Proposal: Software Recommendations

I'll give you an example. "What do you think of OWIN?"

That, of course, is not the complete question (it would be a poor question if it was). A more focused question might ask what the implications are of using AppFunc instead of a more traditional interface, relying on a Dictionary of objects instead of more traditional RPC styles. How does it compare with WPF, for example (advantages, disadvantages, etc.)

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That would simply go too far to the overly broad/discussion/entirely-subjective end of things.

At some point, the Stack Exchange Q&A engine stops helping people organize great Q&A and becomes more of a hindrance to protracted conversation and sharing. Prohibiting further discussion about a critique makes very little sense. Voting on the "best critique" makes very little sense. That would make this more of an "essay contest" where the where reputation and best answer goes to the author who simply put in the most effort or best played up to the audience.

Exhaustiveness and effort is not a synonym for "correctness", or even solving a problem. This type of sharing just rewards effort, not knowledge or experience or even problem-solving skills.

This would cross that line into discussion forum. That's not what we do.

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    Critiques on Stack Exchange are not exactly unprecedented. I believe they would work, if the questions were sufficiently focused. Software recommendation questions state "I recommend this software, and here's why," which is a critique of sorts, except that you're critiquing multiple software solutions in the same question, not just one. Jan 31, 2014 at 18:59


There's a strong argument to be made that critique questions are primarily opinion-based - the kind of question that gets closed on SO sites. It may be possible to encourage a purely objective discussion, and maybe even ask the question in a purely objective manner. However, it would be difficult to do so.

Allowing the questions "because they can be asked in an objective manner" may result in having questions that, in the opinion of the asker, are objective.

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    How are software recommendations not primarily opinion-based? Feb 2, 2014 at 21:31
  • @RobertHarvey - opinions do come into play in a large way, but when the question is "Is there a program that does X?", the answer itself can and hopefully will be primarily fact-based. Although the choice of software recommended will definitely be based on the bias of the answerer.
    – dotVezz
    Feb 2, 2014 at 23:17

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