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How does the community feel about non-arcpy answers to arcpy questions?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Finding questions which are answered in comments?

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 ...
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GIS SE policy on AI-generated content

At this time, I think our default position on this should be the same as that adopted by Stack Overflow at Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned. The background to that policy is explained in their Help ...
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Why simple answers bring that much reputation?

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 ...
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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Should deprecated answers be updated?

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 ...
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How does the community feel about non-arcpy answers to arcpy questions?

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 ...
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How much of help page or blog posting can be copied/quoted?

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 ...
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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

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 ...
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Splitting answer when it leads to another question?

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 ...
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Where to report back about optimal settings for the script provided in an answer

Here's my personal opinion of what should be done (or shouldn't be) based on your 4 options. Don't add as a comment, treat comments as temporary Adding your solution to an answer can be acceptable, I ...
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Why simple answers bring that much reputation?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Splitting answer when it leads to another question?

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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Why is link only answer flag declined?

I agree that the linked 'answer' is not an answer. Remove the link (which can become broken anytime) and there is nothing left. By not being an answer, it is not salvageable, hence very low quality. ...
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Why is link only answer flag declined?

My advice on how Very Low Quality flags are assessed is in my answer to your earlier question of Why is " Very Low Quality" on this question declined?: The way I assess Very Low Quality ...
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When answering questions leads to bad cartographic design

There is no harm in doing both - giving a "don't do that..." with an explanation, as well as an answer on how to do it. Also consider that we're not all cartographers, and not every map is ...
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Where to report back about optimal settings for the script provided in an answer

In general, I agree with @Midavalo's answer and prefer that option too. It is the way I personally would do it (and already have done so in the past). However, in this particular case I have just ...
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When answering questions leads to bad cartographic design

You can cite the drawbacks as part of the answer. Recently I chanced upon Converting shapefiles from S3 to GeoJSON in JavaScript for web map and pointed out that relying on client-side (browser) for ...
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Which VLQ flags require moderator intervention?

I agree with the moderator who declined your flag. The poster has attempted to answer a question and has just done so poorly. I think this is a low quality post and should be addressed using a comment,...
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Where to report back about optimal settings for the script provided in an answer

I have now posted my feedback as a separate answer, as this seems to be the prefered way to do it: https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/398134/88814
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How does the community feel about non-arcpy answers to arcpy questions?

It can be very confusing for a beginner in python to get an answer targeting another package; although GDAL, geopandas, PyQGIS, shapely etc. can do 'XY' the python novice may have absolutely no idea ...
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How much of help page or blog posting can be copied/quoted?

How much of help page or blog posting can be copied/quoted? I think quotes are ok when: *commented (preferably, in a thoughtful way and/or with examples); relevant to the post cited/referenced (in a ...
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Should deprecated answers be updated?

I agree with @Fezter's answer and would just add that I think care should be taken to not remove answers, or information from answers, that may mean those using older versions can no longer access it. ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

Yes, answers to Questions should be in Answers, but when the issue is something trivial like a Python syntax error, it hardly seems worth the effort to put down the phone, find a desktop and provide a ...
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