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I would like to focus on 2 out of the 3 debated questions, as I believe that 2 of them fall into the same category: "Software to live-stream presentations" and "Creating a secure test environment for a programming lab practical". The first, I voted to close as shopping question and the second I voted to leave open. The guiding principle for me is what would ...


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Suggested Policy: Close questions that seek recommendations for software for teaching purposes, for example software for managing grades, courses, lectures, and citations. Rationale: These questions are uninteresting to site users. Most of them will also be opinion-based, as the different software companies have mostly copied each other's features. Most ...


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(Disclaimer: I am the author of Alternatives to big-name proprietary remote-lecturing tools ) First of all: we make the rules We are free to consider on-topic whichever questions we deem answerable or useful to academics. The fact that "no shopping questions" is a thing, in general, should not prevent us from accepting these questions. If we believe they ...


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Status Quo There has never been a clear consensus whether shopping questions extend to software. Hence it is missing from the shopping FAQ. Having a policy for this is long overdue. I suggest: Suggested Policy Do not close questions on how to solve a practical problem that is specific to academia or teaching. If the answer is to use a software (commercial ...


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As you say, two of these questions are closed. The third seems like it might be salvageable: the title text (Creating a secure test environment for a lab practical) does not ask for a specific "shopping" recommendation, but the second paragraph does seem like it is asking for either a software solution (which is shopping) or technical help (which is off-...


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This is a good idea. I was also wondering about this in regards to software shopping questions. We've had at least three recently: Creating a secure test environment for a lab practical Alternatives to big-name proprietary remote-lecturing tools Software to live-stream presentations Two of which are closed, and one which I expect will be. But at the ...


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tl;dr– The question was answerable because someone could post the information necessary to help the asker figure out what they were asking about. While this may've meant telling the asker that they had some investigation to do, that's perfectly fine – just like it's fine to give abstract answers on SE.Math or instructions on how to figure out a ...


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