Yesterday, this question was closed as off-topic since it was about hardware compatibility. This is great, but I disagree with the close reason:

"Questions about creating artwork or using graphics software as an end-user are off-topic for this site. Consider if your question might be re-written to fit on Graphic Design. If your question is about Blender, it might fit on Blender."

Blender SE also does not like questions about hardware compatibility, see here.

I don't think that it is a good idea to direct users with off-topic questions to a site where that question will still be off-topic.

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    $\begingroup$ What would you suggest instead? Should we not mention Blender at all? There's a reason the links (which you omitted from your copy) point to help/on-topic for the sites instead of /ask or the front page. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 17, 2017 at 6:44
  • $\begingroup$ Discussion (such as it is) for this custom close reason was on this question so you should propose an alternative there. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 17, 2017 at 6:48
  • $\begingroup$ @DanHulme Just to clarify, is the cited off-topic reason the only off-topic closure reason available here? $\endgroup$
    – Pikalek
    Oct 17, 2017 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Pikalek There's that and the standard "off-site resource" one. Arguably this particular question is as good a match with either. Maybe I should have written a better explanation, but I just picked the one that seemed most appropriate. As a matter of interest, most of the reason for mentioning Blender.SE is that there was a spate of "how do I x in Blender" questions right before I drafted the text, but I don't think we've had any since then, so I for one would have no objection to just removing that sentence. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 17, 2017 at 22:43
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    $\begingroup$ @DanHulme The close reason itself is good, and I think that it is worded fine. I just wanted to clarify when it should be used. The question had nothing to do with creating artwork or using graphics software, but was only asking about hardware compatibility, so I think that Blatantly off topic would have been a better choice. $\endgroup$ Oct 17, 2017 at 23:49

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OK, following the discussion I'm just going to say mea culpa. I was a little lazy and chose the easiest thing to do to get rid of a question that could not be made on-topic through edits. It seemed expedient and unproblematic at the time, but I should have considered the risk of pointing the questioner at other sites where the question would be equally off-topic. My mistake caused work for other people.

I'll try to be more careful in future when wielding my mod hammer.


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