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How many tags for kriging interpolation?

I have just read a question tagged cokriging, and this tag currently has only two questions under it. I paid attention into this subject because I had previously helped curating the kriging tag (see:...
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When is it appropriate to tag Python or Arcpy?

This metapost discusses the use of python tags for Shapely libraries and the top-voted answer suggests that removing the python tags limits the potential audience as those who favourite the python tag ...
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Rename tag: proj.4 to proj

Recently the familiar projection library PROJ incremented the major version number from 4 to 5, as described in the NEWS file. Version 4 of this software is popularly known as PROJ.4, however newer ...
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Using tags for large datasets and big data?

We currently have tags for: large-datasets with 73 questions difficult to process and manage because the size is usually bigger than the limits software can normally deal with. big-data with 41 ...
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Best site to post R related questions [duplicate]

I've recently started doing most of my GIS-related work with R, especially since the sf package came out, as opposed to other more classic GIS clients (ArcGIS, QGIS...). It seems the "geo-R" world is ...
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Do we need both [attributes] and [attribute-table] tags?

We currently have tags for: attribute-table with 1,030 questions: A tabular set of data linked one-to-one to a set of spatial features. attributes with 522 questions: A characteristic of an ...
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Why is there excessive question editing?

My question was edited so that it is no longer a question but a statement with a question mark at the end. People making edits should be editing for clarity and spelling/grammar errors, not to their ...
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“One question per question” rule being applied excessively literally

This is the second time a question of mine has been placed On Hold for supposedly containing multiple questions. This is a link to the current version of How to generate metatiles for use with ...
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Is [custom-coordinate-system] tag needed?

We have a custom-coordinate-system tag with 40 questions. It does not have a tag wiki or even an excerpt to guide us in its usage. We also have a coordinate-system tag with 4,557 questions and of ...
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Is [software-version] tag needed?

We currently have a software-version tag (with 21 questions) which has no tag wiki or even an excerpt to guide us in its usage. Do we need it and, if so, when should it be used?
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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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Do we need [s] tag?

There is only one question with s tag. There isn't information about this tag and question where was used has no information about an "s" tool, action, data type, etc. This tag can be confused with ...
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Confused about the rules

I've had one moderator tell me that my thread was a duplicate and I should use a linked thread. (This was a few days ago, and to be fair, he did change his mind and unlock it again.) The linked thread ...
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Flagging own question as duplicate or deleting it?

I recently asked the question How to get signal when toggling a group? where @FranciscoRaga kindly referred me to another post which provided an answer. Should I mark my question as a duplicate or ...
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Why is voting to close a question not possible after retracting?

I voted to close a question because the question was "Unclear what you are asking". The question has been edited and it was not unclear anymore, but it was now very clearly off-topic. So I retracted ...
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Current use of tags [geotiff] and [tiff]

Consider tags geotiff (x827) and tiff (x240) with their respective tag excerpts: [tiff]: Use this tag when referring to Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) within the GIS environment. [geotiff]: ...
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Scoping History of GIS?

The question https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/264654 (which has been since self-deleted) was about: who were the early cartographers best known for enriching their maps with imagery or ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

In the spirit of Improving on 19,000 unanswered questions? and with our number of questions now over 93,000 I am wondering whether we would like to set ourselves a challenge of having 80% of our ...
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How to search for ALL questions concerning ArcGIS, QGIS or others?

The question How to easy search (using tags) - using * ? has already shown a way how to use asterisks (*) with tags for better search. But assuming an example of "Is there a way how to search for ...
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How many tags for QGIS model building?

There are currently these tags related to QGIS model building: qgis-modeler (160 questions) with a tag wiki excerpt (and tag wiki): An application of QGIS used to develop models utilizing a large ...
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scope of “opinion-based”

If a question is asking explicitly about "principles, statements or characteristics" stated by communities of GIS users, along with "pointers to some expert, authoritative or in depth discussion or ...
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Dealing with questions in Low Quality Posts queue?

In the Low Quality Posts queue what should I do with this question? Someone has already provided a good comment, which I upvoted. Is it just best to select 'Looks OK' because the comment has done ...
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Encouraging answerers to upvote question they are answering?

I have been noticing more and more that users are answering questions that have no up-votes. The most recent occurrence is for the question found at Creating queries to select by attribute with arcpy. ...
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Do we need image classification tags?

After reading What to do about [labeling] and [classification] tags? about labeling and classification, it became clear to me that many, if not most, of the posts on our site about classification ...
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What to do about [labeling] and [classification] tags?

I've noticed an overlap of subjects between tags labeling (x1185) and classification (x363), in which the concept of the former is contained in the latter (see questions within GIS SE and tag excerpts)...
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What ever happened to the migration to DBA.SE option?

Some of these questions are clearly a much better fit for Database Administrators why did we lose that migration option? I could have sworn it used to be there? Get dynamically value of a column ...
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What is the etiquette about reminding a user who is the developer to respond to a comment on a question?

I had an issue with an R gis-related package recently and posted it on gis.stackexchange. I was very pleased when the developer themself commented on my post and led me to fix the error. But never ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

I run into a user on this site who, while technically competent, frequently makes comments that appear intended to demean or shame others. Here's an example: One can only speculate as to why a ...
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Reopening a question

Four states each of six pairs of which have a common boundary If this question as I wrote it was originally unclear to some people, I expect that the visual image added to the question in the edit by ...
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How to handle an old question that's too specific?

I recently came across a fairly lengthy question from over four years ago: save features from openlayers to postgis via nodejs and websockets I could answer the question, but at this point I assume ...
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Is purpose of GIS SE to provide Q&A primarily for end-users of GIS tools?

Question came up because I saw this was labelled as off topic: How to save python Rtree spatial index to file? I've always thought of GIS.SE as a QA site for everyone working in/with data in a ...
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How many ArcGIS API for JavaScript tags are needed?

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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Dealing with unethical questions?

Concerning the following questions : https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/255088/how-to-scrape-data-from-this-map Adding value based on the color code to a tif file in QGIS Those two questions ...
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Suggesting more responsible forum moderation?

I've noticed a particular a moderator on GIS SE has a tendency to immediately put questions on hold for arguable minor violations against the SE posting rules (eg formatting, linking to an image ...
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Is meta tag [qgis] needed?

Another question intended for Main was just asked here on Meta: Saving Geo-Tif from QGIS creates black TIF? I suspect part of the reason askers of such questions think they have found the right ...
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Are only software-specific questions allowed?

I am on this site already for several years, and before (when I had more free time to give answers) I saw a lot of good questions asking how to solve a problem using whatever software, and people were ...
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Using close vote on question versus within review queue?

I couldn't find any guidance on this from previous questions. I have from time to time chose to hit the close button within a question which then may or may receive other votes to close from other ...
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Avoiding duplicate creation of old question to elicit new answers? [duplicate]

I was wondering how not to create a duplicate question of an old one while asking for fresh infos on this specific question. In short, is there a way to "up" an old question to ask people if they ...
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Robo reviewing and spam

I hate to call out a fellow active user, but should we perhaps have checks for robo reviewing as they do on Stack Overflow. There is no way in hell that this edit could under any circumstances be ...
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Why are there ArcPy related and tagged questions on Stack Overflow?

I was looking for an ArcPy related info on Google and it led me to a Stack Overflow (not GIS SE) question tagged with an ArcPy tag. Wouldn't it be more logical to have all those questions transfered ...
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Should GUI questions really be duplicates of coded solutions?

I recently came across Using boundaries of city to cover world outside of it in solid color? on GIS SE. Let me preface this by saying I have particular interest in helping out new SE and/or GIS users. ...
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Are separate tags for [geocoding] and [locator] needed?

We currently have these two tags: geocoding with 631 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: A GIS operation for converting street addresses into spatial data that can be displayed as features on a ...
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Irrelevant edits to specific close reason in questions with 'on hold' status?

After a question is put 'on hold', the first time it is edited (if within 5 first days after closure), it is automatically sent to the reopen review queue (see How do you reopen a closed question? and ...
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Delete or edit question on cartographic 'jokes'?

As Polygeo has pointed out, and placed on hold, my question on Cartographic jokes Examples of cartographic 'jokes' was trying to build a list. I hadn't really appreciated that this didn't fit ...
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Answered question “put-on-hold” due to lack of “shortest code”?

This question was recently placed on-hold: Selecting features within certain buffer distance of selected feature using PyQGIS? The reason being: This question appears to be off-topic. The users who ...
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Do we need [scripting] and [automation] tags?

There are currently tags for: scripting which has 316 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: The act of setting up computing instructions, usually stored in a file and interpreted at run time. ...
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Reviewing ArcGIS Pro tagging post-release of version 2.0?

Now that ArcGIS Pro 2.0 has been released, and new questions in that version are outnumbering those about the earlier versions, I think we should revisit Changes to ArcGIS Pro tag in preparation for ...
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Should link-only answers be flagged as 'not an answer' on this site?

Over at Stack Overflow, link-only answers should be flagged with the 'not an answer' reason. They are eventually converted to a comment (by a moderator) or deleted. Meta Stack Overflow discussion: ...
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Do we need [programming] tag?

There is currently a programming tag which has 98 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: The act or process of planning or writing a computer program. Is it needed, or does having a tag for the ...
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Adding an answer to closed question, though question may be obsolete

I've nominated this question for reopening Cannot remove blue "nested" grid/rectangles in QGIS canvas? I've found the cause, or at least what caused this blue quadtree, yet since then the ...

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