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Sometimes I need to know how 2 or more applications compare with regards to a specific feature / criterion:

e.g.

  • How does the speech recognition accuracy compare between Dragon NaturallySpeaking's and CMU Sphinx?
  • How much faster is copying files though TeraCopy vs. Windows 7 native copy function?

I believe it is but just to confirm is that off-topic? If so is there some SE where I can ask such questions?

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I agree with your assumptions: questions like "How do X and Y compare" is off topic on SR. But as usual, there might be a "gray zone".

Taking e.g. your second example about the file copiers, you could put it like this:

I need a really fast copy tool, working natively on Windows 7. It must be capable of:

  • copying large and small files alike
  • working across drive boundaries
  • [ put additional requirements here ]

I already know about TeraCopy and Windows' built-in copy function (not sure how they compare in speed and resource usage, though) [ ... ]

Basically the same thing, but fully fitting our site as it meets all criteria – while it hides your "secret" question between the lines. Bonus for you: an answer might turn up naming a "SuperCopy" tool which fits your requirements even better :)

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