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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 an adaptation of an excellent thread from the Software Recommendation site on how to ask a high-quality question here. Great software recommendation ...


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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 the questions alluring, yet people can't do A/B testing very well to get good answers. Without some research, it's generally not something that is objective. ...


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While I can't speak directly for the sub-culture of the Ask Different site, I don't feel that either question is suitable for the site. Both of these questions are nothing more than lists (or requests for lists) and badly maintained ones at that. Specifically, the question you refer to which is still open: Which OS X Applications do you find indispensable?...


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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 requirements: How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? More broadly, recommendation questions also should be closed as recommendations if they: ...


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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 place where polite disagreement and high level discussion is to be had in an adult manner. Your question here is a perfect example of that - questioning our entire ...


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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 might be closed though if they are either too vague or broad. I would start with the one question that’s got some research you can show and define what tasks ...


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The main rule at SuperUser is device questions have to be related to how they interface with the desktop. So ask your iOS-only questions here if it doesn't involve that. Otherwise, since you can ask other questions either place really the question is When is it best to ask at SuperUser vs. asking at AskDifferent? Since SuperUser is right now the more ...


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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 lifted for users with reputation above 125. If that notice wasn't provided, please indicate that and we'll turn this into a bug report. This behavior is ...


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There was a time when Ask Different had more list-style questions open. I've even written some of them myself, and some were closed and others stayed open. Compared to other Stack Exchange sites, we still have more than average, but we're moving in a direction where the general expectation is that a question asked expecting that there will be a single best ...


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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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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, boom. If there is specificity and research, none is shown. It shows an attempt to reason through an issue, but needs to be distilled and honed and work done to ...


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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 we do get regularly asked are those related to the legality of something. Of course legality may not necessarily refer to a potentially criminal action, but ...


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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 experience and/or level of expertise and can provide a multitude of "correct" answers. The types of questions outlined in the description seem to be exactly the kind ...


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It's an excellent question. Some of the daemon questions are mine. And I answered also a few other daemon questions. For me it's fun to find out what a particular daemon's functions are and write a little bit about it. Some self-answering questions were downvoted at the start. But people who see value in the Q&A will upvote it. @bmike suggested to ...


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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 necessary. Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and ...


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From a Super User point of view: You can ask any question about computer hardware and software. This includes questions about your Mac, about Mac OS X, about Apple software, about software for Mac OS X, etc. Several users on SU are active in the related topics, so it's not like there's nobody to answer these questions. Electronic devices are considered off ...


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What sorts of answers was the "what devices are indispensable" were you hoping to get? What problem were you trying to solve? I feel the question would be better if you asked that deeper question and not the warm-up "list all awesome input devices ever" question. A question that allows any answer to be equally valid makes for a noisy mess. Who can do ...


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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 make people read FAQs and guides. We can't make them take a test before they can answer. We can, only through our good actions, guide them to better behaviour. Re-...


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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: “What’s your favorite ______?” your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?...


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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 exact wording of one of these "short questions" if my general help below isn't useful to your needs. Most often, questions that short need to be put on hold for ...


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I believe this type of question will be down-voted since it's an open-ended question and it's doubtful there could be one correct answer.


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My initial analysis is the correct characters are stored in the database, yet the rendered code strips html entities and changes the standard quote into smart (or dumb depending on your outlook) quotes. My guess is this transformation of text in question titles is intentional and might even have a technical reason relating to URL encoding or other database ...


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You seem to have two questions overall: What can be the best option online to buy a most lasting and robust battery replacement? How can I ensure before ordering that it's closest to the genuine battery possible? The first question doesn't work here. I can appreciate your predicament but understand that answering it well means it's: a) likely specific to ...


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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 wish the intended outcome to be. Feel free to ask for help with describing a specific problem on meta or in chat before asking the question. Speaking of chat, ...


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We do have the software-recommendation tag. This might be a good place to talk about when that is appropriate.


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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 services. There are many questions where the questioner is looking to solve a particular issue with a script they have or they are stuck on the logic portion. ...


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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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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 research and at least an attempt to solve the problem on their own (to avoid "do my homework for me" questions). From a first look, not all of the questions you've ...


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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 up. the one that triggered your pause here was one that was pretty clearly off topic and you may have asked it here as you are in a rate limit or block on stack ...


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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 I was going to upgrade my computer, in what order should I upgrade components to get the most performance for my money? That would be slightly less contentious ...


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