I am on this site already for several years, and before (when I had more free time to give answers) I saw a lot of good questions asking how to solve a problem using whatever software, and people were suggesting solutions with QGIS, ArcGIS and other tools, and then the topic-starter was choosing the best way for him. Such questions have collected a lot of useful tips over years, like these:
- Calculating average width of polygon?
- Removing small spaces (slivers) between polygons?
- Creating large amount of random points in binary raster?
Recently this has changed? Such conceptual questions are not allowed anymore? Old questions started to get closed like these:
- Calculating all distances from single points to multiple polygons; and
- Programmatically adding field to shapefiles and inserting shapefile name in every row of field?
New questions are closed immediately like Shortest path creation between two lines (where an answer could be to use a centerline, and then he could research himself how exactly to do this). And under this question there is a comment
you need to cut and paste your question into four separate questions, then edit so each one says precisely one of "using ArcGIS", "using Matlab", "using QGIS" or (if you want) "using R". Them's the rules.
Maybe it was a joke. For me doing this feels a bit ridiculous.
I noticed this situation when I asked my own question recently (where I need a mathematical algorithm in the first place but if necessary I can just mark it ArcGIS-only)
So, I just would like to clarify if there was such change in rules (or maybe I was misunderstanding rules before), in order to ask here allowed (one-software but not theoretical) questions in future.