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I would suggest that in general we should not be recommending hacked/stolen/cracked software as there are usually legal alternatives which are currently maintained for almost any task. Recommending "stolen" items can potentially both result in the site gaining a bad reputation and potentially, in some locations, have legal liability for the individual ...


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Yes, that's a good idea. We currently have this text about how to ask a software recommentation question (plus some bits about answers): Please read our question quality guidelines before posting. Good software recommendation requests have two components: A purpose — a task to accomplish, a user story Some objective requirements — a minimum set of features ...


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Let's try something a bit more subtle first: This'll appear to folks visiting /questions/ask regardless of their reputation.


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Fun fact: we had around 4 different versions of the same pages, so we just cleaned things up a little. No features are lost in doing this. The content of these pages was literally identical (give or take a search box), so feel free to link users to the help center where before you'd link them to either of those routes. My proposal is to both reinstate ...


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/about /tour (the two point to the same thing) is kind of the new /faq#on-topic, it's a lot more discoverable than /help/on-topic. Nevertheless you're right, we should update that. I've added content similar to our /about. Feedback welcome.


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I'd echo Michael Hampton's point - based on what we saw on SF, we concluded that an interstitial with a ton of info essentially tests one thing: How badly do you want to post? Unfortunately, that appeared to have little correlation to how conscientiously you were likely to form a question. It appeared that the page chased off some real percent of posters, ...


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I'd flip that around. Questions shouldn't really be explicitly asking for cracking software. Answers as such wouldn't need to recommend them. If it goes down to whether its legal, chances are its gone.


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I agree that it's a bug. This should just say “high-reputation”: it reads better, and it's easier technically since the text is shared between sites.


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I propose that the About contains this entry: You are welcome to ask about software for your desktop, the web and mobile platforms. If you are unsure about your question being about a website (rather then a webapp) ask yourself: "Given I had the program I'm looking for and the means to run it, but not any of the data it contains, would it still be useful?"...


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At large I go with Steve's answer here, but want to add a point it missed: morality. There might be software in a kind of "gray zone" (I don't have an example at hand), i.e. close to being illegal but not quite punishable by law. I might recommend such (with a note/warning on the point) if the "catch" is Civil disobedience and I feel it's something we ...


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So here we have somebody explicitly asking for a cracked version. (This particular asker is now trying to justify this by claiming he will pay the author after the asker has made great profit using the cracked tool. Right). It is one thing to ask for a legal, blessed by author, free version of software or a free, legal, blessed by author, equivalent ...


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SOURCE: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/13031/laying-some-ground-rules-for-software-recommendations We're going to let this site go ahead, and see what you all can do with it. While we discussed the topic, we had to take some time to identify our chief concerns with recommendation & shopping type questions. The number one problem that we ...


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