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Sending a private message to a user?

As I would tell something to a specific user, can I send him a message directly to not pollute the comment thread?
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How to handle an old question that's too specific?

I recently came across a fairly lengthy question from over four years ago: save features from openlayers to postgis via nodejs and websockets I could answer the question, but at this point I assume ...
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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 it possible to create new badges?

Each SE community seems to have specific badges and those do probably help a lot the community. They rewards people for various feats regarding their implication in the site (voting, helping out) or ...
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How many ArcGIS API for JavaScript tags are needed?

In Implementing new tag for version 4 of ArcGIS API for JavaScript? it looked like the community wanted (or at least were not suggesting any alternatives) to phasing out the arcgis-javascript-api tag (...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

Concerning the following questions : https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/255088/how-to-scrape-data-from-this-map Adding value based on the color code to a tif file in QGIS Those two questions ...
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Suggesting more responsible forum moderation?

I've noticed a particular a moderator on GIS SE has a tendency to immediately put questions on hold for arguable minor violations against the SE posting rules (eg formatting, linking to an image ...
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Is meta tag [qgis] needed?

Another question intended for Main was just asked here on Meta: Saving Geo-Tif from QGIS creates black TIF? I suspect part of the reason askers of such questions think they have found the right ...
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Are only software-specific questions allowed?

I am on this site already for several years, and before (when I had more free time to give answers) I saw a lot of good questions asking how to solve a problem using whatever software, and people were ...
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Using close vote on question versus within review queue?

I couldn't find any guidance on this from previous questions. I have from time to time chose to hit the close button within a question which then may or may receive other votes to close from other ...
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Avoiding duplicate creation of old question to elicit new answers? [duplicate]

I was wondering how not to create a duplicate question of an old one while asking for fresh infos on this specific question. In short, is there a way to "up" an old question to ask people if they ...
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Robo reviewing and spam

I hate to call out a fellow active user, but should we perhaps have checks for robo reviewing as they do on Stack Overflow. There is no way in hell that this edit could under any circumstances be ...
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Why are there ArcPy related and tagged questions on Stack Overflow?

I was looking for an ArcPy related info on Google and it led me to a Stack Overflow (not GIS SE) question tagged with an ArcPy tag. Wouldn't it be more logical to have all those questions transfered ...
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Should GUI questions really be duplicates of coded solutions?

I recently came across Using boundaries of city to cover world outside of it in solid color? on GIS SE. Let me preface this by saying I have particular interest in helping out new SE and/or GIS users. ...
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Move the “Chat” feature link to better real estate [duplicate]

Currently, the Chat feature link is hidden at the bottom of the page, leaving only experienced GIS users to find it. The result is two fold: People (mostly new users) are posting chat-worthy ...
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Are separate tags for [geocoding] and [locator] needed?

We currently have these two tags: geocoding with 631 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: A GIS operation for converting street addresses into spatial data that can be displayed as features on a ...
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Irrelevant edits to specific close reason in questions with 'on hold' status?

After a question is put 'on hold', the first time it is edited (if within 5 first days after closure), it is automatically sent to the reopen review queue (see How do you reopen a closed question? and ...
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What does 'OP' mean?

I guess from the context OP means the person asking the question, but I'm still wondering: what does 'OP' stand for? Is it an acronym of something? Maybe I did not look well, but I did not find it ...
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Delete or edit question on cartographic 'jokes'?

As Polygeo has pointed out, and placed on hold, my question on Cartographic jokes Examples of cartographic 'jokes' was trying to build a list. I hadn't really appreciated that this didn't fit ...
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Answered question “put-on-hold” due to lack of “shortest code”?

This question was recently placed on-hold: Selecting features within certain buffer distance of selected feature using PyQGIS? The reason being: This question appears to be off-topic. The users ...
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Do we need [scripting] and [automation] tags?

There are currently tags for: scripting which has 316 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: The act of setting up computing instructions, usually stored in a file and interpreted at run time. ...
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Reviewing ArcGIS Pro tagging post-release of version 2.0?

Now that ArcGIS Pro 2.0 has been released, and new questions in that version are outnumbering those about the earlier versions, I think we should revisit Changes to ArcGIS Pro tag in preparation for ...
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Should link-only answers be flagged as 'not an answer' on this site?

Over at Stack Overflow, link-only answers should be flagged with the 'not an answer' reason. They are eventually converted to a comment (by a moderator) or deleted. Meta Stack Overflow discussion: ...
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Do we need [programming] tag?

There is currently a programming tag which has 98 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: The act or process of planning or writing a computer program. Is it needed, or does having a tag for the ...
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Adding an answer to closed question, though question may be obsolete

I've nominated this question for reopening Cannot remove blue "nested" grid/rectangles in QGIS canvas? I've found the cause, or at least what caused this blue quadtree, yet since then the ...
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Do we need [troubleshooting] tag?

There is currently a troubleshooting tag which has 29 questions and a tag wiki excerpt of: A form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processe [sic] Is it needed, or a ...
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Tag for trying to do the same in other software

Sometimes I see questions as "... in ArcMap I used to do this process, but in QGIS I don't know how to do it... " or question like Loading GeoTiff with specified color band from ArcGIS to QGIS? Is ...
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Do we need [code] tag?

There is currently a code tag which has 46 questions and a tag wiki excerpt as: in this context implies a set of computer programming instructions. Do not use for questions relating to error ...
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Why can we not edit less than 6 characters?

When editing a question, you need to edit at least 6 characters. Typos can often be corrected with one or two characters. Why can we not edit less than six characters?
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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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Should [qgs] and [qgis-project] tags be synonyms?

Should we make these two tags synonyms? It seems that currently open questions in qgs seem to be a bit more about the file format / XML content (and its creation or manipulation outside of QGIS) and ...
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Refinement of migration flag

I recently dug through the flags and stumbled over a rather small problem but I would like to address it none the less: When you want to flag a post as offtopic because it's a pure programming ...
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Unable to find posts awaiting review

I noted that I currently have some posts awaiting review: In the past, they were generally approvals for suggested edits. Instead, I noted that clicking on that notification, I don't have anything ...
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What can you do when your question is not getting any views?

I recently joined gis.stackexchange.com and asked my first question. However after 24 hours my question only received 4 views, while other questions received many more. This made me wonder if there is ...
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Should this question be marked as a duplicate?

This recent question was asked: QGIS snap question which has been marked as a duplicate of this: Aligning multiple points to line in QGIS?. However, the duplicated post contains only one solution but ...
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Suggesting solutions with another GIS software

Sometimes people ask questions, such as "how do I do XY in ArcGIS?". I occasionally happen to know a pretty simple solution in another software (usually QGIS), but do not know if it is right to give ...
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Error when trying to add 2 (or even just 1) images to a question

I'm new to the SE site, and have a reputation of 1. When I wrote my first question a few days ago, I added 2 small map/feature images to the question. When I tried to post the question, I got an ...
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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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Is this one question?

My post was put on-hold because a person claimed it was asking multiple questions. I reframed the post as Generating shapefile? Does the new post qualify as just asking one question? Can I have ...
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Who can edit Wiki Answer locked posts?

While searching for comparisons between Javascript Mapping frameworks, I keep being linked back to this question: How do various JavaScript mapping libraries compare? Which, before it was locked, had ...
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should geofence be a synonym for geofencing?

I noticed a question today about the GeoServer add on GeoFence that was tagged with geofencing which is not what it is about at all. Looking at the tag at least three of the ten most recent questions ...
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Marking a question as a duplicate of another one that doesn't have an accepted answer?

I recently tried to help a user to solve an issue by adding a comment with a link to another answer that I wrote a couple of days ago. This is the question where I wrote the comment (Question A): ...
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Why wasn't I told that my Question was closed?

Earlier this year I asked a question on GIS SE which had a bit of activity in the form of comments and an answer. It was then closed as a Duplicate (correctly - I have no issue with that). The ...
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Should a question that is very similar to one previously asked be immediately marked as a duplicate?

If a user (particularly those who are new to the site) asked a question which was very similar to a question previously asked, would it be better to first ask the user to check if the solution posted ...
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Should we delete the 'python-crash' tag?

A question with this tag appeared in the feed today, when I clicked on the python-crash tag, I found that only 2 questions had the tag. Does this specific tag add value? Should we retag to python ...
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Available votes remaining in the day?

I occasionally find myself approaching the 40 daily votes limit and at times would rather not hit the 40 votes due to losing moderating access to a few of the categories. Is there a way to know how ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

My question, proposed out of frustration with this site and what I perceive as overly aggressive closing/on-hold status of questions is simply.... Do the powers afforded to a moderator; the ability ...
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Should deprecated answers be updated? [duplicate]

GIS tools are constantly improving. This means that a yesterday accepted answer may no longer be true or at least not be the best answer today. Should the answers' authors update them to meet the ...
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Is it possible to program website behavior in response to lists of tags?

In Do multiple GIS software tags equal multiple questions? the issue is raised as to how to respond to certain combinations of tags, in particular the presence of tags for multiple GIS software ...
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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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