A few hours ago, a tool-recommendation question was closed as off topic with the close reason we're now applying to game recommendation questions: Way to manage world factions and events. Now I see the tag has been edited to declare tool-recs off topic, and the close banner universally refers to all recommendation questions.
Consider me pretty shocked that we're now banning tool-recs as well, because there has been no dialog on that at all, nor checking with the community.
Community self-evaluation: How are we doing with game recommendations? covered just one tag and policy: whether game recommendations are on topic, represented by game-recommendation. That policy almost exclusively concerns itself with recommendations of actual RPG systems (hence our original tag being system-recommendation), and later came to be used for adventures too. We talked about that one tag and its purpose. It had loads of problems, not least of which was shifting goalposts. Tool recommendations were never asked about nor discussed.
tool-recommendation questions are something we've been handling separately. They never had much visibly to do with that policy or that tag. From what I've seen, they don't experience identical issues, and they don't get the same level of draconian rule enforcement and mod attention that was necessary to keep game-recs functioning at the minimum functioning level. More than that though: we the community never talked about banning them nor endorsed doing so. They've been banned without consultation, based on a discussion of one different type of recommendation we host. This is not good due process.
Before you go closing tool-recs for the same reason, and banning those as entirely off-topic, actually get our endorsement on this plan please. We may as a community want to keep them on topic. (Or we might choose to say they are off topic, which is fine, but let's actually have some public agreement on that first.)