I am curious as to whether I would be downvoted for asking the following question:

What software(s) would I need and how would I have to use them to create a box plot for data for which I only know the 95% confidence interval and mean?

If this is not the best place to ask this question could you please direct me to a free Q&A site, preferably a stackexchange one, where I could ask the question and expect to actually get an answer in the next few days?

  • $\begingroup$ For statistics related questions, Cross Validated (also known as stats.SE) is better suited. I don't know how they take software related questions, though. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jul 19, 2013 at 18:46

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To not leave this unanswered, I quote the responses on Stats meta:

not only is this fine, I wish others would phrase their questions like it. All too often people instead ask perfectly general and interesting questions in the restricted form of "how can I do this in R/SAS/Stata/Whatever," which is limiting and repetitive. -- whuber ♦

"Make sure your question is related to statistics, machine learning, or data analysis and is not solely about programming, support, or bugs. Include additional tags referring to the statistical issues involved." -- Andre Silva

Subsequently, the question was well received on Stats main site.

Remark. About 30% of questions tagged on Math remain unanswered, one of the
highest unanswered rates among tags. Something to consider when deciding whether to post on Math or Stats.


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