Based on the results of the vote for a change of policy we've drawn the conclusion that the majority of the users (who voted) are in favor of allowing appropriate tablet questions.
So the new policy means we allow tablet questions, but we don't actively encourage iOS or Android questions. Basically, this is a start of making our hardware policy more in line with our software policy. We don't tell users with Ubuntu questions to go to AskUbuntu, so starting today we'll also stop telling iPad users to go to AskDifferent.
We will also have to update our FAQ and that's where we need your help! Ironically, tablets never were explicitly mentioned on our FAQ, so I'd propose to leave them out and consider them computer/computing hardware.
Here's a draft for the new FAQ, I used the FAQ from Math.SE as a template which points out that while certain topics are on-topic, there are also other sites on the network that might give you better response.
Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about …
- computer hardware
- computer software
- personal and home computer networking
… then this is the right place to ask!
There are certain subjects that, while still being on-topic here, might get better response on our sister sites for certain niche topics:
- Android for enthusiasts, power users, and regular people who use the Android operating system
- Ask Different for Apple enthusiasts and power users
- Ask Ubuntu for Ubuntu-related questions. It's also a place to share knowledge about Ubuntu
- Unix and Linux for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems
You are still welcome to post questions from the above categories here on Super User as long as they are otherwise on-topic; however, some types of questions are always considered off-topic:
- Shopping or product recommendations
- Programming and code — Stack Overflow
- Corporate IT support and networks — Server Fault
- Videogames and consoles — Arqade
- Websites or web services, like Facebook, Twitter — Web Apps or WordPress
- Devices, media players and phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer
- Questions about the site itself — please ask on our Meta instead. You can also ask questions that apply to all of Stack Exchange on Meta Stack Overflow, but you don't have to.
I copied the middle part straight from their respective FAQs, so don't blame the messenger. This does not mean we don't think Super User is a great place to ask questions about these respective topics, but just to make users aware that we're part of a larger network of great sites!
Now that this is incorporated into our FAQ, we'd also want to actively discourage comments pointing users to these sites. Don’t attempt to scavenge on-topic questions from other sites by asking the moderators there to migrate them to yours. Such comments should be flagged and will get deleted. The only times a user should be encouraged to have their question migrated to other sites are if the question is one of the following:
- off topic here, but on topic there
- getting very few views after at least a few days, and no good answers, and you believe it might get better answers there
- the user who asks the question requests it to be moved because they think it would do better there
Lastly, I know Daniel and slhck want to have our (software) recommendation policy to be more clear, so if you can think of a change of wording, feel free to propose it now.
Just so everyone knows, moderators can't change the FAQ on Trilogy sites like they can on (beta) SE 2.0 sites, so we'll have to run the final thing past the team.
Shopping or product recommendationsfirst in line.