I see that a lot of product recommendations are dealt with in the following format:
Q: "What is the best product in category abc?"
A/C: "Sorry, we can't do product recommendations here, but anyways the best product in that category is xyz."
It seems quite pointless to have such rules in place when people tend to (in an effort to be a helpful human being) acknowledge them and then [knowingly] violate them anyways in a comment or brief answer. Is there a better way to handle these types of questions? For example, we could have a policy where one person comments that "product recs are not allowed here, but you may edit the question to be more generalized so it can be answered", and then any further commenting or answering is prohibited until the question is "fixed".
The current practice of "answering regardless of the rules" or writing an answer on a generalized interpretation of the question simply encourages more people to ask these kinds of questions because they almost always receive product rec answers regardless.
Apologies if this sounded like a rant, and I hope nobody felt personally guilty of perpetrating this behavior. It's just a suggestion for future change.