I asked a detailed, definite question about how to go about upgrading a video display adapter (which is personal computer hardware) inside a Dell Vostro (which is personal computer hardware), when there were apparent limits on the power supply.
Upgrading video adapter for Dell Vostro 220s to Geforce 7800 or Radeon 1800?
WHY was this closed as "Off-Topic"?
The FAQ says these kinds of questions are acceptable:
If you have a question about …
• computer hardware • computer software • personal and home computer networking
And it says the question should be about "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face," which it was.
There were no other comments or explanations, just the "Off-topic" note.
I'm rapidly drawing the conclusion that one of these explanations is true:
- The FAQ is out of date and hardware questions are off-topic (please update the FAQ).
- Five people are unaware of the criteria for on-topic questions and close questions that should not be closed.
- Five people are aware of the criteria, and are misbehaving by closing questions that should not be
- Five people are intolerant of any person they regard is not as enlightened as they are, and don't mind appearing fairly rude for shutting down questions they just don't care to see.
I don't like any of these explanations. I'm a long-time user of StackOverflow, and just haven't needed to use SuperUser much. This is not the kind of behavior I've come to expect from any of the sites on StackExchange.
So, what obvious thing did I completely overlook that explains both
- Why my question was obviously off-topic, and that I should have known better, and
- Where the heck on StackExchange am I supposed to ask questions about upgrading video cards in personal computers? (maybe put that in the FAQ, too).