I've been trying to figure out if a particular question I have is on topic, and haven't been able to find much in the way of guidance. I found the question, Should the FAQ section on off-topic questions be clarified?, but that didn't seem to provoke much of a response.
I realize that the particular section being referred to in the above question is not editable, however, most sites, especially sites that are out of beta, have added this information by now. See for example:
I posed this question in chat and someone implied that it is somehow self-explanatory. I really don't think that it is. For example, which of the following are on topic, and what, if any, are the restrictions on them?
- App recommendations (what's a good X app)?
- App comparisons (which is a better X app, Y or Z)?
- Carrier/network concerns - (is phone X compatible with carrier Y)?
- General network questions (what's the difference between 3G and 4G)?
- General device questions (what's a Candy Bar form factor)?
- Extremely basic questions (how do I use the alarm clock)?
- Obscure tech support questions (error X in app-that-nobody's-heard-of Y)?
- Tactics for Android games (which may or may not be unique to Android)?
That's just off the top of my head. If they're all on topic, then that's great - please mention this on the on-topic section. If any of them are off-topic then it would really help to have a supplementary off-topic section in the FAQ, as many other sites do.
P.S. I also found the entries in FAQ: "What kind of questions should I NOT ask here?" to be of no help at all. Shopping recommendations, duplicate questions, and speculation questions are all already covered by the boilerplate FAQ and aren't on topic anywhere in the network. The complementary What kind of questions should I ask here? isn't much more illuminating.