I asked my very first Mechanics SO question today ...and it was closed very quickly. It is frustrating to see that the same bad habits that are being fought by the StackOverflow since last year are not being addressed on the smaller SE sites.
The closing reason mentions a "shopping question":
Questions seeking price/shopping assistance are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.
Well actually™, not all "shopping" questions are the same. Even the blog post referred to in the closing reason says so.
I suspect the closer(s) didn't bother to read my question carefully, because the question I posted:
- includes the specific car make, model, kind, and year.
- includes the intended application/use of the product (satisfies the
describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solvesuggestion).
- includes the constraints to the product I'm looking for (namely, the mounting type, and the sturdiness for the intended use).
- includes the request to any things I should be careful about when buying a product.
- DOES NOT include an ask for a recommendation of a particular product or producer.
- will have a long-lasting valid answer (as opposed to many other shopping questions) -- see why below.
I did my homework spending several days learning about the subject through Google, YouTube, and various seller sites. Still have no clear picture of what and how to search for. Even the likely to be valid products for Suzuki Liana are discontinued, so the answer to my question has high chances of staying valid for a long time.
Closing the question with a blanket response is either negligence or hostility. Especially, if we're looking at a question from a new member. Is this really what Mechanics.SO is alike? I propose reconsidering my questions's validity and re-opening it.