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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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What's up with all the low-quality questions in 2019? [duplicate]

Today I visited the front page and was surprised to see that almost half of the questions were blatantly off-topic, and another chunk casually mentioned the possibility of a tool solving their ...
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Why do my questions not get views/answers?

Most of my questions get little to no views or answers. I have seen questions, where I believe are of 'lesser quality' than mine (i.e. Tagging, formatting or asking a relevant question) receive an ...
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Quality guidelines for software identification questions/answers?

The top-voted¹ answer to the discussion Is software identification on-topic? says that (some) identification questions should be on-topic. Because of this, the question Wiki software being used by ...
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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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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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How can we encourage people to stop asking these 'dump it here without research' questions?

Questions like these show no research and very little effort in writing a good question: It is such a waste of time having to 'educate' the OP (and this user is already active on 10 other SE sites). ...
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Would a more rigid question template help achieve a consistent quality?

On other sites much more variation in the question structure is expected. For instance on stackoverflow some questions are very short code snippets, some are in depth debugging - the asker needs a lot ...
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Is my question bad or off topic?

This is my first question in Software Recommendation. I am surprised to see so many downvotes. Is the question really that bad? Please someone explain so I can delete my question after knowing the ...
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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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Should we close custom program requirements as Too Broad or Off Topic? [duplicate]

Not sure why but I feel like few questions makes no sense whatsoever as far as the Generalized Functionality is concerned. I'm a web developer and I've programmed certain Systems (Tailor Made) where ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recommendations and "Titles should avoid being subjective" [duplicate]

I'd like to better understand the meaning of two things that seems opposite to me. To recommend means to give an advice to someone. The etymology of advice is: advice (n.) late 13c., auys "opinion," ...
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How to approach answers as software is updated

After reading through some of the questions on Software Recommendations Meta (SRM), most notably: "You're doing it all wrong!" "What is required for a question to contain “enough information”?" I'm ...
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What is required for a question to contain "enough information"?

This is the question edition of What is required for an answer to be high quality? One of the key problems that I see Software Recommendations having, is people asking extremely vague and simple ...
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Why question for Best tool is wrong, but for Good are ok? [duplicate]

Why question with word best are considered wrong and downvoted automatically? Even if certain criteria are clear when something is the best. We are looking for best software but we can ask only for ...
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How to show our homework

All SE sites like questioners to have done a little homework before asking a question. I take it that this site is no different. So questioners should have looked for a piece of software to meet ...
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Is the question “JS/PHP editor software” acceptable?

The question Cross platform JS/PHP editor software with FTP support and code hinting has been closed twice, reopened, and is well into process toward being closed again. Looking around the site, I ...
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My instincts are all wrong

Anyone else finding that their instincts on what is a good question are wrong? Since questions that are off topic, on any other SE site are on topic here. Ie any software-rec. and questions that are ...
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What is so bad about this question?

This question: Most space-efficient freeware file compressor? got 6 downvotes, but I don't understand what is so terribly bad about it. It asks for a good file compressor with certain criteria listed ...
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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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Feature list for question "Recommend me alternative to X"

I have sample question for free alternative to paid software X. I have upvoted comment, that I should list all features. Is this necessary? I'm looking for software that have similar features, and ...
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Are "What are criteria for X" on-topic

"What is the best linux distribution" is a bad question (opinion based). "What are criteria for linux distributions" or "How do I decide which linux distro I want?" can be good questions as the ...
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Is "tool X versus tool Y" an on-topic question?

Can I ask the pros and cons between 2 programs on SR? Example: I have used Open Office for the longest time for my free word processor. I am interested in trying LibreOffice. Why should I change? ...
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Private beta: vote, close early, close often, comment, discuss on meta [closed]

While this site is in private beta, every user can vote to close a question. Closing a question takes 5 votes. Every user can also vote to reopen, which again takes 5 votes. The private beta is the ...
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Can there be a too-localized question?

To make this site work we need very specific questions. Requirements that can be measured and answered. Can there be a question with a degree of too specific requirements - meaning requirements that ...
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How to ask for an alternative to some software

I have software X and I like it. However, I want an extra feature that X doesn't provide. Or I want to run X on a different platform. How can I ask for an alternative to X?
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