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StackOverflow gets a large number of "do you know of a script that does _" questions. These usually don't fare very well because the poster isn't asking a question ABOUT code, but is asking FOR code.

These generally come from posters doesn't really know much about coding and are looking for a "quick fix" that does all the work for them.

Sometimes it's someone who has seen a demo of a script, but it doesn't 100% fit their needs and are looking for some "magic version" of the same thing that does exactly what.

The majority of the time the poster has demonstrated that they've done ZERO research on what's available. Rarely do they say they've found a few options and need recommendations.

I think it would be helpful to de-stream these types of questions out of SO and onto their own site.

What do you think?

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Put up a proposal on Area 51. – casperOne Feb 7 '12 at 22:35
A lot of people mistake Stack Apps for this very purpose (perhaps due to its name). – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Feb 8 '12 at 4:22
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The majority of the time the poster has demonstrated that they've done ZERO research on what's available. Rarely do they say they've found a few options and need recommendations.

So we should create a whole stackexchange site for lazy people who can't spend a few hours doing research?

Additionally, answers to these types of questions tend to be extremely subjective. People can easily get into religious wars about what the best "widget for XYZ" is. A useful answer for the community is unlikely to emerge out of questions like this.

The right thing to do here is to close the question and tell the asker to come back when they have a specific coding question.

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Yeah, that's usually what I do. – Diodeus Feb 7 '12 at 22:28

If you believe that there's a large enough community for it, and that it meets the other requirements set forth at Area51, then propose it and see if it flies.

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