I've taken a first go at the customizable parts of the very first page users are supposed to read on the site — the tour page (formerly known as /about), based on the guidelines we've established so far.

We can customize two sections: “Ask about…” and “Don't ask about…”. Here's the current content (we can't edit the title).

Ask about…

Good software recommendation requests have two components:

  • A purpose — a task to accomplish, a user story
  • Some objective requirements — a minimum set of features

Please read our question quality guidelines.

We request that answers demonstrate how the recommended product meets the requirement and is suitable for the intended purpose. Please read our answer quality guidelines for more information.

Don't ask about…

  • Requests for lists of software with no defined purpose — our objective is to find the best fit for a task.
    • Questions without concrete requirements — if some potential answer would lack a critical feature, we need to know.

If you're asking for alternatives, be sure to describe the features you're using and why what you have isn't up for the task.

Feedback welcome.


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Can the About please include whether web apps are OK to ask for, or whether this site is limited to desktop (or mobile?) software?

I had my hand slapped by @jonsca for posting a web app question on webapps.SE, and I find it difficult to determine what the scope of SR.SE is, starting from its About page.

  • Yes, and about libraries as well.
    – Nicolas Raoul Mod
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 8:40

I think the way the "Ask about" section is formulated isn't quite correct.

The first bullet-point is about when to ask a question, and the second is about how to ask it

Ask about

You should ask a question when you have a purpose in mind, something you're willing to accomplish in a specific way. Be sure to remember to:

This will allow others to give quality answers to your questions.

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