Questions tagged [scope]

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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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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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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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Should questions asking for product, service, data and learning (course, book, website) recommendations be explicitly off-topic?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Asking hydrology, geology and geography questions on GIS Stack 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Where do questions about QGIS plugin development belong?

Do questions relating to the development of QGIS plugins (interaction with the API, c++ and python, PyQT, other python modules, etc) belong on GIS SE or Stack Overflow?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...