There are a lot of questions about how well specific applications run in Wine:

It seems like the only valid answer to each of these questions is a link to the appropriate page on the Wine Application Database. Because of this, I am wondering if these questions really belong here.

What does everyone else think?

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Maybe this is a good example of something that should be a canonical question?

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/01/the-wikipedia-of-long-tail-programming-questions/

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That sounds like a good idea. I'll wait to see what other community members think of the idea and perhaps discuss its creation. –  Nathan Osman Aug 5 '11 at 4:33
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The issue is that this one is every application is a little different (and has different dependencies, requires a different version of WINE etc), so that it'd be pretty difficult to write "One Answer For All". But I think the Ask Ubuntu community is up to the challenge. –  jrg Aug 5 '11 at 12:10
    
@James: Well the problem is that any application-specific information is basically just duplicating content from the Wine AppDB and then we'd need to make sure it was always kept in sync. –  Nathan Osman Aug 5 '11 at 17:55
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@GeorgeEdison Very true. That case, I suggest that we follow Jeff's advice. My two cents. –  jrg Aug 5 '11 at 17:56
    
Often times (in recent versions of WINE) it boils down to configuration changes and dll installations. So it might be best to have a one stop shop for most applications and other questions for fringe cases. Overall we should advise moving to native applications where ever possible. –  RolandiXor Aug 5 '11 at 21:17
    
    
If we had a reasonably short list (say 100) of big canonical QA, a tool to flag a question to point there with only a couple of clicks would be great. For example, a blog page with links to all the canonical QA "ready". I often find that the search of the site is quite lousy (site:askubuntu.com on google is much better). –  Rmano Feb 11 at 19:26
    
And BTW, askubuntu.com/questions/162075/… is probably the mother of all canonical questions... –  Rmano Feb 11 at 19:27
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