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I have found myself using Math.SE for finding books on various subjects.

The way I am doing this is writing the subject followed by the word book, or by filtering the search results with the reference-request tag.

For example, just this week I have searched "Probability book" to get to some books that were recommended in the past.

This method also brings back results like questions from the books (exercises).

Do we need a tag for books (or book-recommendations) tag?

P.S: I don't know if this feature exist, but I would like to see it [silly me, forgot to ask for the feature!]: Can it be a sub-tag of reference request?

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    $\begingroup$ It already exists, but is a synonym for reference-request. $\endgroup$ – 40 votes Jul 24 '13 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ @40votes - I didn't know that. But just the reference-request tags bring results like "Who first/proved/others..." $\endgroup$ – Belgi Jul 24 '13 at 17:14
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    $\begingroup$ I think that "reference-request" is different enough from "book-recommendation" so that having both tags would be useful. $\endgroup$ – Pete L. Clark Jul 24 '13 at 20:43
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    $\begingroup$ Does anyone know a history of the synonym? Were there two separate tags books and reference-request and they were merged? (I did not find any discussion on meta about such merge.) I don't know whether I understand correctly the column named renames in the list of synonyms. Does the number 43 mean that there were 43 questions tagged (books) when the two tags were synonymized? $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jul 25 '13 at 11:56
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    $\begingroup$ As I have been told on meta.SO, the number 43 means that since creating the synonyms the tag (books) have been used 43 times. (I.e., someone actually typed books in the tags field, which was then automatically changed to (reference-request). $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jul 26 '13 at 7:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Belgi As this was your idea, perhaps you should be the person who creates the new tag. (The only thing you have to do is to find a post where the tag is appropriate and add (book-recommendation) to the tags.) I would not be surprised if creating this tag could bring you taxonomist badge, since there probably will be 50 questions of this type soon. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak May 5 '14 at 6:39
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I think that total score 10 (13 upvotes/3 downvotes) can be considered as a community consensus for creating the tag. (This is definitely much more voting that we usually see in posts about .)

So I think that the tag should be created. (In the original post also the name was suggested. However, a tag with this name already exists - it is a synonym for reference-request. And the longer name is, in my opinion, clearer.)

Here is my suggestion for tag-excerpt.

This tag is for questions about recommendation of books for some particular area, topic, problem. Use this tag together with (reference-request) tag.

The reason I suggested that should be used simultaneously with this tag is that most of the questions asked so far, which could belong under (book-recommendation) are tagged (reference-request). It would be really difficult task to retag them all, so using the (reference-request) could help when searching for such question. (People who are used to look for book recommendations by searching in this tag would not be forced to change their habits.)

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    $\begingroup$ I have followed up on your advice and created the tag. I have used your description for the tag-excerpt, but it won't be visible until it is reviewed by others. $\endgroup$ – Belgi May 5 '14 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for doing that! $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak May 7 '14 at 5:40
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Yes. We need a tag that is not synonymous with .

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    $\begingroup$ This would, of course, mean retagging a lots of old questions. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jul 25 '13 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ How do we create a tag, and who can edit the corresponding posts ? I don't want to bump 50 questions to the main page and I never created a tag before (should I create a tag myself ?) $\endgroup$ – Belgi Jul 31 '13 at 12:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Belgi You can read about creating tags in the list of privileges. It requires 300 rep points, so you are well above it. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Aug 10 '13 at 9:39
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I would just like to point out that the situation, where we have a separate tag for some special type of books, but questions about (and book recommendations) are together with all other s, is rather inconsistent.

I am talking about tag. The tag excerpt says:

Use this tag for questions asking about "problem books", "exercise books", and their solutions.

I am not sure whether problem books deserve to have a separate tag. But I would definitely prefer it to be a synonym of (which I support) than a synonym of .


As far as possibility of creating is concerned, it might be worth mentioning, that MathOverflow has separate tags (reference-request), (textbook-recommendation)) and (books).

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  • $\begingroup$ Apart from mentioning related exercises-and-solutions tag, I have posted this answer also to bump this question. (With the hope that some people will see it and upvote/downvote.) I am not sure whether the score 5 (+8/-3) on the other answer is sufficient to be considered community consensus. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Apr 11 '14 at 6:17
  • $\begingroup$ The tag mentioned in this answer has been blacklisted in the meantime. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Mar 31 '15 at 11:05

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