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Asking for software recs which may need a combination of iOS & Windows software?

Is that going to be okay? Before I post and people jump on me, which has become way too common SE sites, here's the sample outline: Update: Since there were no replies I posted it and I hope ...
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Help promote this site for Drupal's module recommendations?

There is a question on meta.drupal.SE, which is similar to the "Community Promotion Ads - 2017" question on this site here. Here is one of the answers over there (disclosure: it's mine), to recommend ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Congratulations to Thomas Weller!

Please join me in congratulating community member Thomas Weller in being the newest member to join our 10,000 reputation point club. He will now enjoy all the amazing international perks that go ...
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Should questions always state whether the requirement must be native/webapp?

I get the feeling if someone says "I want a cross platform app that does X", my stock response is often going to be "webapp, dude". I also suspect many people may find that annoying, and only consider ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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How do we deal with spammers

jakuret has so far answered three questions and recommended the same product. I only woke up on the third and marked it as spam. But they are going to continue. While I realise that you can have any ...
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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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Can I ask a same question after several years?

Can I ask the same question asking a recommendation for software after several years of the original question? After 5 or more years, new software may have appeared.
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2022: 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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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 question was automatically deleted what can I do?

This question I asked a year ago was automatically deleted. The questionwas was not downvoted nor was it closed, so I was surpised. Moderator told me it was Roomba cleanup. So since it´s unlikely the ...
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Which software is considered spam here?

I suggested Movavi Screen Recorder as an answer to this question. My answer was deleted as spam, although I use the software myself and didn't notice any viruses or other adware there. According to ...
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Confirming that this is the right place

I am trying to find the right place to ask some questions without getting told that they aren't appropriate or not within the scope of the site. Here are some examples (NOT questions): A request for ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should programming language recommendations be allowed here?

Should recommendations for which programming language to use be allowed on the site? For example, a few off the top of my head: What programming language to use for a desktop application involving [...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Can users request any of the following criteria (Cracks/Activators) [duplicate]

Is It possible to ask for any programs such as Windows operating system activators And cracks or any software activator on this forum?
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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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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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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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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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