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I've spent quite a few hours over the past year or so searching for GUI frameworks that fit my particular needs for various projects. Most searches end up on stackoverflow, and I do learn a lot from the answers there, but the posts are quite outdated.

Would it be a good idea to maintain a community wiki with a list of popular GUI frameworks and a summary of their features? Maybe even different lists for popular OSs and one for cross platform GUI frameworks? I agree it doesn't conform perfectly to current moderation guidelines, but there is no doubt that it would be useful, if done properly.

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Sure, fine idea, but not on Stack Overflow. Wikipedia already has such lists, for example. Such lists are firmly off-topic for the Stack Exchange network. – Martijn Pieters Mar 8 '13 at 10:42
@MartijnPieters: Except in tagwikis. – Manishearth Mar 8 '13 at 10:44
@Manishearth: If the topic is 'calm' enough to avoid edit wars, perhaps a tag wiki is a suitable place. But not many people actually look at those, so the info is likely to go stale. – Martijn Pieters Mar 8 '13 at 10:46
I don't see why I'm getting so many downvotes for the question itself. Fine, the answer is "no, it's a very bad idea", but does that make my question on meta itself horribly wrong? – Vivek Ghaisas Mar 8 '13 at 12:19
@VivekGhaisas: votes are different on meta; they're often used to indicate disagreement with the post, not that the post is horribly wrong. – Wooble Mar 8 '13 at 12:35
@Wooble Oh, ok. We learn something new every day, don't we? – Vivek Ghaisas Mar 8 '13 at 13:43

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No, Community Wiki is dead. Posting such a question would get it immediately closed as "not constructive".

However, you can coordinate an effort to collaboratively add this list to the [tag wiki]2. Such lists do well in tag wikis.

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Fair enough. I'll look into tag wikis. Thanks! – Vivek Ghaisas Mar 8 '13 at 12:20

No, we have decided ages ago (and discussed ad infinitum), that shopping lists are not a good fit for the Stack Exchange network.

Leave such lists to sites that do want to handle them. Wikipedia for example, already has a list of toolkits.

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