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Asking SoilGrids questions at GIS SE

The SoilGrids FAQ says: What if I did not find an answer to my question? If you have a technical question about SoilGrids that is not answered in this FAQ, please post it to GIS.StackExchange, under ...
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Earth Engine Data question policy

Landsat 8 Collection 2 anomalies in TIRS1 data (from QA_PIXEL and ST_QA) was recently closed as off-topic, but as the google-earth-engine data ingestion lead, I'm very interested in seeing such ...
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Is asking for textbook recommendations on-topic?

Recently I asked this question: Why accurate area of all countries cannot be obtained using a single EPSG code, even if it corresponds to an equal-area projection? It was pointed out in the comments ...
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Posting PROJ question on Stack Overflow and not GIS SE

Recently, I posted this question to Stack Overflow: How to find a particular coordinate on a Sentinel image using proj:transform? Was I right to post it there, or would GIS SE be a better fit?
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Why question about looking for geograpic dataset with specific requirements was closed as "relating to general IT or with no clear GIS component"?

I was worried that Is there any open waterway/lake dataset more detailed than 10m Natural Earth and less detailed than OpenStreetMap? may be too subjective (that is why I tried selecting objective ...
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Moving community of GIS tool to GIS Stack Exchange

At FAO in the openForis initiative we build a tool called SEPAL : It's is a cloud computing platform for geographical data processing. It enables users to quickly process large amount of data without ...
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Undelete question about population by timezone offset?

I thought (What percent of earth's population live in a time zone whose UTC offset (in hours) is not a multiple of 1?), was a good, on-topic question since it: articulates a quite complicated ...
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Product recommendation / map request on-topic?

I'm looking for a beautifully drawn wall map of all of Europe (from Portugal until all the way where the Urals meet the Arctic Ocean, possibly including the islands in the Arctic Ocean associated with ...
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Is a Pythonic MCVE acceptable for this top voted accepted GIS SE answer?

I am in the process of writing my question requesting a clarification of this top voted accepted GIS SE answer - Using Geohash for proximity searches and I have a pythonic attempt as an MCVE. Is that ...
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Are Google abusing us?

I've noticed a recent(ish) uptick in poor quality questions about Google Earth Engine google-earth-engine and we appear to have currently 259 unanswered questions (out of 1027). So wondering why this ...
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Is question about finding API to get UK postcode for city on-topic at GIS SE?

I am looking for a simple, reliable and free (gratis) API which will return the corresponding UK street name for a UK postcode (preferably with no registration or key required) and am wondering where ...
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Asking for specific custom implementations?

Would you deem a question like (highly simplified) Did anybody implement [a specific function/algorithm] in the PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment [or know of someone who did/shares a code-base]? ...
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Where to ask questions about OpenDataCube?

The OpenDataCube is an open source project that is aimed at making it easier to work with large volumes of earth observation data. The ODC Steering Council is the technical governance group who lead ...
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Choosing Geographic Information Systems or Earth Science Stack Exchange to ask Geographic questions? [duplicate]

I want to ask here first because I want to know well okay I check out the list of question here and many are about Geographic but in programming my question is could I ask about Geographic general ...
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Is it okay to ask about $$$? [closed]

First question: I dont' know if this is an okay place to ask about what is fair compensation for GIS work? If not, is there a better place to do this? The real question (gory detail): I am a GIS ...
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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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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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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: Seeking Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? The question is wiki locked, so no more ...
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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: A ...
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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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Asking 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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