I have a question that I've been told is off topic for this site, but it's still loosely related to GIS. Where can I go for help?

Please list one site/resource/location per reply and give a short description of the kind of support one is likely to find there. This thread is community wiki, please edit and improve existing replies in situ in preference to comments.

A related question, assuming the question is posted to another SE site, is "How can I (or should I) apply gis tags to questions posted on other SE sites?". Suppose I asked this question on the Parenting site: "How can I find out where my teen has been by using locations stored in their iPhone?" How can I tag it so the moderators there don't delete the tag and GIS users who may not normally visit that site can find it? – Kirk Kuykendall Apr 27 '11 at 17:23
is there any reason this wouldn't just be a link to stackexchange.com/sites which has a fairly decent explanation of what each site is for? – Jeff Atwood Apr 30 '11 at 7:01
@jeff, I wasn't aware of that page. It should be the top most link. One thing this list has the potential to do which that page can't is add domain-specific comments as to what said resource is good for, from a GIS perspective. It also allows for resources outside the stack exchange network. – matt wilkie May 2 '11 at 20:10
Maybe a domain based search is require on the main site using Kirks example: google.com/… – Mapperz May 2 '11 at 21:38
@Jeff The SE/sites page is long and generic: it's the first level of a decision tree, but it does not provide the detail for the triage envisioned here, which we might view as the next level in the tree. One purpose of the present page is to provide a specific guide to help people who already think they might have a GIS-related question determine where best to pose that question. We hope this will reduce closings and migrations. – whuber May 3 '11 at 3:46
I've been playing around with cross site tags. If we ever do a blog, I think we should show how gis.SE users can watch other SE sites for possible GIS related questions. See this related gis.meta thread. – Kirk Kuykendall May 3 '11 at 13:25
OK, maybe I should consider posting stuff like this on codeproject.com. The problem is though, codeproject expects a bit more polish. Here on gis.SE it seems acceptable to post just snippets. When the key ingredient is just some generic (in this case literally) programming construct though, maybe it should go on SO? – Kirk Kuykendall May 6 '11 at 18:09
@Kirk Would you please migrate this to a new question on meta? It deserves discussion. – whuber May 6 '11 at 21:10

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Stack Overflow - a Q&A forum about programming and code enthusiasts/professionals.

If your question is tangentially related to GIS but:

  1. Is essentially a matter of code performance that lies outside the idiosyncrasies of the GIS platform.
  2. Can be stripped down to a question of syntax that is not GIS platform dependent.

Pro Webmasters - Questions relating to web hosting, cloud-based solutions, and things which generally reside on the web.


Server Fault - general questions on databases, server setup, web services, etc. in a professional environment


Within the Stack Exchange network, see the Stack Exchange Sites Directory.


Web Apps is a "...community driven Q&A for power users of web applications...".

(I had this question closed on me here on GIS.se, and was told to look on Web Apps. And I agreed.)


CartoTalk, a "Forum for Cartography and Design". Many cartographers follow the community and it can be a nice place to get a cartographic review when looking to improve map designs.


The GDAL-DEV mailing list is also very active and helpful.


The Grass Developer Community is a resource for people developing or modifying the GRASS software itself.

Here, on the GIS.SE site, we welcome--and usually quickly answer--questions about using and applying GRASS.


I posted a question on CodeReview.stackexchange.com.

However, I didn't have enough rep to tag it with an arcobjects tag, so I posted a feature-request on meta.codereview.


The gvSIG archives on Nabble "group the mailing lists of the gvSIG project."

This tip comes courtesy @simo at gis.stackexchange.com/questions/10086/gvsig-advantages/… – whuber May 23 '11 at 17:20

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