Lyndon White
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An odd request: can we have another week in private beta?
16 votes

I agree, we need to answer some critical questions before we leave private beta. If we don't have a strong community agreement on these we will have inconsistant policy and people will get ...

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What is required for an answer to be high quality?
12 votes

Reposting, based on a earlier response of mine that can be found here. (Mostly just reusing the annotated screenshot) Should start with a product name, That is a link and a Heading, (use ###) Should ...

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Why beta added with software recommendations?
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12 votes

Stack Exchange sites go through 3 stages: Private Beta Public Beta Graduated This site is currently in Public Beta. This means that we are getting additional support/monitoring from Stack Exchange ...

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library tag vs. software-library tag: Which should we use?
8 votes

I suggest: [Library-Programming], for things like Boost and OpenMP, whioh are used for programming [Library-Books] be for things like Koha, Calibre, to do with managing physical or electronic ...

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Do we consider "beta invites by email" valid answers?
7 votes

Yes, it is completely fine, so long as the other requirements for a quality answer are met. However, just because it should be allowed, do not mean it is going to be a good answer. Answering with it ...

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Should we be closing questions that don't specify an OS?
7 votes

No, if OS isn't given, we can assume that they don't care. For two reasons: A lot of people have access to multiple OSes. Its not unusual to see people (espically power users) who use Linux, ...

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Can we afford deleting not good quality answers?
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6 votes

Yes, we can afford to delete Low Quality Answers. Stack Exchange Sites, solve problems by throwing Huge amounts of people at it. Truly vast amounts of experience can be brought to bear on the problem. ...

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Add descriptions of mentioned software
6 votes

This is tooting my own horn, but This is what a good answer looks like, It isn't perfect, and answers that are less good will no doubt be acceptable, but we should aim high. The level of detail, and ...

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How would you deal with emotions of meta / moderator when they feel criticized?
5 votes

The site has intrinsic properties that minimise the effects of personal bias. Targeted downvoting and upvoting against an individual are detected and reverted. Close votes need 5 people to approve ...

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Are video game related questions on topic?
5 votes

Here is a review of what we have learn from the test questions: (Community Wiki, Please Edit) Android educational games for small kids Question Traits System: Android Mentions genre Dot point ...

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How to approach answers as software is updated
5 votes

This can ultimately lead to a false recommendation (upvoting) of a piece of software that no longer provides the feature(s) requested It is extremely unusual for features to be removed in new ...

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Are answers which provide a complete script acceptable?
4 votes

I think there are 2 ways in which producing code is acceptable: Short Scripts, phased as a recommendation for the script-interpreter: Eg: I recommend scripting with Bash Shell, and the cron tool. ...

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Should we get the Question quality bans earlier?
4 votes

Any form of banning is for repeat, intentional offenders. So yes, if someone is conciously ignoring the rules, or the community consensus, a ban is appropriate. However, under most circumstances a ...

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Please disallow the alternative tag
4 votes

The alternatives tag is a meta tag. it should be banned and burniated. Good questions, will provide examples of what as program that is similar to what they want. So most questions will deserve this ...

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How are we going to moderate answers?
3 votes

Delete When it is spam. When it is Not a Answer, Eg it is a comment. When it is not a suitable answer, Eg in This question, someone miss interpreted the question as being about Plots (line graphs), ...

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Is asking for lists of software welcome?
2 votes

One guideline I like is: Write your question, as if you expect that these is only one solution. While you might know of 3 or 4 programs that almost do what you want. or that you think might do what ...

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Are dictionaries off-topic?
2 votes

I would say a off-line dictionary or Encyclopaedia (Eg Microsoft Encarta) can be on topic. Where they exceed what would be expected of a normal document. A language dictionary is more than ...

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The Zen of Software Rec
2 votes

Person Experience is the value we add over Google. Explicit Requirements are better than implicit. Specific is better than Broad. Broad is better than Speculative. Pricing should be listed as should ...

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What kind of software recommendations is this site for?
2 votes

A question should be written, as if you expect there to be one and exactly one answer. So you don't ask for the best, and you don't ask for a list. That is my own personal mantra when it comes to ...

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Do we really need a [mac] tag?
2 votes

Expanding on Jordi Kroon's suggestion: We need a good tag wiki. So that noone uses osx for hardware and mac for software. We should blacklist the tag mac, and instead have a tag mac-hardware. and a ...

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Software Recommendations Stack Exchange - Top User Swag!
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Mine has now arrived, (all the way in Australia). I'm pretty happy about this, the fabric is loverly. And it means a bit, since this was the first site I committed to on Area51, and I put in a fair ...

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Please disallow the alternative tag
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The http://alternativeto.net/tag is useful and interesting tag. Some people might want to follow it, because they are interested in alternatives in a general kinda way. Alternatives are a different ...

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