There have been a few shopping/recommendation-like question on CogSci.SE lately:
- Where can I obtain a button box for reaction-time measurements under a Windows OS?
- Cognitive Science podcasts to follow
- Open-source software for analyzing Electrodermal activity
Actually, nearly the whole Software tag falls under the category of these recommendation questions:
- Computational Neuroscience software (which I think is hilariously broad)
- Button box for a reaction time study on OS X
Despite the above questions being well accepted, we seem to reject most book recommendations:
- What is a good book for studying incentives? (Accepted)
- What is a good beginner's book to read to get a greater understanding of neuroscience? (Accepted, but seems to broad for me)
- What is a good beginner level book on neuroanatomy? (Closed)
- best book for cognitive science (Closed)
Can we make a policy on what questions that take the form of a recommendation we should accept and develop some heuristics? How can we avoid questions that are too localized (they'll become obsolete within a year or are only useful to one person's set of requirements/experience)?