With the upcoming release of Windows 8 we expect an influx of users and questions. I feel that we need to prep for their coming. With that in mind, the software-rec is a nuisance in mine and others opinions. I believe that the general consensus of this tag is that anything that is of a recommendation nature needs to be closed and stopped.
The community wants/needs it's software recommendations. We like them, and we even promote good free ones. So how do we continue to offer suggestions to users regarding software, and yet keep the site uncluttered from off-topic questions?
My solution is two fold:
Teach a Man to fish - I'm not talking about stepping into the trap of help vampires, but rather make sure the resources are there for new users to read, and verteran users to reference when enforcing the rules. These included (but are not limited to):
- Updating the FAQ to state that software/hardware recommendations are NOT allowed.
- Create a Meta Post on how to recommend a piece of software to questions whose solution require software.
- Create a Meta Post on how to ask questions that may require software to be recommended
The Super User Recommendation Blog entries! - I suggest we create blog entries that can be updated as needed on common software that Super User's use/suggest. This would be similar to what LifeHacker does with their software recommendations. If this is instituted then I suggest the following actions:
- Close ALL posts that are off-topic and remove the software-rec tag.
- Port over any worthwhile questions/answers to the blog.
- When cleaned up, they can be burninated forever.
By closing all posts as soon as possible, we don't get any confusion like this:
Why was my software-rec question closed?
and allows us time to port over things to the blog at a pace that is doable. This also gives us a heavily moderated medium to recommend software without being closed all the time.