Why o why did you guys delete all the answers to this question. All the free knowledge and effort put forth by people in this community over time was deleted. Saying it is off topic is no excuse - its ON TOPIC and it was an AWESOME question. What gives?
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closed as not constructive by Sathya, Yannis, slugster, BinaryMisfit, Pops♦ May 10 '12 at 13:47
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It appears that the deleted answers were actually merged into the primary "big list" answer.
The question was closed because it does not fit our guidelines, as laid out on the FAQ. Stack Overflow does not work for "big list" questions.
However, because as you noted, people have found this question useful, it has been granted "historical lock" status by one of our benevolent moderators. That allows the question to continue to exist on the site and for people to continue to benefit from the answers, but it prevents any new answers from being added and it deters people from using it as justification to ask new questions that are similar to it.
Urr, it seems you somehow managed to miss the first answer to the question, which is the combination of all of the book suggestions, grouped by subject, with links to the book; a bit more useful, no?
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Which is why it wasn't deleted.