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Are “What are criteria for X” on-topic

"What is the best linux distribution" is a bad question (opinion based). "What are criteria for linux distributions" or "How do I decide which linux distro I want?" can be good questions as the ...
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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 offerring to write a program for someone spam?

(Related to and inspired by this question) In the post that I linked above it seems pretty well established that "There is no currently existing software that fulfills your request", possibly ...
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No privileges in meta help

I was looking at the help pages and noticed that the privileges section is blank. Should we add something here?
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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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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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Private beta: vote, close early, close often, comment, discuss on meta [closed]

While this site is in private beta, every user can vote to close a question. Closing a question takes 5 votes. Every user can also vote to reopen, which again takes 5 votes. The private beta is the ...
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What is a meta tag?

I've been seeing this a lot lately, and I was wondering what it was. What is it used for? Is there a certain reputation amount needed to use them?
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What should our chatroom be named?

Our lovely chatroom is currently sitting there with a terribly generic name: Software Recommendations. What should we name it?
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What to do when an answer contains several suggestions?

The answer to this question (since deleted) gives 4 suggestions as a single answer: (click for full-sized version) I think suggestion4 is great and suggestion1 is crap, but I can't express it by ...
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Is “let someone develop that for you” an acceptable answer

If someone comes along with a set of so specific requirements that there is currently no software fulfilling that needs, is it acceptable to answer Currently no software fulfills that needs. If you ...
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Can there be a too-localized question?

To make this site work we need very specific questions. Requirements that can be measured and answered. Can there be a question with a degree of too specific requirements - meaning requirements that ...
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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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Please disallow the alternative tag

I feel like I've been editing out the alternative tag all evening and it keeps coming back from the grave. This is a meta tag at its worst: it's meaningless, it doesn't provide any indication of what ...
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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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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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Mention operating system in title

Should mentioning the Operating System in titles be removed? We have tags to indicate those information. And on Stack Overflow it is recommended to remove the language tag from the title.
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How specific should the OS tag be?

What if I ask for a software running on Windows. For instance I use Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium. That means I could run almost any software since Windows 95. How should I tag my question? Just [...
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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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Should we include “flame-war” questions to have something to point users to?

Questions like "vim or emacs" and "which linux distribution" will come up repeatedly after the beta. Should we just close those as off-topic, or have canonical questions/answers for those? See for ...
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A different thought on moderation

Traditionally sites have 2-3 moderators and start with pro-tems, etc. However, the sites often don't have much need for extra policing for subjective arguments. I'm going to propose that this site ...
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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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What are we calling this place?

I realize that Stack Exchange isn't big on entirely branded sites, and that it takes a large amount of traffic or a very specialty site to give them a reason to give a site an identity, but I still ...
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How do you tell if a person is advertising their product? What do we do if they are?

Inspired by this question I saw over in the "First answer" que at SO, I can see the possibility of people coming to this website simply to advertise their product. Should this be allowed, and if not, ...
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Should questions always state whether the requirement must be native/webapp?

I get the feeling if someone says "I want a cross platform app that does X", my stock response is often going to be "webapp, dude". I also suspect many people may find that annoying, and only consider ...
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Tags for free software and free software?

The tags free, freeware, open-source, floss have popped up. free is dangerously close to being a meta tag. In the world of software, free can mean two very different things: “free as in free beer” (i....
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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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How should we handle software prices?

We're likely to get a ton of questions and answers involving the cost of software. Should we establish some rules for how we show prices? I see three possible issues that may need to be dealt with: ...
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Converting the groundrules into a help center entry

So, this site already has some ground rules What say we improve on them and convert them into an entry for the help center? Please post drafts as community wiki answers.
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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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