11 votes

Are DIY Recommendation answers appropriate?

I think it's a matter of degree. This site is supposed to be about seeking hardware solutions for your problem, but this site isn't really meant to be a how-to makerspace technical forum. If a user ...
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Are external hard drive enclosures on topic?

Software Engineering (formerly Programmers.SE) suffered through a long bout of "byzantine scope rules." It was a bad experience for everyone visiting the site for the first time; nobody could figure ...
Robert Harvey's user avatar
10 votes

Are batteries on-topic?

Batteries seem to fall into that gray area of our scope and is both on and off topic, depending on the type of battery needed. Off Topic Batteries Commodity batteries, the batteries in everything,...
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I want to recommend 2 products: should I leave one or two answers?

Each recommendation should be its own answer. This allows users to vote on the merits of each one without confusing what they are voting for. Each answer should be complete and contain details to ...
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Moderator attention needed

Reasoning I didn't just close your questions because I felt like it; there were reasons for each closure. Here they are. Sell GTX 980 in favour of RX 480? I closed this as primarily opinion based. ...
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8 votes

What is the final verdict on general advice questions, or how can we reach one?

This isn't a knock on ArtOfCode; this is a common fallacy that has been propagated across the network. this question is off-topic because … it would go out of date too quickly This is an ...
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8 votes

{Results added} Testing single-vote closure on Hardware Recs

Failing any comments or dissent, I've turned this on permanently. Please let me know if there's any issues. Thanks for your patience bearing with me getting these numbers out. This looks like an all-...
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What can we do about technical support questions?

What can we do to educate users before they ask that technical support is not something we do? Let's create the guidance for what we consider "technical support". We have faq questions for what we ...
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Question deletion policy?

See: Undo's answer to a previous meta question on this topic. In that answer, Undo sets out what he thinks we should do with low-quality or off-topic questions - along similar principles to Gilles, ...
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Laser cutters on topic?

This sounds on topic. I think it falls under this section of the "on topic" answer: Hardware is any primarily electronic item that can perform more than one task, designed to interface with, ...
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6 votes

Are "who" questions on-topic?

I do not think "who" questions are appropriate. They are not for recommending hardware and can easily be changed into a hardware recommendation question. Instead, they end up asking for a list of ...
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Should this site be called "Hardware Search"?

We have a problem with technical support questions. I'm not just saying that; I went and dug out the stats. In the last 90 days, we have had: 444 questions asked 200 of those closed (45.05%) 81 of ...
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Let's evaluate our progress!

Are we getting discovered? Unfortunately, none of us have access to the site analytics yet so we don't have hard data. However, based on activity on the site, I'd say we are being discovered. I'm not ...
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6 votes

Moderator attention needed

I'm not a mod here (though I was a mod at SR, which had a similar odd scope and very different problems and am a SU mod). I am a high rep user here, so I have a good idea of what might be on topic ...
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6 votes

Is it a Good Idea for Beta Moderators to Delete Bad Answers Instead of Using the Vote System?

To directly answer the only question I see in your post: Is it a Good Idea for Beta Moderators to Delete Bad Answers Instead of Using the Vote System? Yes. We have a problem with getting ...
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Make it clear in the tour that Super User may be an alternative place to ask

I thought we'd already done this, but apparently we hadn't. I've added a note that Super User may be suitable both at the top of the help center and under the "don't ask about..." section of the tour....
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Should questions that help users to make informed decisions be allowed

So I closed the linked question because, as it stands, it does fall under the scope of "technical support": it's asking for technical support ("what is this?") with regards to a category of hardware. ...
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Feedback - What are your thoughts about single-vote closure?

Mast makes a good point in comments: Honestly, I think we have a participation problem. Fix that and we don't need single-vote closure. This meta about single-vote closure smells like an XY problem ...
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5 votes

Should we define "pre-purchase" vs "technical support"?

This is pretty difficult. Honestly, I see two options for pre-purchase questions: Require detail about the problem. We could require the asker to include detail about why this is a pre-purchase ...
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why not 'hardware'?

The idea behind the site isn't to be technical support for all hardware. There are other sites on the network that can absorb some of those types of questions. The goal of this site, is to help ...
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Moderator Review - How are we doing?

I'll provide some feedback for each of you: ArtOfCode I see your name on many closed questions. I agree with almost all of them, and those that I don't I believe I've provided feedback either in the ...
Andy's user avatar
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on-topic meta tag?

The scope meta tag is used for questions of topicality.
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This forum should be renamed

Underneth a lot of what you have here are some concerns that I've had for a while. I don't think you've gone about it the right way though. Hold all the things! We do have a lot of questions that ...
Andy's user avatar
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Let's evaluate our progress!

I'm quite new user to whole Stack Exchange. I was always looking for answers on StackOverflow but never as an active user. Hardware Recs were the reason why I started to actively using this community. ...
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Would a broad, canonical graphics cards question be a good idea?

I agree with Undo. I think this will be a good idea, if we keep it updated. These types of answers will need to be maintained. I also think that these types of answers need to be written to taken ...
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