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Review these link-lacking answers!

I downloaded all of our posts through the API, and I noticed something disturbing: 28 of our answers don't contain links. Almost all answers here should have a link of some sort - why else would you ...
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What should be done about questions with potentially unreasonable multi-platform requirements?

First of all, I can totally understand how questions specifically looking for cross-platform apps is a useful thing. However in a few minutes browsing here I have already seen a number of cases that ...
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What's up with all these “unclear what you are asking” close votes?

I've been seeing a number of questions closed (and had two in the review queue today, which I kept open, although I was only 100% behind one of them, the other still was not definitely unclear and ...
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Too-broad Close Reason in Software Recommendations [duplicate]

What is the rationale/criterion on this site for the Too-broad close reason? I think I have a pretty good handle on close reasons for existing SE sites, and the "too broad" close reason in particular....
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How should we treat answers that don't fit all requirements?

On the question proposed by @juergen d where he asks about XML inspection tool, the only answer (so far) is one answer that doesn't fit 100% of the requirements, but provides good information and may ...
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What would be our stop gap for other sites to migrate over question?

Ok, we know the golden rule of migration: Don't migrate crap Well, there are some questions that meet our (SR) criteria of a good question for recommendation: It has requirements Correctly scoped ...
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Tag pluralization

I have noticed that we are inconsistent on tag plural forms. The question here is do we want to have plurals or do we want to have singular (or don't we care). As soon as this is decided I will ...
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Should prices be part of the requirements in questions?

Much questions include a requirement about pricing. For example, a program should be free or "no more than $50". I understand that the price of a piece of software is relevant in deciding which ...
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Where to put “Don't use for X” in tag wiki

I wrote some tag-wiki entries today and a thought came up that I'm unsure on how to handle. Some tags have a clear meaning and its usage is mostly clear (linux goes to linux related questions). Other ...
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Too narrow tags: What to do with them?

We've got a bunch of tags which are pretty narrow, and thus not much of use. Similar to Private beta cleanup: tag synonyms and tag merges, I suggest we use this "question" to collect those CW-wise to ...
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Where to go with “automation” tag

The automation is used rather widely currently. I just wrote the tag-wiki to correspond to the question that currently use it and I think this is a good use, but see problems with this (especially it ...
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Tag for low hardware requirements?

Several questions deal with the requirement "should run on old hardware". Would a tag for low hardware requirements add a value here?
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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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How to phrase a question about jRPG replacement (e.g game like Final Fantasy II) better?

I'd like to ask a question about finding a game that would play like Final Fantasy II, just more modern (e.g. bigger screen) but with similar game principles/mechanics. I know what they are called (...
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How would you deal with emotions of meta / moderator when they feel criticized? [closed]

This question was close as too broad: Free secure wipe software for Windows that processes free space Oxinabox says: This question seems, narrow enough. @Sam: I suspect you may be getting ...
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Closing question here on meta is a good stuff?

I see some contro: it limits the freedom of expression it limits the possibility of changing policies if you have ideas that differ from others you immediately get silenced I would increase the ...
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Should we get the Question quality bans earlier?

While we are still in private beta, we are trying to teach some users the ropes and trying to make their questions answerable and in good shape for the rest of the world... well, that is causing ...
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Can we agree on a tagging guide?

I think we have three sets of tags on SR: (Please note that I don’t have good headlines for describing these groups as I’m not a native speaker; I hope the example tags make it clear, and please ...
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Usage of [web-apps] for questions about webapps development

Some questions tagged web-apps, asking for some JavaScript tools for building webapps have floated: Framework for building REST API in Node.js Client-side JavaScript library for an offline-capable ...
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Edit question to fit the answer

I'm wondering if it is ever a good idea to edit the question to better fit the answer. Before you reply "Absolutely Not," here is the question I am talking about: Email client that supports Markdown ...
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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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How to ask and answer software recommendation questions - aka 'The Ground Rules'

This post should not be linked to as guidelines for post quality. It is from the Area 51 days and is not kept updated with policy changes. If you're asking a question, please refer to What is ...
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is it a good idea to allow users to close questions easily? [closed]

Also on meta? I would deny it. How do you change wrong community rules if the people who made that rule can mark a question as dup and close it? Doesn't it limit too much the freedom of expression? ...
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What kind of software recommendations is this site for?

I don't understand.. if I ask for a list of software, it is too broad. if I ask for the best, it is opinionable if I simply ask to detail the feature of one good graphic program it's not the mission ...
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The Zen of Software Rec

So a bit of fun, but also possibly useful. Many of you would be aware of the Zen of Python Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is ...
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Is it ok to ask a question about just one software? [closed]

Have a look to this question: Software for Software Designing like Visio / Rational Rose The guy could explain me about IrfanView. I want to get some extra detail about this software, and I can do it ...
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What's wrong with question like this?

Freeware / cheap image editor software I got 3 very hurried downvote. I've spent time to detail what I need, to avoid to make it too much opinionable. This software is called software reccomendation. ...
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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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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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Private beta cleanup: tag synonyms and tag merges [closed]

This post is for all tag synonyms and tag merges so that we don't end up filling the front page of meta with synonym and merge requests. How to use this post Post each requested tag synonym and tag ...
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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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The sound of tagging - sorting out the plethora of audio related tags

We have multiple audio related tags: music music-production audio composing Out of these tags, some of them are quite clear: music-production clearly covers virtual instruments, digital audio ...
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Meaning of multiple added platform tags [duplicate]

Using OS tags for questions to distinguish whether a software should be available on all named platforms (for a inter-platform usecase) or should be available on just any platform seems difficult. ...
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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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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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Synonyms for [file-syncing]

file-syncing is controversial name (rename if you know a better one), and it certainly requires some synonyms: syncing, sync, synchronization, directory-sync, etc.
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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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How did we do in the Private Beta?

Now that the site has moved from Private Beta to Public Beta, are we going to be able to see any statistics as to how the site is performing? I know there are statistics at Area 51 but that doesn't ...
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Suggested synonyms: [web-apps], [online-service], [web-service], probably [online]

web-apps is asking for some synonyms. online is suspicious, should it be a synonym of web-apps too, or it is a misleadng meta tag, or neither of this?
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Do questions need to be clear to *anyone*?

I asked (and answered) the question windows - Tools for maintaining and deploying database schemas and data for SQL Server? but it's been put on hold as being unclear. There are no comments regarding ...
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Why is this site better than the other options? How does it overcome existing problems? Why should it exist?

This is a wide-reaching question not just about Software Recommendations (SR herein) but also about the future of sites you would hope will feed into it (the sites like Stack Overflow, Super User, Ask ...
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People don't think about questions and answers

I have question Android application to learn English for small kids First answer recommends two wrong applications, not usable for small kids without reading and writing skills, but people are voting ...
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Is it ok to write a better answer with the same recommendation? [duplicate]

In this question I asked for a simple video annotation tool and got an answer by JBaruch with a good recommendation, the program does the trick, but in a not so good answer (at least in my opinion, ...
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Tag issues I have found

I have come across a few problems related to tags that I have outlined below: I have not yet earned the privilege of creating tag synonyms, but have come across a few tags that may benefit from ...
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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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Testing the game recommendation category of questions

Related: Are video game related questions on topic? Below are a variety of game recommendation questions that we saw on the gaming Stack Exchange, Arqade, during its life. I have split these into ...
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How should we treat “Google-able questions”?

As the days on Private Beta are passing by, we have been seeing quite a few questions which might have a proper solution(s) which could be found by just making a simple Google (or whatever search ...
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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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How do we promote our site?

This is another one of those seven essential meta questions of every beta and I feel that this, too, is going to require a different approach to the way this is normally handled on other sites in the ...
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What is required for an answer to be high quality?

This is the answer edition of What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? As a continuation of the above, the second key problem that I see Software Recommendations ...