Asking recommendations to find an appropriate contributed Drupal module or theme is not considered as on topic at Drupal Answers. Do we count the contributed Drupal modules and/or theme as softwares also?

I see that asking for plugins for Minecraft is acceptable, as well as asking for plugins for Wordpress. So I don't think contributed modules and/or themes for Drupal should be an exception. Any idea?

Note: For reference, currently we have 10 questions tagged with Drupal, quite a few of them ask for contributed modules or themes.

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I'd say your question here already contains the answer – as long as your question there is specific enough (i.e. follows the general rules), I don't see why Drupal modules should be dealt with differently than Wordpress plugins.

Themes might be a different topic, though, as they don't have a "practical component" (other than "looking nice"), and thus rather fall into the category "resources" (like icons and images); so these IMHO would be off-topic.

  • OK "maestro", thanks for this interesting answer! Please consider my question (and my related answer) that I just posted (at softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/28498) as an example of such questions. Any feedback about its content (in the context of this question/answer here) would be greatly appreciated. Note (about themes): what's your answer here in the context of the question at softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/17245 (consider expanding your answer on that maybe ...)? – Pierre.Vriens Feb 3 '16 at 11:56
  • I prefer leaving that part to someone more familiar with it :) Reading the question, it seems like Drupal themes do more than "theme-ing" – but I cannot tell whether OP has based that on wrong assumptions, or whatever. I myself do not use 3rd party CMS. – Izzy Feb 3 '16 at 11:59
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    Indeed, drupal themes do waaaaay more than "theme-ing". Even though it's consider as a bad "practise", you can include all sorts of "logic" (written in PHP) in such themes. So therefor I think for "themes" questions that "might" fit could be like "What's your recommended base-theme to build a responsive website in Drupal?" (note: "base"-theme is another Drupalisme ...). – Pierre.Vriens Feb 3 '16 at 12:06
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    Thanks for the details, Pierre! I still prefer someone else covers this part – as it's really outside my expertise. It might even be wise to have that a separate question – but a separate answer might do as well. I'd suggest, until such an answer is posted, everyone in favor of Drupal themes being on-topic as in the previous comment, upvoting that comment. That way we at least have an indicator :) – Izzy Feb 3 '16 at 12:14
  • OK, good enough as a compromise for now ... You know I can't "upvote" my own comment, right? But do count me in please. If "Drupal themes" questions are OK, then maybe it may make sense to have extra tags "drupal-modules" and "drupal-themes" created. Whereas the existing "drupal"-tag is used for any type of drupal questions that are not specific to modules or themes ... eg: "Should I use Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 these days when starting a new Drupal site?" ... Now woudn't that be an interesting "software recommendation" question? – Pierre.Vriens Feb 3 '16 at 12:22
  • Sorry, Pierre: "Should I use Drupal 7 or Drupal 8" would be off-topic (see e.g. Is tool x versus tool y a fair question?), as is "how do I X with Z". So the drupal tag would be for modules or themes anyway :) // And sure, you can't upvote your own comment. You were asking that – and others should place the Yay or Nay. ;) – Izzy Feb 3 '16 at 13:53
  • OK, I understand, and agree ... merci! – Pierre.Vriens Feb 3 '16 at 14:21
  • @Izzy: it was not clear to me which comment to upvote, so I added another answer for themes. – Thomas Weller Mar 6 '16 at 11:03

Themes should be on-topic as well

  • Themes are not a web service. They can be installed locally (on a webserver)
  • Themes provide more than just a nice look. E.g. Wordpress themes can or cannot provide a menu, which may be an essential feature.
  • While a theme typically comes with pictures and icons (which are off-topic), you normally want to exchange them, while you keep the layout and the features of the theme

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