Background: Add specific close reason and explicit point in the help pages for learning material requests

I think that I made a mistake with my earlier proposal, since I didn't included proof of concept about neither the off-topic reason (I agree with Gilles that there should be a site wide reason...) nor the help page. This is focused in the off-topic reason.

Any other idea?

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    Do we want to mention the software recommendations site?
    – derobert
    Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 16:59
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    @derobert Soft Recs is strongly against it until they get out of beta.
    – Braiam
    Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 17:01
  • Are we looking to add this as a specific close reason? I though Gilles A in your previous Q was spot on. Requests asking for learning material and tutorials is off-topic.
    – slm Mod
    Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 17:37
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    Rather than adding a close reason, I'd be for adding this to our help docs.
    – slm Mod
    Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 17:52

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In the end I went with

Please note that requests for learning materials (tutorials, how-tos etc.) are off topic. The only exception is questions about where to find official documentation (e.g. POSIX specifications).

The text above has been added to the on-topic help page. I don't think a specific close reason is needed, too broad should serve fine.


I was thinking in something like:

Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Unix & Linux as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem you are currently facing and what has been done so far to solve it.

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