Robert Cartaino
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An odd request: can we have another week in private beta?
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34 votes

This site is all but ready to move on to public beta, but we tend to agree — we're giving this site another week to shore up the core community before launch. You have set up a strong ...

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Impossible/impractical requests?
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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 ...

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How to deal with similar but not duplicate questions
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Be very wary of closing down very specific use cases and treating (for example) "every question about photo editors" like your trying to build a general encyclopedia of software reviews that ...

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Should we take a proactive approach to avoid affiliate linking?
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Use of affiliate links on this site is NOT allowed. If you find them, edit themout. If it becomes repeated or persistent, 'flag' them as spam. If someone edited someone else's answer to add an ...

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What if we don't know exactly what we want?
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12 votes

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 ...

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Make sure your questions don't get deleted silently: beware of Roomba!
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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 ...

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Overzealous deletion of answers
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Oftentimes, we can do a better job explaining how and why this site works the way it does, and what specifically can be done to correct these missteps which, frankly, we fully expect users to fall ...

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Can we recommend software in comments when our personal knowledge experience isn't enough for a great answer?
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Please do not use comments to answer questions as a means of making recommendations without sufficient detail or knowledge. The purpose of having this site in the first place is to to avoid all the ...

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Are "this is a bad idea" answers permitted?
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It depends on the context. If you can authoritatively say that the problem statement is implicitly a "bad idea", than saying so might actually be a perfectly acceptable 'answer'. It's really just a ...

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Is it OK to ask for a software having a particular feature?
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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 ...

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How should I accept answers?
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This should be easy — if the answer is well-written, accept the software you actually chose! The "accepted answer" function simply indicates which answer best helped the original author ...

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Why is this site better than the other options? How does it overcome existing problems? Why should it exist?
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At a recent Stack Exchange company summit, we discussed how we might be able to host a broader range of content, including things like "recommendation questions." We listed many of the problems, as ...

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Should we add language tags?
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9 votes

This to me sounds more like a specific requirement that should be spelled out in the body of the request rather than a tag in the system. If you need multi-language support, just state in the question....

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Two-way converters: 1 or 2 questions?
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8 votes

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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Is the question “JS/PHP editor software” acceptable?
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8 votes

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-...

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How should we treat answers that don't fit all requirements?
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I don't mean to speak in absolutes, but unless the author is clearly offering a persuasive argument that their software is "close enough" to actually answer the question, we should flag it as Not an ...

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Should we allow minimal (link-only) 'responses' to questions?
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Only in the broadest sense does a link actually "answer" the question. A link is really just a way to tell folks where to go find the information elsewhere. That's not really what we do here....

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Too-broad Close Reason in Software Recommendations
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it might well be that the Asker is aware of many possible ways to perform a computer task and wants a first-hand success story to guide their own selection But this isn't a general software review ...

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What is a meta tag?
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Proper tags describe what the question is about. "Meta tags" are things users add to describe other things like why the question was asked, or something that describes the author, or any other bit of ...

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Usage of [web-apps] for questions about webapps development
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The web-apps tag is for requesting applications that run over the web. The web-development tag is for tools used in web development. The tag wiki seems pretty clear on the web-apps tag (there isn't ...

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What's wrong with question like this?
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Sam, thank you for the question, but we're trying to do something just a bit different here. The "requirements" you listed in your question are so incredibly broad, it is difficult to imagine that ...

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Convert the "floss" tag into a synonym to "open-source"
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Done! (expecting an email chiding me about some nuanced difference between them)

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Populate the site with our best use cases
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I'm going to make a case that this is a bad idea. Setting yourself up with a "question" so you can tout a particular piece of software will set this site up to be one big software advertising/listing ...

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Is offerring to write a program for someone spam?
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The term spam is a bit misplaced, but this type of solicitation (even if well-meaning) is not allowed on any Stack Exchange site. Putting it in terms of another site (let's say Stack Overflow), if ...

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Feature request: (Re)distributing bounty to multiple answers
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As a community manager at Stack Exchange, it's not really my position to accept or reject individual feature-requests, but I can speak to why some of these features work the way they do. When you ...

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Suggested synonyms: [web-apps], [online-service], [web-service], probably [online]
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Tagging and synonyms are created when questions are asked in actual practice. There doesn't seem to currently be anymore questions tagged [online], so we don't generally create synonyms before there ...

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Tag issues I have found
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First, I did rename appstore to app-store. Sounds reasonable. I also renamed some of these pluralization/hyphenation tags as they seemed appropriate. The unused tags left behind will be cleaned up ...

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Tags for toolkits?
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If the question is about these toolkits specfically, then these tag are appropriate. But if you're trying to slice up the site into much larger swaths ("the stuff I'm interested in versus stuff I'm ...

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What should our chatroom be named?
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Software Rex The meanest, biggest bad ass chat room on the plains.

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Tags [proxy] and [proxies]
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A synonym isn't necessary here; I just renamed proxies to proxy — DONE. Synonyms were intended to link two completely separate words meaning essentially the same thing (think 'car' vs 'auto'). ...

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