I've got the question

https://superuser.com/questions/1651185/does-windows-have-any-protection-against-programs-that-refuse-to-uninstall (deleted automatically by Community, only for 10K+ users)

... that was marked as "off topic". I can't understand why.

  • The tour says nothing about the Windows Registry being off-topic.
  • The tour says I should ask about:
    • Specific issues with computer software, hardware or networking (yes, this is an issue with computer software)
    • Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered (yes, this is a real problem!)
  • They also say to not ask about:
    • Questions that are primarily opinion-based
    • Questions with too many possible answers or require an extremely long answer
    • Videogames, consoles, or other electronic devices, unless they connect to your computer
    • Websites or web services like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
    • Shopping, buying or product recommendations
    • Issues specific to corporate IT support and networks
  • None of these describe my question.

So why is it off-topic?

1 Answer 1


"Add details and clarify the problem being solved. This will help others answer the question. You can edit the question."

Is the close banner on the question. Its incredibly broad and talks about a strange, hypothetical situation.

Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered

Seems hypothetical, unless you can name and shame some software boneheaded enough to actively tell you it can't uninstall, as opposed to a half dozen other sneakier things.

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