Are there any examples of a product recommendation that could be considered legitamate and not in violation with SE's framework?

Example: Somebody needs to source electrical connectors for the wiring harness of the 1957 Dodge and only one place makes them that are exactly like the stock ones.

  • I don't know for sure about the SE network's rules... But in this particular field product recommendations seem somewhat necessary.
    – DJSpud
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 16:15
  • I feel the real problem here is that product recommendations don't appear to be explicitly discussed in the Help Center. I don't have the time right now do to it right, but if someone wants to review Why are "shopping list" questions bad? and Q&A is Hard, Let’s Go Shopping! and post an appropriately worded suggestion, I'd certainly support it.
    – Paul
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 17:07

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The question should be asked without using a phrase like, "where can I get these electrical connectors?" and instead ask, "how can I connect X to Y?" This way the community can answer without such a narrow requirement.

It may be that there is a superior solution to the problem that has nothing to do with that exact part replacement, while not eliminating answers that may include possible suppliers of a stock replacement part.

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