I'm tempted to vote this question as off-topic but cannot find any criteria on meta about this.

What do we do with questions of the form "I'm using X, can I do Y with it?"

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NO, they are off-topic. Quoting from our help center's on-topic page:

This site is for questions asking for recommendations of software ready-to-use to accomplish a particular task, that is, “what software can I use to do …?”

(emphasis mine). You see, it's not including "can I use this software to do …".

Further, see our question quality guidelines. Just quoting one chapter name: "What kind of application are you looking for?" – again, it's about "what application" – not the other way around.

Further relevant questions include:


If you have a question about X (in that case Spring Data JPA), then:

  1. Refrain from asking on this site.
  2. Go read the documentation about X (in that case https://docs.spring.io/spring-data/jpa/docs/current/reference/html/).
  3. The documentation or official website probably says whether X can be used for Y. If not:
  4. Go to https://superuser.com/help/on-topic and familiarize yourself with that site's rules.
  5. Search for X on that site, check whether your question is answered already. If not:
  6. Post your question at https://superuser.com , be sure to include all necessary details per the site's rules: https://superuser.com/help/how-to-ask

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