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Shall this site support questions on youtube downloaders?

Whyever would we not accept questions about Youtube downloaders? The topic of this site is software recommendations, not software-that-doesn't-download-from-Youtube recommendations. On the legality ...
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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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How many questions has Roomba deleted on this SE so far?

I checked all the deleted, non-closed questions from the period from 2014-02-14 through 2014-03-15 and found only one that has been deleted by the one-year rule (at least 365 days old, no answer, ...
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Are these questions better suited to SuperUser?

Thats one of the tricky things about SR - we do have a natural overlap with Superuser (and well, most of the generalist, and OS specific sites). I think a good way to approach the problem on hand is ...
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Criteria you should mention in your question, for each type of software

Guidelines for ALL questions: What is required for a question to contain “enough information”? Desktop software Is a graphical interface (GUI) mandatory, or are command-line (CLI) solutions also ...
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How to handle dreamware requests?

Since we require a large amount of information in questions for them to be acceptable here, it makes sense that many questions would be unanswered. Often, software that does exactly what people need ...
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Asking questions about potentially "bad" software?

helping someone with a task that could turn out to be, somewhat of a malicious task, is that something we should answer here in our community? “That could turn out to be (…) malicious” is not a ...
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Are questions regarding password cracking on-topic?

Yes, such questions are on-topic as long as they fulfill our usual requirements. there are legitimate uses of password crackers, e.g. when you have forgotten your own password or when testing the ...
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5 votes

New script: Questions needing attention

Some variations: List posts with no answer, 0 score, fewer than 2 comments, and that haven't been closed: select CreationDate, OwnerUserId, ViewCount, Id as [Post Link], Tags from Posts where ...
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Shall I ask more questions?

Yes, please post such questions, since I have a lot of legacy knowledge as well and I could provide helpful answers.
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Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?

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. ...
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How should we handle obsolete questions?

Nothing My initial knee-jerk was similar to what Jan Doggen wrote in their answer, because questions shouldn't really become obsolete – lots of old software is still being run. After looking at your ...
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Why has the number of questions dropped sharply between September 2019 and November 2019, despite the traffic staying constant?

Good to see you Franck. I'm not certain, but I think it was a result of two factors: Software Recommendations was flooded with off-topic questions for a while due to questions being directed to our ...
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Why questions about antiviruses gets so little attention?

Because not all of us are windows users (like me) and most people who use anti virus software just use what their neighbor had without ever thinking if it is the best tool for the job (100% of all ...
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Is this a software comparison question?

I'm sorry, this question would not be a good fit for this site. We cater for questions of the form “what software can I use to do …?”. Comparing method A and method B, or evaluating software S, is not ...
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Does it still help to flag off-topic questions?

Yes, it definitely helps! Your flags push the posts into the review queues, where they are likely to (eventually) get the further processing they require. I've personally noticed many helpful flags ...
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How should we handle a question related to request made by a particular small business organization Needs ( billing process software.)

We should not treat them special in any way. If the requirements are narrow, so be it, maybe there will be no answer because that tool does not exist, thats fine. If the requirements are too ...
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What should be done about questions with potentially unreasonable multi-platform requirements?

This is a special case of Impossible/impractical requests. If you think the multi-platform requirements are reasonable, then you should strive to answer with the next best thing. Typically, this ...
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Should titles actually be a question?

I would argue against question titles. They make all questions look the same, and force readers to loose time on insignificant words before getting to the point of the title. While it might not sound ...
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What if we don't know exactly what we want?

If you don't know what you want (but have at least a vague idea), then this guide will help you find out what questions you should ask yourself, leading to a great question with enough requirements: ...
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Would a more rigid question template help achieve a consistent quality?

I would rather not see this type of pre-populated template in the Question box. By auto-entering a pre-populated template into the Question box, you are essentially forcing all the questions to look ...
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Are "Can I use X for Y" questions on-topic?

NO, they are off-topic. Quoting from our help center's on-topic page: This site is for questions asking for recommendations of software ready-to-use to accomplish a particular task, that is, “what ...
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How should we handle obsolete questions?

I think we should have a custom close reason for this scenario where software not only is no longer sold or "regularly" available but for all intends and purposes gone. (I would list Geocities as an ...
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Would a more rigid question template help achieve a consistent quality?

Following @Izzy's comment (that it might not be feasible to adjust the number of input boxes etc) I thought I'd suggest a simple text template (I'm guessing that this would be easier to implement). I'...
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Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?

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 ...
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How to ask for an alternative to some software

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 ...
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Handling questions that asks for a tool or a website

They say "website" but they mean can also be called "webapp". A website to make a clipart is a webapp. I think these questions are on-topic (at least 1st and 3rd). The asker is looking for a ...
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What to do with these "cross-platform development environment" questions. Are these a good fit?

I think they are either too broad or become too subjective. If you don't have requirements for your given project on a specific language anyway but are free to choose then it will come down to the ...
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