I deleted this question, after it was downvoted and closed as off-topic***.

That's totally fine, I respect the wisdom of those who are smarter and more experienced with this SE site ( @keltari , @jakegould et al -- thank you).

However, for me to improve I need to understand why. Based on the close message and linked documentation it sounded right on topic to me (it's about how to use software to control hardware... no?).

I noticed that there were no tags for Alexa, Echo, Google Home, etc. Is it just that these voice controlled devices are kind of unofficially off-topic? It seemed that way to me, but I'm guessing that's not the real answer and there's something I can learn here to be a better SuperUser user.

Thanks! Wasn't sure if the best tag for this is "discussion" or "support" so I added both - please feel free to edit.

*** for anyone who can't see the text of the deleted question I linked to, it was basically this:*

I have an Android phone and multiple Echo dots and for some reason the voice recognition on Alexa does not work as well when issuing multi-room music commands... [technical details went here, omitted for brevity]... as a workaround, is there any way to control the music selection without voice for multi-room music? I only know how to do it for one device at a time.


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Per the help centre "on-topic" page media devices and smartphones are off-topic here.

and it is not about …

  • websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress,
  • electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer,

Basically this is not a problem with your computer nor about hardware interfacing with a laptop or desktop computer. Tablets running iOS or Android are considered "large smartphones" in this context.

If it is a problem with using Android devices (smartphones etc.) then there is Android Enthusiasts

  • I see, thank you much. OK so maybe I head to Area 51 if there's not a SE site for the VR controlled IoT devices as well
    – Hack-R
    Jul 15, 2018 at 15:10
  • @Hack-R to address your (now deleted) comment... a smartphone or Alexa device may have a CPU, but they are not considered "general purpose" computing devices. The software on them is largely locked down, limited, or otherwise not on "open" platforms meaning that you cannot run a substantively different system on them without a lot of hacking about and different Android versions and variants don't count. There was a Gadgets Area51 proposal years ago, but it didn't survive. Maybe some variant of that would do better now...
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jul 15, 2018 at 15:22

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