The question is dead simple. What are Android-independent questions? If that's a broad thing to answer, then alternatively, how do I identify that a question is Android-independent?
There are some related questions which I should mention here:
- Why did my question on Google Play Games get closed?
- Is this question off-topic?
- What should we do with generic hardware questions that are clearly relevant to Android users?
- Why is this question about creating a second instagram account off topic?
- Questions about Android Accessories on topic?
- Are questions about LINE on-topic here?
I've checked all of them and none of them gives me fine impression on what's considered as Android-independent. Up until now, whatever the number of questions I've flagged or voted to close as Android-independent were based on the instinct I know it when I see it which says:
The phrase "I know it when I see it" is a colloquial expression by which a speaker attempts to categorize an observable fact or event, although the category is subjective or lacks clearly defined parameters.
I don't have any set of parameters which can guide or help me in identifying Android-independent questions other than a vague description in help center:
Android-independent questions, such as "Does Carrier X have prepaid plans?"
It is not hard for me to skip a question where I fail to judge whether the question is on-topic or not, but what bugs me is the lack of reasoning when I find question like Is there some hidden admin in a WhatsApp group? being put on hold or voted to close for being Android-independent question. (Note that I'm not questioning anyone's judgement here.)
That lack of reasoning is related to the on-topic guideline which says:
Using a particular app on your Android device
I get the point that some of the apps are cross-platform but as long as the author is using them on the Android, they should be treated as on-topic.
Some questions that I encountered and were closed as Android-independent:
- Installing kali linux on android? (this is dealing with Android device so it's on-topic and the close vote has expired now)
- How to leave from a Viber group permanently (a proper case wasn't established by poster that the app is running on Android so it could've been closed as unclear at best, but I still don't consider it Android-independent)
- Is my android when turned on constantly sending radio data to my provider? (I failed to judge it)
Some Android-independent questions are too easy or takes moderate efforts to identify, but the ones dealing with apps are hard for me to judge. Can I know why those questions dealing with apps like the ones I linked get to be closed as off-topic (Android-independent)?
It's not like I can continue to skip the questions for eternity!