As the poster of the question referenced above, I woudl like to make a few points. You may have to read this through a few times to get the sequence of things clear, but I do think that it is important.
I made a mistake. I phrased my original question so that it could be answered by recommending an application. It was duly answered, I realized my mistake and awarded the answer then posted a second question explaining what I really want which is an Application Programming Interface to(API) allow me to develop my own application, not to use someone else's application.
As a software developer, I thought that the distinction was clear, but apparently not clear enough as my question was closed as an exact duplicate by a moderator. Oh, well, worse things happen at sea ;-) and I can't expect the moderator to understand some fine programming differences (although that "exact" duplicate has always annoyed me on all Stack Exchange sites; extremely few are "exact" duplicates).
So, now I have posted a third question, asking for an API, not an application (basically, a repeat of the 2nd question, with a plea not to close it).
The poster of this thread @PolyGeo has suggested that I edit the original question rather than post a new one, but I prefer not to because:
- the original question, while not the one which I intended, is a valid question. Other people may come searching for it (it, apparently, was not a duplicate). It adds to the community's knowledge-base. Also, the person who answered deserves credit. If I edit the post and I then supposed to award the points to who ever gives the correct answer for the revised question?
- the revised question (3rd post), for those who understand the software nuances is distinct enough to merit its own separate question. Some people with no interest at all in the first question could be very interested in this. To mix them woudl, I feel, muddy the waters. I also feel that I much less likely to recevie an answer if I do not start with a fresh question as those reading a revised question will be confused by the seeming contradiction between question and the answers already posted.
I think that addresses my particular question, but I don't claim to have an all encompassing answer to this question; indeed, I do not believe that one can be found. I think that the best that can be done are guidelines for moderators and users.
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