I'm referring to this question where one of the solution is a non web-based app. Do we want that or should we only answer with web-based solutions even if there are better apps out there?

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    The referred question is was closed as off-topic in Feb 2015 because of the change in the Web Applications scope, I think.
    – Rubén Mod
    Dec 28, 2015 at 21:31

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Answering with non web-based solutions is OK because the point is to help the user and there might not be good web-based apps.

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    Assuming the OP did not ask in the requirements for it to be a web app (on desktop or online) I agree. If the OP specifically asks for something that is online so that he does not have to go through installing on every computer he uses then no.
    – phwd
    Jul 14, 2010 at 16:08
  • @phwd makes sense
    – mbillard
    Jul 14, 2010 at 17:22
  • it's not only about the OP.. somebody who Google's the question expects to find a webapp on this site :)
    – Lipis
    Jul 25, 2010 at 2:38
  • Stupid Froyo autosuggestion changed googled > Google's :)
    – Lipis
    Jul 25, 2010 at 13:57
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    If you suggest a desktop app, you should probably explain why you are suggesting a desktop app and why it is better than a web app counterpart (if one exists). Jul 26, 2010 at 2:52

Often apps are hybrid anyway, for examples most photo sharing websites have an optional application (or active x control) to help with uploading and tagging lots of photos.

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    yes, but the website is standalone -- the app is USELESS without the website to support it. Jul 25, 2010 at 15:57

I think comment would be better, because desktop apps usually not running on all platforms and if somebody is looking for an answer in webapps, it should be a webapp.

  • I just reposted it here because of the duplicate..
    – Lipis
    Jul 25, 2010 at 2:35
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    The only restriction this site imposes is that questions must be about webapps. Answers with non-webapp solutions are perfectly fine in my opinion.
    – Senseful
    Jul 25, 2010 at 3:18
  • @eagle maybe you're right.. :) sometimes it's much easier to get the app..
    – Lipis
    Jul 25, 2010 at 14:11

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