# Should the tags resource-request and reference-request be merged?

It's been a while since asking for specific datasets, libraries/APIs and pre-trained models is off-topic here, as it is explicitly stated in our on-topic page.

However, we still have tag that was previously used to tag posts that were asking for this type of resource (such datasets) too, so one may ask if it makes sense to still have this tag around or not. We also have the tag , which should be used when you're looking for a paper or book (or even a tutorial, article, or course) that serves as a reference.

Meanwhile, I've changed the description of the tag to

Asking for datasets, libraries/APIs or pre-trained models is OFF-topic here, so do NOT use this tag for that. Use this tag when you are interested in any other "resource" (in the context of artificial intelligence) that does not involve the just mentioned resources, such as books, papers, articles, tutorials or courses. (The purpose of this tag is very similar to the purpose of the tag reference-request. For that reason, they could be merged.)

So, this makes this tag a (almost) synonym for . However, it is possible that many posts currently tagged with are not about books, papers, articles, tutorials, or courses, so should we make a synonym for ? What kind of resource could people ask for that is not a dataset, library/API and pre-trained model, and should we accept questions asking for those?

• For kinds of resources, people could also ask for example implementations of ideas or problem approaches they have in mind Nov 22 '20 at 15:12
• @mugoh Thanks for the feedback. So, are you suggesting that asking for examples of how to implement a certain concept $X$ is fine, provided you do not ask for a full library/API, but an example that shows how the concept is implemented (i.e. for the purpose of understanding the concept)?
– nbro Mod
Nov 23 '20 at 17:36
• Yes, that's my suggestion. Since the community may be knowing such example implementations that help explain a concept, but which aren't easily findable for someone new to the concept. Nov 23 '20 at 18:33
• Here is a related meta-question I had asked a longer time ago.
– nbro Mod
Jan 24 at 0:01