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Is tag vector-grid appropriate for the Leaflet plugin for vector tile layers (L.VectorGrid)?

The description of the vector-grid tag says: Use for questions about vector grids which are also known as fishnets However there are these questions, which are about the Leaflet plugin for vector ...
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Using version tags for PostgreSQL

We currently have the following tags related to PostgreSQL: postgresql with 3,042 questions postgresql-10 with 27 questions postgresql-9.6 with 17 questions postgresql-9.5 with 8 questions Do we ...
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Why was this 6 year old question with an 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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Spam flag on a post with obvious undisclosed affiliation declined

On Nov 24 I red-flagged this post because: it is a link-only answer the username of the OP partly matches the domain name the avatar of the author in the About page of the blog matches the gravatar ...
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Is the [tag:qgis-plugins] tag for questions about *writing* plugins, or questions about *using* plugins?

The qgis-plugins tag has three main categories of questions: Questions by people who are developing a plugin. These questions tend to be highly technical, and involve pyqgis code. Example: Object ...
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Evaluation of tag [nearest-neighbor] being wrongly used to tag questions about [proximity]/[nearest] & [knn]? [duplicate]

I found Improving tagging of questions with [nearest-neighbor] and related tags addressing the issue exactly, but neither can I follow if there have been any changes made, nor, and more importantly, ...
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Answer gets accepted but does not answer revised question

I am quite unsure about what to do, if my answer got accepted, but does not (in my opinion) answer the actual problem, but the original question. In comments to my answer the actual problem got ...
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python-X vs pythonX tags

Would it be better to use, for example, python3 tag instead of python-3 because python3 is the command used to launch python3 on any operating system? A related and interesting question is Tagging ...
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Do we need [projection-mathematics] and [reprojection-mathematics] tags?

At Using/synonymizing/merging [coordinate-system] and [projection] tags? we synonymized a number of tags related to coordinate systems. Today I noticed Re-projection issues with Azimuthal Equidistant ...
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Should [Oracle-18c] tag be added?

I see that we have version-specific tags for Oracle: oracle-10g with 13 questions oracle-11g with 89 questions oracle-12c with 11 questions Do we need to add a tag for Oracle 18c?
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Do we need [customization] tag?

There is currently a customization tag which has 112 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: Modifying the default state of an application to suit a user's preferences or to address the unique ...
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Are the [arcgis-portal] and [portal] tags duplicates?

It looks like there are two tags in GIS-SE that are related to the concept of portal: ArcGIS-Portal: Portal for ArcGIS allows you to share maps, applications, and other geographic ...
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Adding ArcGIS-10.7 tag

It looks like the ArcGIS 10.7 tag has not yet been added to GIS SE. Now that 10.7 is available, should we add this tag?
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Why are titles being edited from questions to phrases?

In 2011 and 2012 there were discussions on Meta about ensuring that titles were grammatically correct questions. I seem to remember there was a campaign to edit new questions to ensure that: A ...
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Is a Pythonic MCVE acceptable for this top voted accepted GIS SE answer?

I am in the process of writing my question requesting a clarification of this top voted accepted GIS SE answer - Using Geohash for proximity searches and I have a pythonic attempt as an MCVE. Is that ...
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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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GIS Survey similar to Stack Overflow's Developer Survey?

I think that it would be really helpful and insightful if there was an annual GIS Survey for gis.stackexchange in the model of Stack Overflow's Developer Survey. Is there a particular way that this ...
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Using [bbox] and [extents] tags?

We currently have tags for: bbox which has 32 questions and a tag wiki which says: bbox is a shortened form of bounding box extents which has 543 questions and a tag wiki which says: An extent ...
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Are Google abusing us?

I've noticed a recent(ish) uptick in poor quality questions about Google Earth Engine google-earth-engine and we appear to have currently 259 unanswered questions (out of 1027). So wondering why ...
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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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A chat room for posting or discussing SE questions from other sites related to GIS [duplicate]

Most SE sites will have a general purpose chat room as a sort-of catch-all; a way to: ping a moderator ask for advice about the topicality of an issue before posting it or writing an explanation in a ...
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Should a Parallel (or so-called “fourth”) Site Exist for GIS Stack Exchange?

A lot of people come here asking questions in good faith in the understanding that GIS Stack Exchange exists primarily to help those who come to the table with GIS questions. Unfortunately, a lot of ...
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Should Moderators Stop Pointing to the Chat Room on Questions?

I see a lot of moderators pointing users to the chat room (often without hint as to where to find the chat room). And when users do manage to find it (or are actually given a link to it), they find ...
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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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Is question about finding API to get UK postcode for city on-topic at GIS SE?

I am looking for a simple, reliable and free (gratis) API which will return the corresponding UK street name for a UK postcode (preferably with no registration or key required) and am wondering where ...
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What if we receive offer to pay?

Usually, I receive responses to my post like "hey your answer does not work", or "thank you, but..." and it seems natural (as it is serious business for OPs). Just recently I received a generous ...
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Asking for specific custom implementations?

Would you deem a question like (highly simplified) Did anybody implement [a specific function/algorithm] in the PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment [or know of someone who did/shares a code-base]? ...
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Where to ask questions about OpenDataCube?

The OpenDataCube is an open source project that is aimed at making it easier to work with large volumes of earth observation data. The ODC Steering Council is the technical governance group who lead ...
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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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Synonymizing ArcGIS dot release tags with ArcGIS major release tags?

The GIS Meta Q&A on Keep or delete [qgis-3] version tag? has resulted in: all the QGIS 3.x tags being made synonyms of the qgis-3 tag; and all the QGIS 2.x tags being made synonyms of the qgis-2 ...
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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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Why do some users close many questions as too broad or unclear?

As a beginner contributor, I have faced many of others' questions closed by a group consisting of similar users (which I'm not gonna say their names) while the questions were so helpful and they had ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is there any point approving minor edits to very old questions?

For example, this: https://gis.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/154910 It's just a minor edit "for grammer" to a question that is over 4 years old. I know this has been raised before, but it ...
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Are [iterator], [iteration] and [loop] tags all needed?

We currently have tags for: iterator with 262 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of In computer programming, an iterator is an object that enables a programmer to traverse a container. loop with ...
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Asking questions in English when using software version that is in another language?

I have one QGIS on my personal laptop in English, and another QGIS at work in French. I find it much harder to search for help when working from the French version because the keywords (and the tool ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

Sometimes I run into merged posts asked by the same OP (so, nearly identical posts) which are then marked duplicates (the stub) from the canonical ones (the master). As a consequence of this process, ...
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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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Choosing Geographic Information Systems or Earth Science Stack Exchange to ask Geographic questions? [duplicate]

I want to ask here first because I want to know well okay I check out the list of question here and many are about Geographic but in programming my question is could I ask about Geographic general ...
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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 ...
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Using [fields] and [field-properties] tags?

We currently have: 419 questions tagged only as fields which has a tag wiki excerpt of: In GIS, Fields, also known as attributes, contain information about features. 35 questions tagged only as ...
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Branding our site as Geographic Information Systems or GIS?

As you will see from the URL and banner at the top of this site, and in the picture below which uses our updated site theme, we mix its branding as Geographic Information Systems and GIS. This is ...
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GIS's updated site theme is live!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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Using [labeling] and [label-expression] tags?

We currently have: 1,366 questions tagged only as labeling 10 questions tagged only as label-expression 9 questions tagged as both labeling and label-expression Do we need both the labeling and ...
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Keep or delete [qgis-3] 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, qgis-3. Should qgis-3 be merged with one of the other ...