In an ideal world, there should be one SE site for each kind of question. Now, in the practice we are overlapping with at least 2 other sites (3 if we count SF) and that soon that number will grow one more when Software Recommendation go into public beta. So, SR has their standards for what kind of questions they want and accept. This leads me to another question: what are the software recommendation we want and accept? What are our standards?

As pointed out in my previous discussion Just lets drop the software recommendation mess I pointed out that the existing guide is unhelpful and contradictory as it doesn't define clearly the must and must not OP should follow of a software recommendation question.

So, basically, what rules/policies prevents me from asking a question in Software Recommendation that I could ask here?

  • I'd be for towing the line until SR has shown what's viable or what isn't in an environment where recommendations are allowed. This isn't something that needs to be rushed.
    – Oli Mod
    Feb 17, 2014 at 19:46
  • @Oli nonono, I'm asking how we could fix our current state of affairs about software recommendation, since apparently the software recommendation means anything could go. I'm more interested about what are our current policies (since, being frankly, we don't have) so we could say: this is good, this is bad, this is ugly.
    – Braiam
    Feb 17, 2014 at 20:13

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In short: We could experiment but I'd much rather wait and see where SR lands.

Everything we've tried before here is a result of best guesses and best wishes. You call it confusing conflicting and yeah, I'd agree. It's hard for meta-lore to override and replace older lore. You can search for "recommendations" and find ten different "rules".

But doing the same thing and hoping that makes more sense is literally insane. New guidance might work or it might just fall on deaf ears like before. We'll be here in another 18 months with yet even more confusion.

We can afford to be lazy about this. If SR works, we can look at how they do it and think about porting over their format. It's possible they won't get it right first time around or that they need a technical alteration to make it work. Great! The less we do before that, the less confusion we introduce here.

On a personal level, I'm also looking to see how they deal with long-known issues. In my mind they're problems that really underpin the viability of SR but we'll see. And even if SR doesn't work, I'm sure there'll be a post mortem which will again help us work out where we stand.

  • I see that you want to use SR as testing grounds, and that's fine. Then, while the experimentation is ongoing, what we should do with the new ones?
    – Braiam
    Feb 17, 2014 at 20:56
  • Treat them how you treated them before. Answer/comment/VTC/flag based on if you think it's answerable. IME these are fairly low-occurrence issues (correct me if I'm wrong) so a few more weeks isn't going to change much.
    – Oli Mod
    Feb 17, 2014 at 21:08

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