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Let me Google that for you

I too have noticed an increase in low quality questions as the ranks of our site's users rapidly swell. There has been Meta SE discussion on LMGTFY, and I don't think using that site is a good ...
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Writing code snippets to get quicker answers

A code snippet that is included in a question here should not be just a copy/paste from a larger script that you are working on, and it should not be that larger script in its entirety. It should be ...
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Encouraging answerers to upvote question they are answering?

The upvote guidance on questions is: This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear It does not suggest that an upvote should, in any way, be related to whether the question receives ...
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Should Statements of Urgency be removed from Questions?

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 ...
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Answering question that is On Hold?

I added my re-open vote to the others that were already on your question so it is now ready for you to self-answer. I agreed with its original closure as too broad, but I am almost always happy to ...
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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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Getting answers for questions immediately

The best way to obtain quick and comprehensive answers here is by making your question as clear and easy to understand as you can. You have an edit button beneath it which you can use to keep ...
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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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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

This is part of the Stack Exchange mechanism for posting "Drafts are stored in redis for 7 days, with each site having storage for one draft question and one draft answer per user." for a ...
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Where does it state "one question per post" in the GIS Stack Exchange instructions?

The Tour is now updated https://gis.stackexchange.com/tour Thanks for the feedback and improving the GIS-SE site content
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Why are there so many question with no votes but with answers that have upvotes?

In my case, upvoting a question is also because of how the system is presenting the upvote. If you look at the question upvote, it says : the question 1) shows research effort, 2) it is clear and 3)...
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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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Let me Google that for you

A couple of points: Some people really aren't that great at googling. They don't think of the right synonym, or aren't specific enough, or just can't even think of what it is they need to know ...
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Should an off-topic question with an accepted answer be placed on-hold?

If we don't flag them then the next person who asks a software question points to it as precedent. I closed a similar java question yesterday - just because your file is a shapefile doesn't make it ...
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Why is this "Not an answer" flag disputed?

I suspect that the reviewer (not me) on this one must have hit the wrong button because to me it looks like your flag falls well within what Robert Harvey says in his answer to Not An Answer Flag ...
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Splitting answer when it leads to another question?

I think that what you have done is exactly what is best for the site, and for future visitors to either of those questions. Imagine a future visitor coming to look for the answer to just one of those ...
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Asking simple, non-technical questions on GIS SE

Succinct questions are encouraged at Stack Exchange. I appreciate how you point out that Stack Exchange can be seen as a repository for questions for the benefit of future users. With this said, all ...
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Could GIS Stack Exchange add new question option on menu?

I am not sure where you took your screenshot from but to see the Newest questions on our Main site I use https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=newest: Finding questions with the newest answers ...
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Re-asking old questions with correct (but now dated) answers?

Please do not re-ask the question: that goes against one of the principal aims of the site, which is to have a well-organized canonical set of answers. Re-asking creates a duplicate. Duplication ...
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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

One technique I use (frequently) is to copy the entire contents of a draft and paste it into a local text document. If you want more capabilities than that, you can preview, save, and manage your ...
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Importance of including software (often version too) details when asking most questions at GIS SE?

For most questions on GIS.SE I would say that naming the software is important/critical but the version is not. In almost any case where a question is 'how do I...', the answer will vary (depending ...
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Importance of including software (often version too) details when asking most questions at GIS SE?

I agree that when a question involves software, it is critical that the version numbers of said software are included. As with any technical support procedure, this is among the first and most ...
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Should I edit an answer, create a new answer, or create a new question (and answer it)?

Option (#) 1 is out of the table, because it would be an "attempt to reply" (custom reason for rejecting edit-suggestions from <2k users) and could also be considered a "conflict with the author's ...
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Splitting answer when it leads to another question?

I think you did the right thing by creating another post. Just so you know, we support asking and answering your own questions. Especially if it isn't relevant for the first post.
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What to do with not-a-question questions?

Self-answering is quite acceptable here, and encouraged. There is even an option to Answer your own question while posting a Question An answer should not be given in the body of the question, ...
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Asking simple, non-technical questions on GIS SE

The question from Stack Overflow that you cited was, in its entirety: What's the difference between the list methods append() and extend()? and that was how it was originally posted with ...
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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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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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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

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 ...
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