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How do I recommend software in my answers?

I have a piece of software that I would like to recommend as a solution to problems. I'm trying to avoid answering with "link only" answers, and so I need help on how I can answer valid ...
James Mertz's user avatar
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46 votes
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I think SU has a newbie-biting problem

I was initially going to post this as an answer to Why do certain commenters take a rude tone with new users?, but I think there's a bigger problem here that requires more discussion. Let's ignore the ...
Karu's user avatar
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We have bad question closing habits

Not all of us and not all the time, of course, and I'm sometimes guilty of this too. I don't want to point the finger at anyone - just discuss what I think is a problem and how we can improve. The ...
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A useful question was put on hold after six years due to software recommentation, how to respond?

I've been pondering this for the last couple of days. I was researching ways to verifiy ripped audio files and found this question which I found very useful. I thought it was a good sensible question....
starfry's user avatar
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Can we PLEASE get a definitive answer on what to do with low-quality software recommendation answers?

There are numerous Meta posts on software recommendation answers, and the advice on posting them seems to be universal. How to handle low quality ones that have been posted gets murkier by the day. ...
fixer1234's user avatar
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I have a suggestion on what to do with the Software Rec Tag

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 ...
James Mertz's user avatar
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12 votes
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Change the close question text

Would it be possible to get the text in yellow box on questions closed for requesting hardware and software recommendations to contain a link to those respective sites? Below is a recent example. ...
Burgi's user avatar
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11 votes
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Should we split up the off-topic "shopping" closing reason?

One of our current off-topic reasons reads like this: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, ...
slhck's user avatar
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Can we add a little more to the close option Off-Topic --> Recommendation?

I created a meta post that shows how to ask questions that may involve recommendations. I think that it would be good to add this to the closing option of Off-Topic --> recommendations. This is ...
James Mertz's user avatar
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8 votes
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Can you please review my ban?

I have been banned from asking questions. I went through the post at What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"? My account does not come ...
user1744649's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers

Are questions regarding "how to research things on the internet" on-topic

I came across this question: The title seemed innocent enough, but the bulk of the ...
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7 votes
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Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"?

Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"? E.g., if the question asks "I am looking for a program that can do X", does rephrasing it as "how can I do X" makes ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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1 answer

Software recommendations - what software can do this

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 ...
Dave's user avatar
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6 votes
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Which pro-forma comments already exist for SuperUser?

I'm using AutoReviewComments script and want to customize it like I did for Ask Ubuntu. I'm using as remote source.
Danatela's user avatar
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5 votes
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Are the policies on product recommendations from 2011 and 2012 still good for 2015?

I noticed both the software rec and hardware rec tags exist and that they reference these two meta posts: How do I ask a question that may require recommending software? (2012) What is the difference ...
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