This has been asked before, but all the ones I found are from 2010 / 2011 era.
Basically, my question is this - should well researched, well asked equipment recommendation questions really be marked as off topic? I've seen a couple of questions where they have done their research, and are asking if they'd be better off with camera a or b for their needs. The question is well formed and all that.
I agree that "should i buy a canon or nikon" is pointless, and doesn't add anything to the site, however although a well thought out recommendation question may not in itself add anything to the site in the long term, would it not be wise to help that person out, and make them feel welcome and thus encourage them to continue contributing to the site?
So yeah, should we be more welcoming of questions along the lines of "I want to achieve result xyz, camera a has these advantages, camera b has these advantages and I am confused as to which one i should buy, can you point me in the right direction?"