This is the question.
Why is it non constructive?
I found the two answers very constructive and was evaluating both.


It is a shopping question.

Now, shopping questions are considered unsuitable for Stack Overflow (and generally the Stack Exchange network), for the reasons outlined in the blog I have linked.

The naming of the close reason is not as good as it can be - think of it more as "not suitable for this site" than "not constructive".

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  • I'm partial to not a good fit as well. not constructive just sounds so... dismissive. – George Stocker Mar 21 '13 at 11:03
  • @GeorgeStocker I knew that sounded familiar. ;) – Bart Mar 21 '13 at 11:04
  • What is wrong with a shopping question? We do shopping all the time having to choose between a gazillion technologies doing the same thing with a gazillion compromises. Should I try all the options I can think of and then ask particular questions on each of them? I will be fired by the time I am done. – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:05
  • @mark - This style of question is not suitable to the Stack Exchange sites. Did you read the blog? – Oded Mar 21 '13 at 11:08
  • Yes, I did and I agree only partially. I found the answers to my question rather concrete and very useful. Others might too. Closing a question without considering the usefulness of the answers does not sound like a very good practice. – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:13
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    @mark You know, people developed software before Stack Overflow, and we weren't really getting fired for evaluating technologies... If you can't do it on your own, perhaps getting fired isn't the biggest of your problems. /get off my lawn – yannis Mar 21 '13 at 11:14
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    @Yannis - I am not that talented as others. To evaluate MongoDB, CouchDB, CouchBase, OrientDB, ArangoDB, Cassandra, HsqlDb with hacks to simulate schemaless and come up with useful recommendations will likely take me much more time than I will be given. Others probably do it faster. Alas, we were not all created equal... – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:19
  • @mark A quick look at your profile is proof enough that you are more talented than you seem to think. – yannis Mar 21 '13 at 11:20
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    My car is broken and I need it to get to work. Why can't I ask how to fix a coolant? I'll be fired if I can't get it working. It would surely be useful to others too. – JJJ Mar 21 '13 at 11:31
  • @Juhana- I am sure there is a site for car mechanics where you should be able to ask exactly this question. – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:32
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    And I'm sure there's a site where you can ask for tech recommendations... – JJJ Mar 21 '13 at 11:35
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    And why not SO? People give tech recommendations in replies to every second question, even though most of the questions do not ask for them. – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:56
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    @mark - Because answers to these questions get stale. Because the answers to these questions are subjective. – Oded Mar 21 '13 at 11:57
  • I was under the impression that "shopping questions" were OK providing you included specific details about exactly what you wanted. This helps it avoid becoming a huge list of everyone's favorite X, with no way to tell a "correct" answer from an "incorrect" one. The question appears to provide some fairly specific details, so I think it's OK – Rachel Mar 21 '13 at 12:11
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    @mark: you've mistaken this network for a forum. There are a number of wonderful forums out there which will gladly accept your discussions of the best products. – user7116 Mar 21 '13 at 13:53

In a nutshell, it takes an opinion to answer that question. You're going to get a bunch of different answers in which you'd have to choose, some equally as good as others.

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  • And how is it different from a pure programming questions? That they have a clear cut answer? Please... – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:07
  • @mark The focus on clear cut answers is what distinguishes SO from most other sites, so I'd say it is worth protecting. The idea of running a sister network for opinion-based discussions is not bad, though. Like DocSalvage 's suggestion here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/171732 – Monolo Mar 21 '13 at 11:44
  • My comment about the clear cut answer was misunderstood. I am developing software long enough to learn that there is no such thing as a clear cut answer, but for most trivial questions. – mark Mar 21 '13 at 11:54

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