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Re-asking old questions with correct (but now dated) answers?

What's the policy on old questions whose answers are no-longer current (but were correct at the time). For example, this question: Seeking QGIS tutorials and web resources? - has a number of answers ...
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Giving answers that don't solve the issues but offer a different approach

Does it make sense to post anwsers which solve posted problems by offering a completely diferent approach which in essence still solves the problem. But im talking in the sense, that someone is ...
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The FAQ doesn't discuss answering

When looking for a link to give to someone new to the site about what kind of answers we look for I noticed the FAQ talks a lot about how to ask good questions but not about good answers. Kind of a ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

I've noticed a few questions since I joined this SE page that have answers or partial answers in the comment section, rather than as actual answers, not sure what we can do about this other than ...
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How does the community feel about non-arcpy answers to arcpy questions?

Background Due do the nature of my current workload, I've been ending up at gis.stackexchange (instead of stackoverflow) more often. Once here, I poke around the python and help someone out if time ...
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Finding questions which are answered in comments?

It is a common problem in Stack Exchange when users use comments to write answers instead of posting them as actual answers in the answer box. Sometimes, the motive for doing so is legit, but it is ...
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Would it be possible to warn OP that a question is being answered to avoid deletion?

A question was deleted just before I posted my answer. In this case, this is a pity because: the user might not come back and, the comment could have misled him (in my opinion, the answer in the ...
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Enclosing images with satisfactory resolution

Often an answer needs an image from GIS software on your screen. This is what I do: Press Print Scrn. Open Paint. Paste image into Paint. Use the Crop tool to mark the area I want. Save image with a ...
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What happens if you have two answers to a question?

So there's a question you have the answer to and you post it as an answer. A short time later (maybe even seconds), a second potential solution comes to mind that's a different way of solving the ...
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How much of help page or blog posting can be copied/quoted?

When answering ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro questions I know that I will often copy/paste a short paragraph or two from their Online Help. For example, at https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/209427/...
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Why simple answers bring that much reputation?

Can someone explain to me why my answer in this thread Generating rectangle centered by point in QGIS got that highly ranked? I am not mad, but honestly saying, I did not use any magic, I did not ...
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Should deprecated answers be updated? [duplicate]

GIS tools are constantly improving. This means that a yesterday accepted answer may no longer be true or at least not be the best answer today. Should the answers' authors update them to meet the ...
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Splitting answer when it leads to another question?

Fairly new to SE, but trying to be as active as I can and just wanted to make sure of what I'm doing. A few days ago I answered Changing to alternate label if first label does not fit in QGIS?. The ...
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Should we encourage users to expand their answers a little bit more?

Are we ok with "only link answers" or answers that just point the OP towards a software/package/plugins, etc? I have seen answers on GIS SE which if were expanded a bit would be nicer answers. By "...
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Where to report back about optimal settings for the script provided in an answer

To one of my questions, I got an answer that was what I was looking for. The script provided requires a few input values and I tested different settings to see which one is the most efficient (this in ...
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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

I would like to have a feature of saving a draft of a question and not just having to complete the question and send off.
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Why is link only answer flag declined?

I came across this link only answer in review queue, and marked it as VLQ. It now has downvotes and similar comments that it's link-only. However, it is declined with the following response: declined ...
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Why are moderators changing answers to comments?

For example, Looking for London postcode to area mapping data It provides a direct answer. Provides a link (the only link) to the data. Was upvoted and commented on by the question asker. How is it ...
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Using Close Privileges on answer that is question or comment?

I recently acquired Close vote privileges and from time to time, I may come across a post from an answer by a user that is rather a question or comment instead. I still flag it because I cannot close ...
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How to treat questions/answers that can be slightly modified to become useful in future? [duplicate]

On the GIS SE there are questions as well as answers based on QGIS Software versions: 1,2,3 (maybe 4 in the upcoming decade). These questions/answers I would probably split into three groups, that are:...