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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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Providing answers to questions that will obviously be closed

I've noticed a couple of questions recently that obviously were not questions fitting our format (because they are not asking for software recommendations) and thus were later closed/put on hold (all ...
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What should our chatroom be named?

Our lovely chatroom is currently sitting there with a terribly generic name: Software Recommendations. What should we name it?
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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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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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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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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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reddit.com/r/SomebodyMakeThis/

Today I learned that Reddit has a subreddit called /r/SomebodyMakeThis/ where people propose ideas for software, and readers often reply with existing solutions. For instance, http://www.reddit.com/r/...
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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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Advertising on Stack sites

Many Stack sites have started accepting applications for community advertisements. Where should we advertise? Not all sites run these campaigns, but anyway here is a list of sites that we might want ...
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Suitable question for /tour page with relaxed requirements?

The tour page (formerly known as “the new /about”) contains a sample question with two answers. This Q&A&A triple has to meet some stringent requirements; in particular, they have to be short (...
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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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Is it OK to recommend in comments?

We should only recommend software we actually used ourselfs to make sure we know what we are talking about. It is ok to recommend a tool we did not use in a comment like here or even recommend a ...
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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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Should questions always state whether the requirement must be native/webapp?

I get the feeling if someone says "I want a cross platform app that does X", my stock response is often going to be "webapp, dude". I also suspect many people may find that annoying, and only consider ...
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How should we handle software prices?

We're likely to get a ton of questions and answers involving the cost of software. Should we establish some rules for how we show prices? I see three possible issues that may need to be dealt with: ...
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How to behave while trying out recommendations

What's the proper way to update a question while testing out suggestions? For example, I asked for Podcast app suggestions. Now I'm trying out a couple of the suggested apps and a few that I found on ...
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Should programming language recommendations be allowed here?

Should recommendations for which programming language to use be allowed on the site? For example, a few off the top of my head: What programming language to use for a desktop application involving [...
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Answer to duplicate question no longer relevant once merged

I answered this question yesterday regarding a local network chat application, my answer was valid, well received, and accepted. Sometime overnight the question was closed as a duplicate of Cross-...
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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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Including cloud-based services for software recommendations?

I asked this question Free SaaS machine learning that exports to PMML, with bayes, random forest, NN, SVM, and decision trees but it was put on hold as off topic. My question is, in this age of high ...
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Software Recommendations's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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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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Converting the groundrules into a help center entry

So, this site already has some ground rules What say we improve on them and convert them into an entry for the help center? Please post drafts as community wiki answers.
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Should we accept root/hack/jailbreak related questions?

In the Tavern (where the mSO folks sit all day and watch this site with eagle eyes), at least one person expressed concern at this recent question - App to alert me of firmware updates on a rooted ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

As your site is undergoing our new design-independent graduation process, you'll be enjoying your own run of design-independent Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Two-way converters: 1 or 2 questions?

I need to convert tables from MediaWiki to LaTeX, and conversely. Shall I ask one or two questions?
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How should we handle obsolete questions?

The question Software to combine Springpad with Firefox/Chrome is "obsolete" - Springpad shut down, and thus the question isn't really of use anymore (and can't be answered) What should we do in ...
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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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Should we encourage screenshots?

Answers need to be way more than just a link to a product. Also see this meta discussion. Should we encourage people to add screenshots of the software they recommend to explain the usage of the task ...
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Is it just me or does the site have few visitors?

I'm sorry if this sounds like a rant, but - a software recommendations site is not very useful if it doesn't have a lot of traffic, in the sense of users who follow it in ways which would make them ...
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How specific should the OS tag be?

What if I ask for a software running on Windows. For instance I use Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium. That means I could run almost any software since Windows 95. How should I tag my question? Just [...
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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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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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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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Asking questions about potentially “bad” software?

This question asks about a "stealth keylogger" recommendation. Now, there is a small chance this person is only using it to spy on his kids or something of the sort. But from the fact that he want's ...
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Guide users who try to use the tag [mac]

I see some users who use the mac tag when they really need to talk about osx. As this is a Software Recommendations site, I doubt there will be many (if any at all) questions that will be on-topic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it acceptable to use 'best' in a question?

Obviously, a question like "What is the best Linux distro" is just BAD in every way, but if it is a narrower question ( like "What is the best Linux distro for everyday use on my old G4 PowerBook" ), ...
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What are we calling this place?

I realize that Stack Exchange isn't big on entirely branded sites, and that it takes a large amount of traffic or a very specialty site to give them a reason to give a site an identity, but I still ...
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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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“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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