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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...