Thats one of the tricky things about SR - we do have a natural overlap with Superuser (and well, most of the generalist, and OS specific sites).
I think a good way to approach the problem on hand is to look at how software recommendation questions ought to be asked on SU, as opposed to SR.
Yonking from my answer on MSU
I'm trying to search for specific text fields in a directory, but only
in .txt files - I've tried the following approaches (blah blah blah)
but they had these specific problems (blah blah blah). I'm looking for
an outcome thats like (foo bar baz). I run yoyodyne OS, and my system has a rocketdyne hardware text search accelerator I'd like to be able to use. How would I do this?
Is a better 'software rec' question for SU - you're focusing on a problem, mention solutions you have tried and what's the outcome you want.
I need a tool for searching for specific text fields in a directory,
but only in .txt files
- I need it to work in yoyodyne OS
- It needs to be free as in beer
- Since I'm have a rocketdyne hardware text search accelerator, I'd prefer to have support for this but its optional
In a sense, a good SR question is a laundry list of features. You're looking for a tool to solve your problem, as opposed to a solution solved by a tool. Your features narrow down the possible answers to avoid excessive listification.
Both of your questions are really in the fuzzy grey line between the sites IMO, and ought to be fine here.