There are two ways to generally ask questions of this nature. The Good and the Bad.
How NOT TO ASK questions that may require a software solution:
- "What the best x-category software?"
- "Can you recommend me a program that does x-action?"
- "Give me a list of pieces of software that do x-action!"
- or this question's sister: "Is there something that does x-action?"
- "What is an alternative to x-software? I don't like it."
These questions are not useful to the general community and lead to "fluffy" link only answers. They really don't solve any problems (the main focus of this site) and it's hard to filter what is good and what isn't when there are 10+ answers all at the same rough vote count.
How TO ASK questions that may require a software solution:
First of all: Do your research. Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before? Do you even have a real problem you need to solve? And if so, have you attempted to solve the problem yourself? Instead of assuming a solution, ask about your problem instead.
So, if you did your research and you can describe the problem to us, then here's how to ask:
"I have problem-x that I don't know how to solve. I've already tried X, Y, Z, but those programs don't work because this or that. How do I do this?"
"I have program-x that doesn't work anymore. How do I troubleshoot or fix this?"
With these types of questions, make sure that you're as detailed as you can about the issues. If you just say "My program doesn't open!" and that's it, it will be closed. Also, be open to other pieces of software that may solve your problem.
These questions are problem-based, and lead to useful answers. There may be recommendations of software in the answers, but those answers should also show you how to solve the problem as well.