This has been raised several times and we should make a group decision. Raised before:

Are questions about the field of TCS on or off topic? Examples would be lists of books, journals, or conferences.

Assuming that they're off-topic, Robert Cartaino has already stated that these questions should not be posted on meta (even though there was some community support for the idea):

Because it is off-topic against the purpose of the site. There's already a wide-spread belief that if something is off topic, you just make it community wiki. You don't need to add another layer to that.

So we need to determine:

  1. Are questions about the field really off-topic?
  2. If they are off-topic, does that mean that they can't be asked on meta?

These decisions should go into our FAQ.


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Questions about the field are certainly not off topic. I'm also not in favor of making them meta. I think we will have to live with them on the main site, enforce CW and (maybe) big-list and soft-question tags, and let people who don't like them use tagging to exclude them (this is what I've done on MO, with the soft-question tag)

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    $\begingroup$ This seems like a great solution to me. $\endgroup$
    – Shane
    Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 14:26

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