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How should I ask about getting a software recommendation?

Although there is a new site that exclusively handles software recommendations, we have been hosting good software recommendation questions since the beginning of Ask Different in August 2010. Here is ...
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Are questions about the effect of upgrading iOS out-of-topic

Generally those get closed due to practicality issues. What one person sees as acceptable, another wouldn't put up with. Also, since you can't really ever downgrade an iOS - you're stuck so that makes ...
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Is StackExchange supposed to be so hostile?

I would say, yes - if hostile means that soft or vague or undocumented posts are challenged politely and constructively. If posts are edited or closed or voted down, also then yes. This is such a ...
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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

Software Recommendation questions are allowed here and they will almost always be closed if they don't follow the guidelines for asking a good question in general and in specific listing detailed ...
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App to lock phone

Here is general guidance. How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different? So absolutely you can ask one or both questions. They ...
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"You can only post once every 20 minutes."?

It's considered to be a feature, see https://meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=20+minutes for quite a lot of information about this. The error message should have explained that this limitation is ...
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Migration rejection followed by repost on original site closed as duplicate, how do I proceed?

Sorry, the locking was my mistake. I was handling the flag while on the commute back home and didn't realize that the question was both deleted and locked. It's unlocked now.
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Multiple Part Questions

Three part questions almost always get closed - so that's the worst thing to do. Look at the first version of this post: https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/247506/5472 Three questions, boom, boom, ...
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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

This is a good question and one that will be hard to definitively answer, although we could try to define, over time, what is and isn't covered by this particular close reason. One type of question ...
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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

Not to be argumentative here (hah!) It seems that the definition of "Off-Topic" is fairly clear (IMHO) in that the subject matter is something that is open to interpretation, varies with your ...
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When did we become a scriptwriting service?

If there's clearly no research taken place and the question is asking specifically for a script to be written for them, I usually comment or (custom) vote to close with the following, tailored if ...
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New users don't tag questions correctly

Is there a way to encourage users to tag their questions appropriately? Yes, and you've mentioned it already in your post: the community can retag questions That's really the answer. We can't ...
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Questions asking "Has anyone else experienced this?"

It may be enough to just have a look at the Help Center entry about What types of questions should I avoid asking?: [...] avoid asking subjective questions where ... every answer is equally valid: “...
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What do I do if I have a series of smaller questions?

Great question - Lets pick apart just one of the short questions. Some short questions are so clear and so useful that they work excellently. Could you ask a second question here on meta with the ...
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Would this question about statistics be on-topic?

It depends how you ask the question. I love a good reference question, but sometimes they need some help to pass muster from people that vote to close. We are here to help you if it’s really one clear ...
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How to ask a question about why a product doesn't exist

You might first post a question on Software Recommendations (or, if applicable, Hardware Recommendations) to ensure that no such product exists. If no solution exists then you might ask how to do ...
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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

We do have the software-recommendation tag. This might be a good place to talk about when that is appropriate.
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Questions are no longer being accepted

Yes you’re blocked and no you’re not screwed other than needing to figure out some posts, answer some content and fix some deletions. Let’s go over all your deleted and closed questions and fix them ...
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What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different?

What about script writing? (I know it appears outside the scope here, but hear me out for a second). It could be argued that this is a recommendation to find an off-site resource for developer ...
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Should I answer an existing old question or ask/answer my own new question?

The best answer I could find comes from Meta.SE. It basically says that I should post my answer to the older question since it's been around longer and has attention already.
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When did we become a scriptwriting service?

Basically, questions about scripting solutions based on Bash, AppleScript, Automator etc. (aka everything included in OSX by default) are on-topic. But we also expect askers to show some kind of ...
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What do I do if I have a series of smaller questions?

I doubt very much that an entire question can be sufficiently detailed in 5 to 10 words. Make sure you describe the question fully and accurately, describing exactly what the problem is and what you ...
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Upgrade related questions appropriate?

I'm going to go with "no" here -- it's a shopping question as you phrased it. Any recommendations that involve spending money are highly time-limited. If you remove the dollars and simply ask: If ...
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Questions asking "Has anyone else experienced this?"

We have one site-specific close reason left which we could actually use to close questions which do not ask for an actual solution. Kind of like the "not a real question" reason we had in the past, ...
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