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The question was closed in June 2012. It's asking about why a particular app was pulled from the Google Play Store and specifically what security issues did it raise. As seen in the Meta discussion about it, two other users (current Android Enthusiasts Community Moderators) weigh in with their thoughts. In essence: Nobody can answer with authority except ...


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I'll answer in general as I can't see enough information to actually judge this specific situation. Questions that are under active discussion should not be deleted at all as this prevents the community from participating in the moderation of this question. There are exceptional cases where deleting would still be warranted, but in general such a question ...


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The short answer, of course, is that you can't expect decisions made by humans to be consistent. The longer answer is that what's off-topic and on-topic is not determined by one user's comment on a question, but by the democratic process of voting to close. On a wider scale, discussion here on meta sets a written policy for what is on- and off-topic, and it'...


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I believe that these should remain off-topic. As I see it, our site is designed for and primarily used by users of the Android OS. Our audience uses apps, it doesn't develop or publish them. When we support a niche area, such as modding system assets for example, it's supporting users in their role as users (advanced users, but users nonetheless). Users ...


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From what I've seen of questions asked by developers having issue with the Play Store, most of the questions would be closed in any event, simply because it was very specific to the person asking it, it was soliciting opinion, it was something only Google could answer, or it was rhetorical/a rant. (I'll see if I can dig up some examples, but it'll take ...


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What circumstances is a general all-round "yes you can" or "no you can't" going to be useful? Are you just going to spend days throwing random commands at your tablet in random ways, or is there something specific that you're trying to do? What are you likely to be doing that has a chance of bricking your device? A question like "Is there a chance rooting ...


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I was one of the close voters. You were specifically seeking for an app, which is discouraged for reasons mentioned and reproduced Questions asking us to find or recommend an app, device, ROM, accessory or off-site resource are off-topic for Android Enthusiasts as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam and become obsolete quickly Asking for a ...


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Just because a question is Closed doesn't mean that it is locked away forever. Being Closed gives the original author (and others) an opportunity to improve the question and, hopefully, get it re-opened. If you believe that the questions are not essentially the same, then please edit your question to make that distinction. It would be a good idea to link to ...


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I agree with GAThrawn, that the rule is simply "if it's asked from a developer's perspective then the question is off-topic on Android Enthusiasts." I like to add that it is not always easy to say which questions are clearly developer questions and which are power end-users ones. I'd like to see more tolerance for the later ones. But the mentioned question ...


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Shopping questions are off-topic within the whole SX network. This fact and the 'avoid the XY problem' suggestion resulted in the following help text about on- and off-topic questions: Please note the following topics are expressly off-topic here: ... ... or "Can you suggest an app that does X?" So if you make sure that your question is on-...


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Placing a comment on the question that is going to cause a dup cycle is the right thing to do. Hopefully users working on the review queue will notice the comment and choose the right action (e.g. Leave Open). I also just noticed that the system prevents duplicate cycles (not sure if only direct cycles or also deeper ones). If the cycle has already been ...


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This is quite possibly my fault (though the system should probably handle it better). At the end of last week How do you link to applications in the Android market? came up in my Close Votes queue as a dupe of How to post a link to an android market app? but after looking at the two questions, it was obvious that one had old, out-of-date and (now-)incorrect ...


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As I see it, the key issue is about allowing users to identify themselves. When I went to see Mr. Spolsky speak about SE, the first and biggest point he made is that when someone visits the front page of an SE site, they can immediately see whether the site is for them. They look at the questions, and they think, "Yes, these are the kind of questions I am ...


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Topics related to users using the Play Store and problems using the Play Store are already on topic, there's lots of them in the google-play-store tag. It's just questions from a developer's perspective that are off-topic, and I think that's still the right distinction.


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As I just wondered again about the development tag (and why there are only so few questions tagged such), maybe a sum-up from the above might be helpful: Some facts development questions are off topic according to our FAQ, and thus get closed as we have no interest in keeping off topic stuff on our site, we finally want to delete them a question being ...


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