I'm referring to Quick OSM Save As Shapefile error "Can't create field" on GIS Stack Exchange. In summary,
- The asker was trying to save a layer from the quick OSM plugin as a shapefile and getting an error message.
- The issue turned out to be that one of the field names was too long for the shapefile format.
- The solution was to omit that field from the output, or save it as a different format.
Five users put this question on hold as off-topic. They gave these two reasons:
"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."
Won't other users who try to save a layer with a too-long field name as a shapefile have exactly the same issue?
"Questions relating to general IT or with no clear GIS component, are off-topic here but can be researched/asked at Stack Overflow (software development), Super User (computing hardware and software), Database Administrators (relational databases) and other SE sites"
This reason makes even less sense to me. This was a GIS-related question, not a general IT question. Where else would you encounter a shapefile?