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Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not? [closed]

Why does The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List 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 ...
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Should I vote to close old questions?

I just stumbled upon a question from 2009 (that's what I mean by 'old'), and it's this one for reference. I think we can all agree that by Today's standards this question would be closed (with a ...
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How many questions on meta have asked, “Why can't I ask this question when that question is open”?

One of the main arguments against keeping old, fun posts in a locked state is that they create broken windows, which serve as an advertisement for the types of questions which are acceptable—...
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Why are there some type of questions that are open and highly upvoted, while others of that same type are closed? Can someone explain?

I am posting this question just to get a better understanding of the questions that can be asked on Stack Overflow. I find that Language Books/Tutorials for popular languages can several answers ...
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Should I flag old questions?

After reading of: Should I vote to close old questions? I wonder if the answer also applies to flagging of old questions. I have the subjective feeling the longer the time between the question and ...
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Why were some historical non-constructive questions undeleted?

I notice that What is the single most influential book every programmer should read? and Strangest language feature have been undeleted by a Stack Exchange developer. After long months of framing ...
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Improve the historical significance banner

Some highly popular questions were recently un-deleted, and put into a locked mode with a banner announcing that they exist for their historical significance only. This question exists because it ...
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Is it OK to delete very high voted questions/answers?

I am referring to Why is Git better than Subversion? on Stack Overflow. Was there any reason to delete this question? Or was it just decided by a few (17) people? This question had 395 upvotes, was ...
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Why was a 3 year old question which was voted up heavily and viewed over 9000 times blocked? [duplicate]

I posted this question in 2009 when Apple was still short with documentation about iPhone development and there were very few book or blogs related to development. I posed the question so that iPhone ...
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How can we discourage book recommendation questions?

The issue of book recommendations has been raised before (to name a few examples); however, I'm raising it again because the problem doesn't seem to have gone away. books has over 2,500 questions, so ...
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What is the meaning of the “broken-windows” tag?

I have noticed there are 3 questions tagged broken-windows, and the tag has been added in those questions from a single user. What does that tag would mean? Do we need it?
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How is this not constructive? It is duplicate, but very constructive! [closed]

This question: iPhone development on Windows was closed by a mod for "non constructiveness" But a question (that looks like a duplicate) is still all open ( How can I develop for iPhone using a ...
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Why my this question has been closed when there are many like it at SO? [closed]

There are hundreds of questions regarding make my code DRY in SO. I don't know why my question has been closed?
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Programming books questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not? Why is this question The Definitive C++ Book Guide and ...