We've seen more tool recommendation questions lately, and some of these questions have received some really great answers.
Despite what I thought was a consensus in meta, these tool recommendations rarely get close votes by the time I see them. So I read them and re-read them again to determine if this is something that I should take unilateral mod action on. If I'm in doubt, I instead try to encourage the asker to make some changes to the post to make it look like a better Q&A piece, since it seems like that's the direction the community would rather head.
Now, if we get a great answer on one of these questions, I've been trying not to let spam or low quality answers detract from any gems or force our hand in closing the entire post. Many questions can, and have, been saved by having a really great answer posted on it. This is one area where I haven't been afraid to more heavily moderate answers that are spam or just barely a link with no explanation or affiliation disclosure.
So, since we're not closing these, I thought I'd restart the discussion on tool questions. In general, a question with no context should simply be closed as not constructive, but if someone takes the time to clearly describe the problem they hope the tool will solve, are we as a community okay with keeping these open and instead making sure the answers fully address the problem?
Personally, I think we should keep the "tool recommendations are off-topic" clause in the FAQ because I think it has helped make people think more about their problem before posting, but I'm interested to hear everyone's thoughts.