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"One question per question" rule being applied excessively literally

As long as it's sufficiently clear what (single) question is being asked(and that's obvously the case when you've marked it up to appear in bold) and the other questions are indeed there to ...
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What should we do with bug reports?

I think it should be ok to close as "This is a bug report and not a question for GIS.SE". As the Help says: We are not a GIS Software Support Site. We encourage you to seek official routes for ...
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Answering question that is On Hold?

I added my re-open vote to the others that were already on your question so it is now ready for you to self-answer. I agreed with its original closure as too broad, but I am almost always happy to ...
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Are opinions that bad?

You have asked a lot of questions in your question: So, why not listen to their opinions? We would be silly not to. We have no issue with users giving their opinions as part of their answers to ...
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Should we close the old questions with only one answer by the original poster?

It would ultimately depend on the answer for me, but in general there is no problem with a self answered question.
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Adding 'bug reports' to off-topic close reasons dialog?

I agree, and propose this wording that incorporates suggestions from @whuber: Questions that relate to the business of vendors and product teams, such as licensing, pricing, release dates, ...
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What should we do with bug reports?

There may be plenty of corner cases in which things don't work as expected, or after an upgrade stop working as they previously did. Users may have issues because they don't use the software correctly,...
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Self-voting question to be closed?

Voting to close your own questions is always fine. That leaves it up to the community to judge their value. However, my advice would be to only delete questions when they really have no value to ...
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What is the canonical question to close "layers with the same CRS not overlapping" questions as duplicate of?

The duplicate targets that I propose for such questions depend on the software being asked about: for ArcMap, I use Layers with same coordinate system should align/overlap in ArcMap but do not? for ...
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Modifying custom close reason for when pictures of code rather than formatted text are presented?

I sympathise with Joseph's answer; however I have another suggestion: Questions seeking help to debug/write/improve code must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the ...
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Degree of severity to closing question options?

Whenever I see a question for which multiple close reasons seem applicable I think it is fine to choose any that you think resonates with that particular question. I was advised early in my time here ...
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Seeking explanation as to why question is too broad?

Looking at the question, I agree it is not too broad, so I reopened it. I then reclosed it as unreproducible since I doubt anyone is still using version 2.2.
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Why was a solaris question closed?

Questions that relate to the business of vendors and product teams, such as licensing, pricing, release dates, submission of bug reports and enhancement requests, etc, are off-topic here and ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

For commercial software, most licensing-related problems are a good candidate for this. Even though the community can often help the asker get closer to a solution, these problems often require a ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

I think that GIS SE should NOT be used as a means to try to submit bug reports and enhancement requests. I think this position has been endorsed in a Meta Q&A on What should we do with bug ...
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How to handle an old question that's too specific?

Just to add to @iant's answer, I think if you ever see a question that you can answer, please do so. Even if it is several years old. Just because the original poster may have left (in fact, they last ...
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How to handle an old question that's too specific?

Over 800 people have looked at the question so it is probably worth answering as I expect many will have found it via google when looking for a solution to a similar question.
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Seeking explanation as to why question is too broad?

The comments you made on your question were not ignored by me (and presumably not by any of our eight elected moderators) because I had not seen them until I followed the link in your question here ...
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Is it necessary to add a minimal code to question when self-answering?

When voting to close I assess each question on its merits but I also try to place it within the context of its Q&A as presented at that time. I may or may not vote to close a self-answered ...
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Improving wording of "no GIS component" custom close reason?

I think it can, with just a minor tweak to become: Questions relating to general Information Technology, and any with no clear GIS component, are off-topic here, but can be researched/asked at ...
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Should bugs/issues with abandoned software be closed as off topic?

I agree with PolyGeo's statement that We are not a formal GIS Software Support Site But, at least in this particular case, I would not see the question as a bug report. I rather see it as a question ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

My perception of this is that We are not a GIS Software Support Site is not absolute. As @Evil Genius pointed out, open source projects such as QGIS may not have an official support, and may use the ...
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Replacing MCVE with Code Snippet in custom close reason?

No. I'm admittedly pessimistic, but I think assuming that a user would even click on the link in the close reason, much less read through a question and then find the answer that pertains to them, is ...
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Are only software-specific questions allowed?

As a moderator, who uses several software programs on a daily basis, I admit I struggle with this myself sometimes. However, when the site was in its infancy, broad questions were allowed. This is not ...
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Irrelevant edits to specific close reason in questions with 'on hold' status?

If I understand your question then it can be summarised in these three dot points: You are wanting to provide guidance principally to those with the privilege to edit questions, i.e. a reputation of ...
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Why was 6 year old question with accepted answer closed?

In retrospect I made a mistake in voting to close this question of yours, for which I apologize. As @inc42 pointed out in a comment on my earlier answer to this question, posting a code snippet is ...
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Why enforcing code attempt for general questions?

I wholeheartedly agree. There is nothing wrong with broad questions not containing broken code attempts. StackExchange serves as much more than helping the initial questioners and often times they a) ...
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Modifying custom close reason for when pictures of code rather than formatted text are presented?

We should perhaps mention the format button specifically within the text so that the asker can be immediately told how to format their code text. E.g.: "..., a specific problem or error and the ...
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Answered question "put-on-hold" due to lack of "shortest code"?

There is no reason why this question and its answers would "eventually get closed and disappear" unless the question and both its answers start to receive sufficient downvotes to take away their ...
PolyGeo's user avatar
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Are only software-specific questions allowed?

I think I agree most with @Aaron comments. However, I think over the years GIS and GIS related programming have evolved rapidly - or perhaps my own understanding of it all has grown with experience. ...
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