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Yes, GIS should participate in Winter Bash 2014.


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At 81% answered we are better on that particular statistic than Stack Overflow (everyone's measuring stick) at 71% and Cross Validated (which launched at the same time as GIS SE) at 61% - see http://stackexchange.com/sites#percentanswered - but I am all for trying to get us up into the 90s - which is what Beta sites strive for. I would tell you our precise ...


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My opinion is that there are too many questions that get answered in comments and this has been discussed previously at: Too many questions left unanswered when answer inside comments? and Answering questions with a comment? I think that we should try to encourage people to write answers. To qualify as a long enough answer, just 2-3 sentences is needed.


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Yes I think geospatial is for all intents and purposes a synonym of GIS and thus any case for blacklisting the gis tag should apply equally to geospatial. gis was blacklisted long ago so I think blacklisting of geospatial is long overdue.


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Homer Simpson says "Yes (participate)" better than I can.


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Our site does not have a specific homework policy, nor does this appear to have been discussed before. Other sites do have such policies: see the math FAQ on homework for instance. On yet another site I have moderated hundreds of homework questions. My attitude has changed a little over time because there are unresolved and thorny issues associated with ...


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I too have noticed an increase in low quality questions as the ranks of our site's users rapidly swell. There has been Meta SE discussion on LMGTFY, and I don't think using that site is a good strategy. I think a simpler deterrent to posting of unresearched questions is downvoting (as that button tip encourages - see below), preferably but not ...


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I believe that QGIS 3.0 and QGIS 3.2 are essentially the same series. QGIS 3.4 comes out 26/10/2018 and also belongs in the same series. Additionally, a lot of plugins and features are being ported to the new versions. I believe our energy would be best used to try and optimise the latest release. I believe only 2 tags are needed going forwards: qgis-2 and ...


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It would be a sad day when we ban questions about product, service and learning material recommendations. I fail to see how these questions are off-topic or bad for the site. GIS is a vast field, and it is not possible for one person to know everything, or even have an idea about the various possibilities of GIS, and where to learn this. It helps when you ...


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It is true that the industry has evolved and now many questions have found a new place in other communities. I would like to start a conversation about the usefulness of some of these sites (like the Open Data) from a GIS perspective, but that would be another topic. It is also true that some of these stats are time-depend and the more time a question is ...


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This situation can be problematic but the proposed comments could backfire for the simple reason that they attack the person asking the question rather than addressing the question itself. That would be viewed by many as being unaccommodating and less than friendly. I think we can do better. You are correct that engaging the OP ("original poster") and ...


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Recently I have been using a different search strategy to try and find those Unanswered questions where I am most likely to be able to make a difference. First I click the Unanswered option which is next to Ask Question (and not the one on the next row) Then I click my tags I then look along the bottom for the lowest voted Unanswered questions with my ...


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We should keep questions relating to obtaining spatial data, both open and commercial, here at GIS Stack Exchange. The Open Data community does not likely have the specialized knowledge needed to properly address spatial data inquiries. There is a significant amount of technical jargon that one must know to properly address many of these spatial data ...


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Vote Early, Vote Often Upvoting answers, when warranted, quickly moves questions off the Unanswered list if they have a net 0 vote. Downvoting answers, when warranted, helps to push low quality questions towards the Roomba which can delete them from the site (and thus off the Unanswered list), if the community voting indicates that they have little value. ...


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There is an excellent Stack Exchange meta post on this subject: Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?. Salutations should be automatically detected by SE servers and deleted on the spot (source). Sign offs, on the other hand, are not automatically deleted. There is much controversy on meta as to whether or not these should ...


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Thanks everyone for your votes. I'm humbled and happy to be joining the company of the existing moderators. I look forward to the task.


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While I actually agree with your feeling here, I think it's important to keep in mind that the community (both this site specifically and SE in general) has changed quite a bit over the years, so comparing content across that time may not work out so easily. Looking at the Q/A with a score above 50, the top 3 are questions that would be closed within ...


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Midavalo A lot of the moderation work is extremely mundane. It is deleting obvious spam, closing blatantly off-topic questions, and culling some of the worst rated posts in various dimensions. Do you have the patience and commitment to become a GIS Stack Exchange Moderator? I believe I have the patience and commitment to serve as a GIS SE Moderator....


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