The Super User question guidelines say that questions related to computer hardware are on topic, so I would expect a problem replacing a smartphone's LCD and digitizer would be on topic, but the guidelines also say cell phone related questions are off topic, so even though this question would deal with hardware, would it still make the question off-topic?

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Its off topic, as it says there.

Does it involve a cellphone? Yes.

Does it involve a computer? No.

Is a phone digitiser and screen computer hardware? Not really, well not in this context.

Tablets are a grey area, but I wouldn't think that a question of that sort fits the intent of the rules with respect to that.

So yes, its certainly off topic. I have no idea where on SE it would be on topic however.

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    Technically a cell phone is a computer, but I guess if it says specifically no cell phones, then it is off topic.
    – JohnDoe
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 4:00
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    @JohnDoe - Technically the Apple Watch is a computer does not mean questions about the Apple Watch are on topic here at Superuser.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 11:46

It might be enough on topic at android to get an answer (before it is closed), as that group has many people highly skilled in messing with the phones, not so much hardware side of it, unless firmware counts, but there might be one person who has done replacements like that.

I have messed with resistive touch and digitisers many times, minus some taped or adhesive or glued areas that can be confusing as to what to do, it is worth trying , even failing for any of them. If a human could make it, if a human could fix it, your human :-) you have nothing to lose.

IMO it is still sad there is not a very Wide open unrestricted hardware Q&A for the stack exchange, the ones that do cover some sorts of hardware, start out thier Area51 with unnessisary restrictions, when a "All Computer Hardware" would take off like a rocket to the moon.

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