I'm happy to share how this works for me.
As you will see from my profile I am a Freelance ArcGIS Specialist, and I operate as a Sole Trader which means I work for myself (and have done so for just over a year). I find myself onsite and working from home in about equal proportion.
I see time spent on GIS Stack Exchange mainly as part of both my skills ...
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 ...
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.
This is an interesting question, and I'm glad you've asked it.
Of my top 10 questions (most up-votes), only 2 are not directly related to a specific work project. At 5pts per vote, that's 1145 work vs 205 casual rep points.
Of my top 10 answers, 4 are directly related to real on-going problems I needed to solve for work (and the top one which has garnered ...
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.
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 ...
A Question is composed of three distinct parts:
By far the most important is the body of your question because this is where you pose the all important single question that you would like answered. It is the quality of your question body that engages or loses the attention of potential answerers.
You are provided with plenty of space ...
There are a few separate issues here, so I'll answer them one at a time.
What to do about poor quality questions
Specific product support on GIS SE
What to do if problems arise
What do to about poor quality questions
Putting aside the specific problems mentioned above — remember that most users are going to find this site through 3rd-party referrals....
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 ...
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 ...
I agree that the most interesting questions are the ones where analytical problems are posed, rather than error messages. However, I think you are seeing trends in the field. Another issue specific to this site is that open-ended questions are discouraged when, in fact, they are often really interesting questions--yet, people are hesitant to ask them ...
My account is over three years old, based on my reputation that averages out to a reputation increase of 6 points a day. I think I spend about 15 minutes a day, tops, answering/reviewing questions here. I figure it's a more productive and work-related use of my time than say, gossiping by the coffee machine or playing a game on my phone while waiting for ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.