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Is Physics SE a good place to ask for textbook references?

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 ...
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Should I flag non-CW resource recommendation posts for moderator attention?

Yes, please flag such posts - there's no guarantee that moderators don't miss these posts otherwise. In general, please also don't worry about overwhelming us with flags: If you feel something ...
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What is the site policy on asking for references for concepts?

Yes, this is perfectly acceptable. Of course, you should make sure that you follow the guidelines given in Are resource recommendations allowed?. To maximize the chances of success of your question: ...
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Are book/reference identification questions on topic?

I can give you a partial answer: if they are on topic, these questions should be tagged as specific-reference. The difference is that resource-recommendations questions ask for a general class of ...
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Creating a separate platform for books and research papers?

I have a lot of sympathy for this suggestion because we all have collections of links to useful books and articles (many of mine are links to questions on the Physics Stack Exchange). But the problem ...
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Can I answer resource recommendation questions by answer them directly?

No. Resource recommendation questions are for resource recommendations.
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What should be done with questions tagged [resource-recommendations] that are not actually asking for recommendations?

If the tag is inappropriate, it should be removed. If the post has already been made community wiki, you can flag it for moderator attention.
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Community Post for online courses similar to Book Recommendations

The more or less consistent practice about resource-recommendations questions so far is that they in principle don't distinguish$^1$ between books, websites, online lectures, whether they are free or ...
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Distinction between [resource-recommendations] and [specific-reference] tag

You are confusing a specific topic with a specific reference. Your question is about a very specific topic, but it asks for any reference that covers the topic in detail, i.e. any book, any paper, etc....
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Why is this question asking about lectures closed as a duplicate?

In short, the reason is that resource recommendation questions aren't allowed to only ask about books. If you look in the body of the second question, it actually asks for "introductory guides". Yes, ...
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Can I ask for specific books recommendations? using the [resource-recommendations] tag

I would say, as a general rule, that geographic limitations on this type of question are not appropriate here. Asking for what's popular in a specific geographic area will produce results which are ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Why was the resource-recommendation tag removed from my question?

Res. recom. qs are restricted on Phys.SE. They usually cannot be combined with other questions in the same post, but should be asked separately.
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Site recommendation - basic question concerning Ohm's law

As suggested by ACuriousMind in this comment and by Kyle Kanos in this comment the recommended site for asking your question may very well be Physics.SE. If you use the tag ohms-law, the tag will ...
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Why was this answer made community wiki?

As mentioned, this is because there is a convention that all resource-recommendation threads should be made community wiki in their entirety, as agreed on this thread. The reasoning is that the voting ...
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How does community wiki get decided on?

Adding the resource-recommendations tag automatically converts a question to community wiki, and that's what happened in this case. For more on this see the tag info and also this meta post.
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Why is this question asking about lectures closed as a duplicate?

Resource-recommendation questions are considered on-topic here $-$ subject to some tight restrictions. Basically, there is a segment of the community that feels (based on extensive experience coming ...
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Are request-learning-path questions off topic? Why?

Your question is a bit confused but I think that you're mixing two types of questions and two separate policies, one of which did in fact change shortly after the question you referenced. At the time ...
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Reminder that Book Recommendations are on topic

I do not think there is any dispute about resource recommendations being on topic. But there is a difference of opinion about what this means. Your interpretation of the policy appears to be that ...
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Should posts targetted at different complexity levels be marked as duplicate?

Resource-recommendation questions are very hard to handle, and they were in fact deemed completely off-topic for several years until we managed to work out a consistent policy that lets the good stuff ...
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Is this what we intended for a resource recommendation?

I) Speaking in general, the resource-recommendations tag also covers journals and non-paper electronic materials, such as, e.g., video lectures, on-line resources, software, experimental data files, ...
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Site recommendation - basic question concerning Ohm's law

Well... you have no current posts so I presume you have deleted a bunch of closed questions so it's difficult to understand what kind of questions you are asking or why they were closed. I suspect ...
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Good list, bad list

So I'm pretty late to the party and have a biased interest here, but I'll voice my opinion nonetheless. I think sometimes lists are good. People want to organize information in a way that's easy to ...
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Does the resource catalogue question still get updated?

If you want to know if it's still being updated, the edit history will tell you what's been going on there lately. There's some activity there, but really not that much compared to the activity of the ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Is this what we intended for a resource recommendation?

The resource-recommendations tag was originally "my" project, so I'm probably best placed to speak about the original intent of the tag. We have to consider the history of the resource-...
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Resource recommendation for Physics

Phys.SE has a central/primary Book recommendations, although it is currently closed and locked. The reason for the latter is partly because maintenance takes a lot of time. Currently Phys.SE has ...
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Where to ask for a software recommendation about light refraction in a 3D media?

Software Recommendations Stack Exchange site, recommended by Chair in the comments, has had similar questions as what you've requested: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/17669 https://...
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Could book recommendations for non-equilibrium statistical mechanics be reopened?

The post has now been reopened as statistical mechanics and statistical field theory are different topics.
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Community Post for online courses similar to Book Recommendations

There is a problem with this idea: links becoming dead over time. Books are books and they can become difficult to find over time, but the reference to the book does not become out of date. The ...
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Why was this answer made community wiki?

Concretely, it was made community wiki because OP added the resource-recommendation tag, cf. the policy from this meta post.
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A duplicate question

Apparently I'm one of the people who voted to close this, so I can easily give my opinion on this situation. His question specifically was: "What would you suggest as a good introduction to ...
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