When people arrive at our site, they'll be directed to /help/on-topic for guidance about what's on-topic here. Said page currently contains basically nothing useful; I can tell you that without even looking at it.

However, we have moderators now, and we can edit that page. So - what should it say?

Propose some possible help center text in an answer. After a while, we'll amalgamate what we can and come up with some content to put in the help center that'll actually help when people come to visit.


How about this, adapted from our question quality guidelines?:


  • a recommendation for hardware to perform a specific task, or
  • information that will lead to a purchase decision

Note that your question must meet quality requirements. Please read them here before posting.


  • Technical support of any kind
  • Step-by-step instructions for "do-it-yourself" installation

This would also translate nicely to the ask/don't-ask bullet lists on https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/tour.

  • "Product" should be more clearly defined though. "Hardware" will probably do nicely.
    – Adam
    Oct 26 '15 at 20:17
  • @Adam How does the edit look?
    – Undo
    Oct 26 '15 at 20:43
  • Looks great. Also, it would be beneficial to broaden the don'ts. "Technical support of any kind."
    – Adam
    Oct 26 '15 at 20:55

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