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.

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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, 2015 at 20:17
  • @Adam How does the edit look?
    – user1
    Oct 26, 2015 at 20:43
  • Looks great. Also, it would be beneficial to broaden the don'ts. "Technical support of any kind."
    – Adam
    Oct 26, 2015 at 20:55

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