The recent question about Point of Sale devices is the focus of this discussion.

Point of sale devices are a combination of hardware (terminals, barcode scanners, printers, etc) and software (the "stuff" that runs on the terminals). While the hardware is important, the software is equally, if not more important.

It is the software that handles the transactions and the "user experience" of the device.

Are such questions that rely on the software as much as the hardware on topic?

Disclaimer: I did add an answer to the question


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Hardware like computers, readers, mobile devices, etc do vary in terms of specific software, which most often influence the desired specs and recommendations as a whole.

For example: I might like an e-reader with an Android OS, and some other's preference might be an e-reader with a backlight and no specific requirements for the OS.

So, questions that involve software and hardware recommendations are completely on-topic.

They don't need to be migrated to the Software Recommendations SE, just in case such a doubt arises in the future.

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    +1 for the last paragraph. Just because something is on-topic on another site doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be migrated there.
    – user1
    Sep 16, 2015 at 16:21
  • @Undo I absolutely agree. Regardless of how you define the topics there will always be borderline cases. And it is better to have a small overlap between the topics of sites than a small gap between them.
    – kasperd
    Sep 18, 2015 at 13:51

In my humble opinion they are on topic.

The question was focusing on hardware rather than specific software. As you have mentioned software is really important in this case but it still fits our site pretty nice.


I am unconvinced that the audience of users familiar with those sorts of devices will overlap with those with expertise on computer hardware.

Your comment on your answer there is exactly what I expect most answers would be based on, "well I once used this and it worked..."

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