I've cast plenty of close votes on questions based on them being tool, library, or resource requests:
Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it.
After coming across https://stackoverflow.com/q/21723551/1281433 (and casting a close vote, along with a comment explaining that the question is off-topic), it occurred to me that it would surprise me if that particular question “attracted opinionated answers and spam.” Even though the question is clearly a tool/library request, the user base for Common Lisp is smaller than a lot of the languages that get covered on Stack Overflow and the particular tool is so specialized that if there's not likely to be more than one, or maybe two appropriate answers to this question. That's clearly different than asking for, e.g., a CSV library (e.g., library to convert CSV to XML, MYSQL, html, RSS, JSON and etc? (which is still open!) and Are there any CSV readers/writer libraries in C#? (which is closed)).
I'm not really suggesting any change in behavior or policy here; I'm just wondering: Do you tend to treat these kinds of questions in low-view tags or low user-base languages differently than you would if they were for a more mainstream or popular language?
- On Stack Overflow, does the technology at question change how you vote? asked:
If you are active in a newer or niche tag, like f# or go, have you given a bit more leeway (not carte blanche) to questions that contain "grey" subject matter (subjective, off-topic, polling, etc) than you do for more established tags, like c# and java?
- An answer to https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/188408/225437 pointed out that the nature of regex questions can get away with a bit more "gimme teh codez".