In the course of using the site I often find myself commenting on a new question saying 'Can you post a sample of your data?'
In the case of csv files and other plain text formats a few lines can be pasted as a code block into a question, but for other GIS formats such as shapefiles, FME workbenches, etc these files cannot be pasted into the question. I feel that a number of questions come up every day which can be better answered if the sample data is provided alongside code and the rest of the question.
I understand that for many reasons GIS SE cannot host files for the users, but would it be possible for the community to come up with a list of good web hosts that meet our needs and could be recommended to users when they ask a question?
My idea for hosting criteria would include:
- Long term storage of files
- Ease of use
Do people agree that this would improve questions and answers and if so can they recommend any good hosts that we could agree on as a community and recommend to new users?