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What is this site about, really?

I'm concerned about questions that have little to do with GIS but they involve somehow getting server or database software to run. Typical examples ask for help in communicating with servers, such as ...
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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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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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Too many general reference questions?

Is it just me or are we seeing an increase in questions from very low rep users (<10) asking questions that can usually be answered by looking in the help pages. Most of these questions are left ...
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Okay to discuss non-traditional GIS, 4D geospatial data technology questions here?

In meteorology, hydrology, climate science and oceanography, petabytes of geospatial data are stored in NetCDF, HDF5 or GRIB files and distributed via technologies such as the OPeNDAP.org HYRAX server,...
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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 ...
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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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Are questions about obtaining geospatial data on topic?

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 Data ...
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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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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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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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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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Handling overlap with Stack Overflow?

How should we handle overlap with Stack Overflow? Unlike SU, where there is almost no overlap there is quite a bit of overlap between GIS and software devlopment. Both in terms of questions which ...
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How on-topic are ArcObjects code questions?

This question occurs to me because ArcObjects is a very GIS-centric beast, but it also has a strong basis in the nuts and bolts of programming and scripting. While it can be assumed that any question ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should questions be asked on software not yet generally available?

Today I saw Can ArcGIS service pack be uninstalled at 10.1? which is about a software version (strictly speaking a service pack) that I understand is not yet released. Questions on commercial ...
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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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Should questions asking for product, service, data and learning (course, book, website) recommendations be explicitly off-topic?

Many questions that ask explicitly for software, hardware, data, and other recommendations are closed at GIS Stack Exchange as being primarily opinion-based and/or for lacking focus. Examples of such ...
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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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Should we expressly allow subjective questions on gis.stackexchange?

Prompted by a couple of comments to Space filling between random 2D lines as well as in response to my own What's the convention for "upside down" labels? I'm reminded that the policy of ...
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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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Are questions regarding 3rd party Esri extensions appropriate for this site?

I went back and forth on whether to post this question to the gis.stackexchange.com: What is the maximum, allowable field length for a FacilityID field in a Cityworks geodatabase? ESRI extensions ...
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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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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 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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Can Job Ads be posted on GIS SE?

Is it possible to post job ads somewhere at GIS SE? I have looked many places, but don't seem to find anything.
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Discussing quality of Ordnance Survey Open Data?

I'm minded to post a fairly strong criticism (in the form of a question) of what I see as the very poor quality of some of the the datasets offered as open data by the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain....
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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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Code review for a specific piece of code

I know the Code Review Stack Exchange and posted a question there. Would gis.se be a place for gis code review? I mean, can someone pop in, and asks: can you review some piece of my code?
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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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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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Is geography trivia on topic?

Finding GIS data for range of coast redwood? which was originally titled "Giant tree, probably of America" was closed as off-topic but was it really? Sure it had nothing to do with GIS, but it was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are market research related questions off-topic?

I had trouble posting https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/88650/offline-maps-for-arcgis-desktop as several participants thought it sounded like an advertisement. They thus voted to close my ...
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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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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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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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