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Asking for software, get libraries in answers

Is it acceptable to answer questions asking for software with libraries that will do most of what the OP is looking for, but would require some code to be written to utilize? The OP can of course ...
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Dealing with obvious tags

In the past few days, the review queue had a load of edits where "obvious" tags where being added. I have my doubts of whether those are really useful – though I see the point of the resp. editors. ...
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My question was closed as too broad, why?

I asked a question with some specifics characteristics I'm looking, but was closed as too broad, why? Here is my question: Image editor that can draw a line Must be able to draw a line. ...
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Burn the “plugin” tag

Currently 19 questions have the plugin tag. I think we should get rid of this tag. Whenever a plugin (or extension, or add-on, …) for a specific software is needed, the question should be tagged with ...
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Data sources vs applications: what's the limit?

In a previous episode “Can I ask for recommended websites?”, we concluded (in Angelo Neuschitzer's words): No to Websites; Yes to Webapps. I think the main difference between websites and ...
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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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How to handle OS tags

We have OS tags that are version agnostic, such as windows and osx. We also have tags that are version specific, such as windows-7 and windows-10. Our policy has been to use the version agnostic ...
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Pro Tem Moderators… Activate

I will be contacting additional users to fill more moderator slots, but I wanted to get the folks below activated before things really started to take off. Throughout the beta, we need members from ...
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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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Should we add a second answer with the same recommendation if the first answer is very low quality?

I have just seen this answer Password manager for Linux with just working in-browser autotype Using the tool myself I'm sure I could write a better answer (more detailed, with screenshot...). So ...
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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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Clarification of level of personal involvement in a software project

I understand, and completely agree, that personal involvement in a software project which you are recommending should be disclosed while answering a question. What I am unsure of is whether you need ...
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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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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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When will we graduate?

I have just received my first Yearling badge and was surprised to notice that it has been a year already. When we started, it wasn't clear if this site could flourish - now, a year later I think we ...
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Are answers which provide a complete script acceptable?

Olli has this excellent question which asks for a file integrity checker. I'm sure many of us could write up a quick shell script and cron entry that will do exactly what he needs. We seem to have ...
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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 ...
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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 allowed to request software that breaks a service's terms of service (TOS)?

For example, Spotify's TOS prohibits recording audio: 8. User Guidelines Spotify respects intellectual property rights and expects you to do the same. This means, for example, that the ...
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Is source code an acceptable answer?

Please see my exchange of comments with @Bruno Lowagie on this question. Bruno as provided some source code as an answer. While I, as a fellow programmer, might welcome such an answer, I think I ...
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Should we be transparent when recommending our own software?

A large part of our community may also be members of StackOverflow, Programmers, or just happen to be software developers. If I answer a question and recommend software that I, personally, am somehow ...
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Is it on topic to ask where to download specific drivers?

Or should I be asking at Super User? Specifically, I have just bought a new Lenovo G70-70 in Germany and came with FreeDos. It also has a driver disk, but only for Windows 8.1. I want to install ...
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Should titles actually be a question?

I am genuinely curious, but this is my second beta and one thing I have noticed is the first edit that people make to questions is make the title into a question. For example, the title of my 2nd ...
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Long-time spammer happens to be on-topic. Delete or not?

For a long time we have endured spam from SomeProduct's company/owner/employees who post a lot of answers about SomeProduct in barely relevant questions. Today they posted again about SomeProduct and ...
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Questions that do not ask for recommended software on topic?

This question was just asked: What is the best way to recommend a new browser to my family? The question does not ask about a browser recommendation, or a piece of software, but simply asks how to ...
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Is suggesting python libraries/solution a proper software recommendations? [duplicate]

Recently I've seen answers, where the OP is asking for a software recommendations, and the answers outlines how to do this in python, and which libraries might come in handy to solve the issue. But, ...
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Is it okay to ask for algorithms on this site?

Is it okay to ask for algorithms (or libraries) on this site, or is only software (as in specific implementations of algorithms) allowed? If not, is there another SE site that invites such questions?...
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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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Mention operating system in title

Should mentioning the Operating System in titles be removed? We have tags to indicate those information. And on Stack Overflow it is recommended to remove the language tag from the title.
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Tags for software that runs on a (web?) server

I think it’s important to differentiate between two cases: looking for software to install on a server (= self-hosted) looking for software installed on a server (= hosted) Ideally, this difference ...
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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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Do we really need two separate iPhone tags?

Going over today's question, I've found one using the iphone (× 11) and iphone-app (× 13) – plus additionally ipad-app (× 17). While I can see a reason for the last one to co-exist, ...
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Lets tighten the reins of the tags

First of all, I hate dealing with troubles and problems, especially if they could be averted before hand. And tags will always become a problem of all SE sites. If you have come from any site you know ...
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Is the Ubuntu tag justified?

Revisiting Should we have tags for separate Linux distributions? one year later. We currently have 69 questions tagged ubuntu, 37 of which don't have the tag linux. And yet I struggle to find one ...
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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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“-plugin” suffix for specific-software tags?

(Gilles brought this up in his answer to the question Burn the “plugin” tag) If a question asks for a solution that is required to work with a specific software, it should be tagged with a tag for ...
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Definition of [cross-platform] tag

Should cross-platform be used only for software, most likely desktop-clients, which looks and behaves identically or similar on different desktop platforms, for example VLC, or for services accessible ...
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Guide users who try to use the tag [free]

I suggest we make a new tag free and then make it a synonym of gratis. This will mean when new users type 'free', they are suggested with 'gratis'. What do you think?
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Is asking for the canonical location of source code on-topic?

I'm looking for the source code paired with a textbook, but the URL provided in the book has rotted away, and searching Google only reveals sources that don't appear to be official or have been ...
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Would icon and font library questions be on topic?

I am looking for a specific icon/font library with icons related to accommodation. To be specific, I need hotel related icons that differentiate single-bed, double-bed, bed-sofa, etc., in .png, .jpg ...
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What is a meta tag?

I've been seeing this a lot lately, and I was wondering what it was. What is it used for? Is there a certain reputation amount needed to use them?
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What to do with the server tag?

Ok, the one that agree with the server tag to stay can step up and answer this questions: Can you objectively determine whether the tag does or does not apply to a given question? Can you say that a ...
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Can you explain me the REAL difference between asking for the best softwares, some good softwares or some softwares? [duplicate]

The formal difference is obvious, and there is a strong difference in many contexts, but I can't see any difference in a website like this. Infact what are you expecting to read as an answer to the ...
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Looking for driver recommendations (satisfying particular requirements) for my hardware: On-topic?

Let's say I am looking for an open source driver for my old Zorg2000 Wi-Fi antenna, and I need the driver to work on Linux and let me use the antenna's non-documented wifoobaration features. Is it on-...
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Apple mobile device tags

We have at least three tags for Apple mobile devices: ios, iphone-app and ipad-app. I guess iphone-app and ipad-app should be iphone and ipad instead — what question about those devices wouldn't be ...
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How should we treat questions about plugins and such “software-parts”? [duplicate]

I made a "test-drive" question about plugins. But, how should we treat those kind of question, that doesn't ask for a application itself, just a dll or plugin like software?
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Mysterious [cloud] tag

What does cloud mean? Isn't it a meta-tag? At least clarification is needed. Seems is was previously a cloudstorage, what makes more sense for me.
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Using the word best adds any kind of subjectivity? [duplicate]

First I'd like to say that there are many topics on the usage of the word "best". But the question here is completely different. The question is more theoretical. My answer is wikified, so instead ...
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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 ...
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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 ...