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Improving on 19,000 unanswered questions?

We currently have just over 19,000 unanswered questions. After reviewing about 500 of them in a totally unsystematic manner I conclude that <2% are truly reasonable questions awaiting a ...
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Does GIS have a low voting problem?

I work at Stack Exchange in the ol' community development department, and I would like to say both "hello" to the GIS community and inform you that we think GIS has shown a lot of potential for ...
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How do high reputation (>5,000) users find time to commit to GIS Stack Exchange?

Serious question. How do high reputation users find time to commit to GIS Stack Exchange as much as you do? It's a bit difficult for me to justify spending the time here with everything else I have ...
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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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GIS Stack Exchange swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://gis.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package ...
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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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Downvoting, when is it appropriate?

I've been a long time user of GIS stack. Until recently it always seemed that questions were treated with a relative level of fairness. Questions that were (probably not) written in a clear way were ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Geographic Information Systems' third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

In the spirit of Improving on 19,000 unanswered questions? and with our number of questions now over 93,000 I am wondering whether we would like to set ourselves a challenge of having 80% of our ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election Results

Geographic Information Systems' second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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Can we get Stack Snippets enabled?

Just saw that StackOverflow and a few other sites have gotten a new runnable code snippets feature. As far as I can tell it is not enabled for this site -- the toolbar button to access it does not ...
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Why are there so many question with no votes but with answers that have upvotes?

Example (at the time I'm posting this question, the question below has 0 votes): Setting IActiveView extent? And maybe the example above isn't the best example, but I see this happening a lot with ...
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Announcing Winter Bash 2016 for GIS SE (unless hat haters make their case ASAP)?

Season’s greetings, GIS Stack Exchange users! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even though we typically hate it, it’s time to have some fun...with hats! That’s right - it’s time ...
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How can we keep GIS.se from getting the axe? [closed]

I read on the blog today that http://gadgets.stackexchange.com/ will be shutdown due to low traffic. Joel wrote in the blog post that sites which do not reach critical mass might be shutdown in the ...
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Sponsoring a community member to attend the 2011 Esri dev summit

The 2011 Esri International Developer Summit is this March 7-10 in Palm Springs http://www.esri.com/events/devsummit/index.html We are thinking the public launch of this site should correspond with ...
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Concern about recent closures of community wiki questions

Taking a look at the highest-voted community wiki questions, it appears lot of them have been recently closed, which is concerning to me, as these are (IMO) some of the most useful questions on the ...
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Allowing GIS SE to be support for particular software products?

Warning: While this question will talk about a particular software, I want to get a discussion going, on the situation in general. I was looking at the questions coming over the last week, and I ...
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Stack Exchange-GIS Blog?

I was reading the Super-User blog was looking for writers, and I was thinking it would be great to have a GIS-SE blog. I imagine it would be something we would need to talk to the SE team about, and ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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Is completely changing answer that has high votes Editor Abuse?

Someone with editor permissions edited my answer here, inherently changing the tone and essence of my answer to match their point of view instead Are there any attempts to replace the shapefile? So ...
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Locating GIS Stack Exchange Blog?

On 1 March 2017, after much consultation with its communities, Stack Exchange announced that We will no longer be hosting Blog Overflow: Instead of hosting [the Geographic Information Systems ...
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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 ...
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“One question per question” rule being applied excessively literally

This is the second time a question of mine has been placed On Hold for supposedly containing multiple questions. This is a link to the current version of How to generate metatiles for use with ...
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Can we have hats?

Several Stackexchange meta sites are reporting that there will be an optional event where one could earn "hats" for your gravatar (profile icon) to wear. See these questions for details: https://...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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Should GIS SE site participation count towards GIS Professional (GISP) points?

I am wondering if others use their GIS SE site experience and time as forms of Contributions to the Profession, Education, and Experiences for obtaining and keeping their GIS Professional (GISP) ...
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New Design Launched

Hi All, as you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your design feed back. I have made some tweaks based on your ...
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Should a GIS software question with a general computing answer be closed as off-topic?

A recent question on ogrinfo was closed as off-topic because it was considered to be a general computing question. This may have been because the answer appears to be changing the redirection ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Geographic Information Systems's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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Why is there excessive question editing?

My question was edited so that it is no longer a question but a statement with a question mark at the end. People making edits should be editing for clarity and spelling/grammar errors, not to their ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

As it is now December 2013, we will soon be resetting our Community Promotion Ads for the new year of 2014. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted ...
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“Thank you” sign offs in questions and suggested edits

How should one handle suggested edits that remove "thank you" sign offs from questions? Should sign offs be avoided in general? Lots of questions are signed off with a general note like: Thank you ...
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Using courtesy and respect at GIS SE?

I've been trying to encourage our devs to use GIS SE to find answers to problems. I was discouraged to learn that one of our key GIS programmers refuses to visit the site because of rude and critical ...
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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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What to do about Help Vampires?

Personally I am growing somewhat weary of seeing the same questions being repeated over and over by certain users (sorry for picking on this one user, there are others I'm sure). As is typical of ...
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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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Handling questions posed in a Language Other Than English (LOTE)?

This question is perhaps related to a previous one here entitled Handling questions from non-english writers and I have seen similar discussion entitled Is English required on Stack Overflow?. My ...
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Are questions about cartographic visualization too opinion based for this forum?

Following question has been put on hold for being primarily opinion-based: Help choosing most suitable bivariate choropleth mapping coloring scheme I think this might be based on the estimation that ...
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Could we have a 'Code library'?

I was wondering if it would be possible to collaborate on a code library for GIS functions on this site. So many times I am rewriting functions I know I have either used before, or know someone ...
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GIS SE Community Approved Hosts for Example Datasets?

In the course of using the site I often find myself commenting on a new question saying 'Can you post a sample of your data?' In the case of csv files and other plain text formats a few lines can be ...
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Too many questions left unanswered when answer inside comments? [duplicate]

I am finding the amount of questions left in "unanswered" state increase because the original poster had found the answer in the comments portion of their question and abandoned the question. What ...
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Answering questions with a comment?

More and more I keep seeing folk post what I would think of as 'answers' as comments on the original question. Copying attributes from one polygon layer to another? is one example - but I have seen ...
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Other places for help when off-topic (or not clearly on-topic) for GIS SE?

I have a question that may be off topic (or not clearly on-topic) for this site, but it's still loosely related to GIS, so where can I go for help? List one site/resource/location per answer and ...
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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 is the ethical thing to do when you realize that your answer is not a solution to the question?

Or someone pointed it out to you and you realize they are right? I'd delete it but I think it would be rude, especially if somebody posted a comment to it already. But then, I don't want the downvotes,...
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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 our answer and voting rates healthy?

I don't have any numbers to back this up, but I just have a feeling that some of our site's answer and voting rates may be slipping. It may just be a symptom of a maturing site, or perhaps an influx ...
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Are we going to get the shiny new profile pages as on Stack Overflow and some other sites

I don't know how things work at Stack Exchange central, some of the sites look like they only differ in terms of CSS, but some of the Stack Exchange sites, Stack Overflow, Database Admin and Spanish ...

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