The question Reading list for music theory for a self taught was closed as off-topic (including a close vote from me). However, in updating the tags, I noticed our guidance for :

... asking about the existence or availability of certain types of resources (e.g., "what apps are available for learning to hear intervals?") is fine.

By this standard, there is a very compelling case that the question should not have been closed and should be reopened. The underlying issue of "equipment requests" dovetails with the discussion in Our “recommendations for specific equipment” rule seems to be catching cases beyond those looking for a brand/model recommendation and has been previously addressed but not (definitively) resolved in Should external resource lists be allowed on the site?.

Although I believe these questions are valuable, I think they're not a good fit for the this site, as they are highly opinion based and prone to lengthy lists of possibilities.


  1. Rewrite the tag guidance to exclude the current exception.
  2. Update My Question was closed a software/equipment recommendation. What does that mean and what can I do? to include this case.
  3. Consider burninating (this would require reviewing the 36 [currently] questions using this tag to see if there are appropriate use cases. I am happy to do that an update with proposals if the discussion here supports looking into burnination).

As of 16 June 2021, there are 34 questions tagged . I would put them into the following categories:

  • Questions that run afoul of our guideline against resource/equipment requests and either are closed or should be (IMO) (some in this group have been closed as opinion-based or other reasons, rather than equipment requests).
    • Questions that are very broad requests, prone to numerous different answers
    • Questions that seem highly specific, less prone to answers that just list resources
  • Questions that present as resource requests, but could be re-cast to retain their meaning in a useful way but exclude the explicit request for resources.
  • Questions that don't explicitly request resources, but where answers could well include them.
  • Questions about specific resources, but not requests for resources.
  • Questions that should not have been tagged with

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This has similar problems to the old identification tag where most of its uses were off-topic. I suggest we get rid of the tag we can even edit it as a do not use tag while we try to figure out if a different tag needs to be used to replace a subset of questions.

  • I see you've just begun removing [learning-resources] tags. If it's okay with you, I'll also start going through my list and making adjustments.
    – Aaron
    Commented Jun 18, 2021 at 15:01
  • @Aaron Yeah I just saw two that the tag didn't really make sense on
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Jun 18, 2021 at 15:13

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