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I would support this but we need to be somewhat clear about why and when we want to push people to those sites. I actually prefer this to adding those sites to our list of migration targets because we can tell them very explicitly how they can fix their question here (pointing at our site) as well as what is expected over there (hand wave), instead of just ...


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I'll post an answer because there is too much to cover in comments. Interpersonal Let me start with the interpersonal issues, since the bulk of the questions were authored by Evan Carroll and there is an appearance, especially to him, that personal animosity was behind this action. This was not personal, and I don't dislike Evan, as he suggested in his ...


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As comments have noted, the criteria I would use when judging which of two otherwise duplicate questions to be marked duplicate is based on quality, not time. If one of the questions is very recent and hasn't garnered any attention yet, AND the older question it is being marked duplicate of is low quality to the point where its answers are not correct, then ...


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I'm not sure we should be closing these questions outright, much less have a specific close reason for them. At the end of the day, people are unhappy about how they are phrased. These questions can be trivially rewritten from "Give me a script to X" to "How can I do (automate) X", and answers can choose to write scripts if they wish to do so, or provide ...


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Basically the community consensus is that software recommendation questions are off topic for superuser. You can ask them on Software recommendations, as long as you meet the quality criteria. There's another issue here - SE as a whole isn't really a replacement for good research - While you have a clearly articulated idea of what you think you need - the ...


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Well, ReactOS is perpetually in alpha and has been as long as I can remember it. Darned thing is brokenish, and a good many of these are bugs that should be reported to ReactOS developers rather than asked here. While I did argue against it, there is no roadmap for when ReactOS would be in a usable state unlike Windows 8.1. I'd say that the logic is still ...


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Does Super User have something similar to "could not reproduced"? Super User does not have that specific close reason as you have noticed. If you have 3000+ rep You can Vote to Close then do the following: Close > Off-topic because > Other > Comment: "I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the problem is no longer reproducible and the ...


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Public beta's too early for migration anyway, and considering the two recommendations sites are unique in their scope and previous experience as a moderator on software recommendations I'm not sure this is the greatest idea. If someone asks a question that's clearly and explicitly off topic, its probably a clear sign that the question needs some adult ...


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I know what you're referring to, but the questions you chose aren't the best examples. These had other issues. However, I've run into questions like you describe; what look like perfectly good Excel questions voted to close as off-topic for no obvious reason. For example: import-text-file-into-excel. And I believe this one was also voted to be closed as ...


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Who defined what is "most common"? For that you'd have to run surveys with a representative sample of people in a representative sample of countries and then ask them how they would pronounce the four-letter word "UEFI". Anything else would be speculation, or personal taste, but in any case there does not appear to be any ground truth ...


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It is not something that you, as a user, can do anything about, nor should you need to care. There are too many window frameworks with too many styles that all can look very different or very similar depending on the developer who wrote the program. You cannot just edit the program to change the behaviour of one window from a user perspective. As such you ...


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Your flag was correct. However... The only part of the question that makes it off-topic is the sentence: Is there any software that can make it work? You can (and should) flag questions that are off-topic, but an even better option is fixing the post. In this case as @DavidPostill's edit demonstrates, that sentence wasn't even necessary and simply needed ...


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I would like to keep the majority of the current reason in there but just add a disclaimer about the Software Recommendations site to add a caveat that I've seen David Postill use: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-based answers. Instead, describe ...


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What am I not understanding about off-topicness on SU? Your understanding is correct, and I would probably have accepted that flag. However, in this case, your flag put the question in the close vote review queue and 3 users voted to leave it open. I've edited the question to remove the software request part, as it has a lot of upvotes and a good answer.


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One of the main goals of SU is to be a compendium, an encyclopedia, of questions and answers. Some questions should be put elsewhere because of the state of the technology they are about. This is first because the state of development of that technology is such that... bugs are very likely to occur there isn't likely to be a solution to them yet available ...


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I don't see a problem with this post, so I've reopened it. It's specific enough, describes the problem in great detail, and also includes what you've already tried to solve it (and why that didn't work). (A comment like "This subject is well documented there is no 'best' method" isn't really helpful either. It should at least point to a solution or ...


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Relax, it's just one person casting their one vote.


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For that question, there is no way to re-edit it in a way that it isn't asking for a program with a certain feature. For a constructive question, you need to focus on what you need to do or what problem you are trying to fix. Not on what feature a program has. (Today it would be closed as "seeking product or tool recommendations") In that view, look at the ...


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I answered this here: Should we post a duplicate when no answer given. Saying that different phrasings of questions can reach different listeners -- ESPECIALLY for questions that have remained open with no answers. The idea that different phrasing might frame a question in a way that attracts more answers isn't new -- marketing folk use it all the time by ...


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Questions closed with a particular reason will still show that reason even if it's no longer an option today. "Noise or pointless" will not be coming back.


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Intended non-use of software may have an impact on question applicability The help centre notes: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. A strict reading of the bolded phrase would rule out a question if you did not intend to use the software, as it would not be a[n] "actual problem that you face". ...


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Click on the close option & you'll see the reason being highlighted


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There are a couple of options depending on the nature of the 'resolution' You can enter a custom reason when voting to close Voting → Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong) Which gives you the option: Some folks like to VTC with a custom reason (as above), because it gives them free text to describe why the question should be closed, eg: I ...


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Hardware shopping questions are discouraged for multiple reasons: they seek subjective recommendations they become outdated fast they are only useful to one person at the time of asking With a given hardware specification ("I have X and Y, will Z fit?") the answer is obviously binary, but we have to ask ourselves whether anybody else except for the OP ...


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I started to comment on Twisty Impersonator's good answer and it got too long, so I'll supplement that with another answer. Posters often don't know what solutions are available. Their question will suggest software when software isn't needed. Just because the question contains a phrase asking for software, doesn't necessarily mean that it is ...


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It can't be right, can it? I did what I always do when a user appears to have solved their question and submits a comment to indicate that fact. That was the sole reason for my close vote. Also, a person is entitled to also try different software, it doesn't mean they are no longer going to try that other software, and it doesn't make a question invalid. ...


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Well - I might have closed for different reasons (too localised sounds awesome but we don't have it anymore, and to some extent its missed, and I might consider it opinion based). I guess the core problem is the question is phrased as a "should I choose A or B". While generally editing the question after the answers are posted is frowned upon - but ...


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I don't really agree that it is opinion based, but because there are a lot of technical reasons why you are seeing what you are seeing it is one that is difficult to answer with any real authority. It could be seen as "too broad" perhaps. I saw your question and thought it might be a difficult one to answer but not necessarily impossible. It is one which ...


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There's no such thing as a stupid question. As long as it's topical, and answerable, an answer should be provided. Also, if it turns out that it was an X-Y problem, but the original question and the actual problem are answers, then both can and should be posted as answers. Deleting questions that are valid questions on Super User just diminishes the quality ...


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Throughout the question, you provide examples of programs you've tried and some specific concerns you have about your situation. That's great! Unfortunately, recommendations for off-site resources (including programs) are off-topic here, as noted by the closure reason. It is possible to ask questions that will probably require third-party software, but ...


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