Is 'Software Recommendations' the right place to ask for the most appropriate software when it comes to back-end scripts/software?

For example asking for a CRM that had certain features, or the best PHP script for a given scenario?

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As all SE sites, SR is the wrong site to ask for "simply the best". It is however the right place if you explicitly specify your requirements – see: What is required for a question to contain “enough information”?

So asking for a CRM with "certain features" is fine as long it's not too broad (it would e.g. be insufficient if those "certain features" would be only "manages a company's interactions with customers and prospects", as that's what a CRM generally does. You must be specific.

Same for the PHP script, but with that even more: A PHP script that "adds 1+1" is quite specific – but for obvious reasons also quite off-topic ;) And again: "the best" is not accepted as criterion here, as it's much too subjective ("one mans owl is another mans nightingale").

  • I've modified my question.
    – Terry
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 21:25
  • So your question is rather in the context of Can I ask for help to develop a solution in this site?
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 21:35
  • Yes, with specific needs. I realise best is subjective and didn't think it through
    – Terry
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 21:36
  • Yupp, got that :) Many fall for this, so we're already used to. Especially with the PHP script part, I guess the linked question should match yours. As for the CRM, my answer should still fit: CRM is a complete system, so as long as your question holds "enough information" it should be fine. Scripts are somehow borderline, so it's hard to give generic advice on them.
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 21:39

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