I have sample question for free alternative to paid software X.

I have upvoted comment, that I should list all features. Is this necessary? I'm looking for software that have similar features, and answerers should lists all differences or missing features. Answerer should know X and it feature list.

Are I'm correct with my expectations?

Sample question: Free equivalent for Splunk log manager

  • Consider the situation where answerer does not know X but a different tool that suits the same needs. Feb 5, 2014 at 14:19

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You don't need to phrase this in terms of a replacement. Just describe the features you like in Splunk, a brief description of what it does, and then add that you want something that isn't proprietary in your constraints.

You can add that Splunk won't work for you because it's proprietary, but you want the same set of features.

Just describe your need, not so much what you're trying to replace.

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