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For example I just posted this: cheapest-android-phone-with-armv7-processor

I was hoping that someone else would have faced this problem before, saving me hours of research.

No useful responses, just some moderator muscling in on me. Closed within minutes...

This sort of thing seems to be common.

I feel that moderators and over zealous users are throwing their weight around and killing the spirit of the SE sites. As a consequence I have made a conscious decision to go back to being a 'lurker'.

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closed as not constructive by Brad Mace, Toon Krijthe, jonsca, uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN, jadarnel27 Aug 14 '12 at 17:11

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You mean like when people ignore the FAQ and the scope and post off topic questions anyway? Those are the rudest. – random Jun 29 '11 at 16:16
This is not a shopping recommendation. Its me trying to find out which devices support Adobe AIR. – Tom Jun 29 '11 at 16:26
Asking what clothes I should buy is not a shopping recommendation. It's me trying to find out which clothes I can wear. – Andreas Bonini Jun 29 '11 at 16:30
I'm not asking what I should buy, I'm asking which devices have ARMv7 or better processors. If it doesn't have ARMv7 it won't run Firefox Mobile or Flash 10.1. Major problem for a lot of users. How would you find out the answer to this problem? – Tom Jun 29 '11 at 16:35
@Tom By doing research outside of Stack Exchange, for example by looking through phone manufacturers' sites. It's a valid question to be sure, but it's not one that works well or is welcomed on Stack Exchange. – Adam Lear Jun 29 '11 at 17:03
Why, for example is this question allowed to remain, with no unwelcome attention: android.stackexchange.com/questions/810/… Did the word 'cheap' get my question flagged? – Tom Jun 30 '11 at 0:51
@Tom That one probably just slipped through the cracks. I see it's been closed now as well. – Adam Lear Jun 30 '11 at 19:13
Too many higher ranked users immediately attack individuals without provocation and simply leave no useful feedback for the OP to learn from. – Michael Eakins Nov 9 '11 at 14:47

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You can easily rephrase that question making it "on-topic", like "which Android phones support Adobe AIR?" and then compare their prices yourself.

Asking for cheapest one not only makes it off topic, but also cannot be clearly answered, as prices vary a lot between countries.

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This is probably the best suggestion, since I don't think the end goal is for Android.SE to do the shopping for him, but to help find out what devices meet his requirements. – Daniel DiPaolo Jun 29 '11 at 15:52
I don't think there's a lot of difference between the OP's question and this one. Fundamentally it's still a shopping recommendation. – Adam Lear Jun 29 '11 at 15:58
Its also a bit localized, as this changes practically from month to month – Won't Jun 29 '11 at 16:12
@Won't: that's why I've directed him to GSMArena, where you can find list that is constantly updated – vartec Jun 29 '11 at 17:03
The updated version proposed here is still a poll question, so it's still off-topic. – Pops Jun 30 '11 at 14:07

Get over it. It's off topic. You were told there. You will be told now too. It doesn't belong there whether you think is fair or not, and coming here to meta won't change the answer.

What "irks" me is people who insist on posting off topic questions claiming that it does no harm..

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I'm sorry, but shopping recommendations are off-topic.

That's not a moderator muscling in on you. That's a moderator following the rules of the site and doing their job.

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Your question was just off-topic for this site :

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.

It's common on stackexchange sites to have a "no shopping recommendation" policy. Sometimes, this is stated explicitly in the site FAQ. Well it seems it's not the case on android.se . We should ask their meta maybe.

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It's covered on their meta here with the official SE policy voiced by Robert Cartaino with references to votes on questions from the site's Area 51 phase. – Adam Lear Jun 29 '11 at 15:49

This post by Jeff from some time ago sums up what your question appears to be:

Q&A is Hard, Let’s Go Shopping!

Even your question's title falls over at the first hurdle:

Cheapest Android phone with ARMv7 processor

Mentioning "cheap" == "I am asking you to do my shopping".

None of the SE sites are intended shopping and recommendation use. These types of questions and their answers are only useful for a brief window of time and are therefore not welcome.

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