Rooting, custom ROMs and the like become off-topic
Definitely not. They are a genuine part of Android to many of us. While I agree that many of those questions are of poor quality – that doesn't make the topic poor.
I agree with Matthew here:
- Many of these questions are underspecified, and we need to prompt the user for details.
And this is how I deal with those usually:
- Adding a comment pointing out what's wrong and how to fix it (edit-in missing details etc.)
- Close the question (unclear/too broad, or whatever matches)
So if OP improves the question in a way it "becomes useful", I immediately re-open it. If not (and as long no one starts a discussion in the comments), Roomba will take care for it.
- Many are common issues that we should be collating into a single comprehensive question/answer.
This is what we address in several places already, e.g.:
- one rooting question per device
- closing ROM requests as dupes to our central "Where can I find a ROM"
Looks sufficient for me.
- Many are due to bugs that we can't help with or can't reproduce.
These we often close as off-topic already, and point the OP to the corresponding forums, bug-trackers, etc. We could "enforce" this a bit more, maybe, via a separate post on Meta with a strong consensus declaring them "off topic". Still, a "gray area" might be left with us (how to tell when it's a "clear bug report" or a misbehavior caused by other reasons?)
If you'd ask me for what I'd declare off-topic, I had a clear candidate though: 95% of the WhatsApp questions fall into that category ("Android independent"). But not being an expert in "asocial media", I keep my fingers off of those :)