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What is Hardware?

Not hardware, but Hardware. We've half-defined our scope, thanks to Robert. The other half of defining our scope is an issue that's been sitting around since Day 1, and one that I've seen plenty of ...
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What is required for a question to be 'high quality'?

This is the question version of What is required for an answer to be 'high quality'? (It is modeled off of What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? from Software ...
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What is required for an answer to be 'high quality'?

Seeing +15/-0 consensus on Should we have SR-style quality guidelines for questions and answers?, I would say it's time to figure out what we require in answers. What is required for an answer to be '...
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Do we still want general advice questions?

Prompted by this question. A long time ago, we decided that "what should I consider"/general advice-type questions are allowed. We had at least one of these questions, which seemed to be pretty well-...
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What type of hardware is allowed?

I have asked this question: Standing desk with ability to raise/lower? It is receiving a few close votes for "not about computing hardware." A key thing this site will need to determine is what the ...
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Are “What should I consider when buying” questions allowed? [duplicate]

Note that this discussion is no longer current. We revisited this topic later in the life of this site. Please see Do we still want general advice questions? and post your thoughts there. Should we ...
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Is a scope of “product recommendations” + “pre-purchase inquiries” agreeable?

The Community Team is nearing the private beta evaluations to decide whether to move this site forward, but I've hit a few snags expressing purpose and the scope of this site. I am confident we are on ...
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Should this site be called “Hardware Search”?

I'm just thinking out loud here. Folks often ask me where they should ask a question about their stuff, and when they start focusing in on "Hardware Recommendations", the conversation ...
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What can we do about technical support questions?

Recently, I posted an answer here on meta. In it, I realise that we have a problem with technical support questions - essentially, going on half of our questions are closed, and going on half of those ...
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How to handle questions with too few requirements?

After seeing a few questions listing very few requirements, I realize we never actually discussed what to do if there is a low-quality question in terms of soliciting an overly-broad product ...
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Should we have SR-style quality guidelines for questions and answers?

This site is different than most - we're an opinion based site. This topic is the reason 'shopping recommendations' were banned on Stack Overflow. If we don't want to become a spam center, I think we ...
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Should we edit the sidebar text on the ask page?

As you may have seen, we have an issue with technical support questions. One of the various solutions that has been discussed (proposed in chat and in a meta answer by Andy) is to edit the text in the ...
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Should we have a close reason for technical support questions?

We've gotten several questions that have been technical support type questions: https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/695/cant-be-established-connection-with-internet-whats-up https://...
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Should we delete things that don't match our criteria?

It was proposed, then it was implemented for questions and answers. We have quality guidelines for questions and answers; now, the question is how we enforce them. Now that this site has some ...
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Why is this community not allowed to decide its scope?

The general rule I've seen around Stack Exchange is that a community is sovereign in deciding its scope¹, as long as it makes a modicum of sense. Stack Exchange employees may enforce quality ...
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Should we have a custom 'too broad' off-topic reason?

In Robert Cartaino's answer here, he mentions this text: Closed as a broad recommendation or poll "Hardware Recommendations" is a community-run website to help participants complete an ...
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Let's explain what “technical support” means and how to properly fix the question to be on topic

I've proposed creating a new faq question covering what we consider "technical support". The idea is that we can use this as further guidance to users on what not to ask and how their technical ...
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Add specific close reason for SuperUser content

Discussion here relates to questions being on topic on SuperUser, and therefore not here. I suggest adding the following as a custom close reason: "Hardware Recommendations" was created for ...
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Are answers recommending unreleased, unannounced hardware allowed?

Prompted by this answer to What's a good life-proof Android phone?: The upcoming Moto X Force is the phone that sound like the perfect fit(its not revealed or released yet!) Watch out! These are just ...
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Which tags need to be cleaned up?

Which tags need to be cleaned up by a user with elevated editing or tag privileges? Instead of posting a new answer per tag, feel free to just edit the CW answer.
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Are build requests on-topic?

Are questions like "I want to build a gaming computer that does a b c and also does x y z for less than $___"? on topic here? Or do they have to be recommendations about an already existing list ...
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Pricing as a requirement

How do we handle pricing requirements stated in questions? Do we: Consider them hard limits? Expect proof of sale-price in all answers? One of the problems is that pricing differs all over the ...
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Are DIY hardware recommendations allowed?

Now, I have been interested in the maker and hacker community for a long time. I have learned about the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, etc. Are recommendation questions about such DIY hardware platforms ...
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Are appliance-related questions on-topic?

I think someone asked this on the commitment phrase, but I do not remember the responses. Are we going to allow questions related to appliances? An example could it be: Which washer/dryer allows ...
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Should we define “pre-purchase” vs “technical support”?

After a recent discussion about technical support questions, I went through some of our recent closures to gather more data. I return with a question for the community: How do we tell the difference ...
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Community Promotion Ads - Let's advertise this site!

There are ads that have already reached the 6-vote threshold and have been submitted to other sites. The following are the relevant ads that have been submitted: Arqade Game Dev Graphic Design ...
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Should we allow software alternatives to hardware requests to be “valid” answers?

Do we allow alternatives to the requested hardware to remain as valid answers? I believe we allow a wide variety of hardware to be an "answer". Not all of the hardware can fulfill all requirements, ...
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Are questions related to third party hosting requirements on topic?

I've thrown up a question related to a dedicated server that will be hosted (most likely) by a third party. The idea behind this question is to upgrade from a VPS to another piece of hardware. Is a ...
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Can/should we have a question interstitial for extra guidance?

On new private beta sites, you can't ask a question without first going through an interstitial screen that gives you advice on how to ask during the private beta. I recently did a micro-study into ...
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Anyone else getting frustrated with what is consider on topic at the Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange?

Question: Anyone else getting frustrated with what is consider on topic at the Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange? My Opinion: Its being over moderated. I see questions being placed on hold ...
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Are batteries on-topic?

https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/2395/what-type-of-battery-should-i-get is currently closed for being tech support. It has recently been edited to make it less tech support, but still ...
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Merge [hdd] into [hard-disk]

I noticed my first question which I had tagged hard-disk got retagged as hdd. I prefer the full name rather than the abbreviation. But most of all, I think one of those two tags should definitely be a ...
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Are questions on defining requirements on-topic? [duplicate]

Should a question like this be closed? What should I look for besides pixel density/count when choosing a smartphone with a good camera? It was closed because the user didn't list definitive ...
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How are we going to handle questions / answers becoming outdated?

This was brought up on Area 51, but I don't think it was sufficiently addressed. Taking into consideration the following: The primary goal of a Stack Exchange site is not to simply provide an answer ...
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How would you rate HR at this moment?

How would you rate HR at this moment? Is the community active enough? What problems may we encounter in the long run? What do you especially like/dislike about this site?
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Which other Stack Exchange sites have a userbase that would be interested in our site?

Now that we've reached Public Beta, part of our job is getting the word about Hardware Recommendations out. One way to do that is via Community Ads. These ads are voted upon by the Stack Exchange ...
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How can we detect (and deal with) spam?

The premise of Hardware Recommendations is that Person A is looking for one or more product(s) that will satisfy certain criteria or complete a certain task. Persons B, C, D, etc. may write answers ...
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When should we accept answers?

Triggered by Andy's answer here: I dislike the lack of accepted answers. I am guilty of not accepting answers too, though. I don't feel comfortable accepting a hardware recommendation until I can ...
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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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Proposal: Require computer specs to be posted in the question instead of behind a link

I'd like to propose a quality guideline to help prevent confusion in the future. Proposal Users posting information about their computer need to have the components listed in the question itself not ...
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Are DIY Recommendation answers appropriate?

I've seen a few answers that propose the OP gets their hands dirty and build a thing to solve their problem. I can't seem to find the others right now, but a recent answer is this: What I'm ...
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How should disclosure work if we're answering based on hardware for review?

Well, while I've not been that lucky yet, I'd be pretty happy to try out hardware and review it in various places, primarily my blog. I do that already with hardware I buy. There's two possible ...
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Let's clean up some broken windows - A proposal for dealing with tech support questions

We've had previous discussions about technical support questions we recieve. Repeatedly. There have been concerns about how many [on hold] or [closed] questions that this places on the main page. ...
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Help! What's on-topic here?

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 ...
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Laser cutters on topic?

I'm likely going to be in the market for a laser cutter with significant ability to be controlled from my computer (my computer capability will limit what I can do with it). It'll definitely have a ...
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How do we encourage new users to stay on topic?

11 of the last 12 questions are on hold for being off topic. What can we do to encourage users to stay on topic? Is there any indication that the authors of these off topic questions are returning ...
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Differences from SuperUser

Unfortunately a lot of questions here are about Hardware support as well as shopping. These questions belong on SuperUser. How do we prevent users from asking questions? How can we as a whole improve ...
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Are questions asking how well a piece of hardware does X accepted?

Triggered by How many players would this VPS be able to take?: Are questions that essentially ask this accepted? I am looking at x hardware ([specs]), and I'd like to know how well it does ([...
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Are questions asking about computer circuits allowed?

This question just came up. It asks for a recommendation of a resistor – a component found on a circuit board. This topic has been very briefly mentioned in an answer in an earlier thread, but I ...
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Should we have a 'blatantly off-topic' custom close reason?

We got a custom close reason for unclear questions - yay! However, when we got this it deactivated the 'standard' blatantly off-topic reason, thereby making us have to use custom comments for ...