I was looking for a community to ask a question for a website recommendation but can't find one. What is the best or closest community for these questions?

  • If you're looking for a website related to the topic of some existing SE site, you might want to try asking in that site's chat room. Even if the main site doesn't allow recommendation questions, chat tends to be a lot more relaxed. of course, not all sites really have active chat communities, but usually there's at least a few regulars that occasionally check out the chat. Apr 13, 2015 at 12:39

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There are no Stack sites which really openly welcome "recommendations".
It's a grey area as it easily brings about "opinion" and this is especially troublesome when asking for specific 3rd party tools or, as you need, an external website.

Your question would likely begin "What is the best website for..", and how does one define "the best" without some level of opinion?
And opinions don't really bring about definitive answers, which is what Stack's Q&A format requires.

Also, you've not provided the topic of your requirement. e.g. Do you want a website for coding, help with cooking, physics, etc?

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    Have you forgotten about the Software Recommendation site?
    – Luke Davis
    Apr 12, 2015 at 3:16
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    That is a very specific site with an even stricter policy on asking questions. That levels out the opinion based part a bit. I see it as a test though. Apr 12, 2015 at 7:06
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    @LukeDavis As a regular user of SR - I can tell you that a question seeking a web-app would be on topic as long as you specifically say what you want - it can't be a vague question. It really does depend on what you mean by 'website recommendation'. Apr 12, 2015 at 9:05
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    @LukeDavis "Have you forgotten about the Software Recommendation site" If you knew about that, what not put it in your question? Besides, the keywords there are "software recommendations" and you asked specifically for "website recommendations". Websites are not software. Perhaps you should be a little more clear in your question?
    – James
    Apr 12, 2015 at 13:05
  • @James : website can be software : just check out things like office 365 or newer adobe products. This software the only difference is it’s running on a web server and accessed through a web browser. Google decided to shut down chrome apps stating that today’s web software can also work offiline (while you still use a website in the address bar). The line between website and installed software is really thin. Sep 19, 2016 at 12:18
  • Webapps SE can't be used for recommending websites that can help solving specific issues? For example I need a website to identify the objects in a collection of images
    – Fructibus
    Nov 2, 2017 at 13:59
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    @user2284570 "website can be software" Websites "can have" software, but they are still websites with whatever function or utility they provide still being bound in a website. And in their generally accepted definitions, I think websites and software have well recognised differences. "only difference is it’s running on a web server and accessed through a web browser" - so "a website" then?
    – James
    Feb 18, 2018 at 14:34

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