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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 ...
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Are “Name the program showed in this screenshot” questions on-topic? [duplicate]

E.g. https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/11492/903. On-topic or off-topic?
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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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Would icon and font library questions be on topic?

I am looking for a specific icon/font library with icons related to accommodation. To be specific, I need hotel related icons that differentiate single-bed, double-bed, bed-sofa, etc., in .png, .jpg ...
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Are site recommendations allowed?

I need to learn PHP fundamentals, and so I'd like to put out a question on Software Recommendations asking "What site offers good, informative PHP tutorials?" I'm not sure if site recommendations ...
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Software comparison: off-topic? [duplicate]

Sometimes I need to know how 2 or more applications compare with regards to a specific feature / criterion: e.g. How does the speech recognition accuracy compare between Dragon NaturallySpeaking's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Are questions on webmail recommandations acceptable?

See title? Can I ask a question about recommendations for, say, Gmail alternatives? Can I ask for recommended websites? seems to deal with a similar issue, but it doesn't specifically discuss ...
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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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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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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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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 questions about browser plugins acceptable?

I feel the answer is YES, asking for confidence and Meta completeness.
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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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Educational Games

Can we put educational games as an answer for question like this? Android application to learn English for small kids Maybe should I make this clear in my question, that I'm not asking for games for ...
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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 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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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 “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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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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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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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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Are library recommenations on or off topic? [duplicate]

Is the exchange limited to executable software or are libraries and APIs allowed? Example questions: What Android library would you recommend for async image loading? Is there a public League of ...
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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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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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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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