The question of resources to refer to, for beginners or any other level, is going to come up at some point. Would it be a good use of time to maintain a list of them here, so that users could have a one stop shop area to refer to? Or would that be out of scope?
I might actually want to argue that the list of resources is better kept on the main site. Precedence for this:
They do all seem to follow the same format. We may choose to do so or do differently, that should probably be discussed on meta. But I think the actual resources question should be on main for larger visibility.
I think this is a good idea.
Other sites maintain a meta repository of resources like this without problems. For example:
Meta is a good place to do it for a couple of reasons.
- On most sites at least, "big list" questions usually get closed as too broad. Meta tends to be more liberal - we even have a discussion tag, despite SE's general strong aversion to "discussiony" type content! - and this is reflected in the help centre. The general rule is that pretty much anything goes if it's relevant to the site concerned, until and unless it starts causing problems. I can't think of any problems that a single canonical resources list on meta would cause.
- Meta has a (low) bar to participation. One of the problems with big-list questions on the main site is that anyone can come along and add a new answer which might potentially be just as valid as all the others. On meta, people normally have more sense and/or experience with the system.
I don't think long resource lists are a good fit for the Stack Exchange format. I've never found any of them useful. Especially because they often duplicate information found in wikis - they could be a lot of work for extremely minimal gain.
It's better to ask a specific and well-defined question on the main site, and get tailored information in the answers.
Resource questions are bread & butter on every forum. Whether it's slippery questions like "how do I say X" or "how do I deal with indirect discourse" or "how do I organise an invented language": kind of like a FAQ, a lot of these basic questions could simply be referred to the SE-Conlang resource guide.
I'm certainly not saying that tailored answers can't be given, but sometimes it is best to have a ready resource that we can point folks to.
I'd vote for putting it on the main page, too. Isn't there some kind of hoops you have to jump through to even access the meta page? I don't recall being able to access it at the beginning, and even now, I'm not actually certain how to actually enter the meta site. Today I just happened to follow the link from a question on the main site!