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There seems to be some consensus that shopping requests are often off-topic, particularly those that ask for recommendations for products rather than recommendations about what to look for in products:

A healthy portion of the questions which have currently received votes to close seem to fall under this category.

Unfortunately, the vote-to-close page only has one category in the "Closing > Off-topic" section: "General health and medical advice". Would it be possible to add a "shopping requests" category, too?

  • By the way, this wouldn't mean that all product-rec questions would be closed, but rather that it would be easier to vote on specific product-rec questions. – amcnabb Jul 29 '13 at 16:42
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Yes, it would be possible. It requires the intervention of multiple moderators.

Got any suggestions on the exact text? We can include bold, links, etc.

Here's an example from another site:

Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.

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    I think that text is reasonable. – amcnabb Jul 29 '13 at 18:16

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