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Hello,
I'm creating structured data for pages that describe our software applications. 
The Google documentation lists offer and reviews as required.

But the structured data markup helper does not even show these tags when SoftwareApplication is chosen.

And the Rich Text Results test shows a warning, but not an error, if they are missing.

This appears to be inconsistent. Can anyone explain?  Am I missing something?

And, if those two fields really are required, does that mean that the only way I can tag a page like the ones I'm working on is if I have reviews or ratings on the page?

Thanks for any insight you can offer.

Scott
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I'm creating structured data for pages that describe our software applications. 
The Google documentation lists offer and reviews as required. 
I see that these properties are required
Required properties 
offers.price
Rating or review
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right, but the other Google tools not only don't require them, they don't even provide them.  So what is correct?
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right, but the other Google tools not only don't require them, they don't even provide them.  So what is correct? 
Structured Data Markup Helper
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How to add structured data 
Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content. If you're new to structured data, you can learn more about how structured data works.
Here's an overview of how to build, test, and release structured data. For a step-by-step guide on how to add structured data to a web page, check out the structured data codelab.
  1. Add the required properties. Based on the format you're using, learn where to insert structured data on the page.
  2. Follow the guidelines.
  3. Validate your code using the Rich Results Test.
  4. Deploy a few pages that include your structured data and use the URL Inspection tool to test how Google sees the page. Be sure that your page is accessible to Google and not blocked by a robots.txt file, the noindex tag, or login requirements. If the page looks okay, you can ask Google to recrawl your URLs.
  5. To keep Google informed of future changes, we recommend that you submit a sitemap. You can automate this with the Search Console Sitemap API.
Guidelines
You must follow these guidelines for your app to be eligible to appear as a rich result.
SoftwareApplication
The full definition of SoftwareApplication is available at schema.org/SoftwareApplication.
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There does seem to be some inconsistencies there. I've escalated the post.
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Thank you.
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Scott,
 
I'm checking with the team if this inconsistency is in the docs or in the RRT. 
 
Thanks for reporting that!
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Thank you.  Also with the Structured Data markup helper tool.
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Yes, but, just to setup expectations here: the Structured Data Markup Helper is a bit outdated in relation not only to this but other Structured Data features that Google supports. I suspect it will take longer to get fixed.
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Thank you.  But it seems strange if the only software pages you can mark up would be those for which you have reviews. Totally leaves out new products,  and,  in our case,  reviews we link to and summarize that are maintained for us by capterra as an outsource instead of doing our own review coding and moderation.   All confusing.
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Hello, Scott!
 
So, right now the documentation is correct and RRT is not: ratings or reviews are mandatory. Right now this inconsistency is still there, but I'll update this thread if/when that changes.
 
Thanks!
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Thank you.

Can I get some clarity about the "on page" requirement?  As I've mentioned, we use a third-party to administer our reviews, and we show a summary and a clear link to their page that has our reviews.

We are not "aggregating reviews from other sites".  This is our one and only review site.

Can we tag our rating aggregation?  For an example, please see savepostage.com/psinfo.html

We really want to follow the rules and do things as Google wishes, but we have to understand the rules to follow them.  Thanks for your help.

Scott
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Hey!
 
I'm not 100% sure in the case of Software App. From what you're describing it seems like you're eligible, as long as you add all mandatory fields. Normally you are not eligible to Rich Results that review your own company, but I think (don't quote me on that) that for the products, like you're software, you're fine.
 
There is a little bit more detail in the blog post here.
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