I generally don't participate much on SO or Meta. This is not a new case but I can't just prevent myself from posting this.
Let's look at this question:
The OP of the question appears to have done his research, and tried several things before posting here. Instead of the help he was expecting, he received two comments; one advising to post it on Server Fault and another to post it on Super User.
After some time the question was closed, stating the reason as off-topic. But I am unsure many similar questions like PHP CURL not working - WAMP on Windows 7 64 bit manage to be on-topic, although both of them are not programming related questions. Also, remember that the similar question with upvotes inspired user to post it here.
Let's look at the advice given to the user:
put on hold as off-topic by arkascha, M42, zero323, halfer, rene 2 days ago This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave these specific reasons:
"Questions on professional server, networking, or related infrastructure administration are off-topic for Stack Overflow unless they directly involve programming or programming tools. You may be able to get help on Server Fault." – halfer, rene
"Questions about general computing hardware and software are off-topic for Stack Overflow unless they directly involve tools used primarily for programming. You may be able to get help on Super User." – arkascha, M42, zero323
The close reasons advise the user to post it on two different sites. From this, we can see that even old SO users are confused as to which is the correct place to post this between Server Fault and Super User....so how can you expect a new user who has just joined today to understand this very well?
Then, I waited for 2 days to see if the OP will post it on a different SE site or not. The result was No. The user didn't post it again on a different SE site.
Well, this is one of the numerous cases in which new users are unwelcomed here, and many eventually never return to this site. So, my request is that we should help new users to understand this site and not just create a pile of downvotes or closing their questions without helping them.
P.S. Can anyone explain while PHP CURL not loading in WAMP after upgrading PHP from 5.3.4 to 5.3.22 was off-topic why PHP cURL not working - WAMP on Windows 7 64 bit is on-topic?
My intention by sharing this question was neither to limit this discussion to this question nor to start a debate about WAMP questions. The linked question was not downvoted but there are lot of questions who get lot of downvotes without reason written. Also, here extra helpful means spending extra efforts helping new users understand the site. I have also included an answer with my suggestions but it is somehow downvoted.