I am new to this Stack Exchange site. I recently asked a question about whether certain connections were standardized, specifically laptop 4k non-touch screens. It quickly got flagged as an off-topic question for the reason of being a "Hardware Purchasing Question."
I was not asking for specific hardware recommendations. I was simply asking whether a class of connectors were cross compatible.
I would like to know why my question is off topic.
Was it because of the context? I gave some context for my question because, on other stack exchanges, when ever I don't explain why I want what I want, I end up in long conversations justifying why I want what I want. So I added a context to explain the problem which led me to asking this question. This context does mention purchasing, but only as a segue in to the actual specific question. Specifically, "Before I spend money on the actual hardware, I would like to be a bit more certain [about the compatibility]."
Would it be on topic if I removed the context? Because I actually am usually helped by questions that give context, as I can more easily determine if they are actually asking the question I want answered.