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Could we add a link to:

https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/ in https://webapps.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic

regarding recommendations?

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As Software Recommendations is still alive one year after question was posted I think that a link to it will be helpful to both sites.

This will be helpful to that site as it could get more traffic and increase it relevance and eventually graduate and will be helpful to Web Applications to eventually reduce off-topics questions.

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Probably not a good idea.

The software recommendations site is still in beta, and while it looks like it's doing OK, there's no guarantee it'll survive. So while it's probably OK to point people there in comments, it's a little early to make a (semi-)permanent link from our site.

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    The more we point to software recommendations, the less likely they'll disappear, right? Wouldn't this be a good idea to support them and helping webapps users to get answers for their questions at the same time? – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 31 '14 at 22:32
  • @FranckDernoncourt I see your point, but I'm wary of linking to beta sites in the "official" documentation. As I said, linking in comments is fine. – ChrisF Mar 31 '14 at 22:45
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    Why would such a link be (semi-)permanent? Couldn't you remove it in case softwarerecs.stackexchange.com get closed? (which is pretty unlikely as it is already much more active than webapps... 1000 questions in its two first months, vs. 15K questions on webapps since it got launched 4 years ago) – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '14 at 16:31
  • @FranckDernoncourt - It's in the help which is moderator editable, but requires us to keep up to date with the status of the Software Recommendations site to ensure it's always correct. If the site closes we would be pointing people at a non-existent site for however long it takes us to notice. – ChrisF Apr 1 '14 at 16:35
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    I guess a dead link in the help's on-topic section would be quickly pointed out on meta to be corrected. IMHO it's much better for users to know on which website to ask rather and then having a deadlink for a few days/weeks than users never knowing where to post. – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '14 at 16:38
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    @FranckDernoncourt and ChrisF: If there's still room, to add another link option, then I second the thoughts of Franck. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Apr 1 '14 at 21:53
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    Also, math.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic does point to a beta SE (Quantitative Finance - Stack Exchange). – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 6 '14 at 19:19
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IMO an excellent idea. (And arguments about beta sites irrelevant since Software Recommendations has graduated).

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