unlikely to help future readers" i.e. broken install affecting only user of SaeX who has asked the only question about it, fixed by installing VBA, user's very old software now working fine. If we had a hundred SaeX questions I might see some value in the Q&A. – PolyGeo Mar 8 '17 at 13:10
  • @PolyGeo, I think OP provided an answer to a problem/error other users may have faced. It is information for our repository; if it is good or bad info, votes will help to tell. I don't think 'on-topic ness' of GIS subjects have to do with their popularity. Therefore, I could not see how that off-topic close reason fit into that question, but people may disagree. – Andre Silva Mar 8 '17 at 13:32

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