Proposal: Software Recommendations

The current proposal and example questions imply that only end-user software is on-topic. What about developer libraries, should they be included as well?

For example, "Is there a GNU-GPL-licensed Bluetooth library for Go"?

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Yes they should be on topic. Such questions would be just as valid a recommendation as anything else. I can envisage questions regarding relative merits of different versions of libraries.

Please suggest some example questions.

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  • well I proposed that question and got downvoted, so c'est la vie – congusbongus Dec 2 '13 at 22:58
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    Perhaps "I need a bluetooth library for Go" was considered too vague. It is difficult with example questions to capture all that you wish to convey in just the title. – Chenmunka Dec 3 '13 at 12:30
  • @congusbongus Maybe your question got down-voted for other reasons - for example, didn't it originally say "What is the best..."? – Aaron Bertrand Feb 3 '14 at 17:39

They should not be off topic, in my opinion. They are a piece of software that can also be better or worse, recommended or not.

One possible problem with development libraries is that we may end up with a mixture of technical and nontechnical questions. Obviously, proper tagging will help but the purpose of this site may become less clearly defined.

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