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What if a question is looking for a software doing X on Mac OS, and I want a software doing X on Windows? [duplicate]

There is a question is looking for a software doing X on Mac OS. I am looking for a software doing X on Windows. Shall I create a new question with the same content but just changing the name of the ...
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When should you use the [gratis] tag?

The gratis tag has a tagline: The 'gratis' tag is to be used when you are looking for a recommendation for free (as in no-cost) software. When should this tag (not) be used? When asking for free ...
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What is the difference between [parental-control] and [children]?

parental-control is self-explaining, from children description: Programs that are meant to be used when one has children (like adult content blocker etc.) That is essentially the same.
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Tag Synonym Request: pictures -> images

I was in the process of creating a question on SR and was about to add the tag 'pictures' when I thought, let me check if there is a tag for images, which sure enough there was. So then it got me ...
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How should we deal with question asking for a “project-like”(full system) software

Question asking for a software with such specific elements and business rules, like the one asked by @Chris where he ask for tours booking portal. That is one Portal (as himself states), with ...
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Would this question be on-topic?

Note: I'm actively working with this user to improve this question. I really feel like there's an on-topic quality question hidden in here. What are we still missing? Or am I way off base and this ...
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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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Are questions regarding software testing tools allowed?

Is asking for software recommendations relating to software whose primary purpose is testing other software allowed on this site? If so, what kind of information do I need to include when asking, in ...
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Should we allow questions asking for software cracker, patcher or keygens?

Should we allow questions which ask for software product license/key generators, activators, patches or cracker? And why? Question would be of the sort say I'm using X, version Y on OS Z. I want to ...
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It is NOT ok to copy and paste from product website

On this question, user3075942 posts 3 answers. All of the feature lists are direct copy and pastes from the product websites. As are the screen-shots. On SW-REC SE, we add value (over a google search)...
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Should this answer stick around and be considered as an answer? As per the sites ground rules?

Should this be considered as an answer and be allowed to stick around? Or should it be deleted? The reason I ask is that it doesn't meet the all the requirements of the question. i.e.: quirkiness ...
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What to do with the graphics tag?

The graphics tag is too broad. Usually everything related to graphics should be tagged with it, but then there are things that really would stretch this, like this question where the only relationship ...
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What is our relationship with other SE sites that allow for Software Rec?

Most, but not all, SE Sites forbid Software Rec. It appears that: Ebooks SE allows Software Recommendations. TeX.SE appears to, in particular this question is (by our standards) a terrible question ...
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Too broad [server] tag [duplicate]

Even if we will narrow server only to questions about "daemon software, which responds to queries on certain system ports", while in this question: Software to collect information from employees over ...
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Can we recommend software in comments when our personal knowledge experience isn't enough for a great answer? [duplicate]

On one hand, it seems to be a consensus (one I agree with) that if you can't write a good answer due to not knowing if the software fits ALL requirements because you're not its active user; you should ...
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Are web API recommendations on-topic?

In the past I have had mixed success asking for web APIs on other Stack Exchange sites. I think I've tried Stack Overflow and Web Apps, but I'm not 100% sure. Web APIs seem to be much like libraries ...
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What happens when someone needs one very specific feature?

I agree with the quality standards that have been outlined so far but I think there's a problem with people understanding the difference between a low quality question and a brief question. There's a ...
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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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Impossible/impractical requests?

Program to search EULA contracts for problems asks for something that appears to me to be well beyond the state of the art. (If not, you can supply an answer). I think it reasonable to "require" ...
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Does the OP have to mention obvious features?

I see in this question that in order to have the questions contain many features for the sake of matching some interpretation of the question guide lines, someone suggested to add having a GUI or ...
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Is it OK to ask for a software having a particular feature?

I saw some questions being put on hold as too broad because they ask for just a particular feature. How many features must the OP mention in the question? Is it OK to ask for a software having a ...
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Overzealous deletion of answers

I recently answered https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/1721/263 with an admittedly too short answer. I received a couple of downvotes and some comments asking me to improve on the answer. So I ...
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Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?

I just saw this question: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/1718/looking-for-hosting-for-laravel It's asking for a hosting recommendation. Are these on topic here?
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Could/Should the thresholds for Suggesting tags and synonyms be lowered during Beta?

There are currently no external users with enough reputation to even suggest new tags and/or synonyms yet the site is in Beta which is the perfect time to build such framework items. Wouldn't it ...
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What shall we do with answer recommending the same application than a previous answer?

I saw that this answer (since deleted, screenshot below) is recommending the same application than a previous answer. Should I flag answers recommending the same product as another answer?
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Do I have to ask one question per OS?

I use different OS, namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Therefore, when I'm looking for an application, I'm interested in applications for Windows, Linux and Mac OS (with generally a preference for ...
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Are questions on webmail recommandations acceptable?

See title? Can I ask a question about recommendations for, say, Gmail alternatives? Can I ask for recommended websites? seems to deal with a similar issue, but it doesn't specifically discuss ...
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Should we request migrate on low quality questions, with low quality answers, (from other sites)

Occationally other SE sites in the past have had things slip through. Like this one: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19929267/portable-windows-mosh/20952213#20952213 We have set the bar for ...
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Elder friendly software

congrats on the site and good luck. I am wondering if "Elder Friendly" (for the lack of a better name) is an appropriate tag for this site? Generally, tagging questions (at the tag, and not just ...
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“(Web) feed” instead of “RSS”

Currently the tag rss is in use. Problems: Technically "RSS" is not distinct, because there are several different formats that use this name (they are not merely different versions of the same ...
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How about deleting / closing upvoted answers? [duplicate]

Introduction Yesterday I've spent some time reading some articles here about the guidelines: how to recognize good quality answers Q&A and how to handle low quality Q&A. The first question I ...
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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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Two meanings of [task-management]

People use task-managment in two very different ways: first very similar to project-management, second for questions related to OS-level task management. I think the first case should be forbidden (...
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How can I answer my own recommendation? [duplicate]

As all SE sites, Software Recommendations encourage people to share knowledge in the way of selfanswering questions, which is nice and all, but... how do I objectively answer my own question? I mean, ...
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Is the proportion of unanswered questions a concern?

Of the almost 500 questions, well over 100 questions are unanswered - that seems like a worrying statistic - is it of concern?
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Does asking for recommendations while building software fall into this site

So I do a lot of Software R&D work, a LOT. One issue I have consistently faced is getting honest, brutal feedback regarding software ideas and strategies. How to implement this or what to do with ...
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Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut?

Is it ever inappropriate to recommend software which, while it technically fulfils all the requirements, actually bundles a huge bunch of irrelevant stuff with it as well? I ask because I gave the ...
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Should we allow minimal (link-only) 'responses' to questions?

Related discussions: What is required for an answer to be high quality? How are we going to moderate answers? The listed related discussions show that answers should contain more than a link to the ...
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What other similar sites exist?

In terms of deciding how we should manage this community, we should consider if there are any other similar communities out there and how they manage themselves. So are there any other communities ...
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What should our /about contain?

I've taken a first go at the customizable parts of the very first page users are supposed to read on the site — the tour page (formerly known as /about), based on the guidelines we've established so ...
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Should I ask a new question when while testing a recommendation it doesn't fit some needs I discovered later on?

While testing some recommendations I noticed some problems intrinsically of the requirements of my question. I might need to add requirements, rewrite others or just remove them. The answers do meet ...
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The closure of “Looking for First Person, Physics based, Puzzle games”

I'm not convinced that this question should have been closed: Looking for First Person, Physics based, Puzzle games From what I see, two reasons have been given from Caleb and Gilles: Too broad No ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What are the pro and cons of allowing opinionable but useful questions?

Imagine I go on this Website and I ask for a mature implementation (also for a production environment) of an AOP framework which is usable in commercial projects for free and which allows me to ...
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How is the beta badge awarded?

I know the Beta badge description states: Actively participated in the private beta However, what constitutes "Actively"? I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the 91 awarded, it just seems ...
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Rename “emails” tag to “email”?

"emails" is a terrible term; email by itself is already a mass noun. Can we have "emails" renamed to "email"?
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Can I post as many answers as I want?

It seems obvious to me that users should be allowed to post several answers to the same question. But some might not agree, so I thought I would ask here, just to make sure. Let's say UserA has ...
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Is the perfect enemy of the good?

I have a general question, which, I think, is well demonstrated in this Q&A (and the comments beneath my answer). So, the TS has a question about good tool for beginners. Obviously, that's the ...