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Are we allowed to speak in native language in GIS.SE chat rooms?

Especially on technical issues, it is hard to use/find the right word or sentence in a foreign language (in English for many people here). I occasionally don't post an answer to a question which I ...
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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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Should questions asking for product, service, data and learning (course, book, website) recommendations be explicitly off-topic?

Many questions that ask explicitly for software, hardware, data, and other recommendations are closed at GIS Stack Exchange as being primarily opinion-based and/or for lacking focus. Examples of 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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Can Job Ads be posted on GIS SE?

Is it possible to post job ads somewhere at GIS SE? I have looked many places, but don't seem to find anything.
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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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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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How should we handle "free" cloud software recommendations?

Based on the voting results for this question, Should cloud software be permitted in the "free software" question?, recommendations for cloud software should not be allowed in that question. ...
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Should cloud software be permitted in the "free software" question?

The question What free programs should every GIS user have installed? (previously called "What free programs should every GIS user have installed?") was recently edited to include cloud software. The ...
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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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Are software recommendations good candidates for being wiki locked?

When searching on Google for Android and GIS, one of the very first hits is the following page on gis.se: Seeking Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? The question is wiki locked, so no more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should homework tag be deprecated/burninated?

The homework tag was deprecated from Stack Overflow in 2012 - should GIS Stack Exchange do the same? Rather than repeat too much of the discussion of what led Stack Overflow to burninate this tag on ...
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Disambiguating some ArcPy questions whose answers depend on whether ArcGIS Pro is being used?

There is a question on Main (Add/Remove Relate using ArcPy without ArcGIS Pro?) whose content may later be edited but it currently includes: I am trying to add a relate between 2 feature classes so ...
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Tagging ArcGIS questions

These guidelines are offered to assist GIS SE users to tag and find categories of ArcGIS questions consistently. ArcGIS is a huge platform of software and over many years the most generic arcgis tag ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Do multiple GIS software tags equal multiple questions?

Calculate change between two sets of district lines was placed on hold because it contained tags for qgis, R, and arcgis-desktop. The question is said to be "too broad" and "essentially asking ...
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Other places for help when off-topic (or not clearly on-topic) for GIS SE?

I have a question that may be off topic (or not clearly on-topic) for this site, but it's still loosely related to GIS, so where can I go for help? List one site/resource/location per answer and ...
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Is GIS stackexchange ill?

I come here from time to time, mostly to read the month top questions and answers. Even if I haven't been very active, I've been around for quite some time (my first recorded interaction with this ...
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How on-topic are ArcObjects code questions?

This question occurs to me because ArcObjects is a very GIS-centric beast, but it also has a strong basis in the nuts and bolts of programming and scripting. While it can be assumed that any question ...
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Tagging questions related to education and learning (that often relate to research and career)?

We currently have the following tags (and their wiki entries) related to education, learning, research and career, and there may be more (feel free to edit and add). Often several of them occur on ...
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Product recommendation / map request on-topic?

I'm looking for a beautifully drawn wall map of all of Europe (from Portugal until all the way where the Urals meet the Arctic Ocean, possibly including the islands in the Arctic Ocean associated with ...
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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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Are opinions that bad?

If you take the tour, it is clear that you have to avoid questions that are primarily opinion-based. However, if you navigate through this site, you'll find many great questions closed or locked as ...
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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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Creating HowTo section for Open Source Software tools or best practices in GIS Stack Exchange?

I sometimes try to embed examples and scripts into the Q&A discourse and wonder if we could build a browsable well structured HowTo section for things like the usage of tools or best practice ...
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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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Helping GIS SE community growth

We have been talking on how to make our community grow. We have all sorts of user bases, but we only see a slice of it in GIS Stack Exchange. Since we are an open community, we should try getting more ...
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whether to use self-study tag

There are plenty of questions in GIS SE that are routine question from a textbook, course, or test used for a class or self-study. I would recommend to use self-study tag (which I created) more ...
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User @whuber not moderating anymore

I may be wrong, but I have not recently seen @whuber in the list of moderators. I do not remember any GIS SE elections (maybe I have overlooked them) that took place in the previous quarter, so why is ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Too many questions On Hold and Closed?

I just wanted to point out that GIS forum has an exceptional amount of [closed] and [on hold] questions. Most of these questions are perfectly fine and it is not certain why several users keep ...
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Tagging questions about Python Add-Ins

We have the tags add-in (78 questions) and python-addin (8 questions). Some ArcGIS Python add-in questions are marked with one or the other, and a few are marked with both. Should python-addin be made ...
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Is it necessary to add a minimal code to question when self-answering?

Besides being beneficial to people, it is also useful for future me to add here my problem I encountered and its solution (not existing in GIS SE) as a question and answer. I frequently find myself ...
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Any coding tags missing code language setting for syntax highlighting?

From Meta Q&As like: What is syntax highlighting and how does it work? Changes to syntax highlighting and Syntax highlighting for pyqgis my understanding is that there should never be a need to ...
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Syntax highlighting for QGIS expressions

Do we have a special highlighting version for QGIS expressions? Most of the expressions used are simple and therefore do not necessarily need to be highlighted, but if they become more complex, it can ...

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