Why does this question get a pass, but I can't ask my own book recommendation question?
Can I ask my own book recommendation question in a way that is acceptable to the community, like the C++ book list question?
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The big problem with book recommendation posts - and similar questions - is that they tend to devolve into polls:
That's a quote from a quote from Real Questions Have Answers, a blog post that heralded a revised FAQ and a much tighter focus on questions that can be constructively, usefully answered. The relevant message there, ensconced in the FAQ on every site, is this:
Note that it is possible to have a question that asks for a list of things that does solve a real problem and doesn't treat every answer as valid. But it is very, very hard, and most questions of that sort degrade badly over time.
That question gets a pass because it solves a real problem identified by many - perhaps most - people in Stack Overflow's C++ community.
Probably not. If you have to ask, almost certainly not. That said, here are a few guidelines if you wish to attempt it anyway:
Sound hard? Like too much work to bother with? You're probably right, and that's the idea - when these things aren't hard-won labors of love, they quickly become dung heaps of obsolete and spammy no-content responses. If it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing well.
Given the (high) degree to which almost all programming depends upon books (online resources are rarely a complete substitute), what should probably be done is every tag wiki should have a tab (or some other convenient way to access a section) devoted to the book list for that subject.
I should probably add, however, that it would probably be perfectly fine/sensible for the tab/section to be named something relatively generic like "resources" instead of being specifically a "book list". There may be some languages, libraries, tools, etc., for which online resources really are good/useful/preferred, and I certainly have no intent to discriminate against such cases.
There is a great need to have a list of most useful resources here.
However, we have tag wikis and we have StackOverflow blog, so such resouce lists should belong there.
I vote for locking that book recommendation question and moving the resouce list to the tag wiki or to the special blog entry.