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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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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 okay to ask for alternatives? [duplicate]

For the sake of making an example that's easy to understand: If I were a Java w/ Spring developer using Eclipse, would the following question be acceptable? What's an alternative to Eclipse for ...
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Should we allow questions asking for software cracker, patcher or keygens?

Should we allow questions which ask for software product license/key generators, activators, patches or cracker? And why? Question would be of the sort say I'm using X, version Y on OS Z. I want to ...
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Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?

I just saw this question: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/1718/looking-for-hosting-for-laravel It's asking for a hosting recommendation. Are these on topic here?
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Should titles actually be a question?

I am genuinely curious, but this is my second beta and one thing I have noticed is the first edit that people make to questions is make the title into a question. For example, the title of my 2nd ...
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Impossible/impractical requests?

Program to search EULA contracts for problems asks for something that appears to me to be well beyond the state of the art. (If not, you can supply an answer). I think it reasonable to "require" ...
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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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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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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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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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Do I have to ask one question per OS?

I use different OS, namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Therefore, when I'm looking for an application, I'm interested in applications for Windows, Linux and Mac OS (with generally a preference for ...
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What to do with these "cross-platform development environment" questions. Are these a good fit?

Here is one and here is another. Apart from being a duplicate or not, are these questions a) answerable and b) on topic? A development environment or programming language is a huge ecosystem in ...
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New script: Questions needing attention

You have already scrolled the Questions page twice, and still looking for other questions to answer? This script is made for you! http://data.stackexchange.com/softwarerecs/query/284387/questions-...
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Should we migrate questions from other SE sites?

I have seen some questions on other SE sites which are closed. For example this question (there are more of them): What's the best CDN for image hosting on a high-volume web site? This question has ...
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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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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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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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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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How many questions has Roomba deleted on this SE so far?

Does anyone know how many questions has Roomba deleted on this SE so far? I'm also curious how many questions are expected to be deleted in the coming months.
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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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Does it still help to flag off-topic questions?

Today, I again bumped into Thank you for reviewing 20 first posts today; come back in 4 hours to continue reviewing. Given the enormous influx of off-topic questions, is it still helpful that I ...
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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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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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Make sure your questions don't get deleted silently: beware of Roomba!

Just a word of warning, as this SE is now over 1-year old: if you asked a question that is 1-year old, has no answer, didn't get any upvote and has at most 1 comment, Roomba will delete it without ...
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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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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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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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Shall I ask more questions?

I often read questions by Franck and I think "What kind of crazy stuff is he doing all day?". But obviously, his questions are well received - and he even gets good answers. At the same time, I think ...
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Shall this site support questions on youtube downloaders?

Should questions regarding youtube video downloads be supported by this site? Quick Google search shows particular clauses of youtube terms, which are getting breached. I received the comment @...
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How to handle dreamware requests? [duplicate]

I haven't been around Software Recommendations for very long, but I notice a lot of requests never getting answers, or being for software yet to be developed or envisioned, i.e. dreamware. How does ...
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Why questions about antiviruses gets so little attention?

As in title, I wonder why questions about antiviruses (including my question) gets less than 3 answers, when There is so much antiviruses, Every computer with Windows should have one => every Windows ...
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Populate the site with our best use cases

For me it is a great deal working with Ditto. And I added how I work with it as a self-answering-question. Everyone has a way of making the daily use cases easier. I believe many of them are actual ...
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Why has the number of questions dropped sharply between September 2019 and November 2019, despite the traffic staying constant?

Why has the number of questions dropped sharply between September 2019 and November 2019 (and never recovered), despite the traffic staying constant? https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/site-...
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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 "Can I use X for Y" questions on-topic?

I'm tempted to vote this question as off-topic but cannot find any criteria on meta about this. What do we do with questions of the form "I'm using X, can I do Y with it?"
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How should we handle a question related to request made by a particular small business organization Needs ( billing process software.)

This question clearly requests for Data entry and billing software for his organization,so this question is not off-topic but as he clearly states in that question that there are limitations with ...
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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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Handling questions that asks for a tool or a website

While performing reviews, I sometimes encounter questions that ask for a software tool or a website to perform a task. Here are 3 examples: Browsing random page of a particular website Software/App ...
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How to handle half-and-half questions?

What is the best way to handle half-and-half questions? For example, part of this question belongs on SuperUser and part belongs here: Retroactively download a history of all URLs I have visited in ...
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"Ask Question" functionality: Essential details for every question

Almost every question should specify the operating system(s) and whether the recommendation request is for gratis or commercial software. Many questions fail to include this information, which then ...
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Can users request any of the following criteria (Cracks/Activators) [duplicate]

Is It possible to ask for any programs such as Windows operating system activators And cracks or any software activator on this forum?
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How should we deal with question asking for a "project-like"(full system) software

Question asking for a software with such specific elements and business rules, like the one asked by @Chris where he ask for tours booking portal. That is one Portal (as himself states), with ...
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What if a question is looking for a software doing X on Mac OS, and I want a software doing X on Windows? [duplicate]

There is a question is looking for a software doing X on Mac OS. I am looking for a software doing X on Windows. Shall I create a new question with the same content but just changing the name of the ...
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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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Is this a software comparison question?

I want to know what the pros and cons are between using PortableApps.com portables versus just using the portable apps. (A lot of programmes can be downloaded in a self-contained zip file.) So my ...
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How should we treat questions about plugins and such "software-parts"? [duplicate]

I made a "test-drive" question about plugins. But, how should we treat those kind of question, that doesn't ask for a application itself, just a dll or plugin like software?
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Where should I post my question about IP logging policy for certain VPN server software?

Does Tailscale log the IPs of devices which are connected on your account? I posted this question on ServerFault Stack exchange before this and got told it was off-topic there too and was told to post ...
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Approve or Flag commented questions that need improvement

Sometimes there is a question from a new user in my review queue that needs to be improved by the OP. When I view it in my review queue, someone else has already done a good job leaving a comment to ...