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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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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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Try StackEdit, or PageDown. The latter is the open source engine that SE uses, the former is an editor based on SE's flavor of markdown.

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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 resources related to a certain topic, where the set of resources that constitute valid answers is large and probably grows over time; on the other hand, specific-...

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No. Resource recommendation questions are for resource recommendations.

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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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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, the title does say "books", and we should probably change that, but it should be understood as asking for any educational resource that presents the specified ...

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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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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 pattern on resource-recommendation threads is very different to regular threads, since the votes often follow the quality of the book rather than the quality ...

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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 that question was asked, all resource-recommendation questions were considered off topic and were promptly closed, by community agreement. (And, while we're ...

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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 voting to close any resource recommendations questions (RRQs) because they are primarily opinion based (POB) or too broad (TB) is a breach of the policy. ...

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Good catch. I submitted an edit replacing reference-request with specific-reference.

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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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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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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 from the early days of Stack Overflow) that open-ended list-based questions are a bad fit for the site, and that they should not be allowed at all. Back in 2013 ...

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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 in without wreaking havoc. The result of the policy is at Are resource recommendations allowed? and you should read it carefully (and ideally its previous ...

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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-recommendations tag. It started out as book-recommendations, and that tag was created with a very narrow purpose: to collect recommendations for textbooks treating a certain ...

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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, etc, cf. e.g. its tag wiki. Moreover, from a practical point of view, why have different standards for books, software, etc? E.g. it seems they should all be ...

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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 tag. As I've advocated before, the overall books question is of rather limited utility when compared to the site's advanced search features. If you're looking ...

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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://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/42052 https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/16327 So it seems like a decent bet that it's something you could ask there. I don't ...

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

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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 also more than 1500 secondary res. recom. qs. Online resources are viewed as part of res. recommendations, cf. its tag wiki. However, Phys.SE usually does not ...

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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 materials science?" While yours stated: "suggest me some good books(introductory level) to understand the basics of material science." These two questions are ...

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It's not that your answer was made CW, but that the question was made CW and that automatically converts all answers to CW as well. As Qmechanic says there is a convention that all resource recommendation questions are CW, and if you tag your question as resource-recommendation it will convert it to CW and as a result convert all answers too.

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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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The paragraph you refer to applies to answers that were posted before the resource-recommendations policy was set in mid-2013. After the policy was agreed on, there was an extended campaign to find and fix as many old [books] questions as we could, and bring them into line with the new standards. (You can find many of them using this query as a starting ...

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You can certainly add links into the answer there, but I don't think it's a comprehensive list anymore. The original idea was that only resource recommendation questions of the form "books at [level] about [subject]" would be allowed, where "[subject]" would be one of the big fields like thermodynamics, Newtonian mechanics, quantum field theory, etc. That ...

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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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