Is all types of software recommendation questions off topic; I appreciate it's probably not a 100% fixed rule and that some questions need to be taken as is, but, if the questions was:

"What software allows me perform a specific function (eg search for text only within .txt files)"

Would this be considered off topic (if this was the entire question)?

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Focus on the problem and leave out the software and it ought to be fine.

"I'm trying to search for specific text fields in a directory, but only in .txt files - I've tried the following approaches (blah blah blah) but they had these specific problems (blah blah blah). I'm looking for an outcome thats like (foo bar baz). How would I do this?" should work I think

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  • Should I recommend Dave software that does what he asks about? – Boris_yo Dec 21 '12 at 12:38
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    Well, if you include an explaination of how to do it, with instructions, heck yes, I'd upvote that. – Journeyman Geek Dec 21 '12 at 12:40
  • Thank you for your suggestions. I think this answers it for me :) – Dave Dec 21 '12 at 12:41

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