There was recently a question asking about tutorials on Reverse Engineering. I understand that this is something that will come up quite frequently and will probably be one of the most popular questions, however if you take a look at Stack Overflow 1* and 2*, you will see that one has this :
And the other has this :
What these indicate is that book (or tutorial) questions are not a good fit for a Q&A site because of many reasons :
- Books/Tutorials tend to get old
- Tutorials may go offline/Books may go out of publication
- There are infinite possibilities of answers (Shopping List Questions)
- It is a question seeking opinion (without the need for backing)
- Amazon does a pretty good job of recording and displaying book reviews and ratings (not that they are always helpful)
So, in my mind, there are three possible ways we can handle such questions :
The first and best way (IMO) is by maintaining and curating a short list of the best resources in the Tag Wikis (as is now done for C) after discussing them here on Meta
The second way is to populate a list within the beta period and then get it
Protected. We can then curate and maintain the best out of these in one single answer as is done for C++.
Third, is that we do neither of the two, but instead link to a curated external resource and point users there, both from chat as well as questions.
If you have any other ideas, please do post them.
*I am taking C and C++ as examples as their Tag Wikis are considered the best on SO
So, how should book/tutorial questions be dealt with ?
We should try to establish one standard way of handling such questions right from now.