A software recommendation question has two essential components: a goal to
accomplish, and a set of requirements. The goal establishes the setting and
explains in broad terms what you want to do with that software. The
requirements put specific constraints that the software must satisfy.
Think of your task as a picture puzzle. The goal is an overall ...
A good recommendation question has precise requirements and a goal.
“Alternative to X” is not a precise requirement. You need to say which features of X matter. Otherwise the question is not clear enough, and you may get answers which propose an alternative that does not have the features you rely on most.
Furthermore, as usual on Stack Exchange, questions ...
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 and generic information copied from the product description or other promotional material may be summarily deleted.
Good questions describe a task and list requirements. Good answers:
explain how to accomplish ...
No, this is not a valid question.
Why you should switch or not can only you decide. And if you seek a recommendation you need to be very specific what you need from that really big software solution and why you consider switching in the first place.
Do you have requirements your current software does not fulfill? Name them. Be specific.
The problem with this type of question is commensurate on the number of possible differences. If program 1 is only marginally different than program 2, then the question isn't by definition too broad. If one could spend all day enumerating the differences between the two, then you do venture into the 'too broad' territory quickly when it comes to our format.
We need to clearly draw a line between
Which (company|provider|X) offers hosting for Z?
which (as everybody here already correctly stated, so I skip the reasoning) should be 100% off topic here, and
Application to (self-)host Z
which clearly is asking for software. To give a clearer example of the second, consider this user-case:
In our company, we deal ...
Web apps are on topic. What this means is that if you are looking for a solution to a particular task, you can ask about web apps as a solution.
Here's the dilemma. Web apps inherently include hosting data as part of the app. If they didn't, there would be no point to using a web app.
So whether or not a particular question is on topic or not ...
Reposting, based on a earlier response of mine that can be found here.
(Mostly just reusing the annotated screenshot)
Should start with a product name, That is a link and a Heading, (use ###)
Should have either a List of notable features, or a check off against the Questions Requirements (Must/Should Would). using dotpoint with bold single sentence ...
After seeing this trial question: no.
The principle of this site is to have recommendation questions. There are two important parts to a recommendation: a user story (what task you want to accomplish), and a requirement list (what needs to be there, what should preferably be there).
X vs Y leads to answers that each tack on their user story (if they're ...
No, because these are overwhelmingly shopping recommendations.
The kind of recommendations we host there have characteristics which give them value beyond the asker. They define a problem to be solved, and call for answers that are solutions to this problem. Anyone else with the same problem is likely to find the advice given in solutions relevant. Although ...
As consensus seems to have been reached, I post this as CW so we can explain the rationales for our choice and give examples.
Hosting isn't fine
As a general rule, we do not accept hosting questions. We do accept hosting-related questions, ie questions about software interacting with a hosting service. Of course, we understand hosting isn't a self-evident ...
Sort of, but only in so far as they are looking for a platform recommendation not a service provider.
If you are looking for a place to do x (host X Gb data via http and ftp) then no. If you have a user story and are trying to settle on a platform then we can probably cover the platform part. Is some cases the platform will also be a service that will ...
To summarize what everyone else has been saying, web hosting is a service, not a form of software. This does not necessarily mean that all services are off topic though. As Franck Dernoncourt pointed out, web service recommendations such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Github are on topic. This is because these services are web applications.
What is a web ...
No, questions like that are not looking for software, but services using and/or supporting software. I don't think it fits our site any better than recommendations for catering services. As such, I think services are outside of our scope.
I wouldn´t use that question for references:
haven't got a clue if a web hosting is okay to use or best to get VPS?
This simple sentence has two problems... OP doesn´t even know what is the problem to solve, and it invites people to share subjective opinions rather than facts. An answer to that question would be:
Use X because they are great and never ...
Depends on whether we want to cover "Software Comparisons" as well. Sure, most of our questions contain that as parts ("I need a software for X. Already tried a and b, but because [...] I need something different", or "Alternative.TO", both naturally compare things). But that shouldn't be all it is about.
IMHO there should be a focus on the task behind it. ...
I will just chime in. It is completely acceptable that recommendations for services be outside scope, as services in general are broad and are susceptible to subjective opinion.
However, for extremely narrow cases, where there may be precisely one solution, or cases where a web service replaces a desktop application, does it not seem against the spirit to ...
I have no opinion on this. But I would like to point out that the most of the opinions in other Answers are at odds with what is said here: Are web service recommendations off-topic?
If you want to make a distinction between
hosting service recommendations - off-topic
web service recommendations - on-topic
then there need to be a COHERENT ...
If your question got closed because it was asking for an alternative, please don't give up, your question can probably be transformed into a great question and reopened. Here is a sure way to get your question reopened:
Read Gilles' answer, several times, until you understand all of the points made.
Remove the product's name from your question's body/title/...
I think there are two types of OPs who are looking for alternatives:
The architects plan everything ahead, they have imagined everything about what sort of final product they want, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires ...