Every once in a while (new) users ask for recommendations for learning about cryptography, i.e. this question.

These recommendations include:

  • Literature
    • Books
    • Articles
    • PDF
  • Exercises
  • Webpages
  • Online lectures
  • Videos
  • ...

Previously I used to flag these kind of questions as "off topic, we don't accept questions asking for literature recommendations [...]", but I noticed that this flag has been removed.

Should we change something since this flag is no longer in use?

Related: Do we want “literature recommendations” and similar “list/subjective questions”?

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    $\begingroup$ It did not have enough support votes $\endgroup$
    – kelalaka
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:17

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Mark the question as "too broad" or "primarily opinion based" as recommending "good" books / courses is clearly subjective, and listing all of them is ridiculous (and can be had simply by hitting "cryptography" in your favorite online book store - if they are still available anyway).


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