Full Delete is hurting this site. I agree that we have a participation problem, but this is making it worse.
I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience on this site. I have no interest in being a search bot. It seems that questions and answers are being deleted based on a skimming glance of whether it fits a format. This is eliminating questions that are looking for hardware, when they dont really know how to navigate the field. If the OP is an enthusiast in the area they are searching and can formulate a perfect question, why would they want our advice?
I agree that questions that are wildly off toppic should be deleted, but closing and not deleting, allows the rest of the community to help the OP correct the question. If it is deleted, they are on their own.
In the last month, so much has been deleted, that most of what is left either doesn't exist, or is asking for someone to go and spend hours searching out a perfect product for them. I am happy to point them in the right direction and offer up hardware that I have experience with, but recent site administration has discouraged me from further participation...
Please note that I love this site and I am not blaming the mods for its lack of participation; its just a small niche on SE. I think we should only delete a question/answer if it has been around for a few weeks and not improved. Closure is sufficient enough to get the point across.