Background to the questions:
It is true that stackoverflow is only for software related issues. However software is purely academic without hardware that runs it.
There was a post recently which was about a low power design here that I would argue although badly asked was a legitimate discussion on low power software design techniques and should not have been closed. I would postulate this because it did not mention any particular hardware, more how to work out what hardware and software could be combined to use XBee, a software protocol work.
Of course there are other questons I would agree have no links to software so should be moved.
I think the problem is partly down to the success of stackoverflow. A web on a technical topic ofen returns a stackoverflow result where permitted tags are electronics and hardware. It is not surprising that people often post in the wrong place. I was not aware of there being an electroncs.stackexchange before I started my first post here, and the I only stumbled across it after a post was closed.
IMO not enough is done to make people aware of the other systems. Or allow messages to be moved between them.
Perhaps there should be a move to either allow more hardware or electronics posting where they can be argued to have a software link. A software engineering topic in the answer, or there should be a button to MOVE to another forum, rather than bluntly closing it.
So to my questions:
Why are there not better links between stackoverflow and electronics?
Why are people too hasty to close qustions as being 'off topic' when that might only be the view of a few? Perhaps voting to close should be open to a more balanced forum of hardware and software engineers?