This was completely my fault, I should have seen that. A community manager has unmerged it. Thanks for reporting it!
And I'll be a whole lot more careful in the future. Much like Santa, checking lists twice.
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 ...
It's one of mine. I've not found an answer that's worked for me the way I expected it to.
It's the nature of the beast, really. One of the reasons software recommendations are not really accepted on other sites is cause software goes obsolete. I'm still stuck looking for a replacement for a bit of software I'd consider indispensable since the original ...
This is a case where the question itself might simply have crossed that line of "too broad." I don't know if it should be closed, but this is the type of thing that needs to be carefully self-moderated and tempered, and should at the very least be a very small component of this site.
On other sites, we use the phrase "not a real question" because the ...
We've had a somewhat similar question in the past: Are answers which provide a complete script acceptable?
As I write, the top two answers are:
[+5] I would say that we probably shouldn't be giving people large blocks of code in the answer
[+5] I think it is perfectly acceptable.
Sorry, no general consensus here.
In the specific case of https://...
Glad you brought this topic to Meta, sameer – that's the best place to seek clarification of this kind!
Downvoters should have commented and give you hints why they downvoted. But unfortunately, they don't always do that. I was not one of them, so I can only guess. But taking a look at your question, a good guess is it's lacking required information (which ...
Yeah, it is a grey area, and I made a judgement call there (of course, if it got reopened by 5 users of sufficient rep, I wouldn't be inclined to overrule it). I'll probably give the other mods a poke to get a sanity check on it in any case
There were a few things I was thinking of when I closed it.
Firstly, it was a user in good standing, which made me ...
I would say yes, it is on topic.
Although you would have to add details such as which platform you wish to run the software on and whether you want to pay for it or not.
The simple wording you have in this question on meta would probably be closed as "Unclear" without those qualifications.
Thank you for bringing this to our community's attention.
I just took a look at the question, and I see no reason that it cannot be reopened, so I reopened it for you and the community.
Several community members (including myself before I was elected as a moderator) voted for it to be re-opened in the past, but we didn't meet StackExchange's required number ...
I voted to close that question and its still there (unless you reasked it) . Your question is still there as far as I can tell. I do admit, SEO has a terrible reputation since most practitioners of said dark art that you notice are spammers.
That said, I VTCed cause I felt it was off topic. Its in no way a software recommendation - you're trying to find ...
People upvoting it just means they think the application is good, it doesn't make the site useless.
The answer that actually helps you will have a checkmark that only you can give out - this answer will sit at the top of the list of answers and will represent the answer that helped you.
I partly agree with you on the merits, but please keep the inflammatory tone out. A moderation decision that you disagree with is not the same thing as “over-moderating”. Criticism is welcome but please keep it constructive.
The migration of your question from Super User is something that you need to take up on Super User meta, this community has nothing to ...
In my answer, I referred to iText, which is a PDF library. See also Free or nearly free PDF library for Java
Due to the very specific requirements of the OP, I don't think that there's a solution that works "out-of-the-box", so along with the recommended library, I also provided some source code and links to StackOverflow.
Mawg states that the OP might not ...
Self-answered questions are judged a bit harder here than your average question, and rightly so. While we don't discourage self-answering it is far too open to abuse for the end goal of reputation gain, so we measure potential cases to a slightly stricter standard.
Even when easy reputation is not the goal, far too often in knowing the answer ahead of time ...
First to admit, that page in the help center is not yet complete (it will hopefully be filled when we mature), so it's not that helpful in some context.
But to your question: This site is named Software Recommendations as it is about recommending software for specific purposes. While that includes libraries and APIs for developers, everything else is out – ...
Standard stack or protocol
Examples: Mediawiki, Drupal, WordPress, PHP, MySQL, HTTP, FTP, email, etc.
Many companies provide it
Offers only differ on price, usage limits, and service level agreement
Very specific requirements
Example: Wiki with rare feature X and rare feature Y
Hard to find, might not exist yet, no 2 ...
As indicated by Journeymans comment on the question itself, there's a causal chain:
"Hosted Wiki" → requires a service → requires hosting → Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?
I agree with the term "grey area" here, as a minor change would make it completely on-topic – that is, if Nicolas would rather ask for the software to accomplish that, e.g. ...
I closed it the first time, and I'd close it again. It's far too broad.
More specifically, what this question lacks is a problem to solve. Contrast with FTP file editor and uploader that's also a code editor?
The “JS/PHP” question has only a feature list, with 10 suggestions so far. It's well on its way to becoming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Basically, that's what we try to do whenever possible (and I've done that many times). But in this specific case, had I just erased the word "best" it would have been closed as "unclear what you're asking" or "too broad" – as it completely misses even basic criteria; see the comment I've left on it, even pointing to What is required for a question to contain ...
I would argue that the question asks and the answer provides a webapp. If I had the tool myself without the data it would still be useful as I could enter the data of the cars that interest me myself and still use that comparison. That assumes that I not only have the frontend myself but also the data entry side that the operators of that site surly have.
I reopened it before seeing that there was an ongoing meta discussion, so here's my rationale:
The question in its current form seems to be specific enough (after being edited) that I wouldn't have closed it in the first place.
Licenses, especially in cases involving Microsoft, often seem to change a product in many (sometimes confusing) ways. In this case, ...
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 anyway it just restates what your first two meta links explain.
For me, the real problem with your question is that it is too broad.
I can easily think of 10 ...
You forgot to cite the bit in the help center that says that questions are supposed to be software recommendation requests. Your question appears to be asking how to do something, not what libraries or application to use.
Your question can probably be reopened if you edit it a little, to clarify that you're looking for an existing library or an existing ...
Journeyman is exactly right. Your question could've been closed, in my eyes, for quite a few reasons. The question is so short I can paste it right here,
Want to buy SEO
I want to buy search engine optimization for a US audience. Can you recommend what I should buy? I have a webapp that I want to promote.
The title: "I want to buy SEO". Wonderful,...
Ask this question here if it interests you. Don't feel obliged to post on behalf of someone else. Especially someone who's been suspended — that should be a red flag.
I invite you to read our question quality guidelines, if you care. If you don't care, just stop wasting your time.
A good question has a purpose. A purpose is “I want to accomplish this”. It's a problem to be solved. Here, there is no problem to be solved, just “I'm looking for something with the following characteristics: …”. A purpose is “I need it for …”.
Without a purpose, what we have is not asking for recommendations, but for a list.
Recommendations have two ...
With your editing it, the question was automatically placed in our review queue (see my comment on it due to that). I'm personally still a bit concerned about the "most accurate" part, as that would require somebody to "know them all" – but apart from that, it's already specific enough to "be valid" IMHO.
Asking for further improvements which could be made: ...
A migrated question only lives on one site. Migrating locks the question on the original site and creates it on the target site. When a migrated question is closed (for any reason other than duplicate) on the receiving side, the migration is marked as rejected: the question again belongs to the sending site and is unlocked there (where it remains closed, ...
I added the xpath tag to this question:
XPath GUI for Windows
I think it shouldn’t be added to the following questions (which includes yours), because in these questions XPath support seems to be only an option, not a requirement:
Is there a software library that can treat a directory tree like an XPath data structure? ("XPath/JSON like instructions")
I agree with Gilles and Izzy on why this question is off-topic.
As I was one of the close voters, FWIW:
On all SE sites, I rarely give comments on why I vote-to-close (well, unless I use a custom off-topic reason), because I consider the put on hold reason to be the comment. It describes what happened and gives advice on what to do next (editing or ...