matt wilkie
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How do high reputation (>5,000) users find time to commit to GIS Stack Exchange?
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This is an interesting question, and I'm glad you've asked it. Of my top 10 questions (most up-votes), only 2 are not directly related to a specific work project. At 5pts per vote, that's 1145 work ...

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Somebody is answering too many of their own questions
26 votes

Answering your own questions is allowed and encouraged, however if you find yourself with a string of Q&A's where you're the only one involved it might be time to step back and examine things. ...

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2013 Community Moderator Election Results
18 votes

Thank you everyone who voted, regardless of who your choices were. I'll constantly endeavour to be worthy of your confidence in me in this role. I for one was pleased with the selections available and ...

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How to treat a "please do my homework for me" question?
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A good question is a good question, even if it is homework. In my experience most poor questions stem from a "please spoon feed me" vantage, and this starting point often doesn't have anything to do ...

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What GIS.SE "Superstar" do you want to see on the SE Podcast?
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It's hard to pick just one, how about a panel? :grin: That said, I'd like to hear more from Underdark. In my city the male/female split of GIS colleagues is close to 50/50, perhaps even 60/40 in ...

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Too many general reference questions?
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In the GIS world Esri has the largest user base by far across all categories, including clueless and cluefull, lazy and industrious. Consequently as GIS.SE grows and attracts new users we'll see more "...

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Why are there so many question with no votes but with answers that have upvotes?
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I often see very poorly expressed questions generating a flurry of very good answers. In these cases I think it perfectly appropriate for the question itself not to be upvoted. Sometimes I've been ...

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What is the ethical thing to do when you realize that your answer is not a solution to the question?
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If there are no meaningful comments, and the time its been up is short (not many people surf away carrying a damaged idea I planted), I delete the answer. If the mistake has been seen by more than a ...

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Progress of GIS StackExchange #2 - Stats from Area 51
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12 votes

Please make note of those users who are under 200 rep, spend time to scan their questions & answers, and upvote those which are worthy. This is not a request to make pity votes or start passing ...

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Allowing GIS SE to be support for particular software products?
11 votes

This isn't specific to GIS.se, I've encountered this trend on a number of other software products directing to Stack Overflow, even, I think, a commercial one. I'll try and dig up the examples and ...

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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships -- 2011
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I'll leave the where aside for the moment, but my first nomination for who is Bill Huber (@whuber). Bill is demonstrably expert, able to communicate well, and has a long history of positive ...

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How can we keep GIS.se from getting the axe?
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I disagree that the stats for Gadgets.se are close to GIS.se. Sure they have, at present, more users and more questions, however the ratios are quite dissimilar. For example they have almost a 2:1 ...

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Is GIS stackexchange ill?
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I've been here since the beginning, and served as pro-tem moderator for a time when the site was finding it's legs. My contributions have been downwardly trending for several years. It would be wrong ...

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Handling questions from non-English writers?
10 votes

Finding the right words in a foreign language is difficult, especially on technical subjects. However we simply can't help without adequate information about what you are trying to accomplish. If ...

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Should we encourage more Stack Overflow questions to migrate here?
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Like PolyGeo, I'm having trouble understanding the core question. It seems to be "Should we encourage more Stack Overflow questions to migrate here? If yes, how?". With that in mind: suggest revising ...

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Is there any place to see online users and statistics about gis.SE?
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10 votes

Online Data & Queries Monthly statistics are available for the entire Stack Exchange network, see the [data] link at bottom of every page. The gateway of pre-built reports for our little corner ...

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The inability to comment because of low reputation is a stupid stupid design flaw
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Best advice: Put aside the frustration and concentrate on contributing one or two good answers or questions and in very short order you'll be over the no-comment barrier. I remember the pain of the ...

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Is it okay to link to external code for a question?
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9 votes

Generally speaking, and this sounds like it may not be true your case but it tends to be true, if the code is too large to include in a question it's also likely to be too large or complicated for ...

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Design Ideas for GIS site
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Example of vote up/down arrows using compass needle motif. Posted seperately so it can be voted up/down on it's own merits.

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Give Area51 GIS more time please
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9 votes

Joel Spolsky assured us, in the linked thread, that "...GIS will probably stay in beta longer than average to make sure it builds up a solid user base before passing out of beta, but as long as the ...

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Why is there an election now?
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There is a new Moderator election now because a) I am stepping down from the post, and b) GIS Stack Exchange is successful. I'm stepping down because my work and home duties have changed such that ...

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GIS SE Community Approved Hosts for Example Datasets?
8 votes

This is a great question. I don't think it's possible to get a good answer though. Dropbox and Google Drive can't be the canonical answer because they have no concept of a public commons. Everything ...

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Other places for help when off-topic (or not clearly on-topic) for GIS SE?
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Server Fault - general questions on databases, server setup, web services, etc. in a professional environment

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Design Ideas for GIS site
8 votes

For communicating the idea of vintage<-->modern fusion, I'm often drawn to images which combine a gridwork of lines. So in this context something like the underneath, but using a vintage map ...

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Encourage accepting answers on GIS Stack Exchange?
8 votes

I don't think we need to change anything at this time. I tend to hold out on accepting an answer for awhile to give time for more ideas to come forth. On re-visits the little % accepted indicator ...

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Should "duplicate" be used when the question is different, but the actual problem is the same?
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7 votes

If the best answer to the other question actually does answer the second question, mark it Duplicate, and add a comment to fine tune (not absolutely necessary but nice; a straight "this is dupe" can ...

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Would it be possible to warn OP that a question is being answered to avoid deletion?
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There is an avenue which doesn't rely on our kind overlords at Stack Exchange to implement a deletion warning or lock on questions. If you have spent time and attention crafting a good answer that is ...

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Should we merge the [import] tag into the [data-import] tag?
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7 votes

vote up this answer if you prefer import as master

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2014 Community Moderator Election Results
6 votes

Aaron and PolyGeo, congratulations and welcome to the moderator team! Thank you for picking up this role, even as I leave the fold. Moderating can be work, annoying at times, but worth the effort. ...

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Subjective questions and polls
6 votes

In my opinion, closing bad list-of or poll style subjective questions is a time tested method for improving overall question quality on stack exchange sites. This is opposite to what I thought when I ...

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