However, please do not ask questions about
- Suggestions or recommendations for a university, journal, or research topic (a "shopping question")
Possibly a lot of the votes come from supporting an open access sentiment, and/or maybe we have a lot of people on this site in theoretical biology.
Are questions like this considered acceptable, whereas other "shopping" questions are not? If so, can someone explain what the difference is? (Can having many upvotes be a reason for a question being acceptable?)
Note: there was a similar meta question here about why a certain question was not closed. However, the sole answer is not super-conclusive (conclusion: it's borderline) and the question in question was since deleted by the OP anyway, so I don't know that a community consensus was reached.