I've noticed a type of question where closure and reception practices are inconsistent, namely questions about books/resources (including audiovisual and online resources). I'm aware there are subcategories to this type of question, which I consider to be:
- Questions trying to identify/locate a specific resource that is known to exist (the OP has previously heard/read/used a resource but cannot recall what it is and/or how to find it).
- Questions trying to identify any resource(s) about a given topic (i.e., seeking a recommendation and/or literature review).
- Questions asking about a specific resource (e.g., asking about the historical accuracy or bias of a work/author).
- Questions trying to determine if a resource meeting specific criteria exists (i.e., the existence (or non-existence) of such a resource is unknown by the OP).
- Questions seeking the best (or most scholarly/accurate/reliable/helpful/etc.) resource on a given topic and/or given specific criteria (the presence of the superlative is the key indicator for this type of question, which often indicates that it will gather opinionated responses instead of an answer).
Questions #2 and #4 may actually be one category for the purposes of determining if they are are on or off topic, but I've opted to distinguish between them (although many times the distinction will be subtle) in case others think they should be treated differently.
Also, each category may need further subdivision (particularly whether the resource being asked about is a type of Bible/biblical text vs. another kind of resource).
Here are some links to what I've found that appear to be related to these categories:
#1 — Questions trying to identify/locate a specific resource (the OP has previously heard/read/used a resource but cannot recall what it is and/or how to find it
[Question] I'm looking for the title of a Children's cassette, late 80s or early 90s
[Question] What book was used in Congregationalist confirmation classes in the 1950s?
[Question] Christian story/song from the 1980s
[Question] What is Augustine's original of Tolstoy's “Three Hermits” story?
[Question] Fathers of the Desert story
[Question] Where does the story of the spider on the cross come from?
[Question] Book of Mormon writers by verse
[Question] Where to find the up to date catholic missals for each languages?
#2 — Questions trying to identify any resource(s) about a given topic (i.e., seeking a recommendation).
- [Question] Are there any parallel Russian / Slavonic – English prayer books for Orthodox Christians?
- [Meta] How can I defend myself from closure as “too broad”? (this is related to the preceding question in this list)
- [Meta] Is asking for books/materials/videos allowed?
- [Meta] Are book reccomendations considered on topic?
- [Meta] How should we handle “List Questions”
- [Question] What are some comprehensive, reliable resources to learn about the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church?
- [Question] Online resources for the Churches of Christ (USA)
- [Question] Where can I find sources showing ecclesiastical vestments of the 1200s?
- [Question] Looking for a resource discussing the Biblical principles on how to avoid a victim mentality
- [Question] Looking for a good overview of atonement theory (book or other resource)
- [Question] Where can I learn about Catholic terms and phrases?
#3 — Questions asking about a specific resource (e.g., asking about the historical accuracy or bias of a work/author).
- [Meta] How should we handle questions asking for opinions on specific authorities/authors/books?
- [Question] How do Bible scholars view the accuracy and reliability of the Aleppo Codex? (I personally VTC'd this as "primarily opinion-based" since the Christian tradition from which someone comes will dictate which manuscripts and scholars are considered authoritative).
#4 — Questions trying to determine if a resource meeting specific criteria exists (i.e., the existence (or non-existence) of such a resource is unknown by the OP)
- [Question] Is there a modern translation of the critical text of the Bible into Classical Latin?
- [Question] Where can I find a complete set of Ante-Nicene Writings?
- [Question] How do I track the history of changes to a given verse's actual text? How do I discover it's “lineage”?
- [Question] Non-Christian/secular translation of the Bible?
- [Question] A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?
- [Question] Is there an Arabic translation of the Book of Mormon?
- [Question] Where can I find a free Russian Bible other than the Russian Synodal Translation?
#5 — Questions seeking the best (or most scholarly/accurate/reliable/helpful/etc.) resource on a given topic and/or given specific criteria
- [Question] German Bible translation like NKJV, ESV, NASB. etc.
- [Question] Which translation of Augustine's Confessions is the easiest to read in English?
- [Question] What version of the Bible is closest to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts?
I'm not proposing that all of these are off topic (I've intentionally included previously-closed questions and not indicated when this is the case—I know many others have been closed that fit in these categories that are now dead links—some are linked to still on meta). However, I am proposing that we should be consistent about how we treat questions in each category. I'm also interested in proposals challenging these categories (whether combining or further sub-classifying them).