This poll is for anybody who participates in the GeoNet Community, especially the people who are new to GIS.
Could I suggest adding another option of "Getting help with difficult GIS questions"
Adrian, thank you for the suggestion.
I marked "other" since getting help was my primary, but helping others when I can is very satisfying. The contest is a nice gauge of both but not a primary reason for me. Geonet did take me a while to get use to, but now I rely on it almost daily to get help, or to read the experiences of others before I attempt similar things. The community, and the network aspect of Geonet, is a much larger peer group than I could every expect to find in every day interaction and/or locally.
On a personal level, I find it easier to find things I posted or bookmarked than on my own work machines. As I get closer to retirement or other pursuits, it will be easier for my replacement or training to find things here than on my old desktop machines which IT might wipe.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic.
I also voted Other, just like Rebecca Strauch, GISP . In my case I joined many years ago to get snippets of ArcObjects code and get help with some issues. Only later on I started to contribute and answer questions to give back to the community. During the time that I have been answering questions I have learned more than in those days before and I keep learning new things everyday, right here in GeoNet.
Xander, thank you for the feedback.
"To Learn about GIS" is for me the strongest reason, I've found over my long GIS career that it is easy to get caught up in one's own organizations GIS specialty and forget/miss all the other things going on in this field. And change does not stop in GIS......
Chris Donohue, GISP
...it is easy to get caught up in one's own organizations GIS specialty and forget/miss all the other things going on in this field. And change does not stop in GIS......
Very, very true!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your primary reason of why you joined GeoNet. It has become evident that people join a commnunity for a particular reason and later the reason why they stay in a community is not the same reason why they joined.
Other as well...
I have been associated with the 'forum' in its incarnations for a long time.
Reasons? Initially to find code snippets.
Currently? To see the new areas of applications of gis and related technologies.
What have I learned? 'where should the chicken cross the road' and similar questions exist in all disciplines, just the nouns, the verbs, and the adjective etcetera change the problem solving skills don't....
Dan, thank you for sharing your insight.
I voted other, because there is no other choice since the demise of the far more easy to use and navigate forum-format. Missing "Arc Scripts" too.....
Thomas, thank you for sharing your opinion.
I also voted other, I have joined recently with this ESRI's community to get help to write ArcPy script. and every day I learned new things, the new idea from this group. But within a short span of time especially from Xander Bakker and Dan Patterson, I have been solving many of issues about ArcPy script. I got immense support from this group. Thank you
Shouvik, seems like gaining new ideas from a group is helpful. Thank you for the feedback.
For me too, my primary reason for being here has changed. I came here to learn more, but it then shifted to finding solutions for hard GIS questions. Now I'm looking for ways to expand my GIS network, and improve my skills as a collaborator.
Melody Rose, I'm piggy-backing a new poll on your questions: Now that you're here in GeoNet, why do you STAY?
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