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Among our current custom off-topic Close reasons is one for questions asking for recommendations. It currently reads:

Application/website recommendations are off-topic and out of scope. It is better instead to use a particular web app or website and ask for help in any issues you have with it specifically.

However, Web App (but not Web Site) recommendations are on-topic at Software Recommendations.1 Since that site is now out of beta, I think we should add some extra guidance to that close reason that it may be a good place for the Asker's question (even if we don't add SoftwareRecs as a migration path).

This would be similar to two of the close-as-off-topic reasons on Stack Overflow:

Questions about general computing hardware and software are off-topic for Stack Overflow unless they directly involve tools used primarily for programming. You may be able to get help on Super User.

Questions on professional server- or networking-related infrastructure administration are off-topic for Stack Overflow unless they directly involve programming or programming tools. You may be able to get help on Server Fault.


Therefore, I propose that the language for the "recommendation" close reason be changed to:

Questions asking for us to recommend or find a Web Application are off-topic and out of scope, as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. However, your question may be on topic at Software Recommendations if you can rewrite it so that it meets their quality guidelines


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I had added this as a close reason. I am waiting for another moderator to approve the change before it goes live.

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