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I see lots of posts closed where people are just looking for opinions on the best site or an app that does x. Maybe a new community for these types of questions? I've tried asking these questions myself a couple times, but more importantly for SE, I've encountered them via Google searches. It would be beneficial to SE if I found an answer instead of a closed topic.

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Those questions simply don't belong on the site. They are off-topic and should be closed, if not deleted. –  Bart Nov 9 '12 at 18:16
    
Wow, did you even read my post? –  Scott Beeson Nov 9 '12 at 18:19
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@ScottBeeson They don't belong on the network, at all; we don't want questions like that. See for example this answer –  Michael Mrozek Nov 9 '12 at 18:21
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@ScottBeeson Yes, I did. There is not any site on the network which would support such a question or the format. Nor would such a site ever be created for it, given earlier discussions on similar subjects. –  Bart Nov 9 '12 at 18:23

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The community has come to the decision that such questions cause too many problems, and don't provide enough value to be allowed on any Stack Exchange site. The reasons are described in this blog post.

Some of the main points:

  • They tend to attract lots of spam answers where everyone just posts a link to their product and moves on; it's rare to see real analysis of products or honest, detailed information.
  • They are highly localized. The best product today is unlikely to be the best product a year from now. This means constant updating of questions, or constant re-asking, both of which have a high "cost" to the community.
  • There is no good objective measure of what the "correct" answer is.
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Thank you for a reasonable answer. –  Scott Beeson Nov 16 '12 at 19:30
    
Do you any site to replace SE in this kind of questions? –  Ooker Aug 30 at 18:56

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