Yes, as long as the question is asked in terms of features or functionality. Not based on the content of the website alone. For the same reason we wouldn't want people asking "Can you recommend a Linux Distro?" or a "Text Editor?", we wouldn't want people asking "Where can I buy plane tickets?", without also requesting specific features and functions that would make this a good/interesting question with interesting answers.
This site is called SoftwareRecs, it will most likely have a user base who wants to ask questions based on features. If they don’t, those questions should be flagged just like they are now.
The only reason that traditional Software for accumulating movie reviews , or sharing news is not abundant is because of Websites. They are a form of software that is much more capable of allowing consumption of information by the masses.
If they were allowed I could ask, is there a website like softwarerecs.SE that allows website recommendation questions? If it were not allowed I could ask is there Q&A Software for making and receiving software recommendations?
You are going to see these questions asked in the form of the second question and they are going to have Websites as answers. So can you ask for websites if I know very well the best answer will probably be a websites but you don’t call it a website?
The main difference I see is that traditional Software is generally for Creation, and Websites are generally tools for consumption, with Web Apps we are seeing the line blurred.
Websites can be discussed in the same way that software is, You can talk about the UI, the code, how open source and cross platform they are. What the awesome features are. Why you no longer like using a website due to its change in features or UI.
My main hesitation is that websites have content which can be very controversial. Traditional Software generally does not. So maybe questions and answers can not be based on content of those websites. SO you would not ask Is there a Yahoo answers where the people aren’t idiots? You would ask is there a yahoo answers where you can vote on answers and moderate the site democratically?
I think that the distinction between websites and software is making certain parties millions. :Looks at google: as they make feature rich applications for the internet, so that there are only a handful of websites worth visiting for some people.
I think the distinction between "Apps" and Software is making people millions.
Many people I talk to do not realize that Mobile Apps are Software, they know I am a programmer who builds web applications and desktop applications but they assume I know nothing about mobile app development (if they even know what that is) They don’t even know that Apps is just short for Applications! Good thing Web Apps are on the rise, and I can make those, without conforming to some Android or iOS API. (Yes I know there Is a big difference but mobile app discussion is accepted here so why not Websites) This is all genius marketing thought up by Apple. People keep hearing us Say "Oh there is an APP for that?" Well guess what there is probably a Website for that too that you don’t have to buy through Google or Apple.
If you look at WebApps.SE they aren’t distinguishing between Kayak.com and Google Drive as bad questions one is for buying plane tickets. If you look at alternativeto.net and type in IMDB, Kayak, Wikipedia, Wordpress, Netflix, Spotify, Google Drive, Gedit, Notepad, Eclipse, they all come up with answers.
Now this is the polar extreme of my argument but I think it makes some valid points:
If these were aloud I could ask for blogs. I could specify the content of the blog, but I would concentrate on the features of that blog.
- Do they allow questions?
- Do they use Disqus or Open ID to allow easy commenting?
- Can I easily share with friends?
- Do comments get closed if they become too controversial?
- Do they have certain plugins installed?
- Do they have Tons of flash advertising?
- Is it open source?
- Do they track me?
- I hate the colors they chose on this blog, or it is not Universally accessible. can you recommend one that is?
Or is there a Kazoo in the shower website that allows me to Enlarge, crop, save to desktop?
I totally see why this is not the popular answer with software enthusiasts. But think about it a little and If you can distinguish between a Website and software to make the majority happy I am all for it, but I doubt that is possible.
I see no reason not to give it a try.