Something I think we need to be cautious about is opening the door to "absolutely any question related to Surveying, etc".
Perhaps we can model our answer on the Cross Validated Tour which I have modified here to try and suit our purposes and emphasize that our "core business" is GIS but that we are happy to see questions from other spatial disciplines. ...
I would like to drop the last sentence:
Questions that are too basic (meaning the answer is indexed in any
number of general internet reference sources designed specifically to
find that type of information) will be closed.
I like to consider GIS SE as the ultimate repository for questions all along the spectrum from basic to advanced. Why would we ...
The Skip option skips that review for you and will not place it in your queue again. It's not counted as a review in your stats, and is as if you never saw the review. Another reviewer will see that review in their queue.
From What are the review queues, and how do they work? (emphasis added)
Any time you are unsure of whether a post should be closed ...
Here is my proposal : adding "surveying" to the list. There are only a few tags with surveying, but IF we consider that surveyors also use GNSS, then it is more popular than remote sensing on GIS.SE.
Geographic Information Systems is a question and answer site for
people interested in GIS, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Geodesy, Surveying,
My suggestion herein is not what I was originally thinking, but in this sentence:
That will help you write a great, focused question that gets excellent
the word "gets" could be replaced by "attracts" to remind, with subtlety, that askers are seeking volunteered efforts to answer their questions.
This would make that sentence:
That will ...
Some of the things you miss are generic and are well-covered in the SE FAQ itself. We can (and probably should) link to that from the FAQ.
Including some of the other items, like how to use tags effectively, threatens to bloat the FAQ and make it less useful. The solution adopted by many SE communities is to address such details within dedicated meta ...
We could use something like the one at the Android StackExchange's FAQ
Android Enthusiasts - Stack Exchange is for enthusiasts, power users,
and regular people who use the Android operating system.
If your question generally covers...
Using your Android device
Using a particular app on your Android device
Trying to solve an error or ...
Moderators can only edit this text in the FAQ
For a short amount of text it has to cover all questions...
If you would like to contribute to the editing of this text please post an answer on this meta data question. Thanks
The Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange is for questions
concerning geographic ...
I am using this answer to try to draw all the suggestions into a single post. If it floats to the top we can be confident that it has community support in its entirety. If not, then depending on where it sits, we can try to assess what bits of it have consensus.
Geographic Information Systems is a question and answer site for people interested in GIS, ...
I suggest removing the italic formatting in:
as well as Programming/Databases specific to the aforementioned.
It is a bit disrupting. The lack of bold formatting in this part already says Programming/Databases have something different from previous subjects.
As alternative, I'd also support to bold formatting the entire sentence (or just bolding '...
The sentence below has concerned me for a while:
With your help, we are working together
to build a library of detailed answers to every question about
I think it implies that we are an "ask anything, any way you like" site. However, we have a number of guidelines throughout our Help and this Meta site, and a number of close reasons, that says ...
I think that the link should be removed from that location.
However, since it occurs in the Help Center of every site including Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange, for that to happen will require a software fix at a level higher than the site-specific issues that we can deal with in this Meta. That level is Meta Stack Exchange.
There is a question ...
I suspect that this came about by caching on the device used by @kahukowhai but that is not something that I can be certain of. It may also have been that the user read your original question earlier and only got around to commenting on it much later without re-reading.
I agree that the sequence/timing of that comment seems odd, but I don't think there ...