I've recently asked this question.

Currently it has 4 close votes that say

Questions that ask for recommendations of games, servers, software, or hardware are off topic. For more information on why these sorts of questions don't work here, see "So, what actually is a Game-Rec?" and "Q&A Is Hard. Let's Go Shopping!"

I have read the linked pages and I cannot see how those apply to my question.

Could someone please clarify what makes my question a "shopping" one? I though I was asking for resources about a game.


Your question is a "recommendation" question because you're asking for us to find you an external resource based on the criteria you specify. Questions like this are technically off-topic, so they typically get closed.

However, I think you can still salvage the question by changing the wording to match the actual info you're looking for. Instead of asking where you can find a list of items, ask directly what items have been added since patch 3.0.0. It might sound like a pedantic difference, and in some ways it is, but it's important for the site to handle questions this way to avoid setting precedent for other, less-salvageable questions.

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    ok, I see the point. would have been nicer for some of the user to comment instead of only voting to close and wait for me to react. not sure it make sense to edit now, might be better to wait for it to get closed and then go for the reopen queue – Federico Dec 17 '18 at 16:54
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    The second paragraph continues to be my complaint with this closure logic. "What is this information" is not meaningfully different from "where can I find this information". – Unionhawk Mod Dec 17 '18 at 16:56
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    @Unionhawk It sounds pedantic, and then we get answers that are nothing more than links, which is the whole reason we close them in the first place – Frank Dec 17 '18 at 19:08
  • @Federico I actually was going to leave a comment explaining what Mage Xy did in their answer, but I did not. Usually, questions asking to find a list of something are typically closed for the reason discussed. – Timmy Jim Dec 17 '18 at 19:30
  • @TimmyJim pardon the snark, but that's not really helpful – Federico Dec 17 '18 at 20:19
  • @Federico I agree with you, and for that I apologize. – Timmy Jim Dec 17 '18 at 20:24
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    @Frank It doesn't just sound pedantic it is pedantic. Reopen vote cast. – Unionhawk Mod Dec 17 '18 at 20:26
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    @Unionhawk And yet, the answer the question got read it exactly like the recommendation request it was. It's just another reason why we shut these down until they're edited. – Frank Dec 17 '18 at 20:27
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    @Frank We do not close questions on the basis of their answers. – Unionhawk Mod Dec 17 '18 at 20:27
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    @Unionhawk No, we close them based on their topic space. The answer just reinforces exactly why we close recommendations. – Frank Dec 17 '18 at 20:28
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    @Frank This is not a recommendation, it seeks information. Using the recommendation close reason here is confusing and, again, pedantic. – Unionhawk Mod Dec 17 '18 at 20:28
  • @Unionhawk And yet, I believe it was. And the answer reinforces that interpretation. Call it pedantic if you want, but I'm not seeing where it was the wrong thing to do. – Frank Dec 17 '18 at 20:29
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    @Frank "where can I find this info" is functionally the same as "what is this info". Either way, the question is edited, and I invite you to cast a reopen vote. What a productive use of everyone's time, forcing a question into the reopen queue because the wording is almost a recommendation if you squint hard enough at it. – Unionhawk Mod Dec 17 '18 at 20:30
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    @Unionhawk Gonna need to disagree on that one, but, sure, the edited question is much better. Let's leave the snark at the door, too. – Frank Dec 17 '18 at 20:31

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