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You're doing it all wrong!

Before this proposal went into beta, Tim Post laid out some ground rules on Area 51. If you haven't read them yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. The problem, a lot of you guys aren't following ...
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An odd request: can we have another week in private beta?

If the Community Managers team (henceforth CM) so decides, we're scheduled to start public beta in two days (Tuesday). I'm not sure we're ready. On most new beta sites, announcements from the CM team ...
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What is required for an answer to be high quality?

This is the answer edition of What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? As a continuation of the above, the second key problem that I see Software Recommendations ...
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Is it okay to ask for alternatives? [duplicate]

For the sake of making an example that's easy to understand: If I were a Java w/ Spring developer using Eclipse, would the following question be acceptable? What's an alternative to Eclipse for ...
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How to ask for an alternative to some software

I have software X and I like it. However, I want an extra feature that X doesn't provide. Or I want to run X on a different platform. How can I ask for an alternative to X?
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Custom close reasons for software recommendations

Due to the unique nature of Software Recommendations in comparison to the rest of the Stack Exchange network, I feel some discussion needs to go into the creation of close reasons specific to this ...
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Are hardware recommendations on-topic?

This site was established as a software recommendations site. However, we do not have to define our scope based on historical happenstance in choosing a name. Given that our primary focus is on ...
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My instincts are all wrong

Anyone else finding that their instincts on what is a good question are wrong? Since questions that are off topic, on any other SE site are on topic here. Ie any software-rec. and questions that are ...
Frames Catherine White's user avatar
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Should we migrate questions from other SE sites?

I have seen some questions on other SE sites which are closed. For example this question (there are more of them): What's the best CDN for image hosting on a high-volume web site? This question has ...
Jordi Kroon's user avatar
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What's our stance on being a migration target?

Now that we're graduating, we're eligible to appear on other sites' migration lists, such as this one (from Stack Overflow): If we were on this list, it would mean that normal users with close ...
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What if we don't know exactly what we want?

The ground rules for softwarerecs give top billing to the idea of listing specific requirements in a question, and I totally get why that is. But what about those cases where a user may not actually ...
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Are "this is a bad idea" answers permitted?

Regarding this answer: I think you should reconsider the idea of several people live-editing a single code file. That may be great when teaching or pair-programming (ie, working on the same thing), ...
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Design Ideas for this site. Again

My name is Paweł, I'm Senior Product Designer from StackOverflow and I'm going to work on your site's design and I need your help. Right now I'm in the "research stage" which basically means that I'...
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Random inappropriate necro-deletion of decent, helpful, upvoted answer

I posted a quick answer to a question a while ago. I wasn't super detailed and it certainly wasn't a model answer, but I provided a service to the community by being the only one to recommend a ...
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Is it OK to ask for a software having a particular feature?

I saw some questions being put on hold as too broad because they ask for just a particular feature. How many features must the OP mention in the question? Is it OK to ask for a software having a ...
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Why is this site better than the other options? How does it overcome existing problems? Why should it exist?

This is a wide-reaching question not just about Software Recommendations (SR herein) but also about the future of sites you would hope will feed into it (the sites like Stack Overflow, Super User, Ask ...
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Let's reword our intro at the Ask Question Wizard

In the Ask Question Wizard, there are 6 options: 3 of these options make a customized message appear. For instance, the "I have a question about some code" option's message is a custom message about ...
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What are our canned comments?

Now we are public, that means a bit more traffic and lots of people asking and answering. Which leads to the boredom of having to write a comment each time something is wrong with a post. So, do we ...
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What would be our stop gap for other sites to migrate over question?

Ok, we know the golden rule of migration: Don't migrate crap Well, there are some questions that meet our (SR) criteria of a good question for recommendation: It has requirements Correctly scoped ...
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How to approach answers as software is updated

After reading through some of the questions on Software Recommendations Meta (SRM), most notably: "You're doing it all wrong!" "What is required for a question to contain “enough information”?" I'm ...
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Does the OP have to mention obvious features?

I see in this question that in order to have the questions contain many features for the sake of matching some interpretation of the question guide lines, someone suggested to add having a GUI or ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Should we be closing questions that don't specify an OS?

I've been seeing quite a few questions in the process of being closed as unclear what you're asking, apparently because they don't specify an OS. I've also been voting to close these questions. My ...
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What kind of software recommendations is this site for?

I don't understand.. if I ask for a list of software, it is too broad. if I ask for the best, it is opinionable if I simply ask to detail the feature of one good graphic program it's not the mission ...
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Show new users the interstitial pages before they can ask questions

Allow me to start this discussion off by saying that though the requirements of this site are a bit relaxed, there are still some rules that posters need to follow. New users tend to post low-quality ...
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Criteria you should mention in your question, for each type of software

We sometimes get questions like "What criteria should I consider for X" (which are off-topic). Also, we often get questions with not enough criteria (even though they comply with the general rule) ...
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Testing the game recommendation category of questions

Related: Are video game related questions on topic? Below are a variety of game recommendation questions that we saw on the gaming Stack Exchange, Arqade, during its life. I have split these into ...
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How to ask and answer software recommendation questions - aka 'The Ground Rules'

This post should not be linked to as guidelines for post quality. It is from the Area 51 days and is not kept updated with policy changes. If you're asking a question, please refer to What is ...
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Is asking for Wordpress plugins on-topic?

So asking about the Wordpress's plugins has been rejected by the Wordpress Development. Do we count the plugins as softwares also? I see that asking for plugins for Minecraft is acceptable, so I don't ...
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Are questions regarding password cracking on-topic?

Are questions regarding password cracking on-topic? This could include passwords of archives such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z etc. but also cracking of OS passwords like NTLM hashes or a Linux passwd file.
Thomas Weller's user avatar
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Update to our `/help/on-topic` page

As we discussed on chat, our /help/on-topic page might need at least a tiny update. I recommend the following addition right after the currently "blockquoted line": Especially, make sure your ...
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What should our documentation contain?

This is one of those seven essential meta questions of every beta and I feel it's going to result in a lot of discussion. Unlike other Stack Exchange sites, much of our documentation is probably going ...
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Would a more rigid question template help achieve a consistent quality?

On other sites much more variation in the question structure is expected. For instance on stackoverflow some questions are very short code snippets, some are in depth debugging - the asker needs a lot ...
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Reputation penalties if someone votes to close a question and it is reopened?

I feel that people often downvote or vote for close far too quickly. The quality is something really different in my humble opinion. If someone votes to close a question without giving a comment I ...
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Are "no code" requests for tools in scope?

If someone asks for a no coding - ready to use tool recommendations, would it be acceptable? Assuming that enough details are provided in such question.
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Leaving an invalid answer "just in case it helps someone"

Situation: Asker asks a question Answerer writes a long and detailed answer Answerer realizes that their answer is not correct (for instance they misread a requirement, or the asker added a new ...
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How to handle dreamware requests? [duplicate]

I haven't been around Software Recommendations for very long, but I notice a lot of requests never getting answers, or being for software yet to be developed or envisioned, i.e. dreamware. How does ...
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Are "Name the program showed in this screenshot" questions on-topic? [duplicate]

E.g. https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/11492/903. On-topic or off-topic?
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Are "where can I find the source of this dead project"-questions on topic?

In particular, I'm looking for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandler_(software) which should be available at chandlerproject.org but that website is down, and I can only find the executable online on ...
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What's up with all these “unclear what you are asking” close votes?

I've been seeing a number of questions closed (and had two in the review queue today, which I kept open, although I was only 100% behind one of them, the other still was not definitely unclear and ...
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Are "Can I use X for Y" questions on-topic?

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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Too-broad Close Reason in Software Recommendations [duplicate]

What is the rationale/criterion on this site for the Too-broad close reason? I think I have a pretty good handle on close reasons for existing SE sites, and the "too broad" close reason in particular....
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My question was deleted because it asked how much I should pay for SEO

It's not spam to ask about a specific delivery. Some moderator was just bullshitting that I was guilty of "spam" just because I asked how much I should pay for SEO. Can't you speak of economics or ...
Niklas Rosencrantz's user avatar
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Changed SO response to "recommendation questions" [closed]

I posted a request on Meta SO, that questions "closed as a software recommendation" have the closure complaint modified to suggest that SR be used as an alternative. I'm posting the link here, so ...
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What should our /about contain?

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 ...
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What to do with the closed questions?

What should be done with closed posts? One of my questions on Software Recommendations SE was closed as off-topic. My question there is: I want to get rid of the nested structured, ...
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Are mobile app recommendations on topic?

I want to find out if there exists an Android app to perform a specific function. Would this be off-topic here?
Hashim Aziz's user avatar
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Is my question bad or off topic?

This is my first question in Software Recommendation. I am surprised to see so many downvotes. Is the question really that bad? Please someone explain so I can delete my question after knowing the ...
samnaction's user avatar
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Request for new cycling tag

Gidday all - I'm a regular on http://bicycling.stackexchange.com/ and we occasionally get questions about software for riding, whether it be mapping or routing or statistics-gathering. And while they'...
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Community Promotion Ad on WordPress Development SE? (2015)

In the comments to a Meta discussion on WordPress Development, Rarst (moderator) suggested that we could submit a Community Promotion Ad for Software Recommendations SE. Their current year’s post is ...
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How is the best way to ask about comparison of Code Generator tools?

I've been suspend here twice, so now I would put the maximum effort in opening a really good question. And I would really appreciate for you advice and help. Please, be batient with me.. I've made ...
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