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Is it ok to ask for recommendations? [duplicate]

Generally, it is frowned upon on StackExchange to ask for recommendations, unless the site is specifically for that purpose. Here on Physics, is it ok to ask for recommendations (e.g. for books that ...
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Help with book suggestions [duplicate]

If I am to ask for book suggestions on a certain topic, where should I ask? Should I ask on Physics Stack Exchange? If so, what tag should I use?
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Can we ask about book for studying? [duplicate]

I'm starting to study a new topic (spinors) and I don't know where I can study it, is it possible to ask for studying material?
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How can we improve participation on Physics.SE?

A lot of members have recently noticed a drop in the net question quality on this site. Many of us feel that this is fixable, so I'm trying to take steps in that direction. Roughly, what we need to ...
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Good list, bad list

The Stack Exchange model does not work well for "big list" questions, and these are banned network-wide for good reason. However, many of the other stack exchange sites allow or even encourage list ...
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Allowance of Computational Physics questions

I know this is a frequently discussed topic but I am not happy with the current stance of treating Computational Physics related questions as "Off Topic". A couple days ago I asked this question (...
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Book recommendations: On-topic, on-topic but community wiki, or off-topic?

Yes, we've had this debate before. Unfortunately, there's no definite consensus to be found about their community wiki status: Good list, bad list (from July 2013) has the top voted answer (with a ...
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Books banner: top or bottom?

This is a minor point about the implementation of our new book policy. One of the points it describes is the addition of a banner reading Before answering, please see our policy on resource ...
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Is Physics SE a good place to ask for textbook references?

I sponsor a high school astronomy club. Most of my students have completed AP1 Calculus BC and are ready for a calculus-based discussion of astronomical physics. I am searching for a source-book to ...
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Do we need/want an overarching books question?

The current tag wiki for the books - now resource-recommendation - tag includes, in its final paragraph, the request that If you question is about resource-recommendations, please add your question ...
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Please volunteer for help editing recommendation questions [closed]

Recently, the book policy has been reevaluated, and Manishearth's proposal how to change it seems to be well enough accepted. What is still missing for the new book policy to become reality, is some ...
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The fate of a question decided by a Moderator?

I was wondering how could I improve the question here: non abelian string in QCD? It looks to me the question is not too broad, all sub-questions are related. But one of our moderators puts it on ...
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Big list resource questions

This is really just posted to get the conversation rolling and please don't infer my view on the topic from the question -- I'll post an answer when I have some time that will reflect my opinion on it....
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Guidelines for the First Posts review queue

Is there any guidance on reviewing the first post of a new user? I have looked in meta and could not find a similar question. All I can think of at the moment is to compare with guidance on the ...
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Reminder that Book Recommendations are on topic

Can whoever is flagging resource-recommendations as off-topic because they are primarily opinion based please stop doing so? The community decided a long time ago that these types of questions are on-...
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The Layman books question

This question was recently bumped to the top of the front page by a new answer: Books that every layman should read. I originally wanted to just recommend the new answer be deleted, but the question ...
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FAQ for Physics Stack Exchange

Frequently Asked Questions This thread is an index of Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources, for Physics Stack Exchange. General questions about Stack Exchange For general questions about ...
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The present status on the book policy

The last time I asked for a book in Book on optics in curved space-time , the question was closed as being 'primarily opinion-based'. David Z explained clearly why it was not appropriate and suggested ...
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Why is this question asking about lectures closed as a duplicate?

This question is currently closed for being a duplicate of this question. The closed question asks about recommendations about video lectures for quantum lectures while the second question asks about ...
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Why was my question, about a collection of textbooks to use to prepare for QFT, closed?

It was called "Need A Collection Textbooks To Use As Stepping Stones to QFT" In my mind, asking about a "no-nonsense intro to QFT" and asking for a set of textbooks together which would prepare one to ...
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Is this what we intended for a resource recommendation?

Let's ignore all the other things that I find wrong with this question for the moment: Is there a tool online that lets me convert acceleration-time graphs into velocity-time and position-time graphs?...
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Creation of a new tag for books/resource recommendation and having a resource library for physics.SE

I agree that users of physics.SE (new and/or old) can't curb their need to ask for resources based on this question (based on the tag), as explained herein. However, many users still ask questions ...
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Should you not give feedback if you vote to close a question to help the questioner better use this website? [duplicate]

My question has been closed again. DavidZ has pointed out that it is acceptable for people to not give reasons for closing questions. I understand that the site does not require them to do that. ...
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Why was my question, on dynamics demonstrations videos, closed?

It's a resource request. For questions and comments see: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/177194/75644 And if it's not appropriate for this forum then the question is : Where on the internet can ...
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Should we rename the books and reference-request tags?

Now that our new recommendation policy is in effect, I would like to propose a change that I think will alleviate some misuse of the associated tags: books → resource-recommendation reference-request ...
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Why is the following question “on-hold” worthy, and how could I improve it?

Link to the question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/98637/learning-roadmap-for-picking-up-enough-mathematical-know-how-in-order-to-model Alternatively, where could I go in order to have ...
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A duplicate question

This question Good books to understand the basics of material science Was marked as duplicate and redirected to Best Materials Science Introduction Book? The thing is, the second question was ...
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Enforcing new policies to old questions/answers

I received a notification for a comment made by Emilio Pisanty on this question asking for an update of my answer in order to comply with the current policy on resource recommendations. As you can ...
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Resource recomendation - very specific topic?

Let us say that I want source of information that gives worked examples for a very specific topic (let us call it X). I have access to a (pretty good) library and have searched both this and the world ...
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Should posts targetted at different complexity levels be marked as duplicate?

The question "What books an undergraduate needs to study to get a clear conception of rotational physics?" has been marked as a duplicate of "What are some good books for learning the concepts of ...
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Is a question about calculators in SI format according to “what topics can I ask about here”?

I put the following question (10k-only link) and immediately received down-vote, thus, deleted it. Could be question is off-topic, could be someone is happy trigger of down-votes. Yes, I known is a ...
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Dealing with level of resources in requests

One of the things that bother me the most about book* recommendation requests is the endless stream of similar requests that can spout around any specific topic, for all the different possible reader ...
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Are request-learning-path questions off topic? Why?

I was looking at a previous meta question regarding whether certain types of questions requesting a learning-path, or resource-recommendation, or any learning-related-things are off topic or not. I ...
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New book policy: What should we do about the old questions?

We have a new book/resource recommendation policy. However, it is of a form that it can only be applied to new questions. We have many old questions with answers that do not satisfy the policy, what ...
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linking answers: suppose several questions have essentially the same answer?

Is there a way to link an answer from question 1, say, to question 2 if answer 1 works or enhances all or part of question 2? I see many questions that have essentially the same answer.
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Does the resource catalogue question still get updated?

I have been looking at Book recommendations which is a catalogue of links to resource recommendation questions. For me it has been (in combination with the individual resource recommendations that are ...
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How broad can a resource-recommendation question be? [duplicate]

I am looking for text books of the same style as 'Nuclear and Particle Physics' by W.S.C.Williams - that is, with clearly labeled definitions and sections of concise explanation. However, I am looking ...
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Applying resource-recommendation/link-only policies

In principle, questions tagged resource-recommendation that do little more than provide a link should be deleted like any other (almost) link-only answer, but is it really so? If we look at most ...
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What mechanism determines what is featured in the Community Bulltin on the main page?

What mechanism determines which meta posts or blog articles are featured in the Community Bulltin on the main page? Concerning blog articles, I would guess that the newest ones are featured. But ...