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This question appears to be off-topic because it does not contain enough information to give good recommendations. In particular, questions without a clear outline of features requested are off-topic for this site. For more guidelines on what your question should contain, please see What is required for a question to contain "enough information"?


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Questions that solicit discussion or feature comparisons between multiple products rather than asking for recommendations that fit within our clearly defined requirements are off-topic for this site. Instead, describe the exact features you're looking for in your question.


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Here are the questions I've reviewed today in the closure queue and the reason I made the vote that I made: ARM assembly IDE for Linux (compiler, debugger, assembly view …) This question doesn't define enough requirements to be answerable. Personally I would have chosen Too Broad but Unclear What You're Asking is interchangable in most instances, as ...


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Definitely not: Questions provoking list-type answers are frowned upon at all SE sites Our help center lists several list-type questions as explicitely off-topic – a.o. "there is no actual problem to be solved", which matches your "doesn't seek a tool to accomplish a task, but it seeks everything there is in that area" We are not a Google-Extension. Such ...


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Thank you for bringing this to our community's attention. I just took a look at the question, and I see no reason that it cannot be reopened, so I reopened it for you and the community. Several community members (including myself before I was elected as a moderator) voted for it to be re-opened in the past, but we didn't meet StackExchange's required number ...


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SE keeps an eye on metas everywhere, and even if its a general request, its usually fine to leave it on the site meta. There's no practical reason to move it.


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it might well be that the Asker is aware of many possible ways to perform a computer task and wants a first-hand success story to guide their own selection But this isn't a general software review site. We are not here to collect the (as you say) "first-hand success stories" by eliciting an opinion poll about everyone's favorite software in a category. ...


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When the site enters public beta and gets its own moderators, they will have the ability to migrate posts over to Meta Stack Overflow. In the long run, though, the need for migrating to Meta Stack Overflow is narrow. General Stack Exchange features are fine to ask on the per-site Meta instead of Meta Stack Overflow. The point of having a per-site meta, ...


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Requests for hosting providers and services in general, is outside our scope, through we accept asking for applications hosted in the internet (WebApps).


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Too broad is still a "valid" close reason even in the context of Software Recommendations - a question that seeks a recommendation for software without narrowing down the specifics of what the software is still "Too Broad". Asking for an image editor that opens common file formats is "Too Broad", for example. As you mention, in some cases, "Unclear what ...


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I went through the latest 50 closed questions (excluding duplicates and already-deleted ones) and tried to classify them according to why they were closed, to see if common patterns emerged. General software usage Potentially SU/Webapps/Android/Apple/… material, but usually too low-quality to migrate. How to exclude directory from Sublime Text search? how ...


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One guideline I like is: Write your question, as if you expect that these is only one solution. While you might know of 3 or 4 programs that almost do what you want. or that you think might do what you want. You should refer to these in the question as things you have looked at, commenting on why they don't meet your requirements. You might also like to ...


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"mature" can be objectified. This word describes various elements of software (good documentation, few bugs and they are quickly closed, active development community, production readyness, etc.) If your question states what measurable elements of "mature" you are looking for then its good. The import part here is that you have to state which of that elements ...


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Unfortunately it seems that we can not create top-level close reasons, they have to be within "off-topic". This results in this notice being shown to all readers: PROBLEM: The question is not off-topic at all. It is very much on-topic, but just lacking budget and OS information, for instance. So, I am afraid we can not such a close reason with the current (...


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The search for criteria, as narrow as they may be in your specific case, is unfortunately off-topic here, as you can see by your linked meta. If your requirements are already narrow and you describe your situation well, it would be a good question for the site if you ask for recommended software right away. If you did search by yourself before that (which I ...


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You haven't posted anything as of the time of this writing with the account you used to post this meta question. It's possible that you used a different account to post it, but I'm on mobile at the moment and can't investigate very far right now. When I get home I'll look closer.


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This question: [I need] a mature implementation (also for a production environment) of an AOP framework. [It must be] usable in commercial projects for free and allows me to decorate properties with attributes that allows to log property values. Is no good question by the definition set here. BUT for the scope of this answer I will treat it as a ...


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Questions that ask for hardware shopping recommendations are off-topic for this site because they are often only relevant to the question asker at the time the question was posted and age rapidly. Instead, state the hardware you already have along with your software feature requirement outline. For details, please see Are hardware recommendations on-topic?


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