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Ideal Accept Rate for a GIS StackExchange User

What is the ideal Accept Rate for a GIS StackExchange user? I understand the importance of keeping the overall Accept Rate above 90%, but how much of a concern should that be to a typical user?
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Should we treat [spatial-database] and [geodatabase] tags as synonyms?

Should we treat the two tags spatial-database and geodatabase as synonyms? Seems like the guys on Wikipedia haven't come to a conclusion on this topic either: see Geodatabase on en.wp.
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why “Good & Bad Maps” changed to community wiki

The first day the examples of good and bad maps questions went up someone flagged them as "should be community wiki". I personally resisted for a few days because in the wake of the recent removal of ...
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How to abbreviate GIS Stack Exchange?

I understand that the se in gis.se is short for Stack Exchange. However, on my first days on the site I thought everybody was referring to a Swedish GIS site until I visited the Gagnefs ...
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Long and cohesive to short and modular?

I lightly chastised someone yesterday for posting something too big and long, and then I go and do the same thing, just without the pictures. What do you think, is it better to present a cohesive ...
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Give Area51 GIS more time please

I've posted worried about Area51 project (GIS) getting closed, a plea to give us more time to grow this community. Lend your voice to the discussion. Thanks.
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Progress of GIS StackExchange #2 - Stats from Area 51

I know this question has been recently brought up several times, here is the most recent. On the Area 51 site they list the progress of all the stackexchange sites, and here is the page for GIS. For ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
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Guidelines on accepting answers for 'list of x' community wikis?

I thought it was strange to still have a cw question with an accepted answer option, but it appears this topic has been discussed on meta.stackoverflow.com. I do like the suggestion of having the ...
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How can we keep GIS.se from getting the axe? [closed]

I read on the blog today that http://gadgets.stackexchange.com/ will be shutdown due to low traffic. Joel wrote in the blog post that sites which do not reach critical mass might be shutdown in the ...
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Do questions referencing blogs generate trackbacks?

This is a test to see if a trackback is created for a posting at my blog if I reference it in SE. Update: OK, it doesn't look like this happens, so I'm changing this to a feature request. There are ...
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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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Are inverse questions valid?

I'm writing about a question I asked that is similar to another question, but not identical, and possibly very different. It was closed under claims of "already asked", "already answered", and "exact ...
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Do sponsored tags make sense for GIS.se?

When I asked about sponsored links tags on GIS.se, Robert Cartaino said: It is possible, but probably not for some time. Programs like this will be implemented if it makes sense for the ...
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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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Are we going to have sponsored links like StackOverflow?

I see that StackOverflow has sponsored links, for example, see the visual studio tag. I'm unable to find info about how to sponsor a link on SO. Will the GIS stackexchange site have sponsored ...
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How to make announcments for GIS.se?

As evidenced by the relatively low level participation on meta.gis thus far, not many people from the main site are taking the time to visit here. When there are questions for the broader community (...
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ArcGIS Server vs Open source closed too quickly

I don't think questions should be closed because they might turn argumentative, better to wait and see what develops (and trounce on it quickly if it does spark up). It's on the edges and fringes ...
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Softening the definition of “Community Wiki”, here on GIS

In my opinion, A question should not be marked Community Wiki if it is possible to write valid, helpful and knowledgeable answers which contribute to the knowledge base. No single best answer doesn't ...
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Are OpenStreetmap related questions on-topic?

Are there any question about OpenStreetmap considered on-topic here? If so, what kind of question would be inside the scope?
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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Should I start deleting signatures?

The faq states that signatures are unnecessary, and I've asked once nicely for one to be removed but no such luck yet. I can now edit posts, should I use this power to remove signatures? I'm thinking ...
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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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Image hosting for GIS exchange?

By nature of the questions generated on this stack exchange, I'm guessing images will become fairly common. I see the StackExchange meta-thread on image hosting, but this feels a bit hacky to me: it ...
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Who should be the Moderator for Geographic Information Systems?

About 7 days into our public beta, the Stack Exchange team is going to select a few provisional moderators for this community until we can hold our own elections. See: Moderator Pro Tempore Some ...
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Encourage accepting answers on GIS Stack Exchange?

I've noticed that there are only a few questions that are marked as answered in GIS SE. Can we announce something on the main website? My guess is NOT. But how to warn users that they can mark ...
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Using tag [esri] for questions about specific Esri packages?

Should we allow the esri tag for questions not about the company, but rather about its products? Currently it is being used to tag questions related to Esri products. The tags on questions tagged ...
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Should we entertain questions about legal interpretations?

There are a couple questions about licence interpretation, both for Google and the UK Ordnance Survey. Can someone explain in simple terms the licence on Google “satellite” images? What are the ...
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Notice more Geomatics questions than GIS specific.

Should this site concern more geomatics questions? The only problem with geomatics, is no one knows what geomatics is, but everyone knows GIS?
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Formatting tags relating to version numbers?

Maybe it is because gis.stackexchange.com is only a day old, but the software/database/system tags don't include version numbers. Sometimes the version doesn't matter, but for some questions, it will ...
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Handling overlap with Stack Overflow?

How should we handle overlap with Stack Overflow? Unlike SU, where there is almost no overlap there is quite a bit of overlap between GIS and software devlopment. Both in terms of questions which ...
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how to handle overlap with Super User?

How should we handle overlap with Super User? There are only four gis tagged questions right now, so we could just ask to have them moved over, but is that appropriate?
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Concerned about question quality…

Many of the questions I've seen so far are VERY broad, more subject to a discussion forum or wiki than to a Q&A site. This is a community, so we pretty much decide how to use the tool, but IMO ...
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Choosing a CAPTCHA Page Image

We need to choose a CAPTCHA image. To clarify, what we're looking for is an amusing picture to go on the CAPTCHA page...along with the CAPTCHA. The image will just be for added comedic effect; it won'...
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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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Amusing 404 Page Not Found Image?

I don't know if you've noticed, but each SO "Trilogy" site's 404 (Page Not Found Error) has its own on-topic amusing image. This site currently has the boring "PAGE NOT FOUND :(" that every beta SE ...

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