We often get questions like:

I must implement such animations (preferably integrated with React): <link> Any idea which library is best to do?

I like the images at <link>, with what Linux software can I create images like that?

Are such questions OK, and if not, how to transform them into great questions?

Different from this question: Software like <link>

  • Possible duplicate of How to ask for an alternative to some software
    – user416
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 13:54
  • @JanDoggen: Consider the question "I like the images at <link>, with what Linux software can I create images like that?". It is not asking for an alternative, actually it is not even citing any software.
    – Nicolas Raoul Mod
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 3:06

1 Answer 1


Such questions are not OK, they will be closed if not fixed quickly.

Rule: Do not force people to click links.

Your question must be 100% understandable without clicking any link, by any IT expert in your field.


  • Your question becomes searchable, and thus more useful to people who have the same requirements.
  • More objective definition of requirements. Imagine you show Mona Lisa to 100 people, and say "I want the same kind of thing". You will get 100 different interpretations of what you actually meant. Maybe you meant "half-length portrait of a woman" or maybe you meant "small-sized oil painting using the sfumato technique".
  • Less time wasted by potential answerers, thus more/better answers.
  • More enjoyable website for visitors.
  • No broken links.

If necessary also post an image or screenshot, but even if you do, also describe your requirements with words.

  • Well done. Thank you for posting this! :) Commented Mar 25, 2019 at 21:24

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