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What to do regarding market / region specific hardware ( Q & A )?

I am asking this question, because I feel that this is somewhat of an inherited problem in hardware recs. Many questions have an answer , that might be more or less correct depending on the specific ...
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Do we want to make “FAQ threads”?

Over the time we will have more and more questions like "What is the best choice in price range x to y" etc... I am thinking of making this mainly for PC sets/laptops. Do we want to create a big ...
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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 to do with the [durability] tag?

Currently, the durability tag has 3 questions and on JohnB's answer, it is to be merged or renamed to durable. Personally, I don't like either of these tags. Before I take action against them, I ...
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Merge [monitor] into [display]

I have been looking at tags to clean up, and I came across the tags displays (6 questions) and monitors (8 questions). Most of the questions are asking for the same hardware. One monitor question is ...
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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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How do we deal with the product photos?

As all we know, copyrights may vary a lot. Do we want to make a general thread and collect permissions from various companies to show their photos? I do not mean individual images, only the whole ...
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Merge [headset] into [headphone]

I've retracted this request. enderland has explained the difference between the two pieces of hardware in his answer and why they shouldn't be merged. Now that I know the difference, I agree with his ...
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How do we feel about self-answering?

As far as I know, we haven't had this happen yet, but what if? Would it be acceptable? I ask this because to me there is a grey area in the posting guidelines when it comes to something like this. If ...
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Tagging: Wi-Fi or WiFi?

We currently have a wi-fi tag. This seems unnatural to me - I've always written WiFi. There's precedent for wifi - Super User has wifi-configuration and wifi-driver, Server Fault uses wifi, and Apple ...
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How to avoid decreasing user activity?

At this moment we have 59 visits/day (one of the lowest rates since the start of the private beta). When Community Promotion Ads can be launched? How to encourage users to get involved? Should we ...
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Communication with other sites about what is on topic

We've started to receive traffic from other sites (Super User in particular). No, on superuser they said I had to ask it here. So I did that. And that is excactly what I want to know if I shoud ...
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Updates to Tour - Community Description Blurb

On the tour page there is a brief description of the community that current reads: Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people seeking specific hardware ...
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Updates to Tour - What to Ask/Not ask?

On our tour page we currently have the following: Ask about... Specific issues with hardware recommendations Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered Don't ask about... Anything not ...
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Intel “Inside everywhere”

Unusual question came up on our website: https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/498/tempest-proof-pc-notebook What do you think about questions like this? Can it be taken seriously?
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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 ...
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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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We're “graduated” to public beta!

If you open the site incognito mode it shows up now :) https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions We can celebrate with whatever!
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Should location be required or recommended in questions?

I've seen this topic come up a few times here and there over the past week or two, but I guess no one asked yet. Location can sometimes make a big difference in what hardware is available in a ...
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Merge [notebook] into [laptop]

I propose merging notebook into laptop and making an appropriate synonym. There are currently 3 notebook questions and 5 laptop questions. All are referring to the same type of hardware.
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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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How should we deal with questions asking about what hardware to use for something?

This question was just asked. The OP is asking about how to achieve something and needs a recommendation of what hardware to use in the first place rather than a recommendation of a certain product. ...
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How to deal with “yes” or “no” questions?

I stumbled upon this: 250 GB SSD for programming cheaper than ~£100? The question really narrows to "should I buy this or this", in which the answer is really a "yes" or a "no". That makes for a ...
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Should questions like this be closed?

Recently, we had this question about alternatives to the Raspberry Pi. It's answerable by a quick Google search, and by the requirements for questions that Robert Cartaino defined, is not specific ...
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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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Should we group technical terms (like 1080p) into more generic tags (like HDVideo)?

We have a 1080p tag currently, which means that in theory we probably need 480i, 480p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, 4k etc. That seems a little too specific to me for this type of site, and the list will only ...
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What should our logo and site design look like? [closed]

As all we know many beta sites look the same and it would be nice to be distinguished somehow. Jeff Atwood wrote a blog post about it: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/our-designer-in-residence-...
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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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Who should our moderators be?

Somehow we've gone two weeks without someone posting this - I'm pretty sure that's a record. I figure that we can start nominating folks so that we're ready to go when we hit public beta in a few ...
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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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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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Tag excerpt consistency

Going through the current tag excerpts we have in place, I've begun to find that certain tags need certain things — not all (in fact not many) need usage guidance. For example, I recently added ...
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My, we are a talkative bunch. Should our comments be so chatty?

I've noticed that many of our answers are getting comments akin to "Thanks! This is a great recommendation!" or simply chatter On other SE sites, this type of comment - one that isn't adding more ...
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Should similar recommendation requests for the same type of product be allowed?

I recently read a question that goes hand-in-hand with one of my previous questions, and I was going to provide a link in a comment when I realized that some of the relevant requirements were ...
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Remove the [playstation-4] and [playstation] tags?

It seems obvious to me that these tags aren't needed. The question they are used in only tags them because the real hardware in question is a hard drive that will be used with a PS4.
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Are full tag names or abbreviations preferred?

There are situations in which it is desirable to have a tag exist under both the full name and an abbreviation. I believe it we have consensus that in such cases one should be a synonym for the other....
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Are “Why get an x” / “What good is x” questions allowed?

I ran across https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/24/1 today, with Robert Cartaino leaving this comment: "Hardware Recommendations" was created for questions seeking a specific hardware ...
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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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Do Amazon (or any vendor) reviews count as a gauge for recommendations?

Can the hardware recommendations be justified/done taking Amazon reviews into account? For example: Questions like these which has an answer where multiple recommendations end in a tie with respect ...
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What kind of hardware requirements are off-topic?

I've this one: What are the PC hardware requirements for OS X to run on? and it's off-topic, however another one related to hardware requirements is on-topic: Multiple monitors hardware ...
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Are questions that involve a recommendation for hardware and software on topic?

The recent question about Point of Sale devices is the focus of this discussion. Point of sale devices are a combination of hardware (terminals, barcode scanners, printers, etc) and software (the "...
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What should we do to keep “answered questions” ratio high?

Referring to the information on Area51: 90% answered is a healthy beta At this moment we have 70%. Should we give a bounty to others people questions? How effectively get rid of bad questions to ...
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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 small electronics on topic?

I'd like to discuss the closure of Baby monitor that can have multiple transmitting stations on the same channel The close reason provided: "This question does not appear to be about hardware ...
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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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Site name Computer Vs Building materials

I may be completely missing something on my mobile view but should there be a mention of PC in the site title? Or could have new people asking about hammers and nails. Again apologies if I'm ...

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