Which site in the Stack Exchange family is the best place for me to ask the following question?

I'm looking for a cloud synchronisation program that can sync several directories on my local machine with a volume in a cloud.

I want to be able to choose which local directories get synced. So far I've looked at Dropbox and Megacloud but they seem to work by creating a folder on your local machine and whatever you want to sync you have copy to that folder, which is not what I want.

Are there any cloud synchronisation programs that allow me to choose which directories get synced?

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    This would qualify as a shopping question or product recommendation, and as such wouldn't be allowed on any SE site.
    – Servy
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 19:28
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    The closest site would normally be Super User, but it explicitly disallows "a shopping or buying recommendation". So as @Servy suggests, there is no such site within the SO/SE family where this would fit. Perhaps a Super User chat might welcome it, but I don't participate in any, so ask first.
    – Bart
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 19:32
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I suppose what I really want to know is "does this software feature exist?" rather than "what is the best software to do this feature?" So I'll try my luck on Super User, thanks. Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 19:47
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    The key is whether you can ask the question in a constructive way. See this Meta SU question I asked when I was confused by apparently inconsistent closures.
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 19:56
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    @NigelAlderton Even if you re-phrased that, it would still be asking "what are all of the products that do X", which would be a "list of things" question, also not allowed.
    – Servy
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 19:58
  • @PopularDemand The question you linked to is interesting. You create the concept of "shopping/buying .. with a budget of $0." which I understand. Even if someone is spending $0, they're still a "buyer" if they accept the recommendation. But my question is "I want to spend $0. Is there anything I can spend my $0 on?" not "what is the best thing to spend my $0 on?". That may be a subtle distinction, or not! Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 20:46
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    Btw, dropbox works well for this using symbolic links. I am effortlessly synchronizing folders in my work folder on OS X that way
    – Pekka
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 22:56
  • ... Google "dropbox symlinks" for more info. Eg lifehacker.com/5154698/…
    – Pekka
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 1:26
  • Also, have a look a this meta question on Super User How do I ask a question that may require recommending software? /cc @PopularDemand Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 3:00
  • Related: meta.webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/1000/…
    – Mooseman
    Commented May 16, 2015 at 20:44

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I believe that this would be on-topic on Software Recommendations.SE. In the help center there, it says that a good software recommendation should have "A purpose — a task to accomplish, a user story" and "Some objective requirements — a minimum set of features". Here, your purpose or task is to get a cloud storage program and your objective requirement is that the cloud storage program allows you to choose which directories will get synced.

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