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How to obtain a Laptop without hidden surprises was closed within minutes of posting with the stated reason:

Questions seeking for hardware shopping recommendations are off-topic because they are often relevant only to the question author at the time the question was asked and tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead of asking what to buy, try asking how to find out what suits your needs.

"Instead of asking what to buy, try asking how to find out what suits your needs." - That is exactly what I did!?

Yet within the few minutes it was open, two users commented, who had - in different ways even - completely misread that intention and a third user was at least unsure about it.

So, quite evidently, I have posed that question exceptionally badly: It cannot be understood.
... But... I have no clue what might make it so hard to parse.

Please provide guidance on how to render it comprehensible.

Changes I have thought of so far:

  • reword "candidate" for the third example Laptop to avoid association with "finding candidates"
    (as opposed to "learning how to find")
    • I cannot think of a similarly concise term
    • finding candidates is my end goal - just not what the question is to solve directly
  • remove prices to avoid association with "pick one of those"
    • I quite clearly state that those are devices I already possess, not
    • the intention here was to contrast increasing issue count with increasing price - demonstrating that my naive approach becomes worse... mayhap that is irrelevant though

... Neither seems to be a particularly convincing change.

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"Instead of asking what to buy, try asking how to find out what suits your needs." - That is exactly what I did!?

You actually just described all the difficulty you had configuring your current hardware and the defects your current hardware has from your perspective.

Yet within the few minutes it was open, two users commented, who had - in different ways even - completely misread that intention and a third user was at least unsure about it.

So, quite evidently, I have posed that question exceptionally badly: It cannot be understood.

I would agree you didn't ask for a hardware recommendation. However, you did ask for our opinion, which is still out of scope.

Please provide guidance on how to render it comprehensible.

I don't see a way to reconcile your desire to determine, how to purchase a laptop that meets your requirements, but also fits within our requirements for questions on our website. The edits the question have received at this point have not resolved that particular conflict.

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  • ... Is this a language problem? I am not interested in opinions nor have I asked for any opinions nor was the question closed for being opinion-based. Valid answers to the question are "follow <directed graph of steps> to be reasonable sure you know what you buy" or "it cannot be done, here are pointers towards a frame change". Certainly not different from questions like "how can I buy clothes that fit" (try them on before you buy), "how can I fly" (board a plane), "how can I stop breathing" (you might not want to do that), etc. With this kind of reasoning you can close anything!? – Zsar Aug 4 at 21:51
  • Should I remove the "difficulty [I] had configuring"? I consider context important... past questions have solicited unwanted "why don't you do something else entirely" answers which did not apply due to context - but that was largely on StackOverflow, mayhap here a different conduct is approprate. I can certainly cut out all the details - I do not care for them, nor do I care how to resolve them - I care about avoiding them in the first place. ... But is this in any way conductive? – Zsar Aug 4 at 21:53
  • Your question doesn’t really fit a Q&A format. How you choose a laptop to purchase, is deeply personal, and is not really a technical question. There are certain questions that are simply not suitable for a Q&A website like Super User. – Ramhound Aug 4 at 22:07

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