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Recommendations and “Titles should avoid being subjective” [duplicate]

I'd like to better understand the meaning of two things that seems opposite to me. To recommend means to give an advice to someone. The etymology of advice is: advice (n.) late 13c., auys "opinion," ...
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Custom close reasons for software recommendations

Due to the unique nature of Software Recommendations in comparison to the rest of the Stack Exchange network, I feel some discussion needs to go into the creation of close reasons specific to this ...
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What should our documentation contain?

This is one of those seven essential meta questions of every beta and I feel it's going to result in a lot of discussion. Unlike other Stack Exchange sites, much of our documentation is probably going ...
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Should we really attach the “desktop-client” tag to all questions for desktop use?

I just stumbled upon this in our review queue: Is it really useful/necessary to point this out for every question? Don't the other tags make the issue clear? Or is this a good thing for filtering by ...
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Should we take a proactive approach to avoid affiliate linking?

Earlier today, a Stack Overflow (SO) member noticed that another member was knowingly editing answers on SO that contained iTunes links to include the latter member's affiliate account number so that ...
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How to approach answers as software is updated

After reading through some of the questions on Software Recommendations Meta (SRM), most notably: "You're doing it all wrong!" "What is required for a question to contain “enough information”?" I'm ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why question for Best tool is wrong, but for Good are ok? [duplicate]

Why question with word best are considered wrong and downvoted automatically? Even if certain criteria are clear when something is the best. We are looking for best software but we can ask only for ...
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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 ...
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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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Should we be closing questions that don't specify an OS?

I've been seeing quite a few questions in the process of being closed as unclear what you're asking, apparently because they don't specify an OS. I've also been voting to close these questions. My ...
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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 ...
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Should tags for specific software products be permitted?

I've just encountered the tag lightroom. The question using it makes pretty clear what it stands for: Alternative to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? My point here is: Should we support tags for a specific ...
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How to show our homework

All SE sites like questioners to have done a little homework before asking a question. I take it that this site is no different. So questioners should have looked for a piece of software to meet ...
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Should the [software-development] tag be removed?

In the review queue, I often see edits just adding the software-development tag. And in most cases, I don't see why it should be required there. Example: From already existing tags, it's quite clear ...
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Vague [editor] tag

The editor tag could be used for many purposes - is a question tagged with it requesting a text, video or image editor? I think this tag should be removed.
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Asking about software/tool comparison questions on topic? [duplicate]

I am talking about the question based on asking for advice in choosing one of x tools. Reason behind this is, users intend to ask questions for finding a tool that will help them do their work. But ...
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“Java IDE” questions - you're doing it wrong [duplicate]

I disagree with closing this question: IntelliJ IDEA vs Eclipse vs NetBeans for "pure Java" development I need to refer to my previous post again: Is tool x versus tool y a fair question? (...
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library tag vs. software-library tag: Which should we use?

Up until 3 or 4 minutes ago there was 1 question using the [software-library] tag and 1 using the [library] tag. Then I did a question and that changed it to 2 to 1. So which tag should be used?
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Tag for OS-agnostic questions?

Stack Overflow has a language-agnotic tag, for questions that don't specifically require a answer in any one language. Do we need a os-agnostic tag, for if we don't care which OS the answer is in? I'...
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“Feature tags” only for required or also for optional features?

Should "feature tags" (is there a better name?) like OS (linux, osx, windows, …), license (open-source), and costs (free) only be used if they are required features? Or may they also be used for ...
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Is there a way to suggest renaming a tag, other than via post in meta?

I am asking because I just realized I have contributed to a tag called netbean, created by a user who mistakenly called that way the NetBeans IDE for Java development. I also contributed to the tag ...
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Convert the “floss” tag into a synonym to “open-source”

Browsing through our current tags, I see we have open-source (even with a tag wiki already), and floss (which I just learned stands for "free/libre open-source software"). The latter IMHO is a rather ...
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Can I answer with website/webapp?

When someone asks a valid question, and I know there's website/webapp that fulfills all or at least majority of the requirements, should I answer with that? On the other words, is it forbidden to ...
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Is the question “JS/PHP editor software” acceptable?

The question Cross platform JS/PHP editor software with FTP support and code hinting has been closed twice, reopened, and is well into process toward being closed again. Looking around the site, I ...
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What to do about recommendations containing potentially harmful adware?

So, I'm rather surprised this hasn't been discussed already (it hasn't been as far as I can tell). What do we do if an answer to a question recommends a piece of software that, for example, contains ...
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How to deal with similar but not duplicate questions

For example this two cases listed below are different questions but same answers may apply and actually answer both questions. Is there an alternative software for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? Photo ...
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Can I lift tag-wiki entries from other SE sites?

I'm currently asking questions that don't seem to have a tag-wiki entry for the tags I need to use, and there's perfectly good tags on SU for those pieces of software. Can I copy the tag wiki ...
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Would plugin recommendations about Minecraft be on topic?

So for example "Plugin for Bukkit that will rollback changes on a Minecraft server" or "Plugin for Bukkit that will So long as the question is specific in what plugin the user is looking for, I don'...
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What exactly does the “web” tag mean?

I saw someone use the [web] tag (Web browser that can view page source for Android) . I think this tag is either a) too broad or b) needs a definition on proper use. Any thoughts?
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Should we add language tags?

As a non native English speaker I sometimes will have the requirement for software to be in my native language (German). Now there are many languages and for most of us (techs) its okay if the ...
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Are questions about browser plugins acceptable?

I feel the answer is YES, asking for confidence and Meta completeness.
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How to become an expert

What do we need here to make this site work? Experts giving great answers. It is especially important that questions get good answers. Otherwise the site is useless. Currently I can't really give so ...
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What if a software recommendation exists but for a different platform?

For example, look at this question : iPad app for offline HTML/CSS/JavaScript testing? What if I am looking for software with almost the same criteria, but for a different platform like perhaps ...
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Is the desktop tag meaningful?

A desktop tag showed up today, in this question. I don't think it contributes much (if at all). The linux tag, also on the question, tells us what we need to know. Anything that works on a linux ...
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How should I accept answers?

The choice of the best software which fits my needs is quite subjective. So when I ask for a software recommendation, the best answer for the asker (= my elected software) isn't necessarily the best ...
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We should not answer with “Anti-recommendations”

When I saw this question, I was tempted to answer with answer along the lines of Don't use GIMP, this would be the wrong tool for the job. No one mentioned GIMP but, I felt a urge to encourage ...
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My instincts are all wrong

Anyone else finding that their instincts on what is a good question are wrong? Since questions that are off topic, on any other SE site are on topic here. Ie any software-rec. and questions that are ...
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Reverse Recommendations: If X is the answer what is the question?

I was considering today, if questions of the form: Reverse Requirements Form I am considering Fortran as a tool for numerical computation. If Fortran is a good tool for me, what are my desires? ...
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Can I ask for recommended websites?

I may want to ask for websites where I can find recommended music the way IMDB is a good site for Movie information. Or I want a website where I can read Firefox OS news, in a similar format to OMG! ...
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Design ideas for this site

I read about design in The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, so: Do we have any ideas about design? Any motifs throughout the site?
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Educational Games

Can we put educational games as an answer for question like this? Android application to learn English for small kids Maybe should I make this clear in my question, that I'm not asking for games for ...
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What is so bad about this question?

This question: Most space-efficient freeware file compressor? got 6 downvotes, but I don't understand what is so terribly bad about it. It asks for a good file compressor with certain criteria listed ...
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How to ask a Good Question about anything for which there are more than a dozen possible recommendations?

Is this site just off limits to anything for which there are many recommendations? Consider the question Photo editing software for Windows?. There are already three close votes. The answers aren't ...
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Do we really need a [mac] tag?

I recently received a suggested edit on one of my posts (which I had tagged osx) adding in a new mac tag, which has only been used once before. Do we really need this tag? Isn't the osx tag enough?
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(Eventually) should questions be closed if they *become* 'list' or 'polling' questions?

I should have known that the SE dogma would be perpetuated even in a new (beta) site that seems tailor-made for 'list' or 'polling' questions. I mean, look at this horrible question – Photo editing ...
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Why are so few answers accepted?

Of the questions listed, many don't have accepted answers -- even if there are many and/or good answers. I know that often software recommendations can be a grey zone, and it is hard (if not ...
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How should we vote on good answers with (in my opinion) bad recommendations?

I have been meaning to ask this question ever since the private beta started, but now a good example came up. In this question I have posted an answer myself and Bernhard has posted an answer ...

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