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Using courtesy and respect at GIS SE?

I've been trying to encourage our devs to use GIS SE to find answers to problems. I was discouraged to learn that one of our key GIS programmers refuses to visit the site because of rude and critical ...
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Answering questions with a comment?

More and more I keep seeing folk post what I would think of as 'answers' as comments on the original question. Copying attributes from one polygon layer to another? is one example - but I have seen ...
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Let me Google that for you

There seems to be a fairly constant stream of low quality questions being asked on the site which are often followed up by a 'welcome to the site please provide more information' type comment I'm ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

I run into a user on this site who, while technically competent, frequently makes comments that appear intended to demean or shame others. Here's an example: One can only speculate as to why a ...
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Should I post answers to questions that already have answers as a comment?

This is in the same vein as Answering questions with a comment - is this usual? Oftentimes I am looking for unanswered questions to try my hand at. Sometimes I find one I can answer, but then find the ...
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Policy for users reporting their employment status at commercial software companies?

What is the policy on GIS SE for employees of software companies to add this information to their profiles? I believe users should add to their profile that they are an employee of a commercial ...
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Asking for clarifications with less than 50 reputation points?

I'm a beginner at GIS and I've finally found Setting fill style in polygon in OpenLayers? which I think I can answer. However, the person posting the question has not given enough details for me to ...
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What is point of upvoting comments or having comments upvoted?

I am missing something obvious and can't find the answer after trolling around for a few hours. What is the point of upvoting comments or having one's comments upvoted. I can see the point for ...
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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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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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Downvoting comments

Just as there are good and bad answers (and thus, voting up and down is allowed), is there a good reason why comment (not answer) downvote is not allowed? Sometimes the comments are very much out ...
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How to format a comment?

Eg in this post's comment Kirk has formatted the URLs nicely: @whuber Note that this users' first question is Mar 7. I agree that we shouldn't display 0% when someone asks their first question, ...
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If an original post gives a misleading assumption in the question should it be edited?

I am writing some basic QGIS training notes and I came across this post Is it possible to change the field length of a shapefile to over 254? However the maximum field length of a shapefile, I believe,...
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What is the etiquette about deleting a competing comment from own post?

Suppose there is a discussion question in GIS Meta with two or more answers. One of them is an answer of mine, and another one is a competing answer from a user who has the privilege to delete ...
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Sending a private message to a user?

As I would tell something to a specific user, can I send him a message directly to not pollute the comment thread?
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Adding quick comment when voting to not re-open question?

I would like to add a quick comment to a question that I'm voting to not re-open. For example, a user has their question closed, and they worked on some significant edits to provide additional ...
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Last comment time

Often I find the comments to questions and/or answers as interesting as the question or answer. It doesn't appear that the "time" of post is updated unless it is an edit to the original question, or a ...
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Adding image in comment section of Stack Exchange sites?

I am unable to add the image which is saved in my system. In Ask Question I can add the image but not in the comment section.
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How comments are handled?

I was looking again at Installing and importing Google Earth Engine Python API which was posted yesterday. I had some feedback with the OP trying to find the problem and the OP finally solved the ...
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Why was comment deleted without notice?

I posted a comment on Looking up whole time-series for specific point from 45 GB file If I recall correctly, it had two parts. First a remark how I could not understand why someone had voted to close ...
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Using images within comments?

I want to use an image within a comment (not within a question). How does it work?
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Importance of including software (often version too) details when asking most questions at GIS SE?

This question is triggered by comments on the question Measuring tool shows different measurements for same building in two different map documents?; and is: Why is it important to have the software (...
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What are the downsides of not deleting our own comments?

From Meta Stack Exchange, How do comments work?: ... . Comments are often used to ask for clarification on, suggest corrections to, and provide meta-information about posts. ... . Usually, users ...
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Flag icon not showing for own comments?

Why can I see a button for the possibility to flag a comment next to other users' comments but not next to my own? Flagging posts is a privilege that is documented in the help
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"Obsolete comment" flag on moved comment declined

I flagged a comment as "obsolete" in order for it to be removed (it no longer adds any value). That comment flag was declined, however. The flagged comment was originally added to an answer to https:/...
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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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Reputation limiting actions is a problem [duplicate]

I understand why reputation limits user actions, as it makes moderation easier, however it's very frustrating. I've got a few fairly niche GIS questions, and i'd love to be able to comment on older ...
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Edit (pencil) icon shows but not possible to click on it?

Multiple times it happened that the edit/pencil icon (by comment) was showing but it was not possible to click on it and edit the comment.
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How do I post a comment instead of an answer?

I'm trying to post a comment to an answer in the Forum, and I don't see a place to link on to do that. I only see the interface for a full answer at the bottom of the page. I need to post something ...
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Where can I see when and why my comment was deleted?

I had someone, I believe it was a mod, lazily flag a short, but valid answer of mine. If I recall correctly, I inquired (angrily) about the reason. Later I added some background to the answer to ...
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The (very short) story of a backslash

I just noticed that I had unfortunately inserted a backslash, in a piece of text formatted as code in a comment. This morning, I didn't understand why my formatting went so messy.... Then I ...
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Wrong version of question showing up (or some info at the profile page)?

Is this a bug? See the comments under Way to set a label leader line length (not using annotation) in ArcGIS Desktop?, i.e. comment from @kahukowhai and my (Abc1) reply to that. so basically as ...
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