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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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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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Improving on 19,000 unanswered questions?

We currently have just over 19,000 unanswered questions. After reviewing about 500 of them in a totally unsystematic manner I conclude that <2% are truly reasonable questions awaiting 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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Using version tags?

In 2014 I noticed a number of questions with version tags, but the question or answers are not version specific. Having the version in the question body is certainly useful and appropriate for all ...
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Answering questions with a comment?

More and more I keep seeing folk post what I would think of as 'answers' as comments on the original question. Copying attributes from one polygon layer to another? is one example - but I have seen ...
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Dealing with Q&As using deprecated/non-existent PyQGIS API functions?

As I've hinted at in a question (Loading QgsComposition from template without throwing "QgsComposition constructor is deprecated"?), changes in the PyQGIS API don't appear well documented/...
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Allowing GIS SE to be support for particular software products?

Warning: While this question will talk about a particular software, I want to get a discussion going, on the situation in general. I was looking at the questions coming over the last week, and I ...
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Could we have a 'Code library'?

I was wondering if it would be possible to collaborate on a code library for GIS functions on this site. So many times I am rewriting functions I know I have either used before, or know someone ...
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Are questions about obtaining geospatial data on topic?

Based on @martin's answer, I would like to get some additional feedback on this question in the general case -- should we now direct questions about obtaining geospatial data to the new Open Data ...
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Where is the line between Python and GIS?

Related to When are field calculator scripting questions on topic? and various comments on that Meta question (and many Main questions since) I think it is clear that we do not have consensus on where ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

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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Guidelines for proposing tag synonyms

Based on recent discussions in other Q&As, it seems we are in agreement that: The built-in tag synonym suggestion system is fundamentally flawed The old "How to suggest tag synonyms?" question ...
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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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Improving wording of “non-reproducible” custom close reason?

Currently, we have the following as one of the three close reasons that we (as moderators) are able to customize locally for GIS SE: Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and ...
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Double tags qgis and qgis-2.0

I find it misleading with two tags for the same application QGIS. I think the qgis-2.0 should be dropped. We still have lots of people posting question in qgis tag when running qgis 2+.
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What is this site about, really?

I'm concerned about questions that have little to do with GIS but they involve somehow getting server or database software to run. Typical examples ask for help in communicating with servers, such as ...
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How could we encourage more non-software related questions?

I don't like the fact that lately most questions relate to some software specific issues. I mean sure, thats where people get stuck probably, i asked some of them myself. But they re not those kind of ...
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Does GIS have a low voting problem?

I work at Stack Exchange in the ol' community development department, and I would like to say both "hello" to the GIS community and inform you that we think GIS has shown a lot of potential for ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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Voronoi vs Thiessen vs Delaunay Triangulation - one or more tags?

This was originally posted as an answer in the How to suggest tag synonyms? question, but given my uncertainty in what synonym to suggest and the nature of their relationship, comment suggested it ...
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Is it useful to have a [gis-principle] tag?

I wonder if having a tag of type gis-principle around is necessary. The excerpt and wiki say: Excerpt: Use for questions which involve a GIS principle or theory and are software agnostic Wiki: A ...
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Should Statements of Urgency be removed from Questions?

To me one of the basic principles of GIS SE (and SE more generally) is that questions which are the clearest get answered the quickest and/or most comprehensively. It is this that encourages all of ...
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Should Shopping List Questions be Off Topic (and Closed) on GIS Stack Exchange?

This Question is prompted by the Choosing Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? Question on Main which received its 21st Answer today. Such Shopping List questions are off topic at ...
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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, data, and other recommendations are closed at GIS Stack Exchange as being "primarily opinion-based" and/or "too broad". Examples of such questions can ...
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Using/synonymizing/merging [coordinate-system] and [projection] tags?

I wonder if tags coordinate-system and projection have been used consistently in GIS SE. Frequently, they seem to be used interchangeably. Do tag excerpts need some disambiguation?
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When flagging a duplicate, which question should be flagged as the original?

I've run across questions a few times now that have been duplicated a few times over. For example, lets say there are 3 questions: The new question that I'd like to flag as a duplicate An older ...
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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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Where do questions about QGIS plugin development belong?

Do questions relating to the development of QGIS plugins (interaction with the API, c++ and python, PyQT, other python modules, etc) belong on GIS SE or Stack Overflow?
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Do we need a list of canonical questions?

I'm trying to figure out how to locate a canonical answer which I know does or should exist in order to flag a duplicate when the question isn't canonical. Example: Problem with projection in meters ...
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Why is GIS Stack Exchange so popular of late?

This Question is inspired by the now Closed Question on Meta Stack Overflow of Why is Stack Overflow so negative of late? and the write-up of Podcast #59 – The Decline and Fall of Stack Overflow. If ...
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What should be our domain name? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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Somebody is answering too many of their own questions

User X is asking rapid-fire questions, sometimes in multiples of same, and then answering/accepting their own. This is annoying on forums and harmful on a Q&A site like this. Make him/her stop.
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Too many questions left unanswered when answer inside comments? [duplicate]

I am finding the amount of questions left in "unanswered" state increase because the original poster had found the answer in the comments portion of their question and abandoned the question. What ...
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Concern about recent closures of community wiki questions

Taking a look at the highest-voted community wiki questions, it appears lot of them have been recently closed, which is concerning to me, as these are (IMO) some of the most useful questions on the ...
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Sponsoring a community member to attend the 2011 Esri dev summit

The 2011 Esri International Developer Summit is this March 7-10 in Palm Springs http://www.esri.com/events/devsummit/index.html We are thinking the public launch of this site should correspond with ...
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Standard practice to close (valid, but vague) questions abandoned by asker?

Should we move to close old, abandoned questions with not enough detail? asked about old questions that are probably abandoned. I note this question https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/57422/wms-c-...
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Describing GIS Stack Exchange on its Tour page?

This question refers to the discussion about the scope of GIS.SE. I agree with @Andre Silva concerning the fact that: we should keep GIS.SE as it is and it would be nice to mention the main topics in ...
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What happens to questions with no answer where person asking told the question is not relevant anymore?

This is my first post in meta. Check this question: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/91820/sharing-application-built-by-flex A person asking is not expecting any answer any longer and has ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016 [duplicate]

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Why was Very Low Quality flag declined?

I flagged this answer as being "very low quality" because frankly, it looks kind of like the ramblings of a conspiracy nut. But this was declined with: "Please downvote! Flags should not be used to ...
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Using questions as titles?

I noticed that there is a trend to be less specific in wording questions and that more questions are becoming mere titles rather then questions. Is wording question properly something we should ...
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Why is the Python tag inappropriate for a question about Shapely?

On a question I just asked (and ended up self answering), the python tag was removed. I'm really unclear why. Shapely is specifically a Python library. So all questions/answers related to it are ...
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Should Tour include reference to Remote Sensing, Image Processing and/or Surveying?

There was a question raised two years ago which was in the vicinity of this one but it was focussed on the term geomatics. I noticed two Remote Sensing questions today in quick succession: How do I ...
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Should we move to close old, abandoned questions with not enough detail?

By old, I mean about six months or older. By abandoned, I meant that people have asked for clarifications in the comments so that they can answer the question better but the OP hasn't responded in ...
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How much code is appropriate for an answer?

I think a lot of gis.SE visitors are looking for code. Sometimes a small snippet of code is sufficient to answer a question, but other times it can become lengthy. Also, at some point it becomes ...
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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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