I think we should, especially in cases where the question is clearly "I want to do X; what software should I buy?".
When it is "How can I do X?" and the answer is "You could use software Y", I think that is fine here.
And in general the existing "List of software to do X" questions usually aren't successful or maintained, but we might want to look if the new site will do a better job of maintaining them and migrate them if so.
(Overall I think we should wait for the site to clear beta before migrating any existing questions, but I think we should start now with new ones.)
I think it depends on the software they're after. There's a few general areas that software recommendations fit into:
- Calculators / reference material for technical understanding of photography (e.g. focal-length, DOF, macro calculators)
- Image Processing (Photoshop, HDR, blending, fusing, stitching, retouching, etc)
- Image Management (import, tag/rate/apply metadata, arrange, export)
- Image File utilities (EXIF/IPTC data, dealing with specific image formats)
- Image Viewing (slideshows, web-hosting)
Some relevant questions: software-recommendation
While they're all software recommendations, I think the first 3 are so strongly linked to photography (in that they're apps that only a photographer would use) that they could easily belong here on Photo.SE. The latter two may be widely used, so could perhaps go to a separate software recommendations site.
I guess my suggested rule is that they belong here if the software is clearly for photographers, rather than simply related to photography. It's kind of an arbitrary line in a grey area though, so does make it hard to follow precisely.
The reason I would like really photography-specific software recommendations to stay here, is that the user-base are photographers (or at least heavily interested in photography). For example, someone who doesn't identify as a photographer, might be happy with whatever random stitching software they found, and would likely prioritise ease-of-use over more advanced features. But someone who spends hours making a single image 'just right' will likely have a lot better insight into the different options. There's a good chance they've tried a few of them, and have used them thoroughly. (Of course, no guarantee on such users, just more likely to get dedicated/enthusiast/experienced photographers on Photo.SE than on SoftwareRecs.SE).
Software questions that are of the form, "What is the best photo editor" need to be jumped on because they are too vague or opinion based.
However, I have had a software question on Software Recs now for 28 days. In that time it has been viewed 32 times, and to date has not even received a comment, let alone an answer.
I have asked for other recs, and gotten similar results.
The problem is that for any given tag on software recs, there aren't enough readers. I tagged it with metadata, digital_asset_management, and catalog. Metadata has 22 questions, no followers, the other two have only my question. I just added Photography which has 8 followers and 150 questions.
Software recommendations should be allowed here, but with the following caveats:
A: The question should be detailed. If different SE's can modify their own codebase, I would suggest than a minimum length of 1000 characters be set on anything with the tag 'software recommendation'
B: It should be clear what the problem is with the current commonly used packages.