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Do we need [troubleshooting] tag?

There is currently a troubleshooting tag which has 29 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: A form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processe [sic] Is it needed, or a ...
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Tag for trying to do the same in other software

Sometimes I see questions as "... in ArcMap I used to do this process, but in QGIS I don't know how to do it... " or question like Loading GeoTiff with specified color band from ArcGIS to QGIS? Is ...
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Do we need [code] tag?

There is currently a code tag which has 46 questions and a tag wiki excerpt as: in this context implies a set of computer programming instructions. Do not use for questions relating to error ...
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Why can we not edit less than 6 characters?

When editing a question, you need to edit at least 6 characters. Typos can often be corrected with one or two characters. Why can we not edit less than six characters?
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Is Google Maps question appropriate for GIS SE?

I posted a question in Stack Overflow about making custom Google maps. Should I ask it here? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45246667/how-do-i-create-a-sales-territory-map-with-location-detection-...
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Should [qgs] and [qgis-project] tags be synonyms?

Should we make these two tags synonyms? It seems that currently open questions in qgs seem to be a bit more about the file format / XML content (and its creation or manipulation outside of QGIS) and ...
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Refinement of migration flag

I recently dug through the flags and stumbled over a rather small problem but I would like to address it none the less: When you want to flag a post as offtopic because it's a pure programming ...
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Should this question be marked as a duplicate?

This recent question was asked: QGIS snap question which has been marked as a duplicate of this: Aligning multiple points to line in QGIS?. However, the duplicated post contains only one solution but ...
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Suggesting solutions with another GIS software

Sometimes people ask questions, such as "how do I do XY in ArcGIS?". I occasionally happen to know a pretty simple solution in another software (usually QGIS), but do not know if it is right to give ...
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Improving opening paragraphs of GIS SE Help Center (and Tour)?

Our opening Help page starts with these two paragraphs (some common to its Tour) : Geographic Information Systems is a question and answer site for people interested in GIS, Remote Sensing, ...
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Is this one question?

My post was put on-hold because a person claimed it was asking multiple questions. I reframed the post as Generating shapefile? Does the new post qualify as just asking one question? Can I have ...
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Who can edit Wiki Answer locked posts?

While searching for comparisons between Javascript Mapping frameworks, I keep being linked back to this question: How do various JavaScript mapping libraries compare? Which, before it was locked, had ...
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should geofence be a synonym for geofencing?

I noticed a question today about the GeoServer add on GeoFence that was tagged with geofencing which is not what it is about at all. Looking at the tag at least three of the ten most recent questions ...
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Marking a question as a duplicate of another one that doesn't have an accepted answer?

I recently tried to help a user to solve an issue by adding a comment with a link to another answer that I wrote a couple of days ago. This is the question where I wrote the comment (Question A): ...
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Why wasn't I told that my Question was closed?

Earlier this year I asked a question on GIS SE which had a bit of activity in the form of comments and an answer. It was then closed as a Duplicate (correctly - I have no issue with that). The ...
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Should a question that is very similar to one previously asked be immediately marked as a duplicate?

If a user (particularly those who are new to the site) asked a question which was very similar to a question previously asked, would it be better to first ask the user to check if the solution posted ...
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Should we delete the 'python-crash' tag?

A question with this tag appeared in the feed today, when I clicked on the python-crash tag, I found that only 2 questions had the tag. Does this specific tag add value? Should we retag to python ...
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Available votes remaining in the day?

I occasionally find myself approaching the 40 daily votes limit and at times would rather not hit the 40 votes due to losing moderating access to a few of the categories. Is there a way to know how ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

My question, proposed out of frustration with this site and what I perceive as overly aggressive closing/on-hold status of questions is simply.... Do the powers afforded to a moderator; the ability ...
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Should deprecated answers be updated? [duplicate]

GIS tools are constantly improving. This means that a yesterday accepted answer may no longer be true or at least not be the best answer today. Should the answers' authors update them to meet the ...
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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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Do we accept answers too quick?

This is something that I've thought about off-and-on, and while reading a Hot Question on English Language Learners SE recently I followed a link to a meta Q&A there called Not so fast! (When ...
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Reviews on Mobile Site/App

Quick question: is there a way to access the review queues on the mobile site or StackExchange app? I don't see anything, but it seems weird to not be able to review content on the move.
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Appealing a moderator's action to revert an edit to narrow the scope of a question

On the question "Importing 3D geometries into PostGIS?", I took the time to vote-to-close and explain. It was far too broad and lacked sample data. It requests information about three fileformats. ...
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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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Degree of severity to closing question options?

I came across a question titled best choice for create relational between PostGIS and Mysql that I felt should be closed because it was both broad and could create a lot of opinion based answers ('a ...
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Seeking subcontractors? [duplicate]

Is it legal to ask an expert in GIS matters to help me as subcontractor and exchange info as Skype - phone - vibers ?
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Editing a post with a link to an external website

I came across this post QGIS Georeferencer is stretching image whilst searching for information on georeferencing. The question links to an external website (with adverts) which shows three ...
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Is this the right community for this type of question + latex support

I posted this question on robotics.stackexchange because the lack of latex support for gis.stackexchange made me wonder whether or not it was the appropriate community to ask such questions. So I ...
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Limit to the number of times you can edit a question?

I have noticed that many users change the entire context of the question based on a certain comment, and this invalidates the answer provided by a different user. Is there a limit to the number of ...
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Using [date-line] and [antimeridian] tags?

There are two tags that I think a number of people are generally confused about date-line and antimeridian. People sometimes use these interchangeably, but they are quite different things. The ...
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Asking simple, non-technical questions on GIS SE

I have started to learn using ArcGIS and ArcPy only recently and I am still very much in the process of learning. Looking at this site, I realized that most, if not all, questions asked here are ...
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Dealing with answers which are too short?

I often deal with answers, which show a potential solution, but that are very poor in terms of explanation. Sometimes, a post notice is showed at the end of them: I know that it can only be applied (...
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Meta GIS URLs being switched around

I have noticed today several Q&As on GIS Meta have been modified by user Community. When looking at what had changed, the edit was an update of Meta URLs from HTTP to HTTPS (as announced was ...
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Changes to ArcGIS Pro tag in preparation for ArcGIS Pro 2 [duplicate]

Recently a tag arcgis-pro-2 was created on a question where one of the answers referred to the coming ArcGIS Pro 2.0 release. Do we need to rename the existing arcgis-pro to be arcgis-pro-1 in order ...
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Tag requested for ODL Studio questions?

We've created an open source (LGPL) application called ODL Studio for territory design, vehicle routing, and viewing maps (i.e. of customer points) based on Excel data. We're considering the merits of ...
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Should tags [marker] and [markers] be synonyms?

We currently have two tags that, in my opinion should be synonyms. I think marker and markers are identical. Does anyone object to them being merged? Or is there another definition that I'm not ...
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Are extension specific questions allowed? [duplicate]

"Error in Parcel Selection" in SaeX in ArcGIS 9.3 has been put on hold as off-topic: This problem cannot or can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the asker's ...
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What to do with not-a-question questions?

While doing a review, I saw this "first question" Creating simple citygml 3D models based on 2D shapefiles (alkis) shp2gml using Python?. To my surprise, the OP posted a first question with the sole ...
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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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Post did not show up in Close queue, voted in post

I recently came across a post Make a graph in GIS that received close votes that appeared only the post itself and not in the close queue. I haven't seen any other posts in Meta that covered this ...
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Are software installation questions on topic?

Some while ago my question Brewing GRASS with PostgreSQL support? was closed as off-topic. This surprised me, because, there are plenty of such questions here, e.g. : Installing QGIS with GRASS ...
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Tags that are listed in the 'New' section

As of today 02/16/17, I found a tag strip-map listed in the new section on page 2 When I checked, the history of question for this tag, there are questions that date back to 2013 How is it that the ...
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Replacing MCVE with Code Snippet in custom close reason?

We currently have a custom close reason of: Questions seeking help to debug/write/improve code must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code necessary to ...
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Should arcmap tag be a synonym of arcgis-desktop

Currently the tag excerpt for arcmap says ArcMap is the main application of ArcGIS for Desktop and the tag for that (arcgis-desktop) should normally be used in preference arcmap has 3,453 tagged ...
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Should [arcsde] tag be renamed to [enterprise-geodatabase]?

At the moment we have just over 1,000 questions tagged arcsde but my understanding is that the product ArcSDE ceased to exist many years ago when it became simply a component of the ArcGIS Server ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017 [duplicate]

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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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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Can we enforce the “Answers in Answer section” rule more?

I've noticed a few questions since I joined this SE page that have answers or partial answers in the comment section, rather than as actual answers, not sure what we can do about this other than ...
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Splitting answer when it leads to another question?

Fairly new to SE, but trying to be as active as I can and just wanted to make sure of what I'm doing. A few days ago I answered Changing to alternate label if first label does not fit in QGIS?. The ...

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