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See my answer here for the rationale behind this policy Note that this will require some community members to commit to curating the resource recommendations by flagging for post notice addition, flagging+commenting on bad answers, etc. This can't go through unless we get enough people who are willing to patrol for resource recommendation questions and ...


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Yeah, I think that makes sense. The question in its current form seems like just the kind of thing the new recommendation policy is designed to encourage, and we should definitely have one open question about intro QM books. (Of course we also have to make sure the answers are in shape, but that can happen whenever.) Since this is an active meta discussion ...


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Yes, this would be a very good fit for our resource-recommendations tag... if this question didn't already exist: What are good books for graduates/undergraduates in Astrophysics? That question is very general, so you can browse through the list of resources recommended there and pick out the ones that are at an appropriate level. Thus I don't see a need ...


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Resource recommendation questions should be on-topic, but community wiki (and with the same expectation for the content of the answers as currently set in the faq post). The faq post should be altered to reflect that both old and new resource-recommendation questions should be turned into community wiki posts, as indicated in the top-voted answer of "Good ...


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Yeah, this looks terrible. Not only does it waste the preview, it gets in the way of the question, and can easily end up being longer than the question itself. Fortunately, we have a system for attaching permanent banners to posts that doesn't get in the way of viewing the question. I've added one for book recommendations based on your template; if you see ...


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See also: Why are "shopping list" questions bad?, http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/08/the-future-of-community-wiki/ TL;DR I do feel that our book/list policy can be revised. Not removed, but loosened up considerably. For book questions, this can be done by making sure that answers include a sketch of the book -- what prerequisites are assumed, ...


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Actually, the book question should be kept and any question on resource recommendations should be automatically linked to it. It is an extremely useful question as it allows for a person to find books on any topic.


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Since my comment may have been part of sparking this I should probably say a few more words. I am sympathetic to the position that carefully limited, actively curated, reasonably objective list questions can be a good thing (tm) for the site. I really am. But I don't believe that those conditions can be reliably met and I know from bitter experience that ...


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I propose that we edit the resource recommendation banner into these questions, making the questions follow the policy. As for the answers, those which do not follow the policy can be collected into a single Community Wiki answer. Maybe with a disclaimer about how it is no longer considered a good answer to a recommendation question. We could alternatively ...


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I vote the historical lock. I don't think the question has any real value, but some future non-physicist people might find it useful. Update (sorry for delay, had things to do) AFAICR, the new resource recommendation policy clearly states that Resource recommendations must ask for descriptive answers. It's not enough to ask for a list of books that ...


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Yes, I will try to help; based on my own state of knowledge though.


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I think they they should be on topic. Googling does not give value judgements and somebody who answers should do that. Value judgements with high scores would be useful for future users looking for similar sources.


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My take on this, and I'll expand it some more when I think about it more, is that there is a very clear good list/bad list distinction. But most of the questions people argue are good lists, I don't agree are. Here's what makes a bad list: A single answer is unlikely to be complete on its own. The question you cited that prompted this post also falls on ...


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As I see it, journal requests are basically equivalent to book recommendations, for a different kind of "book". The official position of SEI is that such recommendation questions are not appropriate for Stack Exchange sites, and I kind of agree, because they can easily get out of hand. Right now, we do allow some book recommendations on the site, which hasn'...


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I agree that many of the answers were simply un-detailed lists of a half-dozen books, but it is not the fault of the question nor the question-poser that the answers given were not in line with the rules. True, but the questions weren't locked because of their answers, they were locked because they - the questions themselves - are not good content for a ...


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On the flip side, I think having it in the preview makes perfect sense and just helps reinforce the point. The title should be sufficient to tell what kind of book the person is looking for (at least the subject area) and having the banner in the preview just makes it so the person who might answer it sees the banner before even reading the page. I think ...


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Thanks for asking. But in this case, I don't believe there is any way to change your question such that it is not a duplicate, without making it an entirely different question. Resource recommendations are treated somewhat specially, and one of the ways that they are treated specially is that the rules for what constitutes a duplicate are broader than ...


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I think the main confusion is between "full communiti wiki", driving to only one collective answer, and partial community wiki: each resource goes to an answer, so people can still vote to order them, but all the resource descriptions can be edited. Here I would like to propose to use the second method: question is community wiki answers separate, one by ...


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First of all, I think there is a clear precedence order among these posts. I may as well give the full ordering as I see it: The help center The canonical (generally, top) answer in an faq post on this meta The canonical answer in an faq post on Meta Stack Exchange If there is not an FAQ post on the topic, answers in non-FAQ posts on this meta, with answers ...


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Note that the current synonyms have been changed from the proposal; since July 2014, both books and reference-request map to resource-recommendations. This is intended to catch a large number of users who were using the reference-request tag when the post is best described by the resource-recommendations flavour. The specific-reference flavour, on the other ...


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I immediately voted "too broad" when I saw it. I think our aggressive closing of closing of homework questions has made us twitchy about closing things. A lot of the questions are interesting but off topic questions that would be closed (rightly so) by today's standards.


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Yes, I am willing to help with editing the recommendation questions and controlling their answers.


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I exactly agree with Nathaniel that good lists reasonably defined as has started doing it in this meta question should be allowed on Physics SE, as it is done on other sites in the network. In addition to the good points already made, when considering if a list is too big or good and reasonably narrowed in scope it would be appropriate to judge things from ...


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Nope, too specific for this site. As the answer to the recommendation question says, It should be of the form "What are good books to learn/study [subject] at [level]?" Your question is not of that form. What you could do, though, is check the book recommendation questions for the subjects you're asking about and see if anyone has mentioned about ...


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