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I think this is a great approach: giving someone a good answer to the problem they really have, rather than a good answer to the problem they think they have, can make a huge difference both to them and to future readers. Doing this usually requires an initial dialog, via comments, in which you--the potential respondent--seek to clarify and better ...


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In my experience most people using the arcpy site package would be more than happy to learn about potentially more efficient or cleaner approaches using open source python tools. I always keep in the back of my mind the idea that we are building a repository of Q & A's for future users, so I agree with @PolyGeo in that we need to make sure the Q&A's ...


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I have noticed the same and agree despite being guilty of it myself. There are many answers (or almost answers) being offered in comments, however I think we do OK with handling these when they actually provide a useful answer. I think many people (myself included) put these as comments as they're just a suggestion rather than a well thought out and/or ...


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I am sharing a query in SEDE to help finding questions which were answered in comments. It searches for questions with no answers, which are not closed and are not locked. Under such questions OP uses one of two keywords in comments: solved or worked. One needs to type a tag name as a parameter from the query. Testing this query for the arcpy tag returned ...


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Another alternative is to use the Snipping Tool, which comes prepackaged with Windows 7. It is hidden away in the following default location: C:\Windows\system32\SnippingTool After running a small test clip, the snipping tool generated a 12 kb image while the Paint/crop method generated a 4 kb image.


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Related question on Meta Stack Exchange: What is the official etiquette on answering a question twice? There are several duplicates there. The mainstream seems to be advising posting different answers when they are (completely) different from one another. In this case Lance Robert argues the following: different approaches will be voted separately, and, ...


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If people write their answer in a comment, without any plan to make a proper answer later, they have basically given out a free answer to anyone willing to finalize it and capture all the precious internet points for themselves. Maybe the solution is to encourage people to poach any comment-answers they can find. With 17,300 unanswered questions, even if ...


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This is part of the Stack Exchange mechanism for posting "Drafts are stored in redis for 7 days, with each site having storage for one draft question and one draft answer per user." for a clearer answer Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting


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Can someone explain to me why my answer got that highly ranked? Besides becoming a HNQ (see here), people evaluated your answer as useful. Research effort is only one variable among other which is determinant for usefulness. Simple as that.


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I don't think it's necessarily up to the author of the original answer to update it. Many people don't return to the site after answering. However, anyone can answer a question with newer, more relevant information. Over time, that answer might get more votes than the original and float to the top. The asker may then accept it over a previously accepted ...


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I can understand your frustration because I know it has happened to me on occasion too. However, to get something implemented along those lines would need a convincing argument to be made to Meta Stack Exchange rather than Meta GIS SE and it looks like that has already been proposed there: Prevent Questions From Deleted When Someone is Submitting an ...


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I think that what you have done is exactly what is best for the site, and for future visitors to either of those questions. Imagine a future visitor coming to look for the answer to just one of those questions. They can now find the question more easily because each is titled differently, and once found they have the answer "instant-like" without having to ...


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There are multiple reasons why answers with just a link are bad: Firstly the links can go bad. The website might change its structure (ESRI resources, I'm looking at you), or even just shut down. Even if the page exists, and the software/tool is available from that page, the answer should explain how to solve the issue. If I open up a new software, it might ...


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I cannot speak to the current question under discussion (where the answer was converted), but I do have an answer for the revised question (this meta question). Answers can be flagged with one of four canned responses or a custom 'other'. You can see these by clicking on the flag link at the bottom of an answer. However once that flag hits the review queue, ...


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There is an avenue which doesn't rely on our kind overlords at Stack Exchange to implement a deletion warning or lock on questions. If you have spent time and attention crafting a good answer that is worth sharing and keeping for posterity and those that come after: ask the question yourself! (It would be worth spending time looking for related older ...


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I think the answer to this can be found in the Meta of Stack Overflow and applied here. In this answer by @BoltClock to Answers entirely copied though properly attributed they say: there are some situations where indeed there isn't much more to be said than one or two well-written paragraphs from a documentation section or a language specification. ...


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One technique I use (frequently) is to copy the entire contents of a draft and paste it into a local text document. If you want more capabilities than that, you can preview, save, and manage your drafts on the StackEdit site at https://stackedit.io/app# .


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Please do not re-ask the question: that goes against one of the principal aims of the site, which is to have a well-organized canonical set of answers. Re-asking creates a duplicate. Duplication more than doubles the efforts of those who search the site for answers (including your moderators and many active community members who conduct these searches as a ...


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The Help seems to strongly support your case when it says: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: ... barely more than a link to an external site ... Answers can also be deleted by the community. Moderators can delete any answer, and trusted community members can ...


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I learned python by learning arcpy (or its predecessors), and so many of the solutions I came up with to perform my tasks used the arcpy tools. This wasn't always because it was the best way to do something, but because it was the easiest for me to find help for. The local Esri support, the Esri forums, plus my search terminology all lead me to arcpy ...


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The new help center page now addresses answering. How do I write a good answer? section is a start link one can provide for new users. Additionally, we might consider building a GIS Meta thread with specific guidelines to improve answering on GIS SE. How to answer on GIS SE? We already started this with questions: What makes a good question? As ...


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I think you did the right thing by creating another post. Just so you know, we support asking and answering your own questions. Especially if it isn't relevant for the first post.


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We cannot force users to post answers as answers, rather than comments, but we can all encourage them to do so. There are 17,300 unanswered questions still open for answers, and many of them have at least partial or brief full answers in their comments. I would like to encourage frequent commenters to consider, when making them, whether their comments ...


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In addition to the HNQ prominence, I think people (myself included) tend to hit the "this answer is useful" selfishly rather than altruistically. It would be appropriate to click that up arrow anytime one feels, as an impartial reviewer, that the answer is well-written and answers the question posed well. But we're more likely to do so if we ...


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I changed your answer to a comment because it seemed to me that you hadn't answered the question. You gave a link to an old PAF which doesn't provide the neighbourhood names the questioner wanted. As the OP says he can already do postcode to district and ward and that this is not the correct answer he is looking for. The majority of your answer was a note ...


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To address this dot point: We can't make the "accepted" answer non-accepted, and the accepted answer is always at the top. A minor point is that the accepted answer is always at the top, unless an asker accepts an answer of their own - in which case its position is determined by its votes alone. On the main point, I am not too concerned if the ...


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I think this answer (which I am now updating) is a good place to address this part of your question: For various reasons, only a small fraction of users will use/edit old questions and provide new answers. This means the question is only getting a fraction of the exposure it got when it was a new question; thus any new answers are likely to be ...


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If using Ubuntu (and probably other Linux distros), you can do partial screenshots easily with Shift+Print Screen. I believe that's the default mapping (I don't recall changing mine and it works for me).


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I like Greenshot for this. It's free, open source, highly customizable, has a decent built-in image editor and an Imgur upload option. Couldn't be easier.


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