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You're doing it all wrong!

Before this proposal went into beta, Tim Post laid out some ground rules on Area 51. If you haven't read them yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. The problem, a lot of you guys aren't following ...
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Is it alright to ask for programming tools?

I am asking if it will be alright on this site to ask questions, such as "what is the best library for image rendering in C#?", or similar questions. I understand that this website is for software ...
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Are video game related questions on topic?

When it comes to video games, some people that I know personally don't consider them as software while I do and game recommendations are off topic on Arqade. Assuming that a user posts a detailed ...
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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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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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Can I ask for recommended websites?

I may want to ask for websites where I can find recommended music the way IMDB is a good site for Movie information. Or I want a website where I can read Firefox OS news, in a similar format to OMG! ...
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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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Is recommending operating systems allowed on this site?

Some voted to close Desktop Linux distribution with the latest GNOME 3? with the following reason: This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a Linux distribution and not about ...
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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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Is software identification on-topic?

(I thought that we had a similar discussion, but couldn’t find it.) Are software identification questions on-topic? I.e., questions where the OP is not looking for options/alternatives, but for a ...
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Are hardware recommendations on-topic?

This site was established as a software recommendations site. However, we do not have to define our scope based on historical happenstance in choosing a name. Given that our primary focus is on ...
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Are web service recommendations off-topic?

Online storage service with 15GB that works well on Linux In my opinion, this is not off-topic, as it specifically requests for service with Linux (software) support. Self-hosted collaborative real-...
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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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Should programming language recommendations be allowed here?

Should recommendations for which programming language to use be allowed on the site? For example, a few off the top of my head: What programming language to use for a desktop application involving [...
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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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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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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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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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Testing the game recommendation category of questions

Related: Are video game related questions on topic? Below are a variety of game recommendation questions that we saw on the gaming Stack Exchange, Arqade, during its life. I have split these into ...
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Are how-to's on-topic?

There are users who ask for an alternative to a software because it is missing some features they need. The problem is that the software they are using currently has that features but they are not ...
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Questions that do not ask for recommended software on topic?

This question was just asked: What is the best way to recommend a new browser to my family? The question does not ask about a browser recommendation, or a piece of software, but simply asks how to ...
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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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Is it okay to ask for algorithms on this site?

Is it okay to ask for algorithms (or libraries) on this site, or is only software (as in specific implementations of algorithms) allowed? If not, is there another SE site that invites such questions?...
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Are web API recommendations on-topic?

In the past I have had mixed success asking for web APIs on other Stack Exchange sites. I think I've tried Stack Overflow and Web Apps, but I'm not 100% sure. Web APIs seem to be much like libraries ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Where do questions about software development software belong to?

Do they belong here or to SO? Software development tools (IDEs, VCSs) Libraries
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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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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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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 this question about Wattpad / Goodreads on-topic?

"Software for syncing my Wattpad reading progress on Goodreads?"
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Are dictionaries off-topic?

My question https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/7035/903 has so far received 4 close votes. At the same time, the dictionary tag exists, and I see two others questions of IMHO the same kind ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Are questions regarding software testing tools allowed?

Is asking for software recommendations relating to software whose primary purpose is testing other software allowed on this site? If so, what kind of information do I need to include when asking, in ...
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Are questions about browser plugins acceptable?

I feel the answer is YES, asking for confidence and Meta completeness.
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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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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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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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Data sources vs applications: what's the limit?

In a previous episode “Can I ask for recommended websites?”, we concluded (in Angelo Neuschitzer's words): No to Websites; Yes to Webapps. I think the main difference between websites and ...