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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a decent, real, question we can use in the Tour?

On the tour page, our example question is currently about unicorns and daisies. Do we have any questions that are eligible for replacing this placeholder? If so, could we use that instead? As an ...
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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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Are "who" questions on-topic?

We've had a few questions that ask "who" about something, such as who manufactures X or who distributes Y product. This is the most recent, asking who makes smart TVs. We've also had debates about ...
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Advertising Hardware Recommendations - Community Ads for 2016

It's 2016, and the new 300px-wide sidebar has just rolled out network wide. When that's complete, graduated sites around the network will start to run new community ad cycles. To be ready for them, ...
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why not 'hardware'?

It seems that many new posters' questions are given the close for asking about hardware, giving the reason that the site is for 'hardware recommendations' only, and its scope doesn't extend to other ...
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Can I post the configuration that I'm thinking about buying?

I would like to receive feedback from the setup I'm thinking of buying (I chose each component myself) and hear from you guys if I'm buying something that might be incompatible, less ideal than some ...
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Questions about hardware/software for optical media extraction to broad?

It was suggested on SE meta to ask in HR meta if this is the place for this type of question. I have several hundreds of optical media disks (mainly DVD-R & CD-R) that stores data, that needs to ...
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Are "case" questions off-topic?

The case tag has a strange wiki. For questions about protective cases for hardware. May be off-topic. Am I missing something? We have 10 questions tagged case and a lot of them are very high ...
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Question deletion policy?

How do we want to handle deletion of questions? We have a decent number of closed questions. Do some of these need to be removed completely? Now that I've made it to 2K and several others are getting ...
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Are questions about acceptable hardware for given OS on topic

I am looking at replacing my home server and trying to understand how a specific CPU will perform in my environment with a specific OS. Are such questions on-topic? For more clarity, my question is ...
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Do we want festive headwear?

Due to the support shown by the community, we are signed up to participate in Winter Bash. If you have questions about the hats, please ask them here or on Meta Stack Exchange. Original post: Winter ...
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Recommendations for digital camera with very specific features on topic?

I am looking for a digital camera with very specific features. It would be hooked up to a computer on a regular basis to view/download images/videos. Would this be on topic here? I've read What is ...
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Concerned about answer quality recently

I am concerned about some of the answers we've received recently. We have a post on high quality answer guidelines and it doesn't seem the community is enforcing these. Alternatively, I'm rather ...
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Comment removal philosophy

I really hate to ask this, because it's about a single comment flag, but can we get some clarification on what the moderators consider good vs bad comments? I am asking because a flag I had on the ...
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Clarification on a closed question

This question was closed as off-topic as "Technical Support." Could someone explain why? The OP isn't asking for technical support on fixing hardware. He is looking for hardware to use with a mobile ...
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Change name to Computer Hardware Recommendations

Current name Hardware Recommendations is deceptive I recommend to change name to Computer Hardware Recommendations.
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Moderator closing questions when he is unsure if they are on topic

I have asked this question today and moderator closed it because I'm closing this question because we don't tend to deal with recommendations of manufacturers or stores, only hardware. You can ...
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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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How can I make my question clearer?

A few days ago I asked this question. It hasn't received much attention other than a few upvotes (with a single downvote the same time as the downvoted answer was upvoted), and the OP of the answer ...
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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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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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Delete is a last resort, not a first response

I'm new to this particular stackexchange, and admittedly my first answer was not quite in keeping with the general expectations. That's not my point. The specific answer is here: Low-power-draw HD ...
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"I've already bought this product, I want to do this, can I? If not what should I get instead?" questions

We've had a few questions that follow this format: I've bought this PRODUCT to solve MY PROBLEM. Can this PRODUCT actually do this? If so, how? If not, what do you recommend? The most recent ...
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What does the community need to do to help the moderators?

We're a week(ish) into having moderators. Let's get some feedback from the trenches... In the past week, I've noticed that our moderators have been busy (Undo, Adam, ArtOfCode) with revisions around ...
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Could we have a 'no research effort' close/flag reason?

Some questions are decent but lack research effort: The standard close reason for this type of question is that they are too broad: Requirements are too broad — This is a community-run website to ...
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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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Is asking for hardware recommendation to run a software too broad?

Where does this question stand in standards of quality for this community? It has been put on hold as off topic for being too broad. I differ from the opinion of moderator @ArtOfCode that it is too ...
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How can we improve the traffic to the site?

As the community is growing really fast, it's time we do some growth hacking for improving the number of visits(traffic) and dedicated users on the site. So, any views on how to go about it? Are ...
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Should questions about upcoming hardware be accepted?

If I were to ask about hardware that is going to come out, such as: "Is the new Pascal GPU architecture worth waiting for, based on rumors and details nVidia has released? Or should I just buy a GTX ...
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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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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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If a question contains two questions, is it OK to leave an answer that only responds to one?

Example: I'm searching for a good monitor for my PC. I currently own a 21,5" ASUS monitor, which is fine; I'm planning on using the one I currently own as a second monitor and get a new one as ...
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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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Introducing your pro-tem moderators

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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What should we do with questions asking for hardware that doesn't exist?

What should we do with questions where there can't be such a hardware, typically because the problem is at the software level? In my opinion, we should allow an "answer" which explains why there can'...
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How do we handle obsolete hardware recommendations?

I didn't think we'd end up with this question for a while, but it seems we have a time traveller. One of the goals of Stack Exchange is to create content that is useful to future users. there's a ...
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Why not replace the [mp3-player] tag with, for example, [audio-player]?

Most of the devices that get called "mp3 players" in reality do play several audio formats. Also, MP3 is nowadays the most ineffective if compared to popular alternatives (Vorbis, Opus, AAC) due to ...
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Is this question on-topic?

This question, Parts for a gaming PC from 2005, is rather unique on HR. It asks about common hardware from 2005. I think it is an interesting question, but I'm not sure if it is on-topic. It doesn't ...
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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 ...
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Re-write dumbphone question, or ask new question?

(Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I believe it is? Please feel free to tell me otherwise, and I can move/remove this question if necessary. Also, please feel free to add/remove tags - I ...
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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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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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Are "should I buy X for $Y" questions on-topic?

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to buy a laptop. I managed to sneak it in to Ask Different as a different question, but the answer to that question would necessarily answer my real question: "Is ...
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How often should the [pc] tag be used?

Lately, I've been noticing a lot of questions that use the pc tag along with another relevant tag. Although PC is technically related to a very large amount of hardware, does it really need to be used ...