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How to ask and answer software recommendation questions - aka 'The Ground Rules'

This post should not be linked to as guidelines for post quality. It is from the Area 51 days and is not kept updated with policy changes. If you're asking a question, please refer to What is ...
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Pro Tem Moderators… Activate

I will be contacting additional users to fill more moderator slots, but I wanted to get the folks below activated before things really started to take off. Throughout the beta, we need members from ...
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Allow per-site close reasons that are not off-topic

About 2/3 of the questions that we close are due to a lack of clear requirements or purpose. Ideally, we would have a close reason that states something like Questions must describe the purpose for ...
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Suitable question for /tour page with relaxed requirements?

The tour page (formerly known as “the new /about”) contains a sample question with two answers. This Q&A&A triple has to meet some stringent requirements; in particular, they have to be short (...
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Impossible captcha

I was reading some questions/answers on the site, and then I ended on a "Human verification" page, with a captcha (recaptcha). While the captchas were easily readable, I had to try around 30 times ...
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The active question page shows 0 ongoing bounties when in fact there is one

I just noticed that the active question page shows 0 on-going bounties, but there actually is an on-going one: If you click on the "featured" tab, it shows the number correctly: I guess this is ...
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Migration Path from RPG.SE

Tool Recommendation Questions on RPG.SE recently became off-topic there. I had many useful interactions with that tag over there and would like to see them here. The most important thing that we ...
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“(Web) feed” instead of “RSS”

Currently the tag rss is in use. Problems: Technically "RSS" is not distinct, because there are several different formats that use this name (they are not merely different versions of the same ...
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Allow moderators to customize the first line of the editable parts of /about

I took a first go at filling the moderator-editable parts of /about. It seems to me that the “Ask about…” section doesn't really work as a bullet point list of topics. What I'd like to write is ...
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Lets tighten the reins of the tags

First of all, I hate dealing with troubles and problems, especially if they could be averted before hand. And tags will always become a problem of all SE sites. If you have come from any site you know ...
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Unify tag names

Many of our tag names are pretty inconsistent. So we e.g. have: text-editors, html-editor, audio-editing, video-editing, image-processing, image-editing, image-editor and several others in this line....
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Lets have some consistency for the Beta Layout of the website

I was reviewing the layout of the website and seems like it isn't consistent over pages, if we take a look at the Home page... We have border-bottom ALMOST overlying the main border of the menu. Now ...
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Expand the list of sites in the Close Vote reason “Belongs on another site”on the main site

I suggest expanding the list of sites in the Close Vote reason Belongs on another site on the main site. That will at least give the 'offenders' more information than Blatantly off-topic (which they ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Should we really attach the “desktop-client” tag to all questions for desktop use?

I just stumbled upon this in our review queue: Is it really useful/necessary to point this out for every question? Don't the other tags make the issue clear? Or is this a good thing for filtering by ...
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Information that every question needs to include

Every question needs to include some basic information: The functionality of the requested software On which operating system(s) the software needs to work (or indicate that it is a web-app) Price ...
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Burn the “plug-in” tag, too

We got rid of the plugin tag some years ago (Burn the "plugin" tag). Now there is the plug-in tag. As it’s used on more than 20 questions, I guess it would be best that a mod deletes the ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Software Recommendations updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Question edit by anonymous user

There was a review for a suggested edit by an anonymous user. To me it seems like the OP was editing after a logout due to the writing style, so I approved it. While I wonder a bit that anonymous ...
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Change [iphone-app] to [iphone], like [android]

The android tag and iphone-app tags should be brought into alignment. I recommend changing iphone-app to just iphone. Do others agree?
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Tag Synonym Request: pictures -> images

I was in the process of creating a question on SR and was about to add the tag 'pictures' when I thought, let me check if there is a tag for images, which sure enough there was. So then it got me ...
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HTML keyboard tag as symbol in editor

I've seen the keyboard tag of HTML the first time here at SR. The main HTML functions are available in the toolbar of the editor. Why is there no symbol for add the keyboard tag ? For SR this symbol ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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“optimization” tag

The optimization tag has no definition and was added to 31 questions. It’s not clear to me what it should/could represent, and if it makes sense on all of the questions that currently have it. Many ...
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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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Is “Is there a tool to convert PHP from higher version to lower version” on-topic?

I've posted a question earlier which was downvoted without any comments. From the FAQ, the question seems to be exactly the kind of questions that are on-topic. I've even mentioned the "specific ...
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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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Combined HW/SW rec (system invokes both that can work together). Where to ask?

I originally asked this question about hypervisors and vGPU support on Server Fault, but it was deemed unsuitable, and perhaps seen as too close to asking for a recommendation. The question wasn't ...
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Is suggesting one app multiple times with more than a half in the answers talking about my usage acceptable?

Yesterday I posted a bunch of answers recommending a particular software. Some of them were deleted for not being tailored to the specific questions, and I agreed with it. But they still aren't ...
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On which site should I post?

A few years ago, I implemented a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay-tolerant_networking project. This is not exactly mainstream, although not ridiculously esoteric. At the time, we used $200 ...
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What's the correct answer to this review item?

I was reviewing this and I'm not sure what I should answer. With 2 downvotes, it's certainly not very helpful. I would downvote as well, because "implement yourself" without giving any details like ...
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The tags [fitness] and [sport]

The fitness tag is currently used on 7 questions, the sport tag is currently used on 8 questions. Both lack a tag excerpt. Should these be separate tags? If yes, how do we define them? Somewhat ...
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Did the favorite tags get lost?

I just found out that I didn't have any favorite tags any more. No questions were highlighted in yellow and I had to re-add all (?) the tags. This is a bit annoying, since I actually don't know which ...
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Tag merge request: [file] and [file-management]

I don't see difference between file and file-management looking either at names and already tagged questions.
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Increase max number of allowed tags on this site

When asking for recommendations, I often find I use up most of my tags on categorization along several common dimensions. For example: linux, gui, gratis, open-source - that's already four tags before ...
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When not having enough reputation to create a new tag, the error message stays even when the tag is removed

If you enter tags that don't exist (and you don't create the tags), press Post Your Question, view the tag related error message and then remove the offending tags, the site continues to think the ...
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Proposed edit by other user - reject or approve?

There is a (good) pending edit to this question but I have not approved because the editor and the OP look like different users. They currently have 1010 and 1 rep respectively, so it could be that ...
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How can I focus my Kijiji RSS feed question?

To clarify my question has not been officially asked. I just know it has issues that need to be fixed before it is asked officially. I have a question that is really a collection of several. That ...
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Oops, those icons are unexpected

After I went to https://stackexchange.com/leagues/283/alltime/softwarerecs the icons are unexpected: I'm using FF 56.0
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Should this question be migrated to Super User?

This question should be a Super User question. His WiFi connection is broken after being manually disabled for a while, and he's hoping there is a software way to fix it. It's not really a software ...
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Where should I ask about the capabilities of certain node modules?

I have a question about my Software Recommendations Stack Exchange post: Is it possible to launch puppeteer from a web-based application? Hello! My above-linked post includes a question related to ...
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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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new tag for code-formatter or code-reformatter?

i was asking about a software recommendation for a code formatter or code reformatter. similar to clang-format: In centos-7, are there any reformatters for Python language? but i didn't see any good ...
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Required tags on meta are a little heavy

The required tags on meta feel a heavy and dark, and they're a little distracting: Could we make them have the same background and text color as 'normal' tags, but with a slight border? color: #...
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Do we need the “search” tag?

The tag search has no definition. We have other tags text-search and search-engine. Do we really need search? if so, what is its definition?