Proposal: Arts and Crafts

Do we want to allow questions that ask the community to find or recommend something? This was touched on in this question: Are activities relating to A&C on topic?

The specific example question was, "How can I track down all the works in [artist]'s series?"

I have the feeling that GIS, Open Data, and Software Recommendations are unusual in that they allow questions like this. Do we want to allow these questions on Arts & Crafts? If so, what rules would we need in order to make these questions answerable?

Example find request from GIS: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/142712/looking-for-employment-density-data-employees-per-unit-of-area-by-industry-by-c

Example find request from Open Data: https://opendata.stackexchange.com/questions/3426/list-of-all-universities-by-country

Example recommendation request from Software Recommendations: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/19971/an-easy-to-learn-setup-java-web-server

  • Can you show some examples where the other sites you mention have allowed this sort of questions? Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 0:51
  • What kinds of "something" did you have in mind?
    – Belisama
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 4:42
  • @Belisama - I didn't really have anything in mind. I imagine someone could ask to find/recommend just about anything related to arts and crafts.
    – BSMP
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 18:28
  • You could ha en chosen some high voted questions from those sites to set examples here. Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 2:32
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    I find that finding an item (particularly for purchase) is information that goes out of date extremely quickly and is of minimal use to users, as their location can make an answer worthless if the retailer doesn't ship to them. Recommendation questions are almost universally closed as "too broad" or "primarily opinion based". I suppose there could be some very strict guidelines that would allow it but I don't find the line of questioning very promising, as described.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 17:56
  • For the sites that you mentioned (except GIS, not familiar with that site), there scope is about looking for information, and allowing the community to provide their opinions and make recommendations.
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 3:52
  • @Zizouz212 - I can't tell if your comment is for or against having this in scope on this site.
    – BSMP
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:53


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