Following up from OK, so what IS allowed here?, what are our opinions on fielding listening recommendation questions?
Here are some choices made by sister sites:
- Science Fiction & Fantasy: No recommendation questions, whether personalized ("I like X, what will I also like?" or categorical ("List of works that have Y in them").
- StackOverflow/SuperUser/ServerFault: a separate stack, https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/, was created because they're off-topic there.
- Arqade - requests for game recommendations off-topic, as per their Tour.
- Movies & TV - seems to be off topic based on (old) Meta posts, though the Tour doesn't state it explicitly.
In short, there seems to be a rather widespread consensus against them. However, that doesn't mean that we have to accept it here. Focused recommendation questions - not just "I like early Bowie, what else will I like", but the sort of questions that utilizes the expertise of the community, might be a better fit. Perhaps questions like "I enjoy the repetitive loops in Iggy Pop's The Passenger when jogging. What other songs have a similar song structure?".
Answers to this question should state if requests for recommendations should be entertained at all, and if so - what limitations and restrictions should be placed on those we accept.