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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is it acceptable to use 'best' in a question?

Obviously, a question like "What is the best Linux distro" is just BAD in every way, but if it is a narrower question ( like "What is the best Linux distro for everyday use on my old G4 PowerBook" ), ...
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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 “tool X versus tool Y” an on-topic question?

Can I ask the pros and cons between 2 programs on SR? Example: I have used Open Office for the longest time for my free word processor. I am interested in trying LibreOffice. Why should I change? ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to phrase an acceptable question asking for software and hardware?

I am "asking for a friend". I think that the software choice will drive the hardware choice, but nevertheless I am asking for both software and hardware. Is that on topic, or can I make it so? ...
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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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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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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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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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Let's lay out our options and design a better future for [layout-designer]

layout-designer seems to be used by askers to refer to very different things: Software to help a restaurant/apartment/etc manager decide how to place tables/chairs/etc Any kind of GUI design tool ...
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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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Recent proliferation of “How to code?” questions & SuperUser questions

Is it just me or have the last few weeks seen a huge upsurge in people asking how they should design software , how they should code it, showing us their code and asking us to fix it? There also seem ...
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Promoting the asking of less technical questions

So we are building up a good foundation of questions. A concern is that the vast majority of the questions are very specific and biased toward the more technically oriented individual. I would (to ...
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Is this question really off-topic because the requested software has to be hosted?

The question Free wiki-like webapp with internationalization, no ads, anyone can edit, mobile-friendly was closed by a mod, referencing the meta-discussion Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?...
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Software to make something like <link>

We often get questions like: I must implement such animations (preferably integrated with React): <link> Any idea which library is best to do? I like the images at <link>, with what Linux ...
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Can we get a close reason saying “Not enough information”?

With the avalanche of new questions comes a new category consisting of 2-3 lines of text hastily scribbled down, missing lots of essential information (Very often that it's supposed to be free, or ...
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What's up with all the low-quality questions in 2019? [duplicate]

Today I visited the front page and was surprised to see that almost half of the questions were blatantly off-topic, and another chunk casually mentioned the possibility of a tool solving their ...
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How to handle one line answers vs comments

When someone posts a comment such as "I haven't tried software XYZ, but it looks like it might meet you requirements", we keep it (unless it's spam). Why? Because it is helpful and is better than ...
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If answer applies to the question but is from someone spamming, do we leave it or kill it [duplicate]

Just saw this in the first posts review queue: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/37870 ... and even while looking at it the downvotes kicked in (from -1 to -3), so it will ...
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Combined HW/SW rec (system invokes both that can work together). Where to ask?

I originally asked this question about hypervisors and vGPU support on Server Fault, but it was deemed unsuitable, and perhaps seen as too close to asking for a recommendation. The question wasn't ...
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Edit otherwise valid answer to remove “Also, look at that long list of maybe solutions”?

I often see this: Q: Chat server with feature X? <- valid question A: I like MyChatX3, a chat server with feature X <- valid answer Also, look at http:/...
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Burn the “plug-in” tag, too

We got rid of the plugin tag some years ago (Burn the "plugin" tag). Now there is the plug-in tag. As it’s used on more than 20 questions, I guess it would be best that a mod deletes the ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Synonimize [go] and [golang]

The golang tag was just recently created. It seems there's already a go tag that serves the same purpose as golang. Should golang be made a synonym of go?
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Can I ask if a particular software will fit my needs?

I've been using a test version of a software for a specifc task related to my job. There are other features of that software that I have not tested, that I might be interested in for a personnal ...

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