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I do not understand why this post is off-topic:

I have a question about my Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange post: Need recommendations for a router for use with network cameras My post was deleted (now on hold) as off-topic. Could someone ...
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Why are my questions getting removed?

I have a question about my Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange post: How relevant are sound cards for a gaming PC? I joined this StackExchange a couple weeks ago because I want to buy a new ...
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Why deleting questions instead of using site mechanics?

A couple of hours ago I've asked a question and now it is closed and deleted with resolution "Technical support request — Questions asking about troubleshooting hardware or technical support for ...
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Why was the question about vending machines closed?

While using technical terms and poorly written, the question about vending machines actually asks for a device recommendation (although OP couldn't find it). Or at least can be solved using a device ...
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What should I do when I am not sure my recommendation would fit

Sometimes I see questions where I have hardware in mind which will likely meet OPs requirements but where I cannot confirm this. For an example see this question about RAID DAS and my discussion with ...
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Please add more sites to on topic help page regarding electronics

Questions about help with hobbyist electronics are one of the bigger sources of off-topic questions on Hardware Recommendations. Because of this I request that three sites are considered for addition ...
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Feedback - What are your thoughts about single-vote closure?

Part of understanding the impact of single-vote closure for HW Recs is to understand what impact it had on y'all. I'd like to ask anyone who feels up to it to write an answer to this question and to ...
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Are questions asking how well a piece of hardware does X accepted?

So I got an MP3 player (technically MP4, but the screen is about the size of my thumb), but it's old and obviously doesn't support Bluetooth headsets. Reason I wanted a Bluetooth headset was due to my ...
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Revisiting a rejected custom close reason - proposal for a new one

Over three and a half years ago (whoa!) we rejected adding a custom close reason for blatantly off topic questions. I'd like to revisit this decision. In the past three years, we've picked up more ...
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{Results added} Testing single-vote closure on Hardware Recs

TEST COMPLETED We've reset the votes required for the time being while we look at the data, which we should be posting soon. Thanks so much for working with us during this test. A few months ago one ...
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Should we really encourage cross-posting?

Cross-posting is strongly discouraged on some Stack Exchange sites, such as SoftwareEngineering.SE. There: If the question appears to belong to another site (which happens quite often with questions ...
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Can I ask a similar question that already exists but it's outdated?

I'm in need of a new microphone and while searching for that tag I found this high-scored question. The question body is almost the same to my situation but I have a bigger budget (60€-70€) and I ...
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Why is it so hard to ask for hardware recommendations on Hardware Recommendations?

This question got closed without feedback and with only 3 views, 5 hours after it was posted. I tried editing the question several times to get it reopen, even when I wasn't sure what was wrong with ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why this upgrade question was flagged as off-topic? Can we ask similar questions?

I'm referring to this question: What improvements can I make in my laptop (Asus X555LJ)? I don't see a reason why it was closed. It is asking "What upgrades do I make to my Asus X555LJ laptop to run ...
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What do I need to be able to propose multiple tag wiki edits?

I recently proposed a tag usage guidance edit, and it's sitting in the queue; however, when I wanted to propose another one, I instead get redirected to the page that tells me that All registered ...
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Misuse of [laser] tag?

I was looking through tags, and 6 out of the 8 questions with the [laser] tag are about laser printers. Did we intend to do it this way? If not, we should add tag guidance, and edit the questions ...
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Removing [meeting] tag?

I was looking through old posts, and I noticed that the only posts flagged meeting have a negative score. I believe that there are not enough things unique about a meeting room (e.g. a Polycom is ...
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Should we encourage users not to leave answers as comments?

I just joined this site today. After looking through the first page of questions, I see that many of the questions are answered, but just as a comment (see end of post for list). I understand that ...
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On topic: dash cams?

I have spent many hours searching, but can't find a dual camera front & rear dashcam system - where both cameras are inside the vehicle. There are hundreds where you mount the rear camera outside ...
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On topic : Raspberry Pi accessories?

I have found a few old Kickstart projects, such as this, which consist of a case (not on-topic), containing a Real Time Clock and battery power for the Pi. Some have a few extra features, such as a ...
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Is it on-topic to ask about wearables (smart watch, wristband)?

I've read this answer (to What is Hardware) and saw the PCP examples, but I still don't have an answer for my question. From those two examples (and especially their explanation in brackets) I tend ...
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Is this site going to die in beta?

I posted as a new user today Memory upgrade suggestions by Crucial . Only 2 views for the question so far in 10 hours (Normally this should be reached to more people at least from the first post ...
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Are questions relating to battery drills off topic

I need to drill out the holes on some sunon cooling fans as they are just that little bit too narrow. I've been looking at various drills but cannot decide. Most battery drills contain resistor/ ...
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Are shopping questions on-topic?

I'm wanting some clarification on whether the following questions are on-topic: What are some good places to buy x? What is the cheapest place to buy x? Is x a good place to shop at? (for ...
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Are questions regarding PLC's, associated motors and other peripherals on-topic?

As given in this question and the most up-voted answer, it's suggested that PLC-related questions may be on-topic. However, upon reading the tour, it points out this meta question, which indicates ...
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Let's clean up some broken windows - A proposal for dealing with tech support questions

We've had previous discussions about technical support questions we recieve. Repeatedly. There have been concerns about how many [on hold] or [closed] questions that this places on the main page. ...
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Question Migrate to SuperUser

I have become slightly annoyed with all the on hold tech support questions. If a question is migrated does it leave HR? If it does it seems like they sit around for a long time on HR. Is there a ...
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Why is this question considered a technical support request?

NVIDIA SLI Power Supply Recommendation The OP is clearly asking for recommendations for their needs, it just so happens that their existing hardware will suffice.
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Do we want “Identify this component” questions?

A recent question asked the community to identify a cable. We've seen a couple of these in the past and I've listed the 4 that I could find after a quick search through the site. I'm sure there are ...
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Should questions that help users to make informed decisions be allowed

In the following question, the user is asking for factual information that might help him to make an informed choice when buying a new PSU: What does "fully wired" mean when buying a PSU? ...
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How is this community supposed to help?

This community seems to be, to me anyway, a way for people well-versed in their specific set of hardware looking for a niche and/or downright unobtainable item, and perhaps one, maybe two people will ...
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Requests for hardware for prank/ possible malicious use?

This question got bumped to the front page. From the way it is worded, it is clear that the OP is looking for hardware that can be used for a prank device, but claims not to be looking to use it for ...
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Are storage crates for hard drives on topic?

Referencing this question. Guy is asking about where to store unused drives. My understanding of current scope is that questions concerning electronic devices that connect or communicate with ...
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Voting to close, post belongs on another site. Why is only HR Meta listed

Ok, so there are several questions that would do better on other stacks, such as askdifferent, SuperUser, Raspberry Pi, etc. So why is it that when voting to close a question as off-topic for here, ...
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Final Verdict. Are build reviews (Not requests) on topic?

This question touches the subject but asking for a review of a suggested build, is it on topic here? This question was placed on hold. It's not necessarily a low quality question, its just on the rim ...
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Discussion about closed question

Posted a question about CPU upgrade options in Super User, but mods said it is more appropriate to this forum. So I asked to migrate the question. Checking a short while later, I see it is already ...
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Review of deleted answer where a generic rather than specific model may be appropriate

I posted this answer (now deleted) to this question, which was deleted as "question asks for a router, this is a hardware not a software recommendation site". I'd like to ask for review, but I also ...
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What decision tree should users follow to find the right stack for their question?

It's distressing to see the number of questions misdirected to HardwareRecs and closed. I consider myself reasonably familiar with the Stack Exchange ecosystem, but even I'm not sure what other ...
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Should a tag be added?

I recently came across This Question. The only tag that the user could put this under and the only one that I could find was "usb". After a search of all available tags the only other one I found ...
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Users who constantly ask questions without sufficient information

I am posting this, in reference to this question. I have seen several questions from this user that don't quite give enough information, and when comments are left asking for more information, OP ...
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My answer was deleted: Software Defined Radio wrongly considered as “software”?

This question wants a device that can send generated GPS signals over an antenna cable. I gave exactly that in my answer: You can achieve this using an SDR (software-defined radio). It's ...
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When a question does not have a hardware recommendation, should the answers be removed or the question itself?

So I recently answered this question. Answer ArtofCode deleted my answer, saying that I didn't recommend a specific piece of hardware. I'm okay with this, he's correct I didn't. My only gripe about ...
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Tag creation request in hardware recommendations

I would like to add the tags, open-hardware, and open-source, for product descriptions, related to the hardware having an open design, such as available schematics, and or pcb layouts, and for ...
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Are external hard drive enclosures on topic?

This topic is related to a recently closed question for a recommendation for an external hard drive enclosure. I goal here isn't to debate that single question, but instead debate whether or not an ...
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Are there rules for mods to follow when deleting answers?

Are mods to follow a set of rules when deleting posts, or are they given free reign to instantly delete an answer they do not like without giving the OP the chance to edit their answer? I gave an ...
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Not Every Question Will Have a Product Recommendation

I just had an answer unilaterally deleted by ArtOfCode who, gave the following reason: Answers generally need to recommend a product. Since this doesn't, I'm deleting it This is so far beyond ...
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Be Nice. People are coming here for help, don't insult them or their hardware

When a user with old hardware comes here to ask a question, it isn't appropriate to insult their old hardware. Comments like this are off putting: Your PC is a dinosaur, and your graphics card is ...
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What is wrong with my answer

OP asked for a feature that I hate. I gave him a link of mouse that exactly has that feature. How the hell it isn't answering the question? Mouse with separate scroll wheel and middle button ...
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Canon questions and answers

I'm recently started to design a high-end desktop from scratch. Since I haven't done anything like that in a long time, I've been scouring this site for relevant question. The thing is, the good ...

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