I fully support the clause of the SU FAQ that states that shopping/buying recommendations are off-topic. I'm a little confused about its scope, though.
Does it apply to questions that ask people to suggest free, open-source applications? That's not technically buying, but it's equivalent to a shopping/buying rec for a person with a budget of $0.
What about recommendation questions where the OP doesn't mention cost at all?
(I reflexively tried to apply the faq tag to this question, but that obviously has its own special meaning here. Is there a tag for posts about
Here are a few example questions:
- FOSS alternatives to Acrobat Connect Pro
- Are there programs that convert PowerPoint block diagrams to ASCII text diagrams?
There are plenty of these under software-rec and free. (In fact, those tags have an intersection of sixteen questions.)