I asked a question and it got put on hold with the motivation that it's asking for a service/software which quickly get outdated etc. I'm perfectly fine with the action taken and I do understand the explanation.

My problem is that I still need to ask that question and I'd need some help rephrasing it to better meet the requirements. Let me explain what kind of pointer I'm looking for.

Example 1 If I'm looking for a simple, free text editor, the de facto industry standard (or at least a very commonly found software since years back) is Notepad++. That'd be the answer I'd find useful and helpful. (Possibly a mention of Sublime might be in place too.)

Example 2 If I'm looking for a useful, free image editor, the first choice of many people (including blogs with well-known and reliable names) is Paint.NET. That's the answer that satisfies the conditions. (Even Gimp might be an alternative.)

So, I wonder how I should rephrase my question so that:

  1. it meets the site's requirements

but also

  1. points to something "defaulty" or "commonish"

i.e. how to ask so that the answer would be Notepad++ or Paint.NET but in the case with a web service that receives simple chunks of data and presents these in a rudimentary web GUI?


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Its not very clear what you're looking for. Web services are off topic on SU anyway, and on SR.

Chat's probably a good place to air this sort of thing - someone might suggest yahoo pipes... or the shiny run your own one some news agency threw up and someone on chat might remember the name.

Course this works better for chat regulars ;p

  • Too bad... I was hoping for some utility, like Assembla is for for a quick and online SVN available for free... It's more of a utility I'm looking for than an actual web service. Although it will be using a web service, of course. May 17, 2015 at 13:15
  • Ahh, the first step is clarifying your question. since I'm slightly confused.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    May 17, 2015 at 14:00
  • Which question are you referring to? The original post or the one at Meta? I'm totally up for clarifying what I mean but at the moment I can't see which part that's vague or unspecific. I've tried to explain a parallel issue for a text and image editor (i.e. NP++ and Paint.NET). So the question is, kind of, "how should I ask to get the answer 'NP++'". Then, I can apply the same pattern and make it about the data receiver/viewer I'm looking for. If there are any to be found. May 17, 2015 at 14:36
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    There isn't a Stackexchange where a question asking for a web service would be on topic. So even simply asking about a reciver/viewer wouldn't be on topic on a SE website.
    – Ramhound
    May 18, 2015 at 13:22

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