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What Stack Exchange site would address software suggestion questions?

I have a question of the form "what companies provide service X?"

I checked meta, and apparently such questions are highly discouraged on all Stack Exchange sites. Which is fine, but it obviously raises the meta-question: Where can I ask my question?

(In particular, I know that there are people hanging out on Stack Overflow who have probably needed the same service, so if an answer exists, they possess it...)

Edit: I should perhaps point out that the service I'm looking for is rather specific and slightly obscure. Otherwise, yeah, this would be a 10-second exercise with Google.


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The snarky answer: Not here.

The nice answer: We're discouraging those questions throughout the whole network, sorry.

The mean answer: Yahoo Answers.

The helpful answer: Maybe in the chat.

  • Shouldn't Yahoo Answers be the snarky answer and Not here the mean one? ;) Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 15:06
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    @FrédéricHamidi: Have you ever been to Yahoo Answers?! It should be the cruel answer... Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 15:12
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    @UristMcBobby More like the unconstitutional answer. Pointing someone to Yahoo Answers definitely constitutes as "cruel and unusual punishment".
    – Yawus
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 15:40
  • How is Babby Formed?
    – Widor
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 16:42
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    I think that this is an oversight. As a programmer, often you suspect a tool exists to achieve what you are about to start building, but are unable to find on Google due to the obscurity of the tool. E.g. "Does anyone know of a framework that does X". While google often can't help, other programmers can.
    – gbro3n
    Commented May 22, 2013 at 15:30

I would say Google.

What companies provide X? is a quintessential Google question, it seems to me.

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    Google does not answer questions. It finds documents containing text similar to what you typed in. "How to use Google well" could be the topic for an entire book in its own right... Commented Jul 16, 2012 at 8:46
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    Google is great for finding advertised features of products, but sometimes there are some "show-stoppers" which cannot be found on Google unless you carefully study the fine print and user reviews for each product. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 20:15
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    It's often pretty ineffective at answering questions like, "what products are capable of fulfilling my (pretty detailed specialized requirements) even in principle".
    – ikrase
    Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 15:10

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