What topics can I ask about here?

This site is for questions asking for recommendations of software to accomplish a particular task, that is, “what software can I use to do …?”. Note that recommendations of tutorials, data sources, etc. are off-topic.

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 before posting. Always state your requirements explicitly: even if you're asking for alternatives, we need to know which features you need.

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

On the topic of answers, we request that answers demonstrate how the recommended product meets the requirement and is suitable for the intended purpose. Please read our answer quality guidelines for more information.