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Personally, I would rather see more questions closed by the vote of community users in the reviews than by the decision of a moderator. From the point of view of the user asking the question, the closure by a moderator can be seen as an arbitrary decision. Although I consider that it was always a fair decision, the user who writes the question sometimes ...


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As long as it's sufficiently clear what (single) question is being asked(and that's obvously the case when you've marked it up to appear in bold) and the other questions are indeed there to motivate the main question or to further explain what aspects a useful answer would have to cover, I don't think we should enforce an only-one-question-mark rule. ...


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It was claimed in comments moderators in GIS SE have played a major role closing questions than the community, while in other Stack Exchange sites (Stack Overflow SE, Mathematics SE and Database Administrators SE) it is the opposite: I don't believe we can compare GIS to Stack Overflow and Mathematics because they are much larger communities than GIS. In ...


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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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I agree that some questions that appear perfectly fine have received votes to close. This would have been a concern before the changes in the closing procedure earlier this year, but now it is hard to see why there is any problem. We no longer close questions at first, but rather just put them "on hold" with an explicit request for improvement. A question in ...


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For me the workload isn't terribly onerous, I keep GIS.SE open in a browser tab all the time and when I have a long(ish) compile running I scan the newest question list and keep an eye on the moderation queue, most of the issues that are flagged are fairly easy to deal with occasionally we get more complex issues and we have a chat room to discuss those ...


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I suspect that I am the moderator that you are referring to, and I am happy to try and address any issues that you (or anyone) may have with my moderating style on this focussed Q&A site. GIS SE is not a forum and so the principles that I try to apply to it when moderating are those of a focussed Q&A site rather than those of a discussion forum. ...


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We are fairly lucky we don't see too much spam, Ian mentions most of the relevant points. Likewise having a browser tab open can be useful when working and processing. The site has good community feedback flagging posts etc. It can get more in-depth when there is a issue (bad comments taken personally) mods can dissolve the issue. If there a particular ...


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I think the best time to flag, comment, edit, vote, etc is when you first see an issue with a post because the longer a post goes with no feedback, the more likely the attention of the poster may no longer be there to act on that feedback. Likewise for moderators responding to flags. Users are free to apply grace periods in any way that they wish but there ...


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Questions that relate to the business of vendors and product teams, such as licensing, pricing, release dates, submission of bug reports and enhancement requests, etc, are off-topic here and should be directed instead to the official software support teams. You have said this is a bug and that you are a maintainer of the project, and have directed the ...


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I think you were correct to vote to close the question in its original form. However, your edits to the question were too drastic. Your attempts to narrow the scope of the question resulted in a question that may have conflicted with the original asker's intent. You can read our help page on editing here. It states that edits should be done: To fix ...


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As the fourth and final person to vote for this to be placed on hold, pending closure, I would have been happy to see it closed as a duplicate of the earlier question that you cited, or to have both those questions closed as being off-topic due to being non-reproducible. In both cases a corrupt installation of NumPy appears to be what has led to the ...


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Actually, the flag came from the review queue, your comment was flagged. First I looked and declined the flag as I felt it wasn't "unkind", a 2nd moderator looked at it and agreed with you and deleted both comments. Your later comment was subsequently deleted by a moderator as it wasn't really relevant to the answer. As for your chat question, if you don'...


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In the answer to What is a "merged" question? it says: If you believe a merge stub is no longer useful, flag it for moderator attention and ask for it to be deleted. I think that is the way to proceed. I do not think it matters whether a merged question (merge stub) has come from the same asker as its master. If a merge stub adds nothing of ...


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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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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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iant and Mapperz already gave insight into the amount of time that is necessary to meet the needs of the site. Another thing that might be worth mentioning is that it's no problem to be offline during the weekend since gis.se is particularly quiet during this period as well as during holiday seasons because nobody (ok, almost nobody) is at work/university ...


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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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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Either flagging a moderator from a question, or posting like you have here, seem like reasonable actions to me. However, I think the first action, upon spotting what appears to be the same person using more than one account is to mention that in comments on the post(s) and point them at the help instructions ...


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As commented by @Midavalo: The comment about your answer being too short was added through the review queue. That reviewer deleted the comment after you had expanded your answer. This is a sign of the review queue doing its job. In addition to that and @IanTurton's answer there are some links that I think are worth reviewing with respect to comment ...


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Answering in more broader terms: I believe that new questions which just ask for lists of software, courses, book, etc. are bad design for this site. They continuously attract many low-quality one-liner answers and frequently bump these not so great questions to the active page. Many SE sites already blacklisted this category of questions. Old posts which ...


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You don't need to flag and ask for the Q to be migrated, the reason for close already covers that. The first point has room for interpretation. Before migrating a moderator needs to exercise judgement on whether the destination site will indeed welcome the question, and that requires familiarity with the destination. Even when it is clear the Q could and ...


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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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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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This is not only about merged questions from same OP, but also about normal duplicates from same OP (i.e. self-duplicate questions). The merged ones are a particular case because they are locked posts and hence, not qualified for automatic deletion, besides not being eligible for voting, etc. This will almost happen because OP asks a question, then nobody ...


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As the instigator of that particular vote and close reason, I thought I'd share my logic. First, I did see the earlier duplicate vote but there wasn't as much info at the time and I skipped it. That particular question also hit three review queues at once, so prioritizing what it was being evaluated on was also a factor. I don't disagree that it can be ...


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Without links to the particular Q&As that have led to your confusion it is not possible to give specific advice. If a thread is months or years old and doesn't have a clear answer (or any answer) can I post in it or not? It may at first appear to be a small thing but I think a lot about how SE sites work becomes clearer once the distinction between ...


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A long response to PolyGeo, going in a new "answer." (The format here is a bit awkward for the context of Meta...): Thanks for the thoughtful response. There are a number of technical consideration as to the site’s guidelines which can reliably be used to defend your decisions and I have no doubt that you have considered them in great detail. What I am ...


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Users with 2K+ rep should be able to roll back edits: click on the edited time stamp and choose any of the "rollback" links available from the edit history. I rolled this question back one edit.


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