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I believe most users do not care about statements of urgency. We are all volunteers here, hence, we are free to follow our own schedule. If the question is very new it is ok to remove the urgency statement. However, if it is an old thread, I'd say that the edit should be more substantial. Time sensitive questions is a Meta SE Q&A which supports your ...


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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 actually provide a useful answer. I think many people (myself included) put these as comments as they're just a suggestion rather than a well thought out and/or ...


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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 to add an additional answer, which you can then mark as the answer if you think it answers your question. Q&As are not limited to a single answer, and ...


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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, anything goes on personal user profiles. The second top scored answer says pretty much the same. So, it is ok if you have a venue in your user profile to receive $ if ...


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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-vote, Comment, and/or Vote to close options to raise the problem to the attention of the community, that way if the community agrees then further votes will ...


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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 'too broad' (or even 'unclear'). So that is, questions about software can also be closed as 'too broad', or 'unclear'. Asking about means of accomplishing a ...


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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 internet points for themselves. Maybe the solution is to encourage people to poach any comment-answers they can find. With 17,300 unanswered questions, even if ...


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Related question on Meta Stack Exchange: What is the official etiquette on answering a question twice? There are several duplicates there. The mainstream seems to be advising posting different answers when they are (completely) different from one another. In this case Lance Robert argues the following: different approaches will be voted separately, and, ...


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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 of your question but I will quote the first guideline here because that does seem to be part of it: Rudeness and belittling language are not okay. Your tone ...


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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 you), try leaving a comment explaining why you think the edit is valid (it may happen OP rolled it back because he/she did not agree with something about the ...


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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 (and GIS SE) rules, so it might happen not all types of questions you are expecting will fit here. PolyGeo already mentioned in comments this is not like a ...


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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 content that we focus on rather than its posters. If you have volunteered your time to digest the comments, and write an answer, then I see no need for you to ...


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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 deal with. Simple as that.


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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 tagged arcgis-desktop from the beginning, but the body mentioned both FME and ArcMap (that same edit removed the FME reference too). I have seen other ...


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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 least partial or brief full answers in their comments. I would like to encourage frequent commenters to consider, when making them, whether their comments ...


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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 for reopening and it is reopened by the community. We also see many questions that are closed and the OP shows no effort to improve the question. There is ...


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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 because the question makes no sense. Rather than getting angry why not edit the question to make what it is about clear.


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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 if I did become a moderator, I would actually review fewer posts in the review queue because I feel the community should be voting for itself there. Obviously ...


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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 person does with the acquired data is their own choice. 2) It is not per se unethical to extract information from raster data or change values. The poster got ...


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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 so. The guidelines I follow on when to delete come from: How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What ...


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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 is something that I use as a starting point, but it was written on 18 May 2009 and Stack Overflow launched on 15 Sep 2008 i.e. it was great for its time, which ...


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"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 sometimes those that ask questions lean a little bit too much. And that's not nice -- use what you got before you tap into mine. Mental resources are always in short ...


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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 me currently, so I will let other more talented postgis users out there answer.


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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 true Answer, especially when the Question could be (justifiably) closed as off-topic before I could hit the "Post Your Answer" button. There are plenty of ...


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