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Asking same question with different technologies and/or environments

Based on the same idea about time related questions as described in Asking same question for newer version, I'm wondering if it is OK or not to ask the same question with, as a target, a different ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why is there nothing about having to write your questions/answers in English in the "Tour" or "Help Center"

I've noticed while commenting on questions/answers asking them to rewrite their question/answer in English that there is nothing to link toward for them to check out the "rule" in the Tour ...
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When answering questions leads to bad cartographic design

Periodically a question is posted of the form "How do I get effect X in software Y" for which the desired effect would generally be considered bad cartographic design. On rare occasions ...
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Sharing TIFFs when asking a question [duplicate]

I am not sure the best way to share an example TIFF for GIS StackExchange. If I write example code in a question, I would like to link to an example TIFF, but not sure the best way to do it. Any ideas ...
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Competition: best (most informative, beautiful etc.) screenshots on GIS SE

Just an idea about how to enhance the awareness for the quality of questions and answers. In special, I think about screenshots. A good screenshot/image is often already half of a good question or ...
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What to do when a question has been asked before but the accepted answer does not contain the answer to the question [duplicate]

For example, I have the exact same question as asked as the main question in See all my questions across all Stack Exchange sites? (This question also asks for alternatives as a second question which ...
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Merging [qgis] and [qgis-3] tags

Being fairly new on GIS SE, I often wondered, why there is a qgis and a qgis-3 tag. I can imagine it being once relevant, when QGIS 3 was fairly new, and a lot of people still used a 2.x LTR, plugins ...
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Merging [transparency] and [opacity] tags

The Main site currently has 12 questions tagged using transparency AND opacity. Do we need both tags? I ask because 100% transparency is the same as 0% opacity, and vice versa. Our wikis for the two ...
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Which VLQ flags require moderator intervention?

This answer to Exporting geodata from QGIS to File Geodatabase is another declined review instance that gives me the impression that I am bothering the moderators. Regardless of the content, the ...
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How to "reask" questions that might have more modern solutions? [duplicate]

I just came across this Q&A originating 2015, that asks and answers exactly what I want to know, yet the answers are (maybe?!) fairly outdated, being from 2016 to 2018. In this example, with QGIS ...
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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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Do we need to rename the ArcGIS JavaScript API tag?

Esri have once again decided to rename an existing product - the API previously known as the ArcGIS JavaScript API is now the ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript. Do we need to rename the [arcgis-...
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Dirty deleting of questions

Many forums are starting to implement policies that ban members that "dirty delete" posts. Dirty deleting, for those who are unfamiliar, is when an OP starts an engagement and after ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Promoting products in posts: does it play a role if it is free or commercial?

Related to this question: What should we do when we have a serial answerer to promote a product? Does it play a role, when a user promotes a product in their post (an answer), if this product is ...
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What should we do when we have a serial answerer to promote a product?

We have a new user and he answered some question (eight, almost the same, answers in one hour) to promote his product (Example). He added a disclaimer to the answers after a while. But it is very ...
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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 is this VLQ review for a link-only answer declined?

I was reviewing this link-only answer, and marked it as very low quality because I think that is how link-only answers are handled. But a moderator stepped in and declined it with the following ...
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Is this mod comment adhering to CoC?

In the question Using courtesy and respect at GIS SE? the code of conduct is referenced. Reading them, about how you should be "patient and welcoming" and "Be clear and constructive ...
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Is this question against the rules of this site?

My question (Finding the distance between two points at sea - avoiding land) was closed, and in a comment I got the following reasoning: GIS SE is a problem-solving site. So far, all you have is a ...
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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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Decrease in no. of page views on GIS SE

Page views on GIS SE have been significantly reduced from ca. mid of May this year: what is the reason for that?
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Why is Community Bot bumping old, answered questions into the Active questions queue?

Right now there are two questions bumped by Community Bot without any apparent edits or any need for bumping (they were answered years ago): Clicking the "modified X ago" link just loads ...
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How to get Peer Pressure badge if we respect SE rules from the start?

I believe and I like how SE sites are built. I like the gamification around the moderation, quality and participation. But ... if someone respects rules, try their best for the quality and experience ...
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Was the following moderator review action fair?

I voted to Reopen the following post Resizing attribute table on QGIS print layout, and I left a comment (the only comment there so far) justifying why I thought it should have been reopen: Voting to ...
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Asking SoilGrids questions at GIS SE

The SoilGrids FAQ says: What if I did not find an answer to my question? If you have a technical question about SoilGrids that is not answered in this FAQ, please post it to GIS.StackExchange, under ...
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Undelete a particular retracted answer that provides context

At Is the bilinear resampling technique appropriate for the projection of ASTER data? @Aaron retracted his answer and now only those with sufficient repuation can read it. From reading this and ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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If reading the answers to another question solved a problem, does that definitively mean that the first question is a duplicate?

If reading the answers to another question solved a problem, does that definitively mean that the first question is a duplicate? (See my answer below for context)
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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. ...
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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 ...
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LASTools future

As many of you may have heard Martin Isenburg, who was the founder and main developer of LASTools has passed away. LASTools is used extensively by different companies, universities and governments and ...
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Can [tag:select] be used for selecting purposes but not from a database?

Can select tag be used for selecting purposes but not from a database? When I check the user guidance of the select tag, it says: The selection of data from a database based on some criteria. If yes,...
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Is asking for textbook recommendations on-topic?

Recently I asked this question: Why accurate area of all countries cannot be obtained using a single EPSG code, even if it corresponds to an equal-area projection? It was pointed out in the comments ...
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Unpinning accepted answer from top of list of answers on GIS SE

As of today, Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers has been implemented for Stack Overflow. Would we like to see the same to be done for GIS SE? This discussion feeds into ...
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Posting PROJ question on Stack Overflow and not GIS SE

Recently, I posted this question to Stack Overflow: How to find a particular coordinate on a Sentinel image using proj:transform? Was I right to post it there, or would GIS SE be a better fit?
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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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Questions about new GIS tool being downvoted or closed

In Moving community of GIS tool to GIS Stack Exchange I asked if it was possible to move the SEPAL GIS community to the GIS Stack Exchange, or at least let people ask questions there. I understand ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Thanking others when asking question

I asked my second question (Reloading attributes of selected item using GeoServer/OpenLayers) and ended it with "Thank you for any suggestions", since I found that polite. A moderator ...
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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:...
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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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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 ...
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Moving community of GIS tool to GIS Stack Exchange

At FAO in the openForis initiative we build a tool called SEPAL : It's is a cloud computing platform for geographical data processing. It enables users to quickly process large amount of data without ...
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On Imagery: best practice opinions for folder arrangement? [closed]

Considering a long multi-project time horizon, What is most useful folder arrangement for you when it comes to imagery? Sensor type > Date > Resolution > Project name or Date > Res > ...
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Promoting FOSS community events

Should we (at least temporarily, e.g. some days or weeks before they occurs) promote FOSS community events (e.g. https://fosdem.org/2021/schedule/track/geospatial/) somewhere on GIS Stack Exchange?
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Getting underlying thought of someone who has put bounty on old question

This is a current example, someone has placed a bounty on an old question: Does QGIS work with Anaconda? That's all fine, but how can you guess that person's current problem if he or she can't change/...
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What has become of the user Joseph user:25814?

What has become of the user @Joseph user:25814 https://gis.stackexchange.com/users/25814/joseph? And how is the community prepared to behave in such cases?
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