The close reason off-topic states
Questions asking to recommend or find a Mac, book, tool, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Ask Different as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam.
I find this formula problematic in more than one way.
Is this really "Questions asking to recommend or find other off-site resource are off-topic." This has so much overlap with the existing tags "software recommendation" (1,410 questions) and "hardware-recommendation" (214 questions) and too many other questions that – to be frank – I doubt there is much utility in having the close reason phrased in the way it is. It is outright contradictory to read "recommendation question can be tricky", see the number of questions asked in that box and then read in the off-topic reason that they are defined in writing as strictly off-topic from the start. I think that needs a clarification.
Particularly the part "other off-site resource" is not easy to grasp for me. What exactly is an "off-site resource"? Wrapping this around my head I tend to arrive at the conclusion that all future questions are either off-topic or duplicates. This sounds ridiculous? Well, strictly speaking, on-site resources are the questions already asked and asnwers already posted? If you ask anything that is not already on-site it is off-topic?
Obviously I do not read "off-site resource" as it was intended to be used. That I understand and acknowledge. But I think I read it just as it is written. That is what I truly and simply do not understand about this bit. Why is this catch-all even there? Why is it so wobbly?
In case this interpretation is particularly dull, I welcome a reading aid that explains it better for me or future readers speculating about the meaning of "off-site resources" and how it relates to the meaning and intended usage of this close reason.
In case you agree that the phrasing might profit from slight improvements, please suggest one below. As far as I understand that sentence right now, my suggestion would be to simply remove "off-site resource" from the reason.