The FAQ says (bold is mine):
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face.
However, there are many questions where the user basically asks us to explain some technology aspect; be it just out of curiosity, or for other reason, but definitely not because there is an actual problem that the person faces.
- Why is dial up so slow?
- Why can't routers use MAC addresses instead of private/local IP addresses?
- What is the “secret” behind the non-volatile effect of the Flash memories?
- Is the transistor count in hardware actual count?
These questions often draw lots of votes, both for the question itself and for the answers, and are rarely closed. However I think that most questions like these, where an answer is a wikipedia quote, are off-topic, according to the FAQ.
I think we should either:
A. Amend the faq to allow these questions.
B. Close them as off-topic as they appear.
What is your opinion?