I am really enjoying that there are so many users already with the close-vote casting privilege and actively using the review queue tools to help maintaining this site.

However, while going through flags I often notice, some questions are closed with the following reason:

This question does not appear to be about Ethereum, the decentralized application platform and smart contract enabled blockchain, within the scope defined in the help center.

This is not certainly true for some questions like this one and I notice this happens quite often in relation with . In my eyes mining is an essential part of Ethereum and clearly on-topic.

If the question is of low quality, vote down and add a comment to help new users on-boarding by explaining how the question could be improved. If the question is hardly salvageable, use the unclear what you are asking reason. (And so on.)

But please don't close questions as off-topic which clearly relate to Ethereum. Discuss below if you disagree. Thanks :)

Edit: Another one.

  • Thank you for this note, me and some firends are "suffering" some times from incomprehensible closure of our questions. May 31, 2017 at 15:01
  • Feel free to always raise issues on meta.
    – q9f
    May 31, 2017 at 18:54
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    While I agree that your first example question is clearly on-topic, I'm not so sure about the second. While it is generally related to mining, it's not specific to Ethereum in any way, and is specifically a question solely about GPU hardware. Is there some rule of thumb we can use for deciding these cases? Jul 2, 2017 at 7:41

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Mining questions are important. In my opinion we need some of the expertise and experts from r/EtherMining/. Maybe an invitation from a mod or redditor with high reputation to EtherMining redditors could help.


I actually seem to disagree with a lot of the replies here. Questions like your first example are way too broad. While it's on-topic, it asks several different questions at once -- too many to be adequately answered in one answer. I think that example should definitely be closed as too broad or edited to be more clear.

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