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Haaaaaaaaaaaats

I want hats, they sound awesome and will keep my ears warm.
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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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Answer to duplicate question no longer relevant once merged

This was completely my fault, I should have seen that. A community manager has unmerged it. Thanks for reporting it! And I'll be a whole lot more careful in the future. Much like Santa, checking ...
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When will we graduate?

Our Area 51 stats look fairly decent, but they're mostly a red herring in this sort of thing. If they're all red, we need to sit up and take notice, but having all/most of them green doesn't mean we'...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

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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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Congratulations! Software Recommendations is graduating!

Wonderful! Well done everyone :-) Most people expected us to fail. It is historical, we have proved that recommendations can work on Stack Exchange if done right. I hope Open Data will follow that ...
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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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Congratulations! Software Recommendations is graduating!

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to the community and my fellow moderators, with special thanks to the prolific flaggers out there - you know who you are. Together we've deleted more than 700 posts,...
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Bounty expired, no answers, but I still lost my bounty points?

Yep, this is how it's supposed to work. See the privilege page for bounties: Bounties expire after seven days. You will receive several notifications a few days before this happens. If you do not ...
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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 it acceptable to add an answer to an old/solved question with a newer (hopefully better) solution?

Absolutely. If its a distinct, great answer post it anyway. If its a new feature on an existing product in an answer consider commenting or editing it to update the answer. Don't forget that ...
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Forward Thinking Systems: spam or not?

Looks like a sockpuppet to me. I've deleted the question, suspended and warned the parent user, and destroyed the sock puppet. The bounty was a 'very' nice touch, if not for the fact that it was very ...
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Found a copy of an answer here on another site. Are they copying SE? Is it legal?

Looking at this more (and reading the comments below), these are missing the required author attribution - links to the author's profile. It should be reported as described in A site (or scraper) is ...
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Long-time spammer happens to be on-topic. Delete or not?

Vote/flag based on the content, not on the user. If people are downvoting or flagging this because of who posted, that is user targeting, which is against the rules on Stack Exchange sites. If the ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Thank you to the community for voting me as your new moderator. Many thanks to Undo for his great job as moderator and for helping to keep our community strong. A special thank you to Journeyman ...
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Can I ask if a particular software will fit my needs?

tl;dr: No, but you can make it on-topic. It’s off-topic to ask if a specific software is suitable in a specific case. We want to answer with software recommendations, not with "yes" or "no". But it’...
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Make sure your questions don't get deleted silently: beware of Roomba!

Soliciting votes in this manner goes against spirit of how we vet content, and we cannot allow this type of activity. While we encourage everyone to up-vote great posts, the motivation for doing so ...
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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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New Site Design!

Looks great Pawel! Your design is: Clear Visually appealing Simple Easy to read Reasonably friendly to people with limited eyesight Works for people with all types of color blindness Low bandwidth ...
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Including cloud-based services for software recommendations?

In my opinion, it makes sense that cloud-based software (SaaS) recommendations be on-topic on this Stack Exchange website.
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Is it allowed to request software that breaks a service's terms of service (TOS)?

We do not enforce agreements between third parties - and we shouldn't set that precedent. You're free to downvote, comment, and refrain from answering, but it's unlikely that any moderation action ...
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Are questions for service providers welcome at our site?

As stated in most of the above mentioned question implicitly or even half-was explicitly: SR is about recommending software, not providers/companies. So asking for a service provider (be it VPN, DNS, ...
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Is LeadTools spamming?

Thank you for your meta post, Thomas. I share your concerns. I believe it is best, as a community, to openly and thoughtfully determine how to deal with this somewhat unique situation. By doing so, ...
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Why did the % answered dropped from 74% to 63% yesterday?

There was a bug in the algorithm that calculates IsAnswered. That field is used to calculate the % answered value. The bug is now gone as of two days ago: I've updated the query to check for nulls on ...
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reddit.com/r/SomebodyMakeThis/

As a moderator - I'm fine with using them as a source, as long as the answers meet our quality guidelines. Nearly all my answers are from tools I have found around various parts of the internet. We do ...
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Guide users who try to use the tag [free]

We got rid of the tag free because it is ambiguous: it could mean free (libre) software (i.e. open source, software that you can adopt and modify), or freeware (gratis software, i.e. software that the ...
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Where do questions about software development software belong to?

If you are looking for recommendations for software development tools and libraries, Software Recommendations is the right place. (Note that recommendations are off-topic on Stack Overflow and most of ...
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Are recommendations for programming tutorials/resources on topic?

No, they are not. While such content is valuable, it needs its own set of criteria for distinguishing good questions and good answers. We focus on stuff that can be executed on computers, "software", ...
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Small capital characters in posts

In my opinion, the small caps Unicode characters shouldn’t be used for normal text in our posts (unless, of course, it’s about these characters): In the browser search (Ctrl + f, e.g., in Firefox and ...
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