I sometimes recommend non-TeX solutions to questions here. For example,
imagemagick are tools I've recommended. My standard has been that I'll only recommend the non-TeX tool if I think it is better suited to the job.
Sometimes though I wonder if my recommendations are welcome in a group specifically focused on TeX. There are many shades of gray. For example, I doubt anyone here wants to know how to achieve an effect in MSWord. However, if someone tags their question with
tikz, is it appropriate to give an answer using
asymptote? Does it change your opinion if the
asymptote solution is easier than the
tikz solution? (I know that's subjective.)