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Are resource recommendations allowed?

What is the policy on asking for recommendations of books or resources on Physics Stack Exchange? What is a resource recommendation question? What sort of resource recommendation questions are ...
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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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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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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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Is this question on book recommendations allowed?

I would like to ask the following question, and would like to know if it is allowed: What are the books similar to the books by David Griffiths, but in the following areas: Classical Mechanics, ...
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Are journal requests on topic?

Along the lines of this question and the links to others within, there is some acceptance amongst the community when it comes to paper reference requests on a specific topic. Would questions related ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...