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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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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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Are mobile app recommendations on topic?

Not at all, Android apps are software for phones. These types of questions are on topic at Software Recommendations. Please make sure your question meets the Question Quality Guidelines and use the ...
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Why are users telling me my question isn't on-topic when I've already shown it is?

It is a web service request, and good web service requests are on topic. It is not a "website" (as defined on this meta), I agree. meta.webapps.stackexchange.com does not have any power here, but ...
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Looking for driver recommendations (satisfying particular requirements) for my hardware: On-topic?

Only in the proprietary world is there only one driver per piece of hardware. Several drivers are often available, and some might fit your needs better than the vendor's official driver. That's why ...
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Are "where can I find the source of this dead project"-questions on topic?

This question is on-topic on Open Source IF: The source code is extremely hard to find You could not find it even after spending an hour on Google It can't be found on popular source code sites like ...
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Software to make something like <link>

Such questions are not OK, they will be closed if not fixed quickly. Rule: Do not force people to click links. Your question must be 100% understandable without clicking any link, by any IT expert ...
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Are mail service offering recommendations on-topic?

IMHO that is covered by at least two other questions here on Meta: Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic Are questions for service providers welcome at our site? Which would mean: No. I know ...
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Resources for training about software?

That would be off-topic here. From my "canned responses": Please note this site is about recommending software, not assets or resources like howtos, manuals/tutorials, multi-media content, code ...
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Are "no code" requests for tools in scope?

Yes, asking for tools that does not require coding is perfectly fine. Actually, most of the answers on this site suggest tools that does not require coding. By the way, asking for tools is fine, but a ...
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Firmware recommendations

I believe that firmware recommendation questions should be on-topic. Any firmware recommendation question must include: The full name of the hardware. Link to the hardware specification on the maker'...
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Canonical software comparisons acceptable?

It's simply too broad (and Undo was simply faster than me in closing it). As you can see in our help center, SR recommends software for specific requirements – while your question was just for any ...
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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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Should we close questions in any other language than English?

As with most SE sites, SoftwareRecs is run in English. And as our sister sites do, we should stick to that – and close non-English questions as "unclear what you're asking". As far as I understand, ...
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Are vitual machine recommendations on topic?

We already have such a question, written by the laziest member of our community: VM image distribution of a Kerberos server? It seems that this question has been well received, with 8 upvotes. As ...
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Are "where can I find the source of this dead project"-questions on topic?

IMO not really. Software recommendations is meant for finding solutions to a problem - and much of the guidelines for questions revolve around asking the right questions and letting the community find ...
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Is requesting a service (that has a software part) on-topic?

Such questions are off-topic. The software must be available to anyone, without: Requiring any purchase of non-software goods. Requiring any purchase of services. Requiring agreeing to any contract ...
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Is requesting a service (that has a software part) on-topic?

In addition to what Nicolas wrote in his answer: SR is about recommending software, not services. So in short: Asking for a software (application, library) to access a given service: On-Topic. Asking ...
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Do questions have to be directly about finding software?

3-letter-answer: Yes. SR is about recommending software – not "all about software". As it's pointed out in our help center: This site is for questions asking for recommendations of software ready-...
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Desktop Bitcoin C# app question: on-topic or off-topic?

I think this question is off-topic, because OP does not intend to use the software, and OP is not interested in recommendations. Answers wouldn’t (have to) contain recommendations, they would just ...
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Desktop Bitcoin C# app question: on-topic or off-topic?

I think this question should be off-topic as it kind of circumvents the entire No asking for Source Code rule. Why does it matter what language the application is in? Also, there is really only one ...
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Including cloud-based services for software recommendations?

I'm one of the people who closevoted, and I'm an ex-mod so I happen to have my (rather scanty) notes from when I was a mod handy. And well, the community seems to think not. There's multiple highly ...
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Are hardware recommendations on-topic?

Now that we have a solid Hardware Recommendations site, I believe we should cleanly split questions between the two sites, by not recommending any hardware here. Rules: What software {meeting these ...
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Can I ask for recommendations for online services?

Agreeably, the exact line between "websites" and "web-apps" is a bit gray. The main distinction I currently use when making this call is whether or not the web-app/website stores or processes a ...
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Are "Can I use X for Y" questions on-topic?

If you have a question about X (in that case Spring Data JPA), then: Refrain from asking on this site. Go read the documentation about X (in that case https://docs.spring.io/spring-data/jpa/docs/...
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Where to ask which similar programs already exist (when developing a program)?

Your doubts are partly correct – that is, if asking the question with that background (which looks a bit like you either just want to investigate its code, or compare it with your application). It ...
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