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Where to ask which similar programs already exist (when developing a program)?

My problem: I'm planning to write a certain program and I didn't see any similar program up to now. However I suppose that similar programs already exist. I already searched in the internet but I ...
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Asking question about upgrades and versions of software, would this be on topic here?

I have spent the last hour or so going over questions on the site and here on meta. I am pretty sure if I was to ask the question on Stack Overflow or Code Review it would get closed as off topic or ...
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Are mail service offering recommendations on-topic?

Different mail service providers typically use different software and offer different interfaces and features. At the same time, they are offering what is essentially the same service. So - is it on-...
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Are vitual machine recommendations on topic?

I need a few Linux virtual machines (Oracle VirtualBox .VDI), for various software development environments, all using only free software, so no copyright/piracy issues. I could just make them ...
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Are questions for service providers welcome at our site?

We already have Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic? where the consensus was: Web-Apps are OK, but asking for hosting providers is off-topic. Are web service recommendations off-topic? comes ...
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Firmware recommendations

From Wikipedia: In electronic systems and computing, firmware[a] is a type of computer program that provides the low-level program control for the device's specific hardware. Firmware is quite ...
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Resources for training about software?

I just starting fumbling into online training resources like Lynda, ITPro.TV, and InfiniteSkilles (related to O'Reily somehow). I had never heard of most of these a few weeks ago, and I didn't think ...
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Are mobile app recommendations on topic?

I want to find out if there exists an Android app to perform a specific function. Would this be off-topic here?
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Why are users telling me my question isn't on-topic when I've already shown it is?

A site to upload my code projects to I've asked a question ostensibly on topic, and have provided at least three references from this very Meta site to demonstrate this in the comments - the general ...
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Looking for driver recommendations (satisfying particular requirements) for my hardware: On-topic?

Let's say I am looking for an open source driver for my old Zorg2000 Wi-Fi antenna, and I need the driver to work on Linux and let me use the antenna's non-documented wifoobaration features. Is it on-...
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Is requesting a service (that has a software part) on-topic?

We sometimes receive questions for service+software sets. The latest example was someone asking for a bank with a particular API. Other examples: Asking for a taxi company that has an smartwatch app ...
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Do questions have to be directly about finding software?

Probably a bit of a silly question and I expect the answer will be yes, but I will ask anyway... Do questions have to be aimed at finding a piece of software? Or can they be related to software in ...
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Should software and OS license comparison questions be off topic?

I am specifically wondering if this question should or should not be allowed? I never heard back from any mods on this one. If it is off-topic is there anywhere on the stack exchange network where ...
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Desktop Bitcoin C# app question: on-topic or off-topic?

Someone asked this question: Bitcoin payment API inside C# application I have never seen a bitcoin payment gateway API being implemented inside an c# application for example to unlock the ...
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Canonical software comparisons acceptable?

I started this thread, aiming to be a canonical source for documenting differences between Perl GUI toolkits. I have added a few toolkits, but a moderator, Undo, put it on hold as too broad, ...
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Are “where can I find the source of this dead project”-questions on topic?

In particular, I'm looking for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandler_(software) which should be available at chandlerproject.org but that website is down, and I can only find the executable online on ...
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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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Asking for software to integrate with or make your own tool compatible to

The OP of the question eCommerce opensource plattforms seems to look for software "in order to integrate with". So OP is not looking for software that they could use themselves. Should this and ...
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Asking for software recs which may need a combination of iOS & Windows software?

Is that going to be okay? Before I post and people jump on me, which has become way too common SE sites, here's the sample outline: Update: Since there were no replies I posted it and I hope ...
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Can I ask for programming language resource recommendations here?

I wish to ask what are the good resources to understand Python source code written in C language. Like there a book for Ruby i.e. Ruby under a microscope. It deals with low level implementation of ...
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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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Questions to “get inspiration” for new software is on-topic?

I was thinking in a type of question like below: I'm creating a new software and the features will be: feature 1; feature 2; ... I'm developing it using the classical LAMP stack ...
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Is asking for Drupal modules and/or themes on topic?

Asking recommendations to find an appropriate contributed Drupal module or theme is not considered as on topic at Drupal Answers. Do we count the contributed Drupal modules and/or theme as softwares ...
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Site software - is it covered?

Is 'Software Recommendations' the right place to ask for the most appropriate software when it comes to back-end scripts/software? For example asking for a CRM that had certain features, or the best ...
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Can I ask for help to develop a solution in this site?

I asked a question some time ago and I got no answers to it. I was googling for some solution that fits my needs, but I didn't find anything. Now, I decided to try to develop my own extension. Can I ...
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Do we consider “macros” as software?

How should we meet questions asking for macros (e.g. for Excel/OOCalc)? I have mixed feelings towards those, and hence would like to know how our community feels about this. In your answers, please ...
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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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Are software library/framework recommendations/advices on-topic here? [duplicate]

Are software library/framework recommendations/advices on-topic here? I have several "on hold" or "closed" questions on SO (and saw a ton of them) which essentially ask for recommendation for a ...
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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 this question about Wattpad / Goodreads on-topic?

"Software for syncing my Wattpad reading progress on Goodreads?"
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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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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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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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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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Is it on topic to ask where to download specific drivers?

Or should I be asking at Super User? Specifically, I have just bought a new Lenovo G70-70 in Germany and came with FreeDos. It also has a driver disk, but only for Windows 8.1. I want to install ...
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Is asking for the canonical location of source code on-topic?

I'm looking for the source code paired with a textbook, but the URL provided in the book has rotted away, and searching Google only reveals sources that don't appear to be official or have been ...
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Are “Is [Software] Legit?” Questions On Topic?

There is a new question asking if a site claiming to have a free download of Adobe CS6 is legitimate: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/19970/is-this-software-genuine Are such ...
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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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Setting the boundary between software recommendations and setup how-to

At which point is a question no longer asking for a software recommendation, but asking how to set up a system? On-topic questions on this site are defined by two criteria: you're trying to ...
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Can we ask about ideas for software here?

I have a friend in university, we both have a project this semester but we're not going to do it together. The project is basically like a senior product but you come with the idea, anyway the ...
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Discovering relevant evaluation criteria in the context of available software

I'll start with the example question I'd like to ask: I would like to know on what basis I might choose between available open source LINQ implementations (assuming there is a choice, not sure ...
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Is looking for software as “data” within our scope?

I have seen this question today and read this meta. The question looks for projects that have good test coverage. The project shall then be used as input data for a program the OP has that does code ...
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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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Are kernel side software recommendations on-topic?

From a user perspective a kernel-side software isn't as different as userland ones (on windows, you launch .sys instead of .exe). But it appears questions about finding a particular filesystem or ...
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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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Should we split the forum? One for developers and one for end-users?

I realize the forum is not out of beta yet, and that splitting might not help it to become so. BUT, I have noticed an increase in the number of developers asking for s/w recommendations, whereas at ...
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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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Are questions related to game recommendations off-topic in this site? [duplicate]

Games are softwares - for as far as I know - but I am not sure, are questions related to it appropriate in this site.
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Would it be viable to broaden the scope of Software Recommendations to also include reviews?

This site has received several questions that are in the format of "Is Software X a good option for my task?", or "What are the differences between tool X and tool Y?". These questions are normally ...
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Is software identification based on icon on-topic?

This is a very similar question to Is software identification on-topic?, but it's not identical. I have recently been watching some screencasts, in which the caster has quite a few interested menu ...