Sometimes, questions about English (online) resources are being asked. Are those questions on-topic for EL&U? If they are on-topic, aren't they at least subjective?

These are examples of questions about resources; some of the questions have been closed, and some not. That is the reason I am asking this question.

The questions are shown in the order presented in the search page for "resources."

  • What kind of English resources are you referring to? I think dictionaries and thesauri and etymologies and such are totally appropriate. Do you think these are subjective or are you thinking of something else?
    – Mitch
    May 6, 2011 at 19:36
  • Are you referring to questions like: Tools for reverse etymology, What are your favorite English language tools?. These seem to be popular and not wanted to be closed. As MrHen says, even if not, they can certainly be listed here on meta.
    – Mitch
    May 7, 2011 at 16:02

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No, they are not on topic for EL&U. Questions like that could be posted on http://writers.stackexchange.com; they have a "resources" tag.

  • 1
    I actually tried this out on writers.SE (writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2760/…) and my question was voted to close and suggested to move to EL&U. I managed to keep it there with a few re-edits and comments but they certainly weren't as welcoming to such a question as this answer led me to expect. May 23, 2011 at 2:24

Depending on the question being asked and the resource involved you can ask the question here on meta. For instance: How trustworthy is WordNet?

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