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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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upvoting tech support questions

I have been closing some tech support questions lately but there seems to be someone out there that is upvoting them. Since they are off-topic, shouldn't they be downvoted and flagged (or I come ...
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2023 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Hardware Recommendations has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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2023 Community Moderator Election

The 2023 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election for 2023

Summary: Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on October 17 to bring in 1 more moderator (to replace a moderator removed due to inactivity). ...
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Clarification on Audio Visual hardware recommendations

I can't see anywhere in the site scope, help or meta posts that specifically covers 'audio-visual' hardware - receivers, amps, speakers etc. I mentioned in comments under A/V receiver that can ...
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As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Any problem with my last questions?

I got answers. I click accept. What is the cheapest computer (mobo/CPU) that can run windows 11 Yet I got a message saying I cannot ask questions anymore. I wonder why. I think I asked that one last ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Requesting product recommendation and/or information leading to product decision

The Help Center guidelines say a question can request a product recommendation or information that will lead to a product decision. Just want to confirm whether a question will be on-topic (or frame ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Hardware Recommendations has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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The moderator election has been extended until October 18, 2022 – please check your ballots to ensure your selections have been saved!

As some of you may know, we recently identified a bug affecting moderator elections – and fixed it. This bug was preventing some users' election ballots (i.e. selections) from being saved in a very ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

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Announcing a Pro Tempore election for 2022

Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 19th, 2022 to bring in 1 more moderator. For full details of the process, see the ...
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Are questions about robot vacuum cleaners on-topic here?

I tend to read all questions on Hardware Recs (since I had 500 rep or something like that), and I stumbled upon the question: Robot Vacuum for Stairs? I don't really know the perfect definition of &...
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Is reformatting links on old questions worthy of approving the edit?

I found an edit in my edit review queue, that just reformats the link to use a different style of coding. Should I approve this edit or reject and fix the grammar errors myself? Or should I just leave ...
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Is asking for a website performing specs comparison on-topic or off-topic?

Example from Mawg says reinstate Monica: I am shopping for a new Android and would like a web site where I can do side by side comparisons, especially if I can start by entering my preferred spec. I ...
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Would parts connecting to GPIO be on topic?

I know this is a stupid question, but I have a raspberry pi (computer) and a minecraft server (computer). According to the help center, electronic items that interface/operate with a computer are on-...
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Should we allow compatibility advice?

According to the help page about what's on topic, we don't allow compatibility advice. But sometimes you need that to see which hardware you will buy, and that is on topic. Should we then also mark ...
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Why I cannot ask further questions?

It seems that my questions are reasonably well received. Not very. But I got an answer and stuffs. https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/ask Yet I have reached question limit. Is the limit ...
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How can I ask this, or will it be too broad?

I am a professional software developer. I also play with ESP32, Raspberry PI & the like. I have an elderly relative, who is too far away for me to visit, and it is also difficult for family who ...
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Why is this post deleted?

https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/14703/i-want-to-upgrade-my-xiaomi-projector-by-buying-one-with-4k-resolution The reasoning is that the requirement is not narrow enough. But that doesn'...
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2020: a year in moderation

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Is it alright to ask about where to acquire a certain piece of hardware?

Specific example I was pondering asking about. Pastilda is a nifty piece of hardware. However, the people who created the CrowdSupply campaign are no longer offering it for purchase. I have not found ...
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Why was my question closed *after* it was deleted?

Umm, recently joined Hardware Recommendations; posted a question, which got deleted by a mod (without specifying reason). I flagged it for attention, after which the reason was mentioned as "off-...
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How to defend my point when my questions just get deleted in few hours?

I asked a question and attempted to follow instructions - first not to ask tech support, and second, show what I have done myself - while avoiding too many words. The question got immediately deleted, ...
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A question asking for hardware recommendations got deleted, reasons?

A question I had asked, as shown below, was flagged as "Technical support request" even though I was asking for something that helps with obtaining "pre-purchase hardware ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

I posted this question and it got closed by ArtOfCode because of the following reason: Technical support request — Questions asking about troubleshooting hardware or technical support for hardware ...
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How can I ask someone about touchpad standards?

How can I ask a question about touchpad standards? https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/13995/7842
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Can I at least have a backup of my deleted question?

Since this forum is witch hunting broad hardware recommendation questions (making this forum useless for apparently 99% of the users), and deleting the question without a single warning, can you at ...
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Why was my question deleted?

My thoughts on my question being deleted I believe the post below is clearly ON topic. I'm not asking for anyone to debug the situation, merely asking for a recommendation for a compatible card ...
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Using comments for feedback instead of deleting questions

Yesterday I posted a question asking for recommendations about a pair of monitors. I personally thought I had given enough detail on the requirements of this question but a moderator disagreed and ...
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Why is "I need help choosing the right laptop model" off topic in Hardware recommendations stack exchange?

My post was deleted stating that it was off topic without adequate details. I have clearly mentioned my purpose, clearly defined the specifications of each of the three laptop models. I even got a ...
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Closure of pre-purchase question?

https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/13559/best-way-to-use-multiple-cpus-to-perform-independent-tasks had the OP asking how to select hardware for multiple simultaneous processes. They had ...
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Comparison of this site with ru.stackoverflow.com

I'm one of the top five users on SoftwareEngineering.SE. About a year ago, I started using Hardwarerecs.SE for mainly two reasons: to discover other SE communities, and because I found the concept of ...
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Deleted within hours: where did the question about a laptop recommendation go?

Yesterday, someone asked about a laptop recommendation. The question already had two upvotes last time I checked. And I had already written an answer. And with the latest discussion about what is off- ...
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The new ask page is now live on the SE network!

The new ask page is now live on the network! links to Meta StackExchange and discusses an 'ask' page which is configurable for each site in the SE universe. Specific bits that can be modified and the ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why deleting questions instead of using site mechanics?

A couple of hours ago I've asked a question and now it is closed and deleted with resolution "Technical support request — Questions asking about troubleshooting hardware or technical support for ...
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What should I do when I am not sure my recommendation would fit

Sometimes I see questions where I have hardware in mind which will likely meet OPs requirements but where I cannot confirm this. For an example see this question about RAID DAS and my discussion with ...
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Feedback - What are your thoughts about single-vote closure?

Part of understanding the impact of single-vote closure for HW Recs is to understand what impact it had on y'all. I'd like to ask anyone who feels up to it to write an answer to this question and to ...
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Are questions asking how well a piece of hardware does X accepted?

So I got an MP3 player (technically MP4, but the screen is about the size of my thumb), but it's old and obviously doesn't support Bluetooth headsets. Reason I wanted a Bluetooth headset was due to my ...
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Revisiting a rejected custom close reason - proposal for a new one

Over three and a half years ago (whoa!) we rejected adding a custom close reason for blatantly off topic questions. I'd like to revisit this decision. In the past three years, we've picked up more ...
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{Results added} Testing single-vote closure on Hardware Recs

TEST COMPLETED We've reset the votes required for the time being while we look at the data, which we should be posting soon. Thanks so much for working with us during this test. A few months ago one ...
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Should we really encourage cross-posting?

Cross-posting is strongly discouraged on some Stack Exchange sites, such as SoftwareEngineering.SE. There: If the question appears to belong to another site (which happens quite often with questions ...
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Can I ask a similar question that already exists but it's outdated?

I'm in need of a new microphone and while searching for that tag I found this high-scored question. The question body is almost the same to my situation but I have a bigger budget (60€-70€) and I ...
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Why is it so hard to ask for hardware recommendations on Hardware Recommendations?

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 ...
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2018: a year in moderation

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Why this upgrade question was flagged as off-topic? Can we ask similar questions?

I'm referring to this question: What improvements can I make in my laptop (Asus X555LJ)? I don't see a reason why it was closed. It is asking "What upgrades do I make to my Asus X555LJ laptop to run ...
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