I've noticed a recent(ish) uptick in poor quality questions about Google Earth Engine google-earth-engine and we appear to have currently 259 unanswered questions (out of 1027).
So wondering why this was happening I did some poking around and found that, on their Get Help page, Google are pointing their users here.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Stack Exchange is a place to ask technical implementation questions (e.g. How can I overlay polygons on images with Earth Engine?). Earth Engine specific questions are organized by the google-earth-engine product tag. (If you hover on the tag, you can see an option to 'subscribe' to it.) Note that Stack Exchange aims "to create a lasting record of great solutions to questions." Stack Exchange provides a great overview of what types of questions are and are not a good fit for Stack Exchange. As general guidance, questions related to the following are appropriate on Stack Exchange:
- A specific programming problem
- How to do things in Earth Engine
- Getting help debugging an existing script
Be sure to search Stack Exchange for questions similar to your own before asking a new question!
Which is great we always need more users, but I haven't seen any sign that any one from the GEE team have shown up to keep an eye on things.
So the question is should we do anything (or something) about this? There has been some previous discussion in Are commercial services abusing GIS.SE policies? but in that case we were relatively happy as employees of the company were stepping up to answer questions.