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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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Mention operating system in title

Should mentioning the Operating System in titles be removed? We have tags to indicate those information. And on Stack Overflow it is recommended to remove the language tag from the title.
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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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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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Should we disable the Roomba?

Roomba is a StackExchange-wide process that automatically deletes (among others) questions that fit these criteria: more than 365 days old has a score of 0, or a score of 1 in case of deleted owner ...
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Should we have the [elderly] and [non-tech-savy] tags?

A question recently was posted, creating the elderly and non-tech-savy tags. Are these good tags for this site?
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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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How do you test recommendations?

Testing out recommendations can lead to installing a ton of software, especially when asking more than one question here. That can slow down a running system, at least running on Windows. What are ...
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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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Let's reword our intro at the Ask Question Wizard

In the Ask Question Wizard, there are 6 options: 3 of these options make a customized message appear. For instance, the "I have a question about some code" option's message is a custom message about ...
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Is asking for Wordpress plugins on-topic?

So asking about the Wordpress's plugins has been rejected by the Wordpress Development. Do we count the plugins as softwares also? I see that asking for plugins for Minecraft is acceptable, so I don't ...
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Is asking for lists of software welcome?

Today I stumbled upon this question that asks for a list of software. That is, it doesn't seek a (1) tool to accomplish a task, but it seeks everything there is in that area. My first impression was ...
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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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Why did the % answered dropped from 74% to 63% yesterday?

Unless my memory tricks me, a few days ago the % answered was around 74%, and the next it drops to 63%. Any reason why?
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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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Are these questions better suited to SuperUser?

Software, script or a tool to automate managing which tests to run When unit test fail, show the related file changes from git repo I honestly don't remember why I thought they'd go here, because ...
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Are questions regarding password cracking on-topic?

Are questions regarding password cracking on-topic? This could include passwords of archives such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z etc. but also cracking of OS passwords like NTLM hashes or a Linux passwd file.
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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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Criteria you should mention in your question, for each type of software

We sometimes get questions like "What criteria should I consider for X" (which are off-topic). Also, we often get questions with not enough criteria (even though they comply with the general rule) ...
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Is there a way we can allow community members to explain why they think a post is spam?

When going through the moderator queues, I come across posts that one (or more) of our community members have flagged as spam. Our community doesn't get a lot of spam, but when we do, it's usually ...
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Are questions about software technologies acceptable?

Would a question about which software technology to choose for a given scenario be on topic ? The question I need to ask somewhere is along the lines of "I'm going to write a program to communicate ...
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Is asking for an extension on any browser too broad?

I know asking for a browser extension (extension/add-on/plugin/etc.) is acceptable; however, I was wondering if a question would be considered too broad if it is asking for an extension on any browser....
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Is asking for sample, illustrative code on-topic?

Would a question asking primarily for sample code (to be studied for comprehension, and possibly reused), rather than for a working program or library, be on-topic? On the one hand, asking for sample ...
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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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Closing with 3 votes: Do we want that experiment?

Stack Overflow is running an experiment where 3 close votes are enough to close a question: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/388313/experiment-closing-and-reopening-happens-at-3-votes Should ...
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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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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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What should we do with wrong answers?

Occasionally we get answers recommending a product that doesn't fit all the requirements of the answer: A question asking for a video solution, an answer with a photo solution A question asking for a ...
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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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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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Do we really need two separate iPhone tags?

Going over today's question, I've found one using the iphone (× 11) and iphone-app (× 13) – plus additionally ipad-app (× 17). While I can see a reason for the last one to co-exist, ...
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Tags for software that runs on a (web?) server

I think it’s important to differentiate between two cases: looking for software to install on a server (= self-hosted) looking for software installed on a server (= hosted) Ideally, this difference ...
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Reputation needed to post a comment is too high

I, being a small rep "stackexchangee" (I am not even sure if that's the right word), often find myself missing out in answering questions as I cannot comment. This is since the rep required to answer ...
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What if OP no longer needs a solution?

A questions gets asked, it gets no answers, time passes, and OP no longer needs a solution … Should we do something with such a question? To clarify: This is not about cases like OP already found ...
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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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Can we get a close reason saying “Not enough information”?

With the avalanche of new questions comes a new category consisting of 2-3 lines of text hastily scribbled down, missing lots of essential information (Very often that it's supposed to be free, or ...
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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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Migration Path from RPG.SE

Tool Recommendation Questions on RPG.SE recently became off-topic there. I had many useful interactions with that tag over there and would like to see them here. The most important thing that we ...
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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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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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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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Is this question really off-topic because the requested software has to be hosted?

The question Free wiki-like webapp with internationalization, no ads, anyone can edit, mobile-friendly was closed by a mod, referencing the meta-discussion Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?...
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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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Bounty expired, no answers, but I still lost my bounty points?

I set a bounty on this question but unfortunately it received no answers (maybe there is no library that can do this?). I returned to the question today hoping to set a higher bounty and noticed two ...
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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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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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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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Questions already asked on Stack Overflow

On Stack Overflow there are a lot of questions about software recommendations that are closed as off-topic, but these questions would be on topic here. Some of them are too old to migrate. Is it ok to ...

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