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I just noticed today, which tag-wiki starts:

About finding resources online.

To me this immediately screams "off-topic, recommendation."

Looking at the 44 questions tagged with it (11 closed, 33 open) I'm not seeing much to change that opinion. It looks (to me) like a lot of those questions should be closed, and the tag either destroyed or at least wiki-modified to read "this is not an on-topic question-type."

Your thoughts?

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Yes, questions asking about online resources are on topic. There is nothing that makes them off topic; contrary to the tag wiki they are not categorically and inherently about recommendations. The tag wiki doesn't accurately reflect usage of the tag, and is from the year before game recommendations were ruled off topic; I'm updating it (see end of post).

They contain a lot of recommendations, but that's just because it's one of the things people asked for recommendations of. The fact that contains a large proportion of a no-longer-accepted question category does not make it synonymous with that category.

For example:

Concerning those last two, let's recall that a definitive part of recommendations is that we are bringing to the asker a variety of suggestions for things they could use in hopes of finding a best-fitting one. They ran afoul of "every answer is equally valid". Here, providing what is factually the canonical resource is not a recommendation of something equally valid, it is the correct answer. These are like or requests. An answer that says "use this" is not, inherently, a recommendation.


I've updated the tag wiki to the following:

Excerpt:

for questions about using or finding online resources. (Recommendations of "best" resources are not on topic, but we can provide guidance around identifying canonical resources.)

Wiki:

This tag is for questions around using online resources or identifying canonical resources.

Recommendations for game materials are now off topic, but we can provide guidance around the existing canonical resources available.

Related tags are: , , or .

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    \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie Thank you for the brainfart correction. :) \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Mar 19 '17 at 22:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Where can I find the X (which I know existed at one point in time)," has a subtle but important difference from, "Where can I find an X (I don't know if any exist)?" The former should have a single correct answer in most cases. The latter, on the other hand, implicitly becomes a recommendation question if more than one such X exists. For that reason I think that "Where can I find a" and "Are there any" questions should be off-topic. \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage Mar 20 '17 at 12:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage The last three bullet points (in the current revision at the time of me writing this comment) are somewhere between those two: "where can I find this, I'm sure it would exist and there'd be only one or two." \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Mar 20 '17 at 13:23

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