While reading the questions on the main page I noticed https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/3520/looking-for-books-focusing-on-tests-and-quizzes-relating-to-first-aid-diagnose . It asks for recommendation of books. Now, wouldn't it be better if it had been tagged with or that are prevalent in other sites like Phys. SE, Chem. SE etcetera? Irrespective of being on-topic or off-topic, these sort of queries should be categorised under .

So, is there any sort of this tag existing? If so, can anyone mention it?

And if there is not, may I request for the tag? Any sort of opinion would be appreciated.


I would say recommendation questions like that are bad as the recommendations can go out of date and no longer be a good one.

Because in general recommendation questions are bad a tag should not be created for them because it give the false impression that they are allowed.

It all boils down to the fact that a tag should not be created just because it can be.


I think that resource recommendation should be on topic (and that therefore there should be a tag for it):

  • Good resources don't disappear so quickly (and are most likely mirrored anyway).
  • Quite a few Stack Exchange websites accept them, and it often leads to interesting answers.
  • Damn, I forgot I asked this ;P – user1893 May 11 '16 at 13:32

Agreeing with what @JoeW said, do we have any reason to think these questions are on topic to begin with? I thought such questions were discouraged across the SE platform.

I think we'd need to make the argument that health has a special enough case to include them. Otherwise I don't want to make a tag for something that should always be deleted.

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    So, Phys SE, Chem SE all did wrong? – user1893 Oct 28 '15 at 16:44
  • @user36790 I'm not part of those communities, but possibly. It doesn't really matter in my mind, because each group would have to make a strong argument as to why such questions should be on topic. Perhaps those groups have made such an argument and it could be copied here. – Atl LED Oct 28 '15 at 16:47
  • Recently there has been a serious argument on whether they should be on-topic or off-topic; more including I were inclined on making them closed on the ground that would be primarily opinion-based. But that's another issue. What I wanted is to include the tag. – user1893 Oct 28 '15 at 16:49
  • @user36790 I can't find that discussion in the recent Health.meta posts, but if it's existing somewhere else in the network it would be useful to include a link to it in your question. I would think that we should settle that issue first before making a tag. Other wise it might turn into a tag-&-delete scenario. – Atl LED Oct 28 '15 at 16:55
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    I'm talking about this Phys SE meta post Book recommendations: On-topic, on-topic but community wiki, or off-topic?. – user1893 Oct 28 '15 at 17:28
  • They should apply here also. BTW, no matter be it closed or open, the tag does exist. – user1893 Oct 28 '15 at 17:32
  • I think making them not shopping questions would be difficult, but might be ok as community handled wiki's. I think it's a seperate meta-question, and I'm just sharing my opinion against allowing book recommendations, and therefore the tag as well. – Atl LED Oct 28 '15 at 17:43

The question mentioned here was closed as it was opinion-based and is now deleted. But, for future use, for non opinion-based questions like this, which can exist (there are some) I feel reference-request may be better than resource-recommendation.

A recommendation is opinion based but a request would be for something which is definitely reputable.

Neither has been created as of yet, but if is ever created, I feel it and should be synonyms of

  • You wrote this 11 hours ago and I just came here looking for whether or not someone had suggest a reference-request tag! I'm looking for a video in which the Massouh sign for appendicitis is tested, to see how it is done. I don't know if this question would be well-received though? I did look for videos on youtube and surprisingly didn't find anything yet. – user1271772 May 5 at 0:37
  • user1271772 - If your question is useful to the community, whether or be students only, or anyone; plus you provide details as to how you tried to find the reference material yourself, I see no problem asking such a question. – Chris Rogers May 5 at 4:25

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