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Questions tagged [questions]

For questions about, well, questions: how to ask, whether specific questions are appropriate, and so forth.

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Edit that changes a user's choice of software

I came across a question where a user originally asked for software to complete a particular analysis: How can I find the highest path of a DEM or contours file within an area? and suggested FME ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to program website behavior in response to lists of tags?

In Do multiple GIS software tags equal multiple questions? the issue is raised as to how to respond to certain combinations of tags, in particular the presence of tags for multiple GIS software ...
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Receiving error when submitting question

I have seen that this has been encountered many times before, but all of the fixes discussed in previous questions don't seem to be working for me. I am trying to submit a question and am receiving ...
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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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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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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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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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Writing code snippets to get quicker answers?

I often use the term code snippet when trying to help users frame their coding questions. How to create a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example is useful for developers because an MCVE more or ...
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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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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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Why is this “Not an answer” flag disputed?

I was doing a review recently on an answer. I got the impression that the answer basically is along the lines of, I am working [on somethings] ..., now I am trying to edit data and it [ArcSDE] ...
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Could GIS Stack Exchange add new question option on menu?

Could GIS Stack Exchange add an option to see the "newest" questions on the menu? This way a person can click on that option to focus on new questions.
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Asking questions about obtaining free geospatial data? [duplicate]

I have asked a question about downloading free geospatial data on the Open Data (beta) Stack Exchange but because of the temporarily low traffic of this beta site, this question has reached to only 9 ...
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Shortest code to reproduce GIS programming problems

Sometimes we receive GIS programming questions which are difficult to answer because it lacks explanation about the problem and reproducible examples. When that happens, we could quickly provide ...
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Should older questions not meeting current standards be closed or locked?

Every once in a while a couple of our more popular questions pop up in a review queue because someone has added a new answer. Should the original question be asked today, it would be quickly closed as ...
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Inappropriate use of Title Case in question stats (Asked / Viewed / Active)?

I know this is a detail, but this kind of stuff bothers me once I notice it. And I just noticed now that GIS SE makes some rather strange use of Title Case. When you are on a question page, you see ...
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Should an off-topic question with an accepted answer be placed on-hold?

I asked a question which I had accepted an answer to: How to split filenames for their first word in Python? Now, I understand why PolyGeo placed it 'on-hold' as it is pretty much a software-oriented ...
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Should I edit an answer, create a new answer, or create a new question (and answer it)?

I was having some trouble with the Measure Widget and Popup and the answer here got me on the right track: Hiding infoWindow of ArcGIS API for JavaScript while using measure tool? Both answers assume ...
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Let me Google that for you

There seems to be a fairly constant stream of low quality questions being asked on the site which are often followed up by a 'welcome to the site please provide more information' type comment I'm ...
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Bounty or new question?

It's been 4 years since I asked Applying version control to ArcGIS Models. The essence of my question for the main site is: has anything significant in the landscape changed since then? combined ...
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Should we avoid changing canonical question titles so as to preserve their recognizability?

I just reverted the title of the Accessing ArcObjects from Python? question from a recent revision which substantially changed the question title (to the point where I honestly did not recognize it). ...
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Re-asking old questions with correct (but now dated) answers?

What's the policy on old questions whose answers are no-longer current (but were correct at the time). For example, this question: Seeking QGIS tutorials and web resources? - has a number of answers ...
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Importance of including software (often version too) details when asking most questions at GIS SE?

This question is triggered by comments on the question Measuring tool shows different measurements for same building in two different map documents?; and is: Why is it important to have the software (...
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How to get answer for my question immediately

I post my question two days back and i have not yet received the required answer for that. Now what can i do to get the answer for my question soon? And also i don't know whether my question has been ...
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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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Where does it state “one question per post” in the GIS Stack Exchange instructions?

I notice that the GIS Stack Exchange Tour page doesn't explicitly state that there should only be one question per post. The closest it comes is: This site is all about getting answers. It's not a ...
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What should I do if I have a question and found an _old_ answer? [duplicate]

I searched gis.se and found a two year old answer to a problem I have today. But may be the old answer is not a good answer today because: technical changes in the tool (proposed in the old answer) ...
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Add On Hold or Flagged button to question filters

Would it be feasible to add a 'Flagged' or 'On Hold' button next to the 'newest', 'frequent', 'unanswered' filter buttons in the question list? It could bring greater attention to them, and help make ...
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Are speed camera POIs database or location suitable question for this site?

I know some people (me included) interested by sharing speed camera poi's or database and asking question regarding this topic. Is that subject considered as a proper topic or it is borderline or ...
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Where to post follow-up on answered question?

Recently I asked a question and received an answer. It worked initially so I marked it as answered. However as I used the model I came across a significant problem that I'd like to ask for further ...
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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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Is specialist/specification question about weather data on topic? [duplicate]

I have a specialist/specification question that related the geography but more like earth science or weather data namely whether darkness falls quicker in the spring / summer since it appears so where ...
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Same question multiple sites

Since many applications of GIS are multi-disciplinary in nature, I was wondering whether it is correct to post the same question in multiple stackexchange sites. For example, many times when dealing ...
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Are questions on how to find Requests for proposals in a specific area (country, continent, etc) appropriate?

I am curious, as I'd like to ask the following question: "Where to find GIS related RFPs online for Canada?"
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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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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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Guiding authors of code related questions to post actual code?

I've noticed that in code related questions on GIS SE, particularly OpenLayers / Leaflet / JavaScript ones, that new people are not posting up any code examples. The example that prompted this ...
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Should I rephrase my question through Edits or delete it and start over?

Is it better to start over again if the question is in some way flawed or should I just edit the question (including title and description) so that the earlier discussion is preserved.
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Is this paper map question appropriate for this site?

I work at a public library that houses an archival collection. We have a copy of a map lithograph from the Dominion Lands Office (Canada) dated 1878. I was trying to determine what the projection of ...
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Would there be interest in a weekly cartography GIS SE user contest with winning entries features on the main page?

Every week Photography SE users are encouraged to submit photos. The rest of the community offers critique which generates interesting discussions. Winning images are then displayed on the main page ...
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Bug? In profile, my questions, badges, votes, etc. are all gone…

At first I thought I wasn't logged in. But noticed my reputation shows up. I get a big 0 for the rest of it: Or did I just do something really, really bad and get it taken away? :\
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Why are there so many question with no votes but with answers that have upvotes?

Example (at the time I'm posting this question, the question below has 0 votes): Setting IActiveView extent? And maybe the example above isn't the best example, but I see this happening a lot with ...
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Recent rapid question upvotes

i'm just wondering if anyone is noticing questions are upvoted very high, very fast. I'm not sure that there is an inherent issue with this.
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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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Is there any way to filter the questions based on interesting tags?

If I click on a tag I get all questions marked with that tag. But is there any way to filter the questions on the tags that I've choosen as interesting? I'm adding this as a feature request, it ...
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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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No questions are listed when clicking on a tag

When I click on a tag on the tag page, I would like to see the questions that contains that tag, as on StackOverflow. But on the GIS site, no questions are listed. Why? What is the problem?