I just came here to Programmers Stack Exchange to ask a question for recommendations for resources to learn a particular topic (in this case, natural language processing), and I just noticed that a similar question I asked soon after the site opened was closed and deleted as off topic (three years after it was asked, answered, and favorited several times) with this message:
Questions asking us to recommend a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Programmers as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam.
So, where are we supposed to ask these kinds of questions now? There's value in them. I thought they were literally the whole point of this site.
And now for the feature request (which is not duplicated in the others, I might add):
It's pretty bad to straight up delete questions like this (non-spam, with answers, favorites, etc). It was completely gone from my profile. I users should at least be given the ability to find them again if they've interacted with them.