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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

October 30th, 2023 As we are not seeing anything that needs to be debated at this point in time. I am going to accept the answer I proposed to the community. Of course, this policy doesn't need to be ...
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Do the moderators plan to close most questions on this site?

A mod has decided that showing research in a question is now a requirement. The requirement is retroactive. However most questions on this site do not show research. Do the moderators plan to close ...
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Let's make "research efforts" more specific: request to search the web app help

Please see As of today, April 2023, what do we understad that it's our intended audience and what is the first that we tell them about how to participate? Overview Please bear with me. This post ...
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What's the difference between a website and a web app?

First order of business: this is for the FAQ. How would you define the difference between a "website" and a "web application?" What makes a site a "web app?" We're going to need a clear, concise ...
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Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE? [closed]

I am confused about whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE. Requirement means that if the OP doesn't show research, then the question must be closed. One of my ...
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Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards?

Recently, dozens (!) of old questions have been unilaterally closed in Web Apps SE as “needs details or clarity”, or closed as duplicates of questions also closed as “needs details or clarity”. (Some ...
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In the context of Web Applications, which are the tags that are not specific to a web application that are not meta-tags?

Overview Yesterday I posted the following question Please make [storage] and [image-storage] synonyms of [online-storage]. At this time, it received two comments mentioning that online-storage is a ...
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Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?

I don't understand why the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE. What I have tried so far: I posted Is showing research ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

We need to come up with "things specific to webapps that need to be mentioned in the faq. [...] [The] most relevant thing to focus on is that topmost section of the [faq]." [Jeff Attwood] If you look ...
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Webapps.stackexchange.com versus Nothingtoinstall.com

Related StackOverflow Blog post: Domain Names: The Wrong Question Nothing to Install is a fine name, probably one of the best in the network. Yet, it's confusing to have half the people talking about ...
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Is asking "is there a webapp for x" on topic?

These questions struck me as way off topic from the home page, but perhaps the question really was intended to be "is there a web app for this." Is this type of question considered on topic? How can ...
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Let's clean up some meta tags

First, let's look at the advice from What are tags, and how should I use them? Avoid meta-tags Do not use meta-tags in questions. Here are some tips to help you determine whether a tag is a meta-tag: ...
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Are questions about browsers/plug-ins/add-ons appropriate?

Are questions about browsers, plug-ins, add-ons and features appropriate for Web Apps? For example is this question: Google Chrome Password manager something that should be asked here or at Super ...
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Define "web application"

Do we have a good definition for "web application"?
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How do I ask a question that may require recommending a web app?

I have a problem that I need to solve, and it may require the recommendation of a web app or service. How do I ask this type of question so that it isn't closed? (Inspired by this question at meta....
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Site Attributes [closed]

Alright, so it looks like it's up to us to figure out the site attributes and a way to vote on them. I think having a single post that will link to the others will help with the organization, so here ...
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As of today, May 2023, who do we understand that is our intended audience and what is the first that we tell them about how to participate?

Preface Please forget about what I said in Let's make "research efforts" more specific: request to search the web app help, and let's start from scratch. In this post, I'm trying to ...
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Troubleshooting guidance

There are some questions about issues that, rather than a deterministic answer, could require an heuristic approach (try & error, troubleshooting, etc.). Sometimes this could be because the user ...
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Double standards on web app recommendation questions? [duplicate]

Yes... the webapp-rec problem again. Over the past few months we have put a wall up against new questions and deleted some of the old ones. But that's some not all, so seeing that we have been here ...
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The Web Application Nursery

So, The Web Application Graveyard is a little depressing. All those good apps that are no longer around. Worse, all that helpful content here that no longer has any use and is cluttering up the place. ...
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Are questions about self-installed web apps on or off topic?

There are some levels to this... Which of the following question types do we accept and which do we reject as off-topic? Recommendations for which web app software to install - not technical ...
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"What are some sites?" or "Let's make a list of X!" type questions

Here is a question https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/620/what-are-good-qa-websites-out-there entitled "What are good Q&A websites out there ?" To me this seems to have nothing at all ...
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How are we supposed to show one's research when posting a question?

A mod has decided, against the community, that showing research in a question is now a requirement. How are we supposed to show one's research when posting a question? Example: How can I view the ...
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New Design Launched

Hi guys, The wait is over! As you can see the new design has been applied and nothingtoinstall.com is live. I'd like to address a few issues. captcha image There were a few suggestions from the ...
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Is there a lack of voting on Web Applications?

I have noticed that there is a lack of voting on answers and questions. There needs to be something that encourages people to upvote useful answers, or upvote good questions. I've personally seen ...
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Web Applications Anniversary Contest [closed]

The Contest is now closed Please check back later for updates here or on chat for the winners If you were following from Celebrating our Birthday, we would like to have a contest so here it is!!! ...
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How do I write a great question?

I want to write a question that will be easily found and answerable by the people who know the answer. I also want people who have the same question in the future to be able to find it and the answers ...
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How do we promote our site?

Looks like we need to ask the questions and help work out how to run this site. Given that, and given this questions current absence from this site, despite being featured here: http://blog....
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Please don't double tag Google items

We shouldn't be tagging items with both google and some other tag like google-search or gmail. google should be used for the Google search engine. Use the specific app name for each app. Of course, ...
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What should we do with WordPress questions and how tag them?

Users are starting to ask questions about WordPress. If they ask about WordPress.com I think they are on topic, but what if they ask about plug-ins that currently are not supported by WordPress.com ...
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Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange Moderators Strike

2023-08-07: Moderation strike: Conclusion and the way forward Note: I'm back to regular activity. 2023-08-02: Moderation strike: Results of negotiations Notes: A recurrent question about the above ...
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Are API questions on topic or off topic?

I sent someone over here from Stack Overflow to ask this question: https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/8965/whats-the-reliability-of-google-chart-api-service-closed First off, I'm sorry. I'...
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Reduce the reputation threshold to be allowed to cast a reopen vote on a closed question

Closed questions on Web Apps SE are almost never reopened by regular users only: Only 1 question got reopened in all of 2023 without moderator help. TheMaster Oct 30 at 10:16 One of the reasons is ...
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Reopen "What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps?"

The question What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps? was closed, but I don't see a reason why it should stay that way. While it may have been unclear in its first revision, I edited to make ...
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List of questions nominated for reopening because lack of research is not a reason to close a question

Following Cerbrus' suggestion, here is the list of questions that were closed for lack of research. We'd like to ask the mods to reopen these questions given that it was clarified that lack of ...
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Are questions about browsers accepted as long as they are related to using a web application? [duplicate]

There already are questions about bookmarklets but are questions about browsers (plugins, features) accepted (as long as they are related to using a real web application?). For example, questions ...
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How to write a tag wiki

There needs to be a guideline of what's the recommended way on Web Applications to write a tag wiki. Feel free to use this post as a starting discussion and eventual future FAQ for WebApps tag wiki ...
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Is it accepted to answer recommendation questions with non web-based solutions?

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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Who do outsiders think Web Applications is for, developers/power-users or Joe-user?

I originally posted this question (only viewable by rep +10k) on Super User. It then got migrated here. This surprised me because I thought Web Applications was for people who are creating web apps, ...
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If I'm working on a web app, do I ask here?

If I'm writing/developing a web app, do I post questions here? Or is it just for 'users' or client-programmers of existing web apps?
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How shall we request the reopening of questions closed due to lack of research?

As mentioned by SpencerG on https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5142/18147: including research in a question is not required for question asking on Web Apps. and: closed questions can be ...
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Best practices for recommending a web app or other tool

I understand that questions asking for app recommendations (or even just "if such an app exists") are off-topic. Questions should be about problems to solve. Sometimes, though, the best solution to a ...
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Why was the question "How can I prevent Outlook from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder?" closed as "details or clarity"?

1 mod closed How can I prevent the Microsoft Outlook web interface from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder? as "details or clarity". No comments were left. What's unclear ...
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Why was this question asking how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel closed by 1 mod?

The question How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel? was closed. It was posted over two years and a half ago, attracted 12,000 views, 24 upvotes and not a single downvote. Why ...
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Is "community wiki" the synonym for "poll"?

all the "lists of xyz", "hidden feature of abc" etc .. should be marked community wiki instantly. i am somewhat under the impression that the term "poll" would fit better :) i mean, almost all "cw"s i ...
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Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE? [duplicate]

I wonder the following: Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE? Requirement means that if the OP doesn't show research, then the question must be closed. Note: I ...
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Should we allow questions about (Google) Recorder?

Few days ago google-recorder was created. This tag doesn't include a tag wiki. The question's original revision that created doesn't include enough detail to make it clear that the question is about a ...
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Should webapps.stackexchange.com be renamed?

Although the description of webapps.stackexchange.com specifies that its for: power users of web applications it really does a great job in being the place where people go when they have extremely ...
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Design Ideas for Web Applications Site (updated with screenshots)

Hi all. I'm Jin and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflects its topic. However, ...
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Are questions about "adult" web apps on or off topic?

Would it be appropriate to have questions about adult-themed apps that potentially could contain links to such 18+ sites (in answers or questions)? Just asking 8] Return to what should our FAQ ...
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