After many discussions, it has been decided that questions calling for lists of works (or authors, etc) or more or less personalized recommendations are not acceptable. The site FAQ has been adapted accordingly.
A number of questions were closed in one fell swoop on 2011-03-06 — essentially, the questions tagged
recommendations. This was a one-time cleanup, following the writing of the official site FAQ. Closing off-topic questions is normally done by the community.
These questions (see this posts's history for the list), and other closed questions, have now been deleted or are likely to be deleted soon.
Deleted questions are not visible except to users with ≥2000 rep, and not easily searchable. You can download an archive (in parsable JSON format) of all the not-yet-deleted closed questions as of a few days ago there. This is a limited-time offer and I do not provide technical support.
Note that some of these questions and their answers had a lot of votes. The associated reputation disappears when the posts are deleted, but you might not see the effect immediately, because your reputation total is cached for efficiency. You can recalculate your reputation from the
/reputation page, and it might happen automatically without notice.