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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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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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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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