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One thing that SE does really well is it gives ownership to users over their questions and answers. Rather than having a single answer the way a wiki might, it allows for a plurality of answers, each tied to a particular owner, with discussions of those answers. This helps sidestep the problem of "revision wars", taking the advantages of the wiki (allowing ...


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I am not asking for disallowing the community to edit my answers. What I am asking for is to disallow an answer to get rewritten by somebody else when it is already high voted (and thus accepted by the community at large as an acceptable answer). This is the portion that got edited from the original post. Original post: Spatialite: Spatialite is awesome ...


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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 cannot speak to the current question under discussion (where the answer was converted), but I do have an answer for the revised question (this meta question). Answers can be flagged with one of four canned responses or a custom 'other'. You can see these by clicking on the flag link at the bottom of an answer. However once that flag hits the review queue, ...


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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 disagree with allowing the edited version of this post to be approved (to be clear, I am referring to the original edit of @Ragi's answer). I don't think it is @whuber's fault as I assume most edits are in good faith and I understand that it is near impossible to check that the content is correct. In this case, the motivation for the edit seems to be based ...


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Options, from strongest to weakest, include: Edit the answer. Provide an answer of your own specifically countering the accepted answer. Comment (politely) on the answer. Downvote the answer. Any combination of these can be applied. Moderators are not intended to arbitrate questions of fact or accuracy. The expectation is that through the mechanisms ...


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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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I changed your answer to a comment because it seemed to me that you hadn't answered the question. You gave a link to an old PAF which doesn't provide the neighbourhood names the questioner wanted. As the OP says he can already do postcode to district and ward and that this is not the correct answer he is looking for. The majority of your answer was a note ...


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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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Something is wrong here. The mod removes my answer and converts it to a comment, down votes my answer, and then answers with their own weaker answer and link. Actually my answer and the mod are almost identical except my link is far superior. On this board ChrisW, Tengshe and myself (as well as the person who asked a question) all think it is a genuine ...


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