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Why enforcing code attempt for general questions?

I recently got an upvote on one of my answer and when I checked it I realized the question was edited recently with the following note: This question is one that would likely be closed quickly if ...
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Should bugs/issues with abandoned software be closed as off topic?

I voted to close this question "How can I fix this QGIS error?" as off-topic - submission of bug reports etc - but am having second thoughts as the GitHub repository seems to indicate that ...
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Why the reason of closing a post is automatically attached to the reason of the majority?

Names of people who have voted to temporarily close a question appear on top of it, along with the reason of the closing. But if 4 people decided to close the post based on reason A and the 5th person ...
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Should we close the old questions with only one answer by the original poster?

In recent months, I saw old questions, answered by the question owner and there was no another answer, in the Close Votes queue. Close reason: This problem cannot or can no longer be reproduced. ...
Kadir Şahbaz's user avatar
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What are the Current Custom Close Reasons of GIS SE?

Each Stack Exchange site, through community consultation, using its per-site Meta is able to define at least three Custom Close Reasons. GIS SE requested to have one more and that request was granted ...
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Earth Engine Data question policy

Landsat 8 Collection 2 anomalies in TIRS1 data (from QA_PIXEL and ST_QA) was recently closed as off-topic, but as the google-earth-engine data ingestion lead, I'm very interested in seeing such ...
Simon Ilyushchenko's user avatar
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What is the canonical question to close "layers with the same CRS not overlapping" questions as duplicate of?

What is the canonical question to close "layers with the same CRS not overlapping" questions as duplicate of? In particular when the user has set a projection/CRS (incorrectly) instead of ...
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Closing questions specific to very old software versions

Sometimes one stumbles across (old) questions that are specific to very outdated software versions, where the answers also contribute nothing relevant for today's likely users. The questions were ...
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Why question about looking for geograpic dataset with specific requirements was closed as "relating to general IT or with no clear GIS component"?

I was worried that Is there any open waterway/lake dataset more detailed than 10m Natural Earth and less detailed than OpenStreetMap? may be too subjective (that is why I tried selecting objective ...
reducing activity's user avatar
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Is it necessary to add a minimal code to question when self-answering?

Besides being beneficial to people, it is also useful for future me to add here my problem I encountered and its solution (not existing in GIS SE) as a question and answer. I frequently find myself ...
Kadir Şahbaz's user avatar
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What do you think is the most appropriate way to apply the "Needs more focus" close reason?

Today I found the following question post: Multiple perpendicular cross sections It seemed to me that the question was "too broad", and I wanted to cast a closing vote for that reason. In ...
Gabriel De Luca's user avatar
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Why was 6 year old question with accepted answer closed?

I recently saw that one of my former questions was closed. Calling Python through BAT for Scheduled Task While I can appreciate the need to clean up SO, I don't really understand the case for a ...
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Why was question about PostGIS spatial functions closed?

Why was the question Finding holes in proposed districts (Polygons/Multipolygons) closed?
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Why was a solaris question closed?

can someone clarify why CRS error working with Solaris was closed as off-topic? It is asking about the solaris python library for geospatial analysis and is asking a specific question about a bug/...
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Questions closed for "a specific problem/error and code to reproduce it" when the question is not about an error

Recently, I have seen several questions closed for the close reason "When seeking help to debug/write/improve code always provide the desired behavior, a specific problem/error and the shortest ...
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Seeking explanation as to why question is too broad?

I've been a member here on SO for a long time now, and in that time I've seen many things I disagree with by some of the Admins, for the most part I've voiced my opinion then let it lie. In some ...
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Closing non-coding questions for no code included?

Sometimes a person will ask a "How to do X?" question. Then someone comments, "You could use code to implement [general approach Y]." Then the question gets closed as off-topic because they didn't ...
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Adding 'bug reports' to off-topic close reasons dialog?

This is mainly about bug reports, but not only about them. We already discussed in What should we do with bug reports? and decided to close these as off-topic. This is also linked in our help center ...
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Why was question closed for being primarily opinion-based?

The intent of my question was to ask if you can improve accuracy for position determination when you have a local atomic clock at hand. Can GNSS precision be improved with a local atomic clock? Why ...
Nick Russler's user avatar
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New close reason for when question does not show any research effort?

Questions that don't show any research effort usually get closed with the reason "unclear" or "too broad." However, some questions are perfectly clear and specific, yet not acceptable due to lack of ...
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Posting broad/general questions that may be useful for others?

I wanted to open a question asking about visualization techniques in GIS beyond conventional methods enabled by Arc/QGIS toolkit. I.e. my recent question/answer Creating regularly spaced points inside ...
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Modifying custom close reason for when pictures of code rather than formatted text are presented?

Last time we tweaked the custom close reason below was at Tweaking custom close reason for poorly framed code debugging/writing/improving questions? Questions seeking help to debug/write/improve ...
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"One question per question" rule being applied excessively literally

This is the second time a question of mine has been placed On Hold for supposedly containing multiple questions. This is a link to the current version of How to generate metatiles for use with ...
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scope of "opinion-based"

If a question is asking explicitly about "principles, statements or characteristics" stated by communities of GIS users, along with "pointers to some expert, authoritative or in depth discussion or ...
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How to handle an old question that's too specific?

I recently came across a fairly lengthy question from over four years ago: save features from openlayers to postgis via nodejs and websockets I could answer the question, but at this point I assume ...
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Are only software-specific questions allowed?

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 ...
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Irrelevant edits to specific close reason in questions with 'on hold' status?

After a question is put 'on hold', the first time it is edited (if within 5 first days after closure), it is automatically sent to the reopen review queue (see How do you reopen a closed question? and ...
Andre Silva's user avatar
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Answered question "put-on-hold" due to lack of "shortest code"?

This question was recently placed on-hold: Selecting features within certain buffer distance of selected feature using PyQGIS? The reason being: This question appears to be off-topic. The users who ...
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Do multiple GIS software tags equal multiple questions?

Calculate change between two sets of district lines was placed on hold because it contained tags for qgis, R, and arcgis-desktop. The question is said to be "too broad" and "essentially asking ...
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Degree of severity to closing question options?

I came across a question titled best choice for create relational between PostGIS and Mysql that I felt should be closed because it was both broad and could create a lot of opinion based answers ('a ...
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Replacing MCVE with Code Snippet in custom close reason?

We currently have a custom close reason of: Questions seeking help to debug/write/improve code must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code necessary to ...
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Are opinions that bad?

If you take the tour, it is clear that you have to avoid questions that are primarily opinion-based. However, if you navigate through this site, you'll find many great questions closed or locked as ...
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Are software recommendations good candidates for being wiki locked?

When searching on Google for Android and GIS, one of the very first hits is the following page on gis.se: Seeking Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? The question is wiki locked, so no more ...
Matthias Kuhn's user avatar
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Improving wording of "no GIS component" custom close reason?

We currently have a custom close reason that basically says GIS SE is for GIS questions and there are other sites that you should use for general IT questions, even if they relate to something that a ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

There is a short paragraph on the Help which I have always felt some discomfort with: We are not a GIS Software Support Site. We encourage you to seek official routes for support for specific ...
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Self-voting question to be closed?

I was reviewing some of my older questions here in GIS Stack Exchange. I found some of them to be off-topic due to new version of software (e.g. error-using-grass-v-net) or for being not-reproducible (...
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Is multi-part question (with open bounty) too broad?

I'm wondering if the question Serving 3D Via WFS is too broad. In fact, the user admits that it is in the question and there are three separate questions in the question. What is/are the ...
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Answering question that is On Hold?

My question, What is my coordinate system preserving? was put on hold as being to broad. I made some edits to the question to try and make it more focused, and after doing some further research and ...
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Should we close questions about provider-documented error messages

As in the case of Meaning of ERROR 000539: Error running expression: rcexec() <type 'exceptions.ImportError'>: No module named os?, some askers apparently don't bother to run a search of ...
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What should we do with bug reports?

There has been an uptick in bug reports disguised as questions with the latest QGIS 2.14 release. For example QGIS2web crashes latest QGIS 2.14 and After upgrading to Qgis 2.14 Essen, cannot load ...
Ian Turton's user avatar
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Why on hold as cannot be reproduced when due to typo?

The question RuntimeError: cannot open <shapefile> from ArcPy search cursor? was put on hold because "This problem cannot or can no longer be reproduced", even though my answer (that had been ...
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Should GIS.SE be more "lenient" at the beginning stages than the SO main site?

I am just wondering if it is beneficial for the GIS community if the GIS.SE website is more lenient/liberal than the main StackOverflow website. The main SO website is arguably becoming more strict. ...
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Why was this question put on hold?

I saw that my 30 month old question: Converting from SLD to Carto CSS? was put on hold with the reason as 'off-topic' Firstly I just do not see how this question is off-topic. It is a question about ...
Devdatta Tengshe's user avatar
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Improving wording of "non-reproducible" custom close reason?

Currently, we have the following as one of the three close reasons that we (as moderators) are able to customize locally for GIS SE: Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and ...
PolyGeo's user avatar
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Tweaking custom close reason for poorly framed code debugging/writing/improving questions?

In Shortest code to reproduce GIS programming problems I think we made good progress on getting a more useful set of custom close reasons for GIS SE. However, I think the current wording of our ...
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Shortest code to reproduce GIS programming problems

Sometimes we receive GIS programming questions which are difficult to answer because it lacks explanation about the problem and reproducible examples. When that happens, we could quickly provide ...
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Marking a question offtopic and letting user know why?

This question has been closed/held and marked off-topic: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/142117/what-are-dtd-schemas Now, because I have a vague idea of what a DTD is, I can understand why. ...
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When are field calculator scripting questions on topic?

We have a large number of field-calculator questions, such as this recent one, How to delete last part of a string starting from the 1st non numeric character?, which involve mainly basic scripting/...
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Marking questions as duplicate when by same user and unanswered?

Imagine this Senario: User A asked a question, and that did not get a response. Now the same user has opened a new Account and has posted the same question a second time. When I go to mark it as a ...
Devdatta Tengshe's user avatar
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Are questions about obtaining geospatial data on topic?

Based on @martin's answer, I would like to get some additional feedback on this question in the general case -- should we now direct questions about obtaining geospatial data to the new Open Data ...
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