I've seen questions such as:

What are the best real analysis books that take a standard approach to some of the basic theorems.

Is it ok to make a reference-request question asking about the best questions/answers in MSE for a specific topic?

  • $\begingroup$ What is the motivation to do so, as opposed to opening up applicable tags and sorting by votes? (just wondering) $\endgroup$
    – apnorton
    May 9, 2013 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ Well. It would because people with more experience could indicate what they think is best/insightul. $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    May 9, 2013 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ I can see where you're coming from there, then... $\endgroup$
    – apnorton
    May 9, 2013 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ @anorton What you mean? $\endgroup$
    – Red Banana
    May 9, 2013 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry. I meant that I can understand why just opening the tags is not sufficient compared to a question. (Although I do tend to agree with the answer in that it's a bit meta-ish) $\endgroup$
    – apnorton
    May 9, 2013 at 19:01

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This sounds meta-ish. FAQ says that Math.SE is not for questions about Math.SE.

There is a meta thread List of Generalizations of Common Questions in which "canonical" answers to frequently posed questions are collected. The "question" in that thread is the categorized list of links, and "answers" include suggestions for a new category and invitations for items to be included in that category. If you are interested in collecting canonical answers in a particular category, you can propose it there.


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