I gave an answer today, being just a software recommendation, to a question, asking for a recommendation.
If you cannot see deleted answers, there was the software name, a link to homepage and installation instructions. I understood that it's quite short by the SE standards, but had no idea of what to add. Any speculations about pros and cons seemed subjective, and giving a full usage guide seemed absolutely off-topic.
The answer recieved +1-2 votes and a comment, proposing that I should improve it according to the software recommendation guideline. (Then it was deleted as spam, but that's another story)
I've read the guide, linked above, and I want to improve my answer, but I need some advice. These requirements are quite troubling to me in this case:
- Give a brief overview of HOW to use the product OR in cases where it's too long, link to the product's manual pages.
What first comes to mind is "Read the manual and use it just as X, but on system Y". Should I make a research and give a full feature comparison?
- Give any personalized information to the OP regarding how the recommendation solves his/her question.
I have no idea of how OP is going to use a 2-pane file manager. There's no personalized information in the question.
I hoped that the other answer (recommending just the same software) would be a good example, but I fail to see how it answers the above questions. It gives a good insight on the history of the subject, but no usage instructions, and not even an installation instruction, which mine had.
I'd really like to know how I could have answered it in a good way. Please give me some advice.