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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to "reask" questions that might have more modern solutions?

I suggest we should change our policy a little: allow to re-ask existing questions if the other ones are, lets say, more than three years old close the old question as duplicate of the new one so ...
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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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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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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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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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How to "reask" questions that might have more modern solutions?

I have never used the bounty-system, but re-reading the question, it occurred to me, that maybe it was implemented for this very reason: To encourage re-visiting "old"/"solved" ...
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Asking for specific custom implementations?

I think a question like this is too broad for focused Q&A because there may be many people who have done this or know of someone who has done it. Consequently, such a question is likely to ...
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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

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 ...
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Receiving error when submitting question

I think this is a question that you will be better trying to resolve via Meta SE because it is wider than GIS SE. To see multiple other reports there type "An error occurred submitting the question" ...
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What to do with not-a-question questions?

I agree with you. Solutions should be posted within answers. Questions should be reserved for posing problems as questions Self-answering is fine and encouraged As someone coming across this ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

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 ...
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Where does it state "one question per post" in the GIS Stack Exchange instructions?

I think we overuse the "too broad"/>1 question closure reason (actually I came to meta to open a new discussion on that, but found that this germane question was near the top of the ...
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Guiding authors of code related questions to post actual code?

To encourage users to post code, the community now (four years after the question was asked) seems comfortable voting to close questions about code whenever they do not contain a code snippet that ...
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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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Asking same question for newer version

Even though the well-written, and interesting, new question contains new information, I think what we are trying to achieve is to have a "timeless" question that can nevertheless have multiple answers ...
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Can [tag:select] be used for selecting purposes but not from a database?

I would say that select could be used for selecting any data in a GIS. A feature class is often in a database (file, personal, enterprise, mobile). There really is no difference to selecting data from ...
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Thanking others when asking question

In the spirit of Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts? and No Thanks, Damn It!, I will often remove expressions of gratitude such as "Thank you ...
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