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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 ...


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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 ...


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I believe that we should treat these questions just like we would any others. They aren't really special, and jailbreaking/rooting is not illegal (at least in the US). I don't see a need to make a special case for these. We aren't really in a position to judge the legality of a motive. That's the job of posters, not us.


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Saying "that software/solution does not exist" is a perfectly acceptable answer to a question asked in good faith — that is assuming you can say so authoritatively. Conversely, it is not reasonable to require a user to know for certain there is a solution to a problem before they ask it. Of course, if you believe a user is intentionally asking ...


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A vast majority of the recommendation questions asked on other Stack Exchange sites are crap and we don't want them. When the site started, we asked moderators on other Stack Exchange sites not to migrate anything to SR.SE until they got a green light from the SR moderators. We wanted to first establish our quality standards and have enough of a moderating ...


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Yes. The fact that some software may be intended to work around a limitation in some other software is irrelevant. Most “cracker” software have legitimate uses. Technical limitations in software are often more restrictive than the corresponding license, and even limitations in licenses may not be valid in all jurisdictions. In any case it is not up to us to ...


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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 ...


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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 of using Youtube downloaders In my jurisdiction, it is legal to make copies of any content covered by copyright (a book, a CD, a website, …) for personal use; ...


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Maybe. 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 ...


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This isn't tricky at all. This is part of a learning process that comes way before *this* site. You're asking folks to recommend a tool for you before you can even describe why any random Google search doesn't fulfill the needs you haven't even defined yet. We cannot do that for you. I understand the enthusiasm that comes with "don't waste my time, just ...


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TL,DR: no, there's no compelling reason for the title to be a question (rather the opposite in fact). I recommend reading the FAQ How do I write a good title?, especially its accepted, highest-scoring answer which is based on scientific research. The salient points are: Make the topic stand out. Keep it short. Lead with the most important words. Don't ...


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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 needs to be anchored in the merits of the post, not some other criteria like the post's age or something like this vote-by-request. I do not suspect completely ...


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I don't need help with this software. I need to know if you would recommend it to me! "Can you recommend me product XXX [ for this task ]" is not the type of question in our scope. You've put the cart in front of the horse1. Taking a look at all the other questions around here, it get's pretty clear which questions are "processed" on this site: "What ...


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If one obscure, difficult-to-find feature is enough to qualify their entire requirements list, sometimes one feature is enough to say "I can't find this software myself." We shouldn't ask folks to pad their question out unnecessarily simply to meet the {2} drink requirement minimum. In judging the fitness of these questions, you have to consider why were ...


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Here's a really great single word answer... Sometimes For that particular question No The general rules I'd say should be: No: Anything older than the normal migration limits (that question) Anything that doesn't match SR (that question - it is for a service not a software, see: Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?) Very Low Quality questions - ...


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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 to look at how software recommendation questions ought to be asked on SU, as opposed to SR. Yonking from my answer on MSU I'm trying to search for specific ...


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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, score of 0 (or 1 if the owner is deleted), at most 1 comment, and low views): An iOS app for OTP that supports custom durations That's out of 45 questions posted ...


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No. This is not a good platform for just browsing for alternative software. Recommending a piece of software for a certain task is inherently different that suggesting alternatives to a known piece of software. I suggest that this site will work reasonably well for the former but very poorly for the latter. The most obvious case is looking for "alternative ...


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This sounds like one question, but I haven't seen the specifics of what you intend to ask. I'd say just make it one question and folks will comment if they feel otherwise.


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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 acceptable? Is it acceptable if (minor) programming skills are required to "fully adjust" a product to your other requirements? Optical Character Recognition (OCR)...


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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 simply doesn't exist. If a question is low-quality for one reason or another, we should close it. Otherwise, I'd say we should just leave it alone. There's ...


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Well, in that specific question there are couple of issues that you may or may not be aware of, so lets try to fix them: The features/characteristics you are looking for are way too common! I seriously doubt any image editor (and correct me if I'm wrong) doesn't have any of the characteristics you are looking for. Those are kind of basic functions of any ...


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While to you it is "pretty obvious" such a tool "needs" a GUI, that's not necessarily the case. I for example much more prefer a CLI for such tasks: Why should I take the hazzle having to start a (maybe even bloated) GUI, navigate to some folder (20 clicks or so), mark it, open some menu, find the right item, and click that to watch a fancy progress-dialog – ...


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I would say Yes. With a few suggestions; include your use case, a bit of background any extra features etc.? (because it would have to be a fairly rare case you couldn't add at least one thing you'd like to see as well as a different OS)


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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 reasonable criterion. Any question could turn out to have a malicious purpose. As an example, let me take a random question¹: E-tender system Gee, a tender system. ...


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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 security of your application like in this question about breaking the terms and conditions, we are not lawyers, especially not for all countries around the world ...


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This is a feature that we support directly in the interface for those times when folks have those phenomenal EUREKA! moments, and want to get something they consider to be quite valuable available to other people right away. Concerns about spam are sort of valid, even though the feature isn't open to brand new accounts, and we have recently installed some ...


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