I'd like to suggest something in relation to this (and other) question(s): Best platform for collaborative worldbuilding

On the Software Recommendations SE this is the "what makes a good question" entry on help.

What topics can I ask about here?

Good software recommendation requests have two components:

  • A purpose — a task to accomplish, a user story
  • Some objective requirements — a minimum set of features Please read our question quality guidelines.

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If you're asking for alternatives, be sure to describe the features you're using and why what you have isn't up for the task.

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Simply put I suggest we adopt the same rules on software recommendations.

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds sensible to me :) $\endgroup$
    – Tim B
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ OS probably needs adding, no point in getting suggestions for a Mac if the user users a PC! $\endgroup$
    – Liath
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Liath Skipping all the grognard definition dweebery that my knee jerked with when I read that... That is less of an issue in this web3.0 world. $\endgroup$
    – Tritium21
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Liath I feel like that falls under requirements but if we want to spell it out we can. Does this warrant addition to the help/tour page? $\endgroup$
    – James
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 14:33

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I think that software recommendations are fine for Worldbuilding, because humans can't do everything by themselves. Simulating weather, for example, is a task that needs software. The tag has done well so far, though only 11 questions use it.

On to the guidelines. I think that they're pretty good for us. We probably should change one thing, though:

Requests for world building software recommendations should choose a specific task. Some questions can be too broad, such as asking for the best software for doing a certain task.

We may also want to discuss the generality of "doing a certain task" in a meta post - in other words, how general questions can be.

We should also include a link to the tag.


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