Note: the question has since been edited, so the wording that prompted this post would be found in the edit history.
I voted to close this question: What is the “simple English” translation for a client downloading a torrent?. Now I'm having second thoughts and figured the place to get input is here rather than a comment discussion on the question.
Arguments for being on-topic:
- The question asks for an explanation of a computer-related technical question.
- The question requests an answer understandable by a non-technical person.
- Given several answers that are all technically correct, the one that's easiest to understand can be more useful.
Arguments for being off-topic:
- The question specifies a criterion of a specific writing style.
- How well a post answers the question (or which post answers the question better), is based on compliance with a writing style, which is at least as important as technical accuracy. Technical accuracy might even be judged less important than "understandability".
- This criterion makes the question very opinion-based.
Super User gets many questions that specifically request a "newbie" answer, either because the OP is not a techie or because they want a way to explain a concept to someone else who isn't a techie. This is the first one I can remember where the question specifies an answer written in a certain way. My initial reaction to it was that it was more like a writing assignment for a technical writer than a technical question.
- Is the question on-topic as written?
- If not, what guidance can we offer on how to ask it in a more on-topic way?