There is a new question asking if a site claiming to have a free download of Adobe CS6 is legitimate: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/19970/is-this-software-genuine

Are such questions considered on topic? My first thought was that it wasn't but I haven't spent enough time on this site to know one way or the other. Should this question be answered or should it be flagged as Off Topic?

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Regarding this particular example:

I saw this website and couldn't believe that it was genuine: [URL redacted]

That's pretty blatant spam.

Regarding “is this download site genuine” in general, I don't see how it fits our scope. The closest way I can think of to make it match is that it's asking for recommendations of a download website, which is off-topic. And even that is a stretch, it's more of a “rate this website”.

Regarding “is this application ‘legit’?” (as in does it do what's advertised, is it not malware), that would fall under Can I ask if a particular software will fit my needs?, for which our policy is to change the question to ask about said needs and include a suggestion about which not enough is known to make an answer. If the question doesn't explain the asker's needs, it isn't suitable.

  • I assumed the link wasn't legit but hadn't flagged it for spam. I spend so much time at StackOverflow I'm not used to the spam that isn't someone screaming a phone number for printer support for 500 lines.
    – BSMP
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 20:14

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