I never provide CTAN links to packages I recommend. However, some people clearly think it's a good idea, (given the discussion here). I really question the usefulness of adding links to package suggestions, and in fact think it might be detrimental.
- Most, if not all packages that we recommend are included as part of TeXLive and MikTeX.
- Giving links to packages gives the false impression that people need to install them themselves, which given (1), is incorrect.
- A consequence of (2) is that people may, as a result of our advice, be installing local versions of packages they already have (which then leads to those packages effectively never being updated.)