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Are recommendations for programming tutorials/resources on topic?

Normally I would take programming questions to Stack Overflow, but I believe they're starkly against recommendations in most cases. However, I feel that asking for programming tutorials or resources ...
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Is this a software comparison question?

I want to know what the pros and cons are between using PortableApps.com portables versus just using the portable apps. (A lot of programmes can be downloaded in a self-contained zip file.) So my ...
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Is it OK to grab a screenshot from home page of the software?

Is it OK to post a screenshot taken from home page of the software or from another page dedicated to the software? Example: I see relevant screenshot at www.example.com/screenshot1.jpg What level of ...
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Are we becoming lax about answer quality?

I'm concerned. Overall, I think we're doing great. We get more questions per day than all but 8 beta sites, we have awesome users with tons of reputation that help out, and we have a pretty decent ...
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Good question was never answered

I found this really good question about Remastersys that was never answered. Looking for a free, usable alternative for remastersys Does anyone know anything about this?
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Is this question bending the WebApp / WebSite rule?

I recently asked this question: Car purchase selection App and after I found an answer posted it as well. Now Mawg mentioned in his answer that this is bending the rules for: No Websites. So, I ...
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Should we merge [surveys] & [forms]

This is related to Should we merge [surveys] & [questionnaire]? We have the following tags: surveys: 20 questions 23 questions forms: 22 questions 19 questions AFAIK the first, has a wiki ...
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Should we merge [network] & [networking]?

Just stumbled upon the two: networking × 62, having a tag-wiki network × 2, no tag-wiki. I'd say we should merge network into networking, and make it a synonym (to avoid it from re-...
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Should we merge [surveys] & [questionnaire]?

We have the following tags: surveys: 14 questions questionnaire: 5 questions The first, doesn't have a tag wiki tag yet, but the second has the following. A questionnaire is a method of ...
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Is suggesting built-in software acceptable?

There are some questions asking for a small set of features that can actually be done with software most users already have installed on their systems. For instance, one user asked for a tool to ...
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When's this site going to be redesigned? [duplicate]

There are many Stack Exchange sites that look way better than this site, then why is this site still using the default Stack Exchange theme? When will it be redesigned to look as awesome as others?
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How to use the [productivity] tag?

productivity has no tag wiki. Is it category of software, i.e., productivity software (if there is such a thing)? Or is it a motivation, e.g., I need this-and-that to improve my productivity? Do we ...
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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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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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Are “Is [Software] Legit?” Questions On Topic?

There is a new question asking if a site claiming to have a free download of Adobe CS6 is legitimate: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/19970/is-this-software-genuine Are such ...
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What is the difference between [sound] and [audio]?

While writing my most recent question, I noticed that the site has separate tags for audio and sound. Is there a difference between these tags, and why aren't they synonyms like they are on other ...
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Are Virtual Machine images (virtual appliances) recommendations on-topic?

Can I ask for instance: I want a VirtualBox VM that does a Gopher server. Is there one readily available? [Plus needed requirements/etc to make the question acceptable] Great answers would be ...
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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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Migration options for off topic questrions

It is rare that I vote to close a question, but this one was clearly off-topic, so I did. As part of the close process I was given the option to recommend it for migration, but the only available ...
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How we should deal with seemingly easy questions

This question comes from a question that was asked on SR, What's a good education app? Although the question seems just fine to me, this strikes me as a question very likely to attract a lot of low ...
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The tag [office] needs disambiguation

office is used to mean: Microsoft Office — use microsoft-office. OpenOffice/LibreOffice — use openoffice/libreoffice instead. I'm looking for an office suite — use office-suite? Other meanings? Let'...
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What to do with the [format] tag?

The format tag has no tag wiki. The (currently) 7 questions seem to use it with different meanings (formatting of text, file formats, etc.). What to do with the tag? Get rid of it? Define it?
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Cleanup wiki tags

Just noticed we've got a bunch of *wiki* tags: wiki and mediawiki: makes sense to keep them both, as the first will be used to ask for "any wiki" – while the second fits e.g. requests concerning ...
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Update to our `/help/on-topic` page

As we discussed on chat, our /help/on-topic page might need at least a tiny update. I recommend the following addition right after the currently "blockquoted line": Especially, make sure your ...
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Change [iphone-app] to [iphone], like [android]

The android tag and iphone-app tags should be brought into alignment. I recommend changing iphone-app to just iphone. Do others agree?
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Are +1 comments always bad?

For example, someone hasn't given an answer I needed but provided some useful info. Is it wrong to comment with "+1 for …"?
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Where to ask for websites?

Now I saw this question and knew I can't ask for websites, only webapps. While a site for free PDF books can be a webapp, it's basically a website unless you want requirements/features that only ...
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Non-obsolete comments being deleted

This question of mine had a number of comments that asked for more information on the specific requirements, or discussed the tags attached to the question. The requirements that had been asked for ...
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Merge “knowledge-base” and “knowledge-organization”?

I think the difference is quite subtle (one being the storage itself, the other the process to put something into it or take it away) – but does that really justify separate tags? I'd say we should ...
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What to do with the [data] tag?

I’m not sure what the data tag means (currently used on 13 questions). Almost any software works with data in some way, so I think it’s not a useful tag unless it gets a narrow definition (+ a tag ...
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Merge 'photo' into 'photography'

Just encountered this couple: photography (× 57) already has a tag wiki excerpt photo (× 8) has no excerpt and no tag wiki either As commonly "photo" is just an abbreviation of "...
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Get [offline] off our lines

Do we really need the offline tag? I think its a meta-tag and should be burniated. It can't stand as the only tag on a question and I can't see anybody subscribing to it (or are there any offline ...
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Is “Is there a tool to convert PHP from higher version to lower version” on-topic?

I've posted a question earlier which was downvoted without any comments. From the FAQ, the question seems to be exactly the kind of questions that are on-topic. I've even mentioned the "specific ...
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Do we need the [standards] tag?

The tag standards came up (currently only 3 questions). I think we don’t need it. It’s not an attribute/feature of a software, not even a use case I guess, but only something merely related to a ...
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Tagging of closed questions

Is it best to remove tags of closed questions? Or is it best to update their tags to keep them current, just like any other question?
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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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Function of tags

Generally, tags have been used for requirements only. As such, when a user makes a software recommendation request and specifies that it can be run on either one OS or another, the idea has been to ...
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Approve or Flag commented questions that need improvement

Sometimes there is a question from a new user in my review queue that needs to be improved by the OP. When I view it in my review queue, someone else has already done a good job leaving a comment to ...
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How to write tag wiki exerpts (and tag wikis)

In the past week, I encountered a lot of tag-wiki edits in the review queue. Thanks to everybody participating in writing/updating them – we often tend to forget their importance! However, I get the ...
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Scientificalicious

Right now, we have scientific-computing, scientific, and science tags. The "-computing" is redundant given the nature of this site. How about we pick either "scientific" or "science" and move ...
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Setting the boundary between software recommendations and setup how-to

At which point is a question no longer asking for a software recommendation, but asking how to set up a system? On-topic questions on this site are defined by two criteria: you're trying to ...
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Unify tag names

Many of our tag names are pretty inconsistent. So we e.g. have: text-editors, html-editor, audio-editing, video-editing, image-processing, image-editing, image-editor and several others in this line....
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Can the tags concerning images be improved?

There are currently seven tags on Software Recommendations that start with image: I couldn't help but notice the following points: image-conversion falls within the description of image-processing, ...
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What is required for a “there is no such program” answer to be high quality?

What is required for an answer to be high quality? does a good job to explain what is expected for answer pointing to a program. What is required for a "there is no such program" answer to be high ...
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New script: Questions needing attention

You have already scrolled the Questions page twice, and still looking for other questions to answer? This script is made for you! http://data.stackexchange.com/softwarerecs/query/284387/questions-...
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How many questions has Roomba deleted on this SE so far?

Does anyone know how many questions has Roomba deleted on this SE so far? I'm also curious how many questions are expected to be deleted in the coming months.
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Make sure your questions don't get deleted silently: beware of Roomba!

Just a word of warning, as this SE is now over 1-year old: if you asked a question that is 1-year old, has no answer, didn't get any upvote and has at most 1 comment, Roomba will delete it without ...
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Can we ask about ideas for software here?

I have a friend in university, we both have a project this semester but we're not going to do it together. The project is basically like a senior product but you come with the idea, anyway the ...
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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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A tag framework

The tag framework means… um, as far as I can tell, that the software allows one to do stuff in it. It seems to be mainly about libraries, sometimes about tools to use during development, sometimes ...

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