I am on the lookout for a laptop for development. There seems to be no shortage of questions addressing this issue. However, the answers to these posts seem outdated. This is the kind of question which needs to be raised time and again as the market changes. I am pretty sure that a post titled "Budget Laptop for Development - 2010 Q3" will be closed in no time and downvoted mercilessly.
Could we have some way to protect such posts? This is definitely programming related and could also lead a lot (that's understating it) of search traffic to the site. Not to mention that the best answers to such a question are to be found nowhere else but on SO.
How do we go about discussing such topics? How do we protect such discussions from being downvoted/closed/flamed?