I asked this question earlier today: What books would be must-read books on personal finance? (Not investing!) Which got put "on hold" for being off-topic. Specifically stating that
Questions seeking product or service recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.
But this seems absurd to me. In specific, I have no problem which I'm trying to solve; I'm trying to learn about the subject of personal finance. And furthermore, the only "product or service recommendation" is a book. But then by that logic, any question asking for book recommendations should be considered off-topic, which is clearly not the case:
- Book for balance sheet reading?
- Solid reading/literature for investment/retirement/income taxes?
- Learning investment--books to read? Fundamental/Value/Motley Fool
- What are good books to learn about risk associated with a particular purchase or investment?
- Ongoing things to do and read to improve knowledge of finance?
So this all leaves me incredibly confused, as the question - which basically boils down to "What books should I read to become more knowledgeable about the main subject of this SE?" - is considered off-topic.
Hence this question: Why exactly is it considered off-topic? How could it even be considering the question it is asking?
Disclaimer: Though this is not entirely a META question, I found no active chat or method of appeal, hence leaving the meta SE as the only option.