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If recommendations are mostly off-topic across Stack Exchange, how is that the exists?

Q: Recommend me a SE site where I can ask about X recommendation

A: None, recommendations are off-topic

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I've answered plenty of site-rec questions, I don't see them as off-topic, usually. What question was closed as off-topic? – Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 11:46
I'm confused, are you talking about the main site or Meta? (you are linking to a main site tag) – Yannis Dec 7 '12 at 11:48
@MartijnPieters The questions refers to the tag on SO (not the one on MSO). – N.N. Dec 7 '12 at 11:48
@N.N.: How are you sure about that? – Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 11:50
@N.N. The tag doesn't exist on the main site. (The tag page exists, but that doesn't necessarily mean the tag itself does, see for example:'t-exist) – Yannis Dec 7 '12 at 11:51
@Mat: Exactly my point. – Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 11:51
@MartijnPieters The link was initially to the SO tag. – N.N. Dec 7 '12 at 11:55
@N.N.: That's because the [tag:...] syntax links to main-site tags not MSO tags, which is confusing for first-time users. – Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 11:58
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Recommendations for an SE site are meta recommendations, and so are on topic here on meta.

Note that I am answering the question as edited to be about the meta tag, which is not what was originally asked.

Sorry about the excessive italics

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