- Why are product / resource recommendations and polls off-topic?
- How can I delineate whether a question should be closed because it is related to being a shopping or poll question?
- Is there an on-topic way to rephrase these kind of recommendation requests?
- Is there a Network Engineering resource we can use for polls or product recommendations?
Stack Exchange strives to be an authoritative resource for Questions and Answers. Polls and recommendations wind up being a Repository (of knowledge), which is fundamentally at odds with the structure of SE.
This is a bit subjective, but I usually look at the question and ask myself, "Can anyone give a wrong answer to this question?" If there is no wrong answer (within reason), then the question needs to be closed.
Examples of questions with no wrong answer:
Sometimes there is. (Note to self, some day improve this to be more specific to network engineering).
Yes, polls and recommendations are very welcome in the Network Engineering Recommendations Chat Room.
A few rules in this chat room, please: