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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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Asking same question for newer version

@underdark wrote, in a much upvoted answer to the somewhat related Dealing with Q&As using deprecated/non-existent PyQGIS API functions?: I'm not a friend of having ten copies of the same ...
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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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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 this "Not an answer" flag disputed?

I was doing a review recently on an answer. I got the impression that the answer basically is along the lines of, I am working [on somethings] ..., now I am trying to edit data and it [ArcSDE] ...
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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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Asking good questions for GIS Stack Exchange

I often see vaguely framed questions posted, and I would like to help their askers, but I cannot, because their questions are missing key information. Instead of having a long discussion in the ...
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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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Grant Permission to Moderators to Mark Answer

Too many questions exists that have already a very close and correct answer. I am pretty sure you have answered questions that you know it is 100% correct. However the OP (original poster) neglects ...
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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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Improving on 36,000 unanswered questions

We currently have just over 36,000 unanswered questions. After reviewing about 500 of them a while ago, in a totally unsystematic manner, I concluded that <2% are truly reasonable questions ...
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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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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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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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GIS SE Community Approved Hosts for Example Datasets?

In the course of using the site I often find myself commenting on a new question saying 'Can you post a sample of your data?' In the case of csv files and other plain text formats a few lines can be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Implementing new tag for version 4 of ArcGIS API for JavaScript?

Esri recently released version 4 of the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API - see https://developers.arcgis.com/javascript/ and https://developers.arcgis.com/javascript/latest/guide/choose-version/index.html ...
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Synonymizing ArcGIS API for JavaScript version tags

In Implementing new tag for version 4 of ArcGIS API for JavaScript? it looked like the community wanted (or at least were not suggesting any alternatives) to phasing out the arcgis-javascript-api tag (...
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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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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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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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Rules about advertising in answers

Since the beta went public, I've noticed a few responses which seem solely to be advertising a particular product, or in one case, the product written by the answerer. While I have no problem with ...
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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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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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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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Writing code snippets to get quicker answers

The term "code snippet" is often used when trying to help users frame their coding questions. Other similar terms can be found in: How to create a Minimal, Reproducible Example: minimal, ...
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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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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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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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Are tag wikis with just URL ok?

Recently I've been seeing a lot of edits to the tag wikis, where the body of the tag wiki is just an URL, either to wikipedia, or some documentation. I feel that this kind of wiki is unhelpful, so I ...
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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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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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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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Does poster get notified by moderator comment on their deleted answer?

I've seen this on occassion, particularly with new users, where they post an answer which in itself is either a question or a comment. E.g. "I also experienced the same problem, would appreciate ...
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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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Would required fields that create tags make sense?

I just can't help but wonder if SE has ever proposed making certain tags a requirement. I don't think any question on GIS.SE can be worthwhile without a tag or two (or other bit of information) ...
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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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Okay to discuss non-traditional GIS, 4D geospatial data technology questions here?

In meteorology, hydrology, climate science and oceanography, petabytes of geospatial data are stored in NetCDF, HDF5 or GRIB files and distributed via technologies such as the OPeNDAP.org HYRAX server,...
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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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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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Are market research related questions off-topic?

I had trouble posting https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/88650/offline-maps-for-arcgis-desktop as several participants thought it sounded like an advertisement. They thus voted to close my ...

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