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Are Google abusing us?

I currently work on the Google Earth Engine team. I'm not primarily involved in developer/user relations, but I've advised those who are on how best to interact nicely with Stack Exchange (and I ...
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What should we do with bug reports?

I think it should be ok to close as "This is a bug report and not a question for GIS.SE". As the Help says: We are not a GIS Software Support Site. We encourage you to seek official routes for ...
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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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Are Google abusing us?

I am glad that this has been raised because I too have perceived seeing many more Google Earth Engine questions asked over the past 6-12 months than previously and had wondered what the trigger was. ...
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Where to ask questions about OpenDataCube?

There are a few avenues for help at the moment, https://opendatacube.slack.com is pretty widely used for simple questions, but as it doesn't have premium support older messages are deleted, making it ...
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Improving opening paragraphs of GIS SE Help Center (and Tour)?

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 ...
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Are software installation questions on topic?

I think software installation questions in general are more likely to be on-topic at Stack Overflow or Super User. However, if you are asking specific questions about the installation of GIS software ...
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Moving community of GIS tool to GIS Stack Exchange

In my opinion GIS SE should be (or better "is") a platform for all GIS related questions, not depending on which GIS related product or what the community background of a question is. It ...
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Asking for a criticism on GIS viewsheds?

The GIS Stack Exchange Main site is not designed for discussions. It is a focussed Question and Answer site. Such a discussion would be suitable for our GIS Chat Room. Alternatively, you could ...
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What should we do with bug reports?

There may be plenty of corner cases in which things don't work as expected, or after an upgrade stop working as they previously did. Users may have issues because they don't use the software correctly,...
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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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Improving opening paragraphs of GIS SE Help Center (and Tour)?

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 answers. the word "gets" could be ...
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Asking code review questions for GIS related code?

Code reviews on GIS SE have been discussed on this Meta twice previously in: Code review for a specific piece of code What to do about "what's wrong with my wall of text?" type ...
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Self-voting question to be closed?

Voting to close your own questions is always fine. That leaves it up to the community to judge their value. However, my advice would be to only delete questions when they really have no value to ...
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Asking for a criticism on GIS viewsheds?

It could be on topic if it avoided two of our current closing reasons: Too broad: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details ...
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Are software installation questions on topic?

As indicated in the comments, I also agree your post found the right home at GIS SE and has been reopened.
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Moving community of GIS tool to GIS Stack Exchange

When introducing users of your tool to the GIS Stack Exchange read carefully the section of its Help Center titled Can I support my product on this site? which starts: We get a lot of requests from ...
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Clearly off-topic question reopened?

I voted to close that question (Running script over every file in folder using GDAL in Python?) too, and for the same reason that you cite. It's only answer seems to reinforce the point you make ...
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Is it useful to have a [gis-principle] tag?

I think it is a useful tag even though it is not often used. Part of the case I see for it is mentioned in my answer to Asking good Questions for GIS Stack Exchange? where I say: Start by ...
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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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Are software installation questions on topic?

I think they should be on-topic if and only if you have tried the vendor or project's official support channels first. Installation procedures change frequently and gis.StackExchange will just ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

For commercial software, most licensing-related problems are a good candidate for this. Even though the community can often help the asker get closer to a solution, these problems often require a ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

I think that GIS SE should NOT be used as a means to try to submit bug reports and enhancement requests. I think this position has been endorsed in a Meta Q&A on What should we do with bug ...
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Are questions about generalized geodesics suitable for GIS despite being off-topic?

We have not had a large volume of geodesy questions here but those that have been asked are usually answered and appear to be well received: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/geodesy?...
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Where to ask questions about OpenDataCube?

Within the Stack Exchange network the first site that I would consider for asking a question about OpenDataCube is the Open Data Stack Exchange where its on-topic page says: If you have a question ...
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Is an arcpy question off-topic if it demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of arcgis?

It is important to remember that we all floundered with Python at one time or another and empathy goes a long way. In situations like this, it is best to help the OP clarify their question by ...
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Scoping History of GIS?

As may be apparent from my past comments, I lean towards a more inclusive view of types of questions are acceptable. If someone wants to ask about maps that have those stars with multiple lines ...
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Is asking for textbook recommendations on-topic?

I agree with the commenter you cite, that your question on Main, in its current form, lacks focus because it looks for answers to multiple unmarked questions. I do not think that asking for a text ...
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When and how should "We are not a GIS Software Support Site" be invoked?

My perception of this is that We are not a GIS Software Support Site is not absolute. As @Evil Genius pointed out, open source projects such as QGIS may not have an official support, and may use the ...
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Is this the right community for this type of question + latex support

do you think that this question is more appropriate where it was posted, or would gis.stackexchange be a better option? I'm not sure GIS SE would be a better option here, for two reasons: The ...
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