I want to take discussion away from Daniel's previous post.
Here's my point: I've always been under the impression that software-recommendations were absolutely fine on Super User.* Now, obviously, this isn't the case anymore. Diago ♦ said:
To be honest, they [software-rec questions] should be closed, but we have not brought to ban hammer down hard, generally, because there are other more important duties to focus on. Good questions should stay, but we don't always apply policies retroactively.
The sheer number of over 1000 active software-rec questions makes me wonder when this policy was introduced and how it has been enforced so far. Now it seems that everyone is saying, "These are off-topic [and have always been]", while the reality looks very different.
In my time here, I've always been aware of the problem with hardware-rec, but not with software recommendations. Not at all.
Note that …
- I am fine with whatever the community decides on. If the rules are like this, I'll accept it and move on.
- My problem is not that I don't understand why you would say these are off-topic.
- I see no value in "Recommend me a good software for XYZ".
- I did see value in recommendations for software to perform specific tasks. We are there to solve problems, right?
My problem is …
- We are acting like they were off-topic all the time, yet there are so many around and they are not closed by the community.
- If you want to enforce this rule, I'd mod-hammer it, otherwise you'll have people like me confused :P
For example, are all of these off-topic now?