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 questions ...
Several sites in the Stack Exchange network have an out-right prohibition of customer support questions.
Ask Different can be quite choosy about ensuring a "CS" question that gets closed is of high quality by getting edited while it is closed and then reopened for answers.
The why not reasons are typically:
We're not here to act as customer support on any ...
The list of existing canonical questions is here:
iCloud and Apple ID accounts in general
(developer accounts have a section below)
Forgotten iCloud email ID and password
How can I change regions?
Can someone help with sorting / merging questions about transferring iTunes store balances?
How do you use an existing AppleID on iOS App Store ...
In a nutshell - here are some statements that I hope are fact based and hard to dispute for anyone:
We don't police agreements/NDA - we do strive to produce great answers to specific questions. The "NDA situation" is complicated (and there are 4 different versions of the NDA that I've seen or believe to exist). We will lose some people and we won't get all ...
NDA is just one of several reasons why questions about non-public beta software don't work well on Ask Different, Can I ask about not-yet-publicly released OS? lists the others. So even with the NDA partially lifted, I still think that questions about iOS 9/OS X El Capitan need to wait until at least public betas are available.
Also, we are not here to ...
As a counterpoint (I would just comment, but I can't put images in comments):
This is what we see on the flagging page:
Under "it is not an answer" we see "It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether". It sounds like you are considering all the flags as requests for deletion when the flagging page mentions 3 other ...
Yes it makes sense to increase the scope from just software to include hardware, products and services.
The important thing is that the answer should be able to quote some actual measurement or definitive statement that can be verified
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:
To complement answers 1 and 2 …
Apple Developer Forums
In the pre-release area, at least some of Apple's spaces are visible to the public. At the time of writing, three:
iOS 9 beta
OS X 10.11 beta
watchOS 2 beta.
This is not an encouragement to have Apple Developer Forums misused for discussions that are not developer-oriented. Neither is ...
This is tricky because of the new open Betas that Apple are expanding into a wider audience. I am running Beta Yosemite, maybe next year they will do the same for iOS?
But, as a whole I think that if it's not released, it's not up for discussion. Anyone using these products for anything other than idle interest will know about the associated dev forums ...
My opinion is that they should be acceptable (and not off-topic) much in the same way Siri and Messages were. While they are are technically "beta", I think it is largely in name only as the general public has easy access to them from the default panel in www.iCloud.com.
I think they also come very close to fitting into the FAQ criteria as they really aren'...
I tend to drop a line into the 'other' category if there is some doubt, if the post needs simply a more experienced eye cast over it for confirmation, or if it definitely needs migrating to the question body itself; a task I'm assuming only mods can do.
I do wish there was a sub-heading for 'not an answer' to split the 3 possibilities - comment, new ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ok, here's mine - from 4th down to 1,120th!
I don't live for rep, but admit I was looking forward to breaking the 50K barrier. Guess I'll have to wait a bit longer for that now. :(
Oh well, patience is a virtue. LOL
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.
Yes - Only if it's a public beta version
We should allow OS X and iOS public beta questions only. This is because ANYONE can install public beta OSes but only developers can install the developer preview.
I propose that links to the very good canonical questions (as sourced from the wiki answer on this question) should be added to the relevant tag wikis.
For example, icloud or appleid could include a link to this question:
Forgotten iCloud email ID and password
I don't expect question askers to necessarily read each tag wiki and find their answers there. ...
Here are some reasons to prohibit pre-release questions for hardware and services.
Apple has currently announced the following services and hardware in Fall 2014 that is not available.
Even with iOS 8, Apple committed to shipping Health Kit apps on release day and that was changed at the last moment and the first 3 weeks of ...