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 it. I tried to word it as "which hardware device" instead of "how do I" (I originally thought that the buying part was obvious). No reopen happened.
I tried flagging the question, only to found out that the same moderator declined the flag. He did not provided justification as to why it was a
technical support request and shifted to
unclear what you are asking, but refused to reopen it. He asked for obvious clarifications that implies that he didn't understood the question in any of its revision. I provided such feedback and he ignored it.
Why moderators that are in doubt, tend to close questions that are on-topic? He may could have commented something like 'Is this a question about a purchase decision?' instead of just closing the question.
I believe moderators should try to step out a little bit and help users fit their questions into the moderators expectations. Specially for a site like HardwareRecs that has ~12 questions per day.
Here are my justification as per why the question is on-topic.
What's our scope? The purpose of this site (as I see it) is to help folks in making purchase decisions, whether it is in finding the right product given a definitive set of requirements, or (updated) to ask what you should consider to help assure your purchase will work for you. Fair enough?
A sensible scope would be “purchasing decision about computing hardware”, or “pre-purchase questions about computing hardware”. This includes questions like
- Does this particular model fit this use case?
- What model would best fit this use case?
- What criteria are important for this use case?
- What benefit does this characteristic offer?
- In this class of scenarios, when does this characteristic matter?
A question on Hardware Recommendations has one of two goals:
- A request for a product recommendation, OR
- A request for information that will lead to a product decision
My question is about which "specification" should I look for, that allows certain kind of devices to meet my requirements.