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Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag for questions related to determining what is in scope (on-topic) and out of scope (off-topic) for this site (GIS Stack Exchange).

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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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Posting broad/general questions that may be useful for others?

I wanted to open a question asking about visualization techniques in GIS beyond conventional methods enabled by Arc/QGIS toolkit. I.e. my recent question/answer Creating regularly spaced points inside ...
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Are questions about generalized geodesics suitable for GIS despite being off-topic?

I recently asked Which algorithms can be used to generate a euclidean embedding for a manifold given a pairwise distance matrix of geodesics? at Stack Overflow, and @EvgenyPogrebnyak indicated that I ...
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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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Make a statement about installation-related questions in the site's scope description

First of all: I love GIS SE! You have helped me countless times in the past. Thank you! However, it has also been a source of frustration for me. As you can see at Are software installation questions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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Are questions about spelling of geography locations on-topic?

Although this website appeared (initially) to be all things about Geography, after reading the help section and despite it claiming its audience is wide I think my question is not on topic: am I ...
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Where can we ask code review questions for GIS related code?

I know Stack Exchange has a code review site, but asking questions about GIS focused topics there appears to have the same problems as asking GIS focused/related questions on Stack Overflow. The ...
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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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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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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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What should we do with bug reports?

There has been an uptick in bug reports disguised as questions with the latest QGIS 2.14 release. For example QGIS2web crashes latest QGIS 2.14 and After upgrading to Qgis 2.14 Essen, cannot load ...
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Is an arcpy question off-topic if it demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of arcgis?

I encountered an arcpy question, which I answered, that was riddled with problems because the asker lacked a basic understanding of arcgis tools and workflows. At first glance, it seemed like a ...
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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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Using a #planetary tag for Planetary GIS questions?

A subset of the planetary science community uses and develops GIS for scientific research and exploration of the planets and small bodies of our Solar System. The OpenPlanetary initiative (http://...
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Are questions about GRIB datasets always on-topic?

PolyGeo suggested within the comments on this question (How to extract specific information from GRIB files?) that a question about a Python library for working with GRIB data may sometimes be off-...
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Using historical lock on particular highly upvoted community wiki question that would be closed if asked today?

Our most highly upvoted question on Main is What Makes a Map Beautiful? and it has previously been discussed in two questions here on Meta: Should older questions not meeting current standards be ...
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Where is the line between Python and GIS?

Related to When are field calculator scripting questions on topic? and various comments on that Meta question (and many Main questions since) I think it is clear that we do not have consensus on where ...
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Is this SAR-related question on-topic?

I wonder where is the best place to ask this question. It is about SAR systems that is used in remote sensing but involves signal processing. The only reason that makes me dubious about asking this ...
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Is it OK to ask for feedback on my personal portfolio?

This is one of the most active GIS users platform I am aware of, with a large user base. I have prepared a personal portfolio for Spatial Data Visualization, showing my skills and projects for which ...
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Is it OK to ask question about non-GIS products like Power ON in GIS community?

I proposed to start a new community for Magik programmers but Robert Cartaino closed it with a announcement that GE Smallworld questions are welcome in GIS community but GENS is a much wider area and ...
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Describing GIS Stack Exchange on its Tour page?

This question refers to the discussion about the scope of GIS.SE. I agree with @Andre Silva concerning the fact that: we should keep GIS.SE as it is and it would be nice to mention the main topics in ...
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Are people in this community interested in having a new site for other Geospatial technologies?

Regarding this discussion that took place about 1 year ago and considering all the comments, I want to have a similar discussion here which is the closest community to RS. I think that remote sensing ...
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Should GIS.SE be widened to be Geomatics.se?

This proposal for a Geomatics and Remote Sensing site on Stack Exchange was brought to my attention via a comment on a question, but probably it could benefit from wider discussion, either on area 51 ...
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Is “pure” remote sensing question on topic for GIS SE?

My question is a "pure" remote sensing question. Having been corrected by @PolyGeo before(as shown here - How do you classify unclassified pixels in a land cover geotiff tile?) I thought I will ask ...
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Is question trying to find file format that stores geographical map on topic for GIS SE?

I am trying to find file format that stores geographical map. I am not an expert, just a programmer, but my employers are. They want to export map from ArcGIS and my app should render it on its ...
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Hydrology, geology, geography questions on GIS exchange?

I've asked a lot of questions on here about implementing hydrology oriented algorithms in GIS systems. I feel like I've seen similar questions about implementing geography or geology questions in GIS ...
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Is question asking for mathematical formula for converting meter coordinates into pixels on topic?

Is a question asking for mathematical formula for converting meter coordinates into pixels on topic for this site? To clarify even more, if I have a point A( 30 meters, 56 meters ) in real life, and ...
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Are commercial services abusing GIS.SE policies?

This question is similar to Should we allow the site to become a support forum for a particular software?, although applies to commercial sites. I have been noticing many poorly worded and duplicate ...
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What to do about “what's wrong with my wall of text?” type questions?

I often see questions with huge amounts of source code and very small amounts of accompanying content that essentially amount to, "here is a large script, please debug it for me." (this is a recent ...
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What do we do with ggmap (and other R packages)?

Because my GIS use tends to be sporadic implementations in larger projects, I have found it most convenient to use R packages such as sp, maptools, and rgeos rather than a dedicated GIS engine. This ...
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Should questions asking for product, service, data and learning (course, book, website) recommendations be closed?

Many questions that ask explicitly for software, data, and other recommendations are closed at GIS Stack Exchange as being "primarily opinion-based" and/or "too broad". Examples of such questions can ...
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Where to ask questions about writing plugins and scripts for QGIS? [duplicate]

I have started delving into python stuff for QGIS and my questions are not really of interest to most users of GIS SE. Where should I ask questions about writing plugins and scripts for QGIS?
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Are questions about obtaining geospatial data on topic?

Update: Based on @martin's answer, I would like to get some additional feedback on this question in the general case -- should we now direct questions about obtaining geospatial data to the new Open ...
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Where is proper place to ask questions about GIS tutorials,Training opportunities, Recent happenings, etc?

I recently got a new job as a GIS Coordinator for a state government office and I want to email our GIS users occasionally with GIS related stuff like mentioned above. I wanted to post asking users if ...
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Should Shopping List Questions be Off Topic (and Closed) on GIS Stack Exchange?

This Question is prompted by the Choosing Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? Question on Main which received its 21st Answer today. Such Shopping List questions are off topic at ...
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How to treat a “please do my homework for me” question?

I see questions like this every so often, usually the poster doesn't just copy and paste the text directly from their assignment, but one did as How to find ring of coverage of GPS Satellite on WGS-84 ...