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Are how-to's on-topic?

A question asking how to accomplish a task with some specific software, as opposed to looking for some software to accomplish that task, would be off-topic. Such questions would typically be on-topic ...
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How to behave while trying out recommendations

Well, it's pretty normal that testing recommended solutions is not done "ad-hoc". On some SE sites, I've marked questions accepted several months after they've been given: if evaluation takes time, it ...
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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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Are "this is a bad idea" answers permitted?

It depends on the context. If you can authoritatively say that the problem statement is implicitly a "bad idea", than saying so might actually be a perfectly acceptable 'answer'. It's really just a ...
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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 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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Good question was never answered

It's one of mine. I've not found an answer that's worked for me the way I expected it to. It's the nature of the beast, really. One of the reasons software recommendations are not really accepted on ...
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Are "this is a bad idea" answers permitted?

I've found time and again that a good recommendation question comprises two parts: A purpose or user story, establishing the scenario. Some firm requirements. In the end, questions here are problem-...
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When should I delete my own question?

If what you want is impossible, that's useful information. It'll help other people who want to do the same thing, so that they won't also struggle for a while to accomplish the impossible. Someone ...
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Are "this is a bad idea" answers permitted?

Sometimes a bad idea is a bad idea. I don't think this is a good example of such a question (OP might have been able to do it as a comment), but in some cases something really is a bad idea. For me ...
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Do we consider "beta invites by email" valid answers?

Yes, it is completely fine, so long as the other requirements for a quality answer are met. However, just because it should be allowed, do not mean it is going to be a good answer. Answering with it ...
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Should we have higher standards for what consitutes appropriate disclosure than the rest of the network?

I basically agree – though I wouldn't close/delete an answer based on that. Stating "my"/"our" etc. the poster already gives a certain disclosure (if OTOH the poster tries to hide the fact, posing as "...
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Are self-written applications welcomed here?

Yes, I would say it is OK, as long as you clearly say that you are the author. If the goal is really to increase your skills and thus you make the result open source, then it is actually even more ...
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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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What should we do with wrong answers?

IMHO we must divide such "wrong answers" in multiple categories, which might have to be dealt with differently: a post that doesn't answer the question altogether: flag NAA, delete a post only ...
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Should I stop answering my own questions?

Please do continue to answer your own questions! Only a small minority will bitch around (FYI Browser extension to hide all the activities of a given user on Stack Exchange, also DeerHunter didn't ...
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Are there any guidelines for answering with your own software?

This site doesn't have a specific policy about answering a question with your own software.¹ Follow the general Stack Exchange policy and guidelines on self-promotion (whose current wording evolved ...
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Leaving an invalid answer "just in case it helps someone"

Please delete the answer. It is sad that the effort spent into writing this answer is wasted, but it would be even more sad to let this answer hide more on-topic answers. If losing this answer would ...
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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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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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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 behave while trying out recommendations

In addition to Izzy's answer, I would say that in some cases you might also edit an answer. Not to change the spirit of the answer, but just to add details like: License information Price For each ...
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Should I stop answering my own questions?

(see also: What are the rules for self-answering your question?). Personally I have nothing against self-answering - and in many cases it can be very beneficial - but I'll generally set my standard ...
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Asking for software, get libraries in answers

TLDR: no Why not (theory) Software that is shipped is tested documented If you need to write the program yourself, there are typically lots of caveats, which make the solution extraordinarily ...
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Good question was never answered

Like on other less popular sites of StackExchange, it will always be full of great question without attention. I think that is the problem, the main one. person who developed it had some clashes of ...
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Can I post a recommendation as an answer that was already stated in a comment?

I personally don't have an issue with this. Comments aren't supposed to be answers, answers should be answers. If someone posts an answer as a comment, you are fully within your rights to 'steal' it ...
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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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