We have a ban on shopping recommendation questions because:
- They require us to mind-read what the asker's tastes are (no matter how thoroughly they try to describe their tastes)
- Voting patterns on their answers don't reflect usefulness, but rather a popularity poll
This ban is good and right. These questions simply don't fit our format.
But do we actually need the ban, and its custom vote-to-close reason anymore? The ban was created when we didn't have "primarily opinion-based" as a reason to close. Now that we have that, isn't a custom shopping-rec close reason a strict subset of the more general reason, and therefore redundant?
This isn't enough to get rid of the reason, of course, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
But I think it may be broke. I'm now seeing the language "Questions that ask which games or other products meet specific criteria are off topic" used to argue that non-rec, non-ITG questions that simply contain criteria are off topic. This doesn't help anyone, and is a brokenness that turns apathy about redundancy into slight alarm. If we start using the text of the custom close votes as policy, completely free-floating from what the actual original ban was for, we're getting into wacky, textual fundamentalism that is not healthy for the site.
So, should we ditch the shopping-rec ban, rewrite that close reason to be just about the ban on Identify This Game questions, and just let "primarily opinion-based" take care of all recommendations in a more natural way?