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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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) ...