I recently came across Using boundaries of city to cover world outside of it in solid color? on GIS SE. Let me preface this by saying I have particular interest in helping out new SE and/or GIS users. I'm not totally sure where the asker's experience level is with QGIS but I'm guessing it's a relatively new field for him. To me, it seems pretty inhospitable to shove this guys question aside and direct him to a confusing pyQGIS answer that likely wont meet his needs as a new GIS user.

Inverting Polygons using QGIS? is a more similar question that I would accept as being a duplicate to the first linked post. It was also marked as a duplicate to the pyQGIS question. (But in my opinion they are completely different q&a's because the accepted answers are very distinct approaches).

Basically I think the two posts I've linked to should be duplicates of each other but should not be duplicates of the coding post.

Is it fair to keep GUI questions/solutions separate from coding ones? I feel they both have distinct value in this community.

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    You are correct, my apologies - I obviously didn't read through the two Q&As properly when I marked that one as a duplicate as I agree with you and with PolyGeo's answer below. I have reopened that question.
    – Midavalo Mod
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 21:33
  • I think that I have now redirected the duplicates as you suggested. If not, just comment here or start a new Q&A if I got it way astray.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 2:26

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I prefer to treat questions about code separate from questions about the GUI of a GIS product too.

That is why I rarely support questions being coded as:

Sometimes the only answer to a question from a GUI only user is to use code. In that case I think it is OK to say that and make a GUI question a duplicate of a coding one.

However, here I think you have identified a GUI question for which there is a GUI duplicate available so I think it is that GUI duplicate which should be used.

Once the discussion in this Q&A is complete I think we should redirect those duplicates.

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