Linked Questions

3 votes
1 answer
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2 links on https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/tour

On https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/tour I found two links, one that links to https://meta.softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/336/what-is-required-for-a-question-to-contain-enough-...
7 votes
3 answers
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Should we have higher standards for what consitutes appropriate disclosure than the rest of the network?

In response to this answer question I commented that: When you work for the company that makes the product, it is normal practice to explicitly include a disclosure at the beginning or the end of ...
1 vote
1 answer
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How to escalate or request another moderator's review on a deleted answer?

Assume a moderator deletes one of my answers by mistake (Assume moderator agreed he failed to read the question and my answer properly), is there a way to request for another moderator's review or ...
5 votes
1 answer
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Are there any guidelines for answering with your own software?

Somebody asked a question which seems to be solved with a software I authored¹. Is there anything special I have to consider when posting an answer about this that goes beyond the general SE standards?...
-7 votes
2 answers
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Can we afford deleting not good quality answers?

I really really love your passion but I think you didn't take everything into consideration. You are stating wonderful rules for achieving a really good quality answers and questions. But they ...
86 votes
1 answer
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What is required for a question to contain "enough information"?

This is the question edition of What is required for an answer to be high quality? One of the key problems that I see Software Recommendations having, is people asking extremely vague and simple ...
24 votes
4 answers
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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 ...
20 votes
3 answers
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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'...
3 votes
2 answers
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Should we link to the quality guideline from the how-to-ask section?

We have the What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? question. It is linked from the Tour. Honestly, I never read the tour, except scrolling to the end to get the [...
0 votes
0 answers
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Only one software recommandation per answer? [duplicate]

I answered a software rec question by providing not just one recommandation but several softwares meeting or approaching the OP's criteria, divided into different categories depending on the final ...
8 votes
1 answer
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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 ...
-2 votes
1 answer
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"Put on hold because opinion-based" in SE Software Recommendations

A question I made just got put on hold because it's too "opinion-based". If I understand correctly what "SE Software Recommendations" is, it's a place where people recommend software, based on the ...
1 vote
1 answer
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Moderator deleted the only answer I would accept

A moderator deleted my answer here: Free software to track movies I'm watching My answer might not be the most comprehensive, but it works for all my needs. I might accept a better answer in the ...
10 votes
1 answer
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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 ...
3 votes
1 answer
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Quality guidelines for software identification questions/answers?

The top-voted¹ answer to the discussion Is software identification on-topic? says that (some) identification questions should be on-topic. Because of this, the question Wiki software being used by ...
3 votes
2 answers
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Why was this answer deleted?

My answer was deleted and I'm not sure why. The question asked for "stealth keylogger", where stealth was defined as "does not appear in the Task Manager" "works well on Windows 10", also windows and ...
1 vote
4 answers
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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 ...
10 votes
3 answers
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How should we treat answers that don't fit all requirements?

On the question proposed by @juergen d where he asks about XML inspection tool, the only answer (so far) is one answer that doesn't fit 100% of the requirements, but provides good information and may ...
10 votes
2 answers
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What is required for a "there is no such program" answer to be high quality?

What is required for an answer to be high quality? does a good job to explain what is expected for answer pointing to a program. What is required for a "there is no such program" answer to be high ...
7 votes
2 answers
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Is asking for lists of software welcome?

Today I stumbled upon this question that asks for a list of software. That is, it doesn't seek a (1) tool to accomplish a task, but it seeks everything there is in that area. My first impression was ...
23 votes
2 answers
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Are we becoming lax about answer quality?

I'm concerned. Overall, I think we're doing great. We get more questions per day than all but 8 beta sites, we have awesome users with tons of reputation that help out, and we have a pretty decent ...
53 votes
0 answers
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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 ...
20 votes
6 answers
295 views

90 days have past, how do our statistics look?

90 days have past, and Software Recommendations is proving very useful (at least to me), but what do our statistics say? Statistics are watched closely by our overlords, so even though it is only ...
2 votes
1 answer
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Would it be viable to broaden the scope of Software Recommendations to also include reviews?

This site has received several questions that are in the format of "Is Software X a good option for my task?", or "What are the differences between tool X and tool Y?". These questions are normally ...
28 votes
6 answers
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What to do when an answer contains several suggestions?

The answer to this question (since deleted) gives 4 suggestions as a single answer: (click for full-sized version) I think suggestion4 is great and suggestion1 is crap, but I can't express it by ...
5 votes
2 answers
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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 ...
8 votes
3 answers
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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 ...
13 votes
2 answers
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It is NOT ok to copy and paste from product website

On this question, user3075942 posts 3 answers. All of the feature lists are direct copy and pastes from the product websites. As are the screen-shots. On SW-REC SE, we add value (over a google search)...
8 votes
2 answers
154 views

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 ...
-7 votes
4 answers
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Should we allow minimal (link-only) 'responses' to questions?

Related discussions: What is required for an answer to be high quality? How are we going to moderate answers? The listed related discussions show that answers should contain more than a link to the ...
-1 votes
3 answers
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Can I post as many answers as I want?

It seems obvious to me that users should be allowed to post several answers to the same question. But some might not agree, so I thought I would ask here, just to make sure. Let's say UserA has ...
40 votes
4 answers
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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 ...
14 votes
4 answers
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How are we going to moderate answers?

Everyone has already agreed if this site is going to work we need to have really high quality questions and answers (especially the answers). This leads to the question, how are we going to ...
7 votes
2 answers
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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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
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How did we do in the Private Beta?

Now that the site has moved from Private Beta to Public Beta, are we going to be able to see any statistics as to how the site is performing? I know there are statistics at Area 51 but that doesn't ...
12 votes
1 answer
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A call to arms: review these answers!

Answers of this site are of very disparate quality. We have a lot of bad answers; some have already been improved or removed, but others are lingering. We're in the process of determining what to do ...
11 votes
2 answers
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How important is personal experience?

How important is my personal experience when I recommend a product? In the answers I've posted so far, my experience ranges from “I've never used this application before but I'm familiar enough with ...
6 votes
2 answers
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Add descriptions of mentioned software

How far should software mentioned in questions be described? Now and then, I encounter questions where I don't know the software described ( like here ), but I think I might know an answer. Is it good ...