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deadlink / expired link in answers or outdated answers are not revised

some questions hold a deadlink in StackOverflow and many places. it holds a deadlink because the discussion started by the original poster and the link is used by the responders no longer exist as it ...
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Is asking for software comparisons on-topic?

So I have seen this question which says no; however that question is asking "why/if I should change". My question is more regarding the differences of "free" vs "paid" ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How to handle "it's impossible" answers?

The question "Java to C++ converter" has attracted some answers, which IMHO are not answers. This answer and this answer basically say "it's not possible". I am a software ...
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How does our community want to handle quality comments posted as answers that are too long for a comment?

In this question, our new community member (welcome Marco_B!) posted a high quality comment as an answer. The comment is too long to be a single comment, so we have a few choices on how to handle ...
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How much can you change a question to keep it current

TL;DR - can a remove a specific restriction to compatible OS if the requirement is extremely outdated in an effort to keep the question and answers up to date and attract new answers to help future ...
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Question about converting my answer to comment

This is the question I talk about. My answer was converted to comment. But my understanding is: if document creator set password and do not want this password to be removed he/she should have a reason ...
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Questions about a question

I have a question about my Software Recommendations Stack Exchange post: server hosting for communicating with APIs - preferably free I have 3 questions: What can I do for improving the above ...
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Is it ok to ask about video games?

Kind of 2 questions here, just one is more specific. Is it ok to ask for video game recommendations as long as I give enough criteria for it to be answerable? If so, would asking about wii games ...
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Where should I post my question about IP logging policy for certain VPN server software?

Does Tailscale log the IPs of devices which are connected on your account? I posted this question on ServerFault Stack exchange before this and got told it was off-topic there too and was told to post ...
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Can I ask for recommendations for software that's intended as an example (think "hello world" of technology)?

I'm looking into learning more about specific technology, so I'd like to find some simple implementation of it that, while not feature-rich, can be read by somewhat unprepared person. Is question ...
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Can I please ask this question here?

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/67902812/is-there-any-prebuilt-library-text-file-for-a-chat-bot-response It was closed because they said software recommendation is off topic.
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Can I ask whether a specific game/program is right for me?

I know you can ask for recommendations based on the criteria you give, but can I ask whether a game/program I've found will be right for me based on what I want from it? For instance, "I found ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

Part of understanding the impact of three-vote closure is to understand what impact it's having on y'all. I'd like to ask anyone who feels up to it to write an answer to this question and to tell us ...
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Is this strictly for software recomendation?

For example, I use OBS and I had problems. Hardware encoding only works if I don't encode a lot and I wonder why they design it that way. Is that appropriate?
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Where else can I ask for software recommendations?

Only 53% of questions posted on https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com are answered, and this statistic doesn't take into account the many questions that get automatically removed, which means that ...
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A little note to our wonderful community

Dear Software Recommendations community and fellow moderators, I want to take a quick moment to let everyone know that I'm going to be volunteering less time here. We have a great community, and I ...
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Gray area question: Software to add forum functionality to a website

A new community member (welcome!), just posted a question in which they are seeking recommendations for software to integrate into their website to add forum functionality. Here is their question: ...
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Is LeadTools spamming?

It seems there are a lot of answers to old questions which I personally consider spam according the definition "only exists to promote a product". Some of them my question, which is why I ...
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Filtering questions

Before asking a question, I am trying to ensure that it is not a duplicate, by searching accepted answers. I click the appropriate tag, select filter and see ... In case, it's not clear, I added the ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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What does the community think about creating a [sensors] tag (or one or more tags like it)?

Our community currently has a gps tag, but nothing for other types of sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, temperature gauges, step counters, proximity sensors, and light sensors. What do you ...
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Tag merge feedback requested: file-browser and file-management tags

Izzy recently noticed that our community currently has a file-browser tag (1 question) and a file-management tag (395 questions). Would the community like to merge file-browser into file-management ...
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Can you merge [browser] with [web-browser]?

These tags look the same to me: browser -> web-browser
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Why has my question been left closed for 3 years with no feedback?

In 2016 I asked this question: C++ constexpr math (header-only) library it was closed as lacking details or clarity. The comment was: Need details of which platform, CPU, OS, etc., to possibly answer....
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Answers with broken links to software that is no longer available

Six years ago I asked a question for recommendations for Firefox extensions: Firefox extension to copy the title and URL of the page to the clipboard. Since then, Firefox completely changed the way ...
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We need more activity [duplicate]

I checked the site statistics and Software Recommendations has the least percent of answered questions of all the sites. 49 percent. Is there anything we can do to get more activity?
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Is there a way we can allow community members to explain why they think a post is spam?

When going through the moderator queues, I come across posts that one (or more) of our community members have flagged as spam. Our community doesn't get a lot of spam, but when we do, it's usually ...
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Can't find a recommendation for some classroom PC management software

There must be an answer on Software Recommendations, because I have seen it before, and I even evaluated it in a virtual environment a while ago (too long obviously). I can't find it any more. It is ...
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Why Software Recommendations SE least answered?

I've been discovering Software Recommendations Stack Exchange and although I kind of like the topic, my impression is that this SE is not doing great Apparently there's just not enough regular ...
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Why has the number of questions dropped sharply between September 2019 and November 2019, despite the traffic staying constant?

Why has the number of questions dropped sharply between September 2019 and November 2019 (and never recovered), despite the traffic staying constant? https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/site-...
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Can I ask for recommendations for online services?

Can I ask for recommendations for online services? I read Can I ask for recommended websites? but what I want to ask about doesn't really seem to fall into either the "web site" or "web app" ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is it OK to add [scripting] to questions about Google Apps Script?

I'm looking for questions about or related to Google Sheets and/or Google Apps Script. I found that there aren't specific tags like google-sheets and google-apps-script that exists in sites like Web ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Merge [document-converter] and [file-converter]?

Do we really need both a document-converter tag and file-converter tag? It seem that they almost always could be interchanged.
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Bounty expired before I received an email

I put a bounty on this question: Command line performance testing tool for JavaScript An hour ago I recieved this email: Reminder: Your Bounty Ended! Your bounty on the question … Command line ...
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Why is this site having such a low answered rate? [duplicate]

Since many off-topic questions on other SE sites are suggested to migrate to this site (At least 2/3 of my off-topic questions are), I suppose this site should have a big answer rate. But the fact is ...
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Is asking for documentation on-topic? [duplicate]

Well, my guess is that this is bit of a rhetorical question (answer: No, documentation is not software), but I could not find a reference saying so. This question can serve as that reference.
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Microsoft Hololens Tag

I recently asked a question about a Microsoft Hololens 1. I don't have enough rep to create tags yet, but I'm wondering if there's value in a hololens (or a hololens-1 and hololens-2 with the 2 ...
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Increase max number of allowed tags on this site

When asking for recommendations, I often find I use up most of my tags on categorization along several common dimensions. For example: linux, gui, gratis, open-source - that's already four tags before ...
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Should we close questions in any other language than English?

I personally have nothing against questions in other languages, but a flag on a Spanish-language question just came. The flag says "wrong language". What do you all think?
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Closing with 3 votes: Do we want that experiment?

Stack Overflow is running an experiment where 3 close votes are enough to close a question: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/388313/experiment-closing-and-reopening-happens-at-3-votes Should ...
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Can I ask about finding installers and drivers

If you're looking to find software drivers for a piece of physical device have the details of the device but don't know where to locate the software or a suitable alternative can you ask that device. ...
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Would single-vote closure be helpful here?

I recently noticed this on Hardware Recommendations: Testing single-vote closure on Hardware Recs As far as I am concerned, we Software Recommendations is facing a similar problem since long ago (...
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Does it still help to flag off-topic questions?

Today, I again bumped into Thank you for reviewing 20 first posts today; come back in 4 hours to continue reviewing. Given the enormous influx of off-topic questions, is it still helpful that I ...
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Where should I ask about the capabilities of certain node modules?

I have a question about my Software Recommendations Stack Exchange post: Is it possible to launch puppeteer from a web-based application? Hello! My above-linked post includes a question related to ...
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Let's design our own Ask Question Wizard guide

In the Stack Overflow Ask Question Wizard, when the asker chooses "I have a question about some code", they are taken through a guide that helps them choose tags, write a good title, search through ...
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Information that every question needs to include

Every question needs to include some basic information: The functionality of the requested software On which operating system(s) the software needs to work (or indicate that it is a web-app) Price ...
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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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