The answers I would except would describe the most popular licenses with bullet points (e.g. allows commercial use or not, viral or not etc.).

I know this is more of a wiki-type thing, but SE is somewhere between a wiki and a Q&A isn't it?

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    Perhaps this would make a great blog post for our community blog, but I don't see how it could work in a Q&A format.
    – yannis
    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:39
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  • The Future of Community Wiki - In short, CW is only meant to lower the edit threshold and encourage collaboration, nothing more...
    – yannis
    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:51

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I agree with Yannis's comment that a "how to" guide would be a better blog post than a question. It sounds like the question that you described would turn into a list question, which are called out in the definition of "not constructive".

Personally, the "how do I choose a license" boils down to "read each license, decide which one best fits your need". There's no real process or methodology to explain, and there's really no alternative ways. There are some tools out there to help you find an appropriate license, but those are easily found by simple Google searches and resource requests are typically off-topic as well.

However, if you need help choosing a particular license to meet a series of needs and you enumerated those requirements in the question (and there isn't a duplicate already on the site), then I don't see why the question wouldn't be appropriate.

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