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While I begrudgingly accept the idea that resource requests are on-topic if they are specific enough, people should really be asking "how" questions, not "what" questions: Let’s say you wanted — as I did — to buy a point-and-shoot camera that takes good low light photos. So we’re going to ask on photo.stackexchange.com, naturally! Here’s one way ...


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Personally, I'm not a fan of our current policies. It started with editing a whole bunch of questions to include the text "canonical". But even so, it doesn't meet the guideline of asking "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" as is mentioned in the FAQ. It seems like if you want a book on something, you are either just ...


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No, these questions are off-topic here. Very few communities take requests for resources. Two notable exceptions are Hardware Recommendations and Software Recommendations, both of which have strict rules about formulating the requirements for the recommendation.


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No, they should not get automatic close votes Per the meta FAQ question Are book recommendations on-topic? I would say that like "what language should I learn" questions, questions that effectively ask for a list of books on X should be closed as "not constructive". However, like programming language questions, if you have specialised ...


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In a more recent discussion of resource request questions, the majority of support was behind favoring "why" or "how" questions rather than just requesting resources. Since you're looking for a book on data integration topics, you clearly have questions or concerns about data integration (specifically using Hadoop and ETL). If you're having architectural or ...


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Reference requests are off topic. From our "What topics can I ask about here?" help article: Some questions, even if they appear to fit into one of the above categories, may still be off-topic or a poor fit for this format: explaining, writing or debugging code providing support for tools or products finding or recommending products or ...


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The Help Center specifically defines this type of question as off-topic: Some questions, even if they appear to fit into one of the above categories, may still be off-topic or a poor fit for this format: ... finding or recommending products or services, including tools, libraries or packages, programming languages, books, scholarly papers, ...


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The first thing to consider is that within the (usually) broad guidelines, the communities of Stack Exchange sites have some ability to define what is acceptable for their community. On a couple of occasions, the community of Programmers has decided that simply asking for resources is not a suitable question for the site. Just because other sites allow for ...


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Actually, having a policy that you shouldn't ask for a reference, but ask for a solution might be a good policy. But I think we would have to do a few other things if we handle it that way: We shouldn't close questions as NARQ if they can be answered by a reference. Because even though the full answer is a book, the answer on programmers would not be a ...


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I'll summarize my answer over on SO Meta here: I started out believing that SE could support a recommend X... In the end these questions can only ever be considered subjective, and therefore not a good fit for the SE format.


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As pointed in the comments, this is not quite a good idea because having such a tag could have an opposite effect: users may think it's OK to use it, even if you write in its wiki and excerpt that it's forbidden - "if there's a tag, why can't I ask about it?" Since you refer to my comment - for the sake of precision, this was only second time (I wish it ...


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We have a process for closing bad answers, and besides that, the favorites of experts is precisely the information we're trying to get at here. If people don't explain why it's their favorite, their answer will get deleted like for any other topic. This is where you lost me. Yes, we do have a process, but the process is irrelevant if people don't follow it. ...


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Why tag the question? It should be voted to close (or flagged), closed, and then deleted. Some closed questions are automatically purged and there's a SEDE query (I think it's attached to SO, but you can select the site) that finds old closed questions that don't meet the criteria for automatic deletion. I don't like meta tags and I don't see the purpose for ...


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