@LeonConrad asked about Research Portal Recommendations; several of us voted to close because we believe this is contrary to scope in the help center which discourages requests for references. @Kobunite suggested we discuss this in meta, and I agree.
I believe that requests for references are a bad fit for H:SE because - They are ephemeral - the best portal today may not be the best portal tomorrow. A new portal could come online, and what had been the best portal could be taken over by a cabal of Whig historians who flood the site with links that demonstrate that King John II was actually an immortal alien faery who fights crime.
They are subjective. "best" is subjectve in any case. Samuel Russell & I will probably not select the same portal as the best research portal simply because we come at any given question from radically different perspectives. (and just to be crystal clear, I pick on Mr. Russell because I respect his scholarship, but the things that fascinate him about history are not things that I find thrilling).
It is nearly impossible to select a "best answer" to a request for recommendations. SE is built on a "best answer model".
Any of these objections could be overcome. This question asks:
- Should we support requests for research portals?
- If we support the request, how should we handle it?