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Keep or delete qgis3 version tag

We have a versionless tag for qgis and individual tags for each minor version, eg qgis-2.18, qgis-3.0 and qgis-3.2. Now there's a new tag, qgis3. Should qgis3 be merged with one of the other qgis ...
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Re-opening question about Installing PostGIS into schema other than public?

I believe that Add PostGIS spatial functions to a custom schema other than "public" in PostgreSQL shouldn't have been closed because it's not a duplicate of Using schema other than public in ...
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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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Proposing 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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Should we merge the [pyqgis] and [pyqgis3] tags?

The release of QGIS 3 has brought many updates, one significant change is its Python bindings or as it's more commonly known as PyQGIS. I have noticed the recent introduction of the pyqgis3 tag, here ...
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Edit that changes a user's choice of software

I came across a question where a user originally asked for software to complete a particular analysis: How can I find the highest path of a DEM or contours file within an area? and suggested FME ...
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Can we merge all of our current tag synonyms?

According to What are tag synonyms and merged tags? How do they work? All good tag synonyms should eventually be merged. Currently, we have 60 non-merged, and stable synonyms (see EvilGenius's ...
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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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Re-tagging to de-emphasize ArcGIS Desktop product in favour of its applications?

At Using tags [arcmap] and [arcgis-desktop]? consensus is being built to cease tagging every new question about the ArcGIS Desktop product with the arcgis-desktop tag in favour of a tagging scheme ...
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Using tags [arcmap] and [arcgis-desktop]?

Edit: so far, the top two leading answers suggests replacing (or reducing use of) arcgis-desktop with more specific tags. Therefore, I suggest narrowing the discussion about doing something (or not) ...
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Improving use of tags [postgis] and [postgresql]?

Is there anything we can do to improve how questions are tagged postgresql and/or postgis in GIS SE? PostgreSQL is an object-relational database which supports spatial/geometry data, hence, there are ...
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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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Any way to combat abuse of downvotes?

I recently had a moderator edit one of my posts, but the edit only changed a couple nit picky stylistic things and added nothing substantive. As a result, I rolled back the edit. Shortly thereafter, ...
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Are questions about generalized geodesics suitable for GIS despite being off-topic?

I recently asked Which algorithms can be used to generate a euclidean embedding for a manifold given a pairwise distance matrix of geodesics? at Stack Overflow, and @EvgenyPogrebnyak indicated that I ...
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Why was this question put on hold as off-topic?

I'm referring to Quick OSM Save As Shapefile error "Can't create field" on GIS Stack Exchange. In summary, The asker was trying to save a layer from the quick OSM plugin as a shapefile ...
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Tagging with jts-topology-suite and/or jsts?

We currently have tags for: jsts with 5 questions and a tag wiki excerpt that advises to: Use this tag when referring to the jsts (java) library jts-topology-suite with 84 questions and a tag ...
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Adding SQL (and other) Style guides to Tour?

Would it be appropriate to add style guides to the tour, eg, this very nice SQL style guide? I see a lot of questions like this one where the formatting is so awful, I find it almost impossible to ...
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How are [clip] and [crop] tags different?

Currently, we have clip x700 and crop x57. Their excerpts mostly overlap: Clip: To limit or reduce the extent of one dataset by the extents or boundary of another. Crop: In this context means ...
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How many tags for kriging interpolation?

I have just read a question tagged cokriging, and this tag currently has only two questions under it. I paid attention into this subject because I had previously helped curating the kriging tag (see:...
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When is it appropriate to tag Python or Arcpy?

This metapost discusses the use of python tags for Shapely libraries and the top-voted answer suggests that removing the python tags limits the potential audience as those who favourite the python tag ...
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Rename tag: proj.4 to proj

Recently the familiar projection library PROJ incremented the major version number from 4 to 5, as described in the NEWS file. Version 4 of this software is popularly known as PROJ.4, however newer ...
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Using tags for large datasets and big data?

We currently have tags for: large-datasets with 73 questions difficult to process and manage because the size is usually bigger than the limits software can normally deal with. big-data with 41 ...
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Best site to post R related questions [duplicate]

I've recently started doing most of my GIS-related work with R, especially since the sf package came out, as opposed to other more classic GIS clients (ArcGIS, QGIS...). It seems the "geo-R" world is ...
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Do we need both [attributes] and [attribute-table] tags?

We currently have tags for: attribute-table with 1,030 questions: A tabular set of data linked one-to-one to a set of spatial features. attributes with 522 questions: A characteristic of an ...
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Why is there excessive question editing?

My question was edited so that it is no longer a question but a statement with a question mark at the end. People making edits should be editing for clarity and spelling/grammar errors, not to their ...
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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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Is [custom-coordinate-system] tag needed?

We have a custom-coordinate-system tag with 40 questions. It does not have a tag wiki or even an excerpt to guide us in its usage. We also have a coordinate-system tag with 4,557 questions and of ...
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Is [software-version] tag needed?

We currently have a software-version tag (with 21 questions) which has no tag wiki or even an excerpt to guide us in its usage. Do we need it and, if so, when should it be used?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Do we need [s] tag?

There is only one question with s tag. There isn't information about this tag and question where was used has no information about an "s" tool, action, data type, etc. This tag can be confused with ...
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Confused about the rules

I've had one moderator tell me that my thread was a duplicate and I should use a linked thread. (This was a few days ago, and to be fair, he did change his mind and unlock it again.) The linked thread ...
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Flagging own question as duplicate or deleting it?

I recently asked the question How to get signal when toggling a group? where @FranciscoRaga kindly referred me to another post which provided an answer. Should I mark my question as a duplicate or ...
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Suspected vote manipulation

I came across a question that has: 184 views over 6 months On a very specific and convoluted topic (I suspect not many people have come across this issue) Yet it has 9 upvotes and 3 favourites. ...
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Why is voting to close a question not possible after retracting?

I voted to close a question because the question was "Unclear what you are asking". The question has been edited and it was not unclear anymore, but it was now very clearly off-topic. So I retracted ...
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Current use of tags [geotiff] and [tiff]

Consider tags geotiff (x827) and tiff (x240) with their respective tag excerpts: [tiff]: Use this tag when referring to Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) within the GIS environment. [geotiff]: ...
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Scoping History of GIS?

The question https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/264654 (which has been since self-deleted) was about: who were the early cartographers best known for enriching their maps with imagery or ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

In the spirit of Improving on 19,000 unanswered questions? and with our number of questions now over 93,000 I am wondering whether we would like to set ourselves a challenge of having 80% of our ...
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How to search for ALL questions concerning ArcGIS, QGIS or others?

The question How to easy search (using tags) - using * ? has already shown a way how to use asterisks (*) with tags for better search. But assuming an example of "Is there a way how to search for ...
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How many tags for QGIS model building?

There are currently these tags related to QGIS model building: qgis-modeler (160 questions) with a tag wiki excerpt (and tag wiki): An application of QGIS used to develop models utilizing a large ...
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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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Dealing with questions in Low Quality Posts queue?

In the Low Quality Posts queue what should I do with this question? Someone has already provided a good comment, which I upvoted. Is it just best to select 'Looks OK' because the comment has done ...
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Encouraging answerers to upvote question they are answering?

I have been noticing more and more that users are answering questions that have no up-votes. The most recent occurrence is for the question found at Creating queries to select by attribute with arcpy. ...
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Do we need image classification tags?

After reading What to do about [labeling] and [classification] tags? about labeling and classification, it became clear to me that many, if not most, of the posts on our site about classification ...
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What to do about [labeling] and [classification] tags?

I've noticed an overlap of subjects between tags labeling (x1185) and classification (x363), in which the concept of the former is contained in the latter (see questions within GIS SE and tag excerpts)...
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What ever happened to the migration to DBA.SE option?

Some of these questions are clearly a much better fit for Database Administrators why did we lose that migration option? I could have sworn it used to be there? Get dynamically value of a column ...
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What is the etiquette about reminding a user who is the developer to respond to a comment on a question?

I had an issue with an R gis-related package recently and posted it on gis.stackexchange. I was very pleased when the developer themself commented on my post and led me to fix the error. But never ...
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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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Reopening a question

Four states each of six pairs of which have a common boundary If this question as I wrote it was originally unclear to some people, I expect that the visual image added to the question in the edit by ...
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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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Is purpose of GIS SE to provide Q&A primarily for end-users of GIS tools?

Question came up because I saw this was labelled as off topic: How to save python Rtree spatial index to file? I've always thought of GIS.SE as a QA site for everyone working in/with data in a ...