A community wiki "Resource List" has been found useful on many sites. Here is a list of those I have found:

It would be useful to standardize this, sort of like a FAQ analog. For example, one thing that has been asked several times is whether the Resource List should be on the main site or the meta site.


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I would second this. In my experience, posts for resources get closed or removed quickly as they don't fit in the pattern and are rated "opinionated".
While both might be true, I think there's a real need for these resource lists - maybe even resource lists on resource lists.

"But they don't fit in to the style of Stack Exchange. Why not use a different service for that?"

(My experience:) Quality of Stackexchange. Any other online community on broad topics do not deliver the quality of SE/SO. Be it people posting uneducated comments that never get removed or simply the presentation of sites (like forums, where one has to navigate 8 pages of nonsense until the answer finally appears before it get's flooded by another 8 pages of Thank yous).

Maybe a first step: Provide unified tag

Maybe as a first step that wouldn't require site changes creating a unified tag throughout the communities expressing this kind of post would be nice. Perhaps resource-list or reference-list. A more "programming-intensive" job would be to announce this kind of feature, so people know it's there.
This might help people find the right resources for the topics they worry about - as most of the time finding the resource is a very critical and time consuming aspect.

  • Well, there is software recommendations, an entire SE site just for lists of recommended software. These kind of lists just don't fit within SO.
    – Luuklag
    Feb 10, 2022 at 15:32
  • I understand it doesn't fit within SO. But isn't the community wiki already a step in this direction? I.e. the style of SO kind of allows community-worked up stuff?
    – DarkTrick
    Feb 10, 2022 at 15:34

This sort of thing was the purview of the Documentation project, now mothballed. The newer system called Articles also retreads this ground, in a very different way. (Articles are more integrated into Q&A than Documentation ever was, and are curated by a subject-matter expert.)

In any case, it’s using the Q&A platform in a way other than how it was originally intended, and the hack is not ideal. It would be nice if there was some official support for the feature.

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    Ah, Documentation. They never did iron the kinks out of it. They now have Articles, which hopefully won't end up the same way. (You may want to edit.)
    – Laurel
    Feb 10, 2022 at 15:38
  • I attempted an edit, and ended up with a complete rewrite.
    – TRiG
    Feb 10, 2022 at 16:27

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