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What is required for a "there is no such program" answer to be high quality?

To give such an answer, either you must be pretty profient in that area to be sure – or the question must be a "little stupid". In both cases, an answer should not be limited to "there is no such ...
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Are we becoming lax about answer quality?

I think you are totally right. I tend to downvote such answers, I will go over to flag them as well (as VLQ as suggested by Gilles). Usually I care more about questions then answers so I didn't ...
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Is suggesting built-in software acceptable?

In the past, this was done. And I don't see anything wrong with that – after all it's software "available", and in cases like that the user could even skip the download+install part. But in your ...
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9 votes
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Random inappropriate necro-deletion of decent, helpful, upvoted answer

What you don't see is the six other poor quality and sometimes actually spammy answers there. Granted its a video conversion question, and they attract spammers. You're not one. Awesome. We've ...
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Is suggesting python libraries/solution a proper software recommendations?

Almost never ideal, but perhaps preferable to no answer at all? As someone who does enjoy writing code I would be sad to see such answers go because I find them empowering, but that is not the ...
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Is suggesting python libraries/solution a proper software recommendations?

To me it's OK as long as the OP explicitly stated "if some coding is involved with Python, that would be acceptable" (see: Is it okay to ask for algorithms on this site?). If no coding skills are ...
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Is source code an acceptable answer?

We've had a somewhat similar question in the past: Are answers which provide a complete script acceptable? As I write, the top two answers are: [+5] I would say that we probably shouldn't be giving ...
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It is NOT ok to copy and paste from product website

Our answer quality guidelines lead with this text: What is expected of an answer on this site? An answer needs to be tailored to the question. Answers that consist solely of a product name or link ...
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Providing answers to questions that will obviously be closed

Don't answer questions that you think should be closed and can't be salvaged. Answering is wasting one's time. For the license question, I guess that Izzy just felt generous and wanted to ...
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It is NOT ok to copy and paste from product website

I think the crux of your question is in the bold-faced part: On SW-REC SE, we add value (over a google search) to our recommendations by talking from personal experience. Copying and pasting a ...
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Is source code an acceptable answer?

In my answer, I referred to iText, which is a PDF library. See also Free or nearly free PDF library for Java Due to the very specific requirements of the OP, I don't think that there's a solution that ...
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Random inappropriate necro-deletion of decent, helpful, upvoted answer

While I see your point of "no warning before" – I also see the point of the mod deleting the post. I'm not a mod; if I had "pushed that button" you'd have gotten a warning in advance (and a chance to ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

You need to have personal experience with software that you recommend, as per the answer quality guidelines. Your answer essentially falls in the 'I Googled your query and found this' section as of ...
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Random inappropriate necro-deletion of decent, helpful, upvoted answer

Everyone else has already covered the pertinent points here, so I'm going to try to give a little context for this (not in strict chronological order, though): Way back in the beginning of the site, ...
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Random inappropriate necro-deletion of decent, helpful, upvoted answer

This deletion was entirely appropriate. Before accusing others of being “rogue”, please take a minute to inform yourself about our site. The fact that the answer had been around for a while changes ...
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Edit otherwise valid answer to remove "Also, look at that long list of maybe solutions"?

Good observation, Nicolas. When I see that type of answer, I often wonder "What is wrong with the answer that they decided to also include a link to a list of apps?". I then reread the answer at ...
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How to handle "it's impossible" answers?

I think that we should we allow "It's impossible" answers for the following reasons: Such answers are useful to inform the OP and other readers of the difficulty or impossibility to provide ...
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How to handle one line answers vs comments

The second category ("Try software XYZ, it will work well.") lacks the info whether it meets the requirements at all (if I ask for a boat and get told a car "works well", it doesn't help me at all) – ...
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How to handle "it's impossible" answers?

Such answers should be allowed and if there is an explanation why it's impossible such answer can be really useful. So, some example for a question with an "it's not possible" answer could ...
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How to handle "it's impossible" answers?

I don't want such answers. They don't help me. And thus I downvote, because that's exactly what the downvote means: "it is not useful". When I ask a question, I have a problem and I want to ...
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Edit otherwise valid answer to remove "Also, look at that long list of maybe solutions"?

I find RockPaperLizard's paragraph about "lacking answers" very true. Answers that have such links are often lacking something else. Often the answer would otherwise be a one-line answer (which ...
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2 votes

How we should deal with seemingly easy questions

My own answer to this question is based on Alecos Papadopoulos' answer to a similar issue on Economics SE. Such questions: a) Can very easily come out as "too broad", and for this matter should be ...
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Should I flag answers that contain multiple, independent solutions?

As we want software recommendations (instead of merely software mentions), an answerer that has multiple solutions in mind would ideally compare these solutions, and recommend when to use which. I ...
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1 vote

Quality guidelines for software identification questions/answers?

I think we should just close software identifications questions. Here's why: They don't have requirements There can only be 1 correct answer Answers which suggest similar software will just be ...
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You're doing it all wrong!

Four points: When a question gets no answers, most askers would prefer link-dropping to something they were not aware of to having no answer at all. Requiring personal experience decreases the ...
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