As a community, we've come down pretty clearly against "Finding things questions" (FTQ). That said, there are some edge cases that deserve additional consideration by the community.
One case for us to consider is "canonical book recommendations." A canonical book is essentially a well regarded book that most in the field would consider to be a definitive source on a particular subject. Every engineering field has them, and some subjects have more than one. If I weren't lazy, I'd walk over to my library to cite a couple of examples.
In general, StackExchange is pretty much against book recommendations. But the technology focus of the "Big Three" sites may be just as much to blame for that stance. A few SE sites have managed to be able to allow those types of questions without them getting out of hand.
It's worth noting that engineering technologies do not turn over anywhere near as fast as computing technologies. And one of the principle complaints against book recommendations is that they become dated very quickly.
Some questions then:
- Do we want to allow questions about canonical engineering references?
How do we control for the "I didn't bother attempting any research at all, what's the canonical book for
foo" type questions?
How do we handle situations where there isn't a canonical reference?
How do we handle situations where there are multiple canonical references but a given answerer may only know of one?
How do we handle cases where a canonical reference kind of covers the question but not completely because of
XYZand ... ?