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Declined flags for old questions containing deprecated functions

I flagged some very old questions, often without any answer, which seem for me off-topic because the operations involved into them were no longer reproducible. In the following, some examples of the ...
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Using version tags on “timeless” questions?

The concept of "timeless" questions has been discussed in this answer to Asking same question for newer version? In a comment on that answer @underdark asked about what should happen to the qgis-2.6 ...
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Flagging questions for closure that are old?

I've noticed recently at least several posts have showed up in the Close vote queue; two of which were posted about a year ago and the other about three months or so ago. Whoever flagged it, ...
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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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Using [cartography] tag?

At the moment we have 853 questions tagged cartography (if you are on the newest tab, or 158 frequently asked questions if you are on the frequent tab) which has a tag wiki excerpt of: The study ...
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Using Close Privileges on answer that is question or comment?

I recently acquired Close vote privileges and from time to time, I may come across a post from an answer by a user that is rather a question or comment instead. I still flag it because I cannot close ...
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Updating openlayers, openlayers-2 and openlayers-3 tags?

Please perform the following gis.stackexchange.com retagging actions: Merge the openlayers and openlayers-2 tags into openlayers-2 Rename openlayers-3 to openlayers This means that in the future, ...
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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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Announcing Winter Bash 2016 for GIS SE (unless hat haters make their case ASAP)?

Season’s greetings, GIS Stack Exchange users! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even though we typically hate it, it’s time to have some fun...with hats! That’s right - it’s time ...
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Clearly off-topic question reopened?

I voted to close Running script over every file in folder using GDAL in Python? as off topic and it was put on hold. It is a pure python question and has no GIS component. The question mentions ...
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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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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - GIS

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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Removing personal email addresses from questions?

This answer (before it was deleted by the votes of six non-moderators) included the user's personal email address. To me this seems to work against GIS SE because if the questioner decides to act ...
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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: Choosing Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? The question is wiki locked, so no ...
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Tagging ArcGIS Enterprise, Server, Portal, ArcSDE, etc questions?

With ArcGIS 10.5 now in Prerelease it seems timely to re-examine how the server products from that platform are tagged because: If you haven’t already heard the product family formerly known as ...
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Asking GPS / tracking device specific questions on GIS SE?

Can I ask questions related to GPS / tracking devices in this community, or is this only for software related questions? I need protocol information about some devices that have just arrived, but ...
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Is it time to make [openlayers] tag synonym of [openlayers-3] instead of [openlayers-2]?

18 months ago we made the openlayers tag a synonym of openlayers-2 as a result of Should openlayers-2 and openlayers be synonyms? Although I am not an OpenLayers user, it now seems to me that most ...
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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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Using GIS SE rather than Stack Overflow for Here Maps questions?

I'm programming for living and StackOverflow is a life savior for all kinds of issues. Sometimes, when I dig deeper into a very specific aspect (such as geometries or design), it's actually better to ...
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Linking to GIS Analytics Survey from GIS SE?

I'm currently working with a team of MBA students to conduct research in the GIS industry. We have visited a few conferences and have conducted approximately 100 interviews with contacts in a variety ...
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Improving wording of “no GIS component” custom close reason?

We currently have a custom close reason that basically says GIS SE is for GIS questions and there are other sites that you should use for general IT questions, even if they relate to something that a ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Geographic Information Systems's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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When and how should “We are not a GIS Software Support Site” be invoked?

There is a short paragraph on the Help which I have always felt some discomfort with: We are not a GIS Software Support Site. We encourage you to seek official routes for support for specific ...
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Regarding the 2016 Community Moderator Election Candidate Score

I was considering nominating myself as a candidate but I figure my candidate score is probably too low to throw my hat in the ring at this time. Is there a way to find out what my candidate score is ...
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Asking for a criticism on GIS viewsheds?

Is GIS Stack Exchange a good place to ask for the pros and cons of the viewsheds analysis compared to a subject personally climbing the hill and writing his observations? Or is it a discussion topic ...
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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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2016 Community Moderator Election - Process

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

GIS is scheduled for an election starting next week, September 12th. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Advance notice of 2016 Community Moderator Election [closed]

By about 12 Sep 2016 you will see a notice like 2014 Community Moderator Election (from the last election) appear to announce the 2016 Community Moderator Election for GIS SE. Moderator elections ...
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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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How do I get treated well on this forum?

I am a little upset with my recent treatment on this forum. I had one question put on hold. I do not know why, I received some boilerplate about not being off topic because it was not or no longer ...
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Is there a way to add more than one link to a question when marked as Duplicate?

A question on How to remove the white border of polygons using QGIS was asked yesterday, and I voted to close the question as a duplicate to another question that has an answer. However, sometimes ...
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Self-voting question to be closed?

I was reviewing some of my older questions here in GIS Stack Exchange. I found some of them to be off-topic due to new version of software (e.g. error-using-grass-v-net) or for being not-reproducible (...
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Referring to JavaScript Libraries in tag names?

I'm a bit confused on tagging and references to Javascript libraries. I sometimes use OpenLayers and Leaflet and have seen questions tagged without the '.js' affix (e.g. D3), while in other instances, ...
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Are version tags needed for ArcGIS Pro?

Tagging ArcGIS questions? recommends using the arcgis-pro tag for ArcGIS Pro questions but makes no recommendations for dealing with the tagging of ArcGIS Pro versions. Today, an arcgis-pro-1.3 tag ...
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What does Stack Overflow Documentation mean to GIS Stack Exchange?

You have probably noticed in the sidebar that Stack Overflow is Introducing Documentation. From a comment by @animuson on Allow Documentation in other Stack Exchange communities it seems: If/when ...
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Is it appropriate that an Asker answered his own question based on someone's else answer on the same question?

I am wondering if it is appropriate that an Asker answered his own question based on someone's else answer on the same question. It happened to me in this question. I answered the question and the ...
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Is map-editor tag needed?

I just came across a tag named map-editor which has no excerpt and wiki to explain what it is intended for. It seems to be used for a variety of questions. Is it needed, or could it be made a ...
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Should atlas be renamed to qgis-atlas?

Of the 68 questions tagged with atlas, 39 have been asked this year. When searching for a tag and typing in qgis however, the atlas tag doesn't appear, despite being explicitly labelled as referring ...
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Does poster get notified by moderator comment on their deleted answer?

I've seen this on occassion, particularly with new users, where they post an answer which in itself is either a question or a comment. E.g. "I also experienced the same problem, would appreciate ...
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Is multi-part question (with open bounty) too broad?

I'm wondering if the question Serving 3D Via WFS is too broad. In fact, the user admits that it is in the question and there are three separate questions in the question. What is/are the ...
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Implementing new tag for version 4 of ArcGIS API for JavaScript?

Esri recently released version 4 of the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API - see https://developers.arcgis.com/javascript/ and https://developers.arcgis.com/javascript/latest/guide/choose-version/index.html ...
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Answering question that is On Hold?

My question, What is my coordinate system preserving? was put on hold as being to broad. I made some edits to the question to try and make it more focused, and after doing some further research and ...
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Downvoting, when is it appropriate?

I've been a long time user of GIS stack. Until recently it always seemed that questions were treated with a relative level of fairness. Questions that were (probably not) written in a clear way were ...
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Un-synonymize 'dtm' and 'dem' tags?

According to most of the answers on What is the difference between DEM, DSM and DTM?, there is a difference between a DEM and a DTM. In particular this answer seems to offer a clear explanation of ...
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Understanding 9,000 views in 4 days on question?

This GPS vs NAVIC question received almost 9000 views in the 4 days since it was asked. On average, 4 day old questions have about 30 views, with other high view question gaining just over 100 views. ...
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Are questions about software like OruxMaps and Mobile Atlas Creator on-topic?

I have recently started using an Android tablet for GPS navigation and I am using software including OruxMaps (Android) and Mobile Atlas Creator (PC). In learning to use these several Google searches ...
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Asking question on main site requesting links to online sources?

I have great difficulty trying to find online sources in developing plugins for QGIS. Which is why I would like to ask on the main site for possible links to such sources. However, I am aware that in ...
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Why was question about GDAL Python bindings closed as off topic?

I posted Adding GDAL as dependency to Python package? on the usage of the pygdal Python package and it was closed as off topic. Why are the GDAL Python bindings off topic? Note that there are over ...

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