We get a lot of questions asking for equipment recommendations. I am not going to deal with whether these questions should be asked or answered (another debate) but want instead to advocate a simple practice that will bring more honesty to our answers.
This site has an implicit goal of providing objective, neutral, impartial and high quality answers. But many of the answers to equipment recommendation questions seem merely to reflect their own buying preferences and therefore are not a sincere answer to the questioner's needs. This is not an equipment advocacy site.
So I am advocating that whenever we recommend some product XYZ we add a simple disclaimer something like this:
Disclaimer: I own and use product XYZ
Disclaimer: I do not own or use product XYZ
and it might sometimes be relevant to say
Disclaimer: I have no connection, commercial or otherwise with company XYZ
I think this kind of honesty will limit tend to limit the subtle (and not so subtle) advocacy that we see on this site.
A very good example of good practice is seen here in John Cavan's answer to this question:
Advice Please… Sony to Canon?
His up front disclaimer immediately tells us that he is probably impartial since he is not advocating the camera he owns.
Another good example is the guy from Shutterbug who openly declares his affiliation.
So my question is: Do you agree that we should, as a matter of [policy|good practice] [ask|require] that, in the case of equipment recommendations, the respondent gives a disclaimer?