Can someone please explain the controversy over my closed question?

I followed the FAQ to the letter.

Random's comment: Do something and then ask as question about it. Current format is polling/list for Download.com

I don't understand where in my question it seemed like I was polling, and can't we agree that this and all other software rec questions are on topic (as long as they follow the faq).

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    Have you tried any tool yet or is this just asking people to throw in what they've used to see what sticks?
    – random Mod
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:08

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It's a question asking about something where nothing is already on the table.

You're looking for programs that fit a checklist and not solutions or answers to a problem that you actually have.

What software can you use? What software have you even tried? Why is that not working? Try something, then come back and ask a question about the tool you're trying to use.

Not a fan of questions and will routinely close them for the polls they are. Or for the Softpedia/Download.com lookup pile-on as they otherwise come out to be.

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    "You're looking for programs that fit a checklist and not solutions or answers to a problem that you actually have." > So all I need to do is add "I need to make a small word game for a school project. What software..." ?
    – wizlog
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:04
  • And should I vote-to-close this?
    – wizlog
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:06
  • Closed the question asking people for opinions. Thanks for pointing it out.
    – random Mod
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:11
  • I should flag all questions tagged the software-rec that don't mention everything they've already tried?
    – wizlog
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:15
  • This is not an answer to my question.
    – wizlog
    Jan 5, 2012 at 3:09
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    @wizlog a lot of the questions in software-rec are low quality and/or off-topic. Your question has been reopened for now, and edited it to improve it a bit, which is good. You seem to misunderstand Meta though - in a discussion post, it's reasonable to post answers such as these with people's ideas. Essentially, the question is the topic of the discussion and the answers are people's responses. Vote up or down for agree/disagree. These are not "not an answer".
    – nhinkle
    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:52

I personally think the close action was a little too harsh.

What saves this question is the multilingual support (should be a requirement, not a "nice to have") saves it at the end.

Without that requirement, this would essentially be a LMGTFY.


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