Proposal: Software Recommendations
As answers to several of the other discussions have pointed out the normal stack overflow reputation model doesn't really work for recommendations - it is likely to come down to who gets in first rather than who presents the best argument. However there is clearly a desire for somewhere for people to ask such questions given the number that crop up on other sites in the SE network.
Why not rank suggestions by the total reputation of those who made and endorse, (plus) the recommended tool less the reputation of those who minus the recommendation with the reputation coming from the other software related SE sites.
Possibly some other method needs to be used to "reward" participants possibly medals based but given the number of people who are here to help others rather than just to gain reputation hopefully there would still be significant participation.