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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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What is the etiquette about reminding a user who is the developer to respond to a comment on a question?

Self-answers are quite acceptable and encouraged on Stack Exchange. You don't need to wait for the developer to answer, you are free to answer it yourself. If they return to answer it they are free ...
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What if we receive offer to pay?

There is a related post in Meta Stack Exchange: Is it acceptable to solicit money on a user profile? and the top scored answer says: ... . As long as it is not against the Terms of Service, ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

Is flagging the question with "in need of moderator intervention" the right course of action in theses cases? Before flagging please consider other community options available to you. Use the Down-...
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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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Edit that changes a user's choice of software

It depends. A question does not necessarily have to be about one specific software to be considered not broad, as long as it is specific enough in details to avoid five users casting a close vote as '...
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What to do when question edits were rolled back?

What I would do is the following (consider the context of an edit war between OP and another user): Edit Q in good faith trying to improve the post, like you did. If OP rolls it back (and it bothers ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

GIS SE, like all Stack Exchange sites, takes Be nice very seriously, because, despite being phrased as guidelines, it is tantamount to policy. The second and third guidelines do not seem to be part ...
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What is the etiquette about reminding a user who is the developer to respond to a comment on a question?

If it was any other user, I would post an answer with solution I found based on the comment with community wiki as author. Who the user is should make no difference to your action because it is the ...
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Tag requested for ODL Studio questions?

Let's go by parts: We're considering the merits of using GIS SE as a forum for people needing help using this software. Ok, but be aware all questions asked here will be under the Stack Exchange (...
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What is the etiquette about deleting a competing comment from own post?

Deleting critical comments from one's own posts would be a pretty clear abuse of moderator privileges. If a comment is believed to violate the "Be Nice" policy, it can be left for another moderator to ...
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Edit that changes a user's choice of software

That's interesting. It depends. While the question specified was edited and subsequently answered by a moderator, this could just as easily apply to any user with edit privileges. That question was ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

Please don't jump to conclusions. 1) Your first example is gone, so I cannot comment but scraping is not necessarily unethical and is repeatedly deemed legal in courts in various countries. What the ...
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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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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

The question you cite is a bit of an anomaly. Typically questions such as this are closed with a comment suggesting how the OP can improve and edit the question. Often the OP adds an edit, flags it ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

I'm not an Arc expert but that question makes no sense at all to me. I would have voted to close it as it stands. I also can't tell if your answer will help future users searching for help, mostly ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

I have to agree with @PolyGeo on most of his points. I think this is one of the struggles of being a mod...it's one of the reasons I was reluctant to nominate myself in the last election. I felt that ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

Far from being in conflict, I view the On Hold / Close voting relationship between the community and its moderators as being one of symbiosis. When guiding my own moderation the Theory of Moderation ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

It sounds like you think the questions should be deleted and, as a moderator, I would be happy to do that if the community sends a clear enough signal to me that they believe it is appropriate to do ...
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Thanking others when asking question

In the spirit of Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts? and No Thanks, Damn It!, I will often remove expressions of gratitude such as "Thank you ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

"be nice policy" This kind of works both ways. People that come here largely to answer questions and not ask them are always short on time. That's not to say that we're trying to be mean, but ...
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Observing Be Nice policy in comments on GIS SE?

Timeline does not show votes up on comments I think it was more a for your information (fyi) than an in-politeness to you. I probably could answer that question with an answer but time is short for ...
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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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