Are there already good questions and answers about books? Or should I ask yet another question about the best programming book?

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    I really don't mind any up or downvotes on this. I just want a list of book questions which I can link. Telling ppl to use search doesn't help. – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:29
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    Oh nice, Rich B has found a place where he can freely be rude to ppl and make snide comments. – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:34
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    @tharkun: That is called 'The Internet'. – GEOCHET Aug 13 '09 at 19:35
  • for you maybe, yes, sadly! – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:36
  • We've had our own channel for months. Come to #somafia on irc.slashnet.org and Rich can hate you on a much more personal level. – belgariontheking Aug 13 '09 at 19:37
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    This really serves no purpose. There are search and tag functions for a reason. – Brandon Aug 13 '09 at 19:38
  • @btk: I really don't think I would tolerate someone talking in txt msg speech for very long. – GEOCHET Aug 13 '09 at 19:38
  • :) I know, yes, I do know that. – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:38

Most probably you shouldn't ask another question. There are a zillion questions and answers on SO about books. The tag 'books' has been used over 777 times so far.

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    And you didn't even make the answer CW. Wow. Just wow. – GEOCHET Aug 13 '09 at 19:32
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    Thanks for collecting these links. I think the downvoters have been a little unfair to you. However, if you do want to add this to the FAQ, one of the requisite steps is to mark the question and answer as Community Wiki so other people can edit them. – Kyle Cronin Aug 14 '09 at 0:38

This is not a good FAQ topic at all. Users should search the questions for "books" and see if their question matches, they shouldn't have to check a FAQ for listings of questions that have already been asked, lest we end up with dozens of FAQ pages that keep a list of all the questions already asked for certain topics.

Edit: Making another post to highlight to people that there are dupes is completely nonsensical. So instead of posting to relevant dupes you want to post to a post about relevant dupes. Congratulations you just added another layer to the whole mess instead of saying "This is a dupe" and you close it as such, which would then point back to the correct question(s).


  • Agreed! People need to just put more (some) effort into searching first. I doubt they ever do, considering how often things are duplicated. – gnostradamus Aug 13 '09 at 19:22
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    I just don't want to list 10 book questions everytime someone writes a dupe. I want to have a nice list to show ppl quickly that there are actually really a lot of good book questions. And Meta is exactly the place for such a list. Whether it is a FAQ question or not, I don't care. – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:23
  • @facepalm: in your opinion it's nonsensical. in mine it isn't. – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:31
  • books are a meta-topic. it's not like I'm going to do this for every tag on SO. – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:31
  • +1. This is ridiculously off topic. The fact that it was posted on SO.com first is just astounding. – GEOCHET Aug 13 '09 at 19:37
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    of course +1 :) the infallibles have always voted each other up :D – markus Aug 13 '09 at 19:41
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    @Tharkun: Well if you weren't so wrong all the time, our constant correctness wouldn't make us look infallible. – belgariontheking Aug 13 '09 at 19:45

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