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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

What exactly is a shopping question? A shopping question is a question that appears to seek help choosing, finding or assessing an individual journal, an individual publisher, an individual ...
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Is there a canonical answer about selecting a journal for publication? (If not, should we have one?)

Short answer I would vote no. I think "canonical answers" only make sense when the canonical answer addresses (a) the user's actual question, or (b) some generalization of the user's ...
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What are the limits of "shopping" questions when it comes to software?

(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 ...
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What to do with questions asking to evaluate commercial online services?

Historically, this community has had a strong policy of staying away from assessments of (most) specific organizations, commercial or otherwise. I believe that this is a good policy for several ...
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Is this a shopping question?

Often times once the first person chooses a close reason everyone jumps on that reason even if it is not the best. The original version of the question was not worded in the best way and I would have ...
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I asked for a software solution, question was closed as "shopping" - legit?

(just writing an answer to get this off our backlog) Thanks for posting. Software recommendations are indeed on-topic, and the community has correctly voted to reopen.
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What are the limits of "shopping" questions when it comes to software?

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: ...
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Defining Shopping again

I agree that this question is not a shopping question as no reasonable person would choose conferences by that criterion and hence the close reason was badly chosen. Note that I consider it irrelevant ...
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What are the limits of "shopping" questions when it comes to software?

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 ...
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What are the limits of "shopping" questions when it comes to software?

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 "...
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Is this a shopping question?

To expand on StrongBad's answer, the original question was not a "shopping" question. It wasn't asking directly about what university to attend; rather, it was asking about the impact of a particular ...
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