So long story short I had a thought about a question pertinent to the outlets and meter of my house. I searched Stack Exchange and figured that Electrical Engineering is probably my best bet.

So I went ahead and posted my question. Immediately I get accused of posting something as off-topic. There was a bit of back-n-forth with another user in the comments.

Then, 3 answers were submitted. And I marked the one that answered my question the best as accepted. Then, moments later the question gets marked as "on hold" as off-topic.

I am not sure what to do, as I feel like this is not right at all. And it's not fair towards the other members who spent time and answered my question.

I went to their chatroom and asked, but not getting anywhere. Is there anything I can do? Or should I just let it go?

  • So now you close this as off-topic too? Why? I received plenty of help from @Glorfindel This site is extremely harsh towards new users, my lord. – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 2:48
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    Yeah, I don't understand and voted to reopen. You don't have the required reputation to post on Electrical Engineering meta anyway. – Glorfindel Jun 28 '18 at 5:27
  • @Glorfindel: FWIW, anyone can ask on any site meta about one of their own questions on main, no rep required. – Nathan Tuggy Jun 28 '18 at 5:44
  • ah, yeah, I keep forgetting that. – Glorfindel Jun 28 '18 at 5:45
  • @Glorfindel Yeah, I don't feel comfortable to post there again anyway haha. I will probably do the sites-recommendation first. FWIW, I asked a question on stackoverflow regarding the crystal programming language, and everyone was like extremely cordial (like you here). But it feels like the electrical engineering one is like a totally different beast. That's just my experience. Although, to be fair, the answers I got in the EE sub were very helpful. Then, this gets marked as off-topic, I'm really shocked lol But I am appreciated that at least someone understands where I'm coming from =] – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 5:51
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    Well, your responses don't really help your case at all. You were told very clearly that your question was off-topic, and why, and you decided to argue the point. You then used the fact that someone answered as justification to keep the question open, which doesn't invalidate the fact that it was off-topic in the first place. An answered question doesn't mean it's useful, nor should stay open. – fbueckert Jun 28 '18 at 13:55
  • @fbueckert It most certainly does. It shows it's relevant to the community and obviously not off-topic, if it's receiving answers. Please don't victim blame, thanks – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 20:02
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    A question being answered != on-topic. Someone being able to answer the question != on-topic. That's like saying I can ask how to cook a cake on EE.SE, and if someone answers, it's relevant and on-topic. A question's answerability has absolutely zero relevance to on or off-topicness. There's no victim blaming; just common sense. – fbueckert Jun 28 '18 at 20:06
  • @fbueckert Now you are distorting what I have said. I said it has received 3 answers, not just 1 answer. ("A question being answered != on-topic") -- And talking about how electrical outlets are connected to a meter, and if it's possible for an energy provider to generate a diagram (engineering part) 100% falls under electrical engineering. Yes, you are victim blaming by saying statements like "don't really help your case at all." If you don't have anything nice to say, please don't comment. – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 20:07
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    You're arguing with the wrong person; I don't use EE. I'm just pointing out the flaws in your argument. It doesn't matter how many answers a question gets; at Arqade, one of our more popular tags was identify-the-game. They got tons of answers. And they are still off-topic. If you want to argue on-topicness, you know where to do it. It's not here. – fbueckert Jun 28 '18 at 20:09
  • "You're arguing with the wrong person" Then don't start an argument with me. btw, you have pointed out zero flaws with my argument. – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 20:11
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    Alright, you tell yourself that. Now please go to Meta.EE if you want to continue arguing, because this isn't the place. – fbueckert Jun 28 '18 at 20:14
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    ...aaaaaand this is why it's completely acceptable to downvote answers (good or not) on off topic questions. Saved for future reference. – Won't Jun 28 '18 at 20:50
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    You are going to have to accept that the EE SE community has decided that question isn't actually on-topic. I stand by my statement that an answer can be well received to a question that isn't on-topic. Does not change the fact the question isn't on-topic. – Ramhound Jun 28 '18 at 21:53
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    @JohnJoe: They're not arbitrary, they're mislabeled. Those are two very different problems. I'm not saying "off-topic" is a good name for the concept. It isn't. What I am saying is that it is not some sort of dart-board slapdash affair. Rather, sincere efforts to produce a decent system ran into limited resources and differences of opinion about how best to go about it. – Nathan Tuggy Jun 30 '18 at 8:27

It might simply be a conflict of opinions; one person found it interesting/on-topic enough to answer it; five people voted to close it as off-topic, deeming it a bad fit for the site. Note that five people (others, or even the close voters) can also reopen it if they disagree with the closure.

I get accused of posting something as off-topic.

It might feel that way, but Stack Exchange is focused on content, not users. You are not accused in any way; it's your question that's under discussion. Stack Exchange sites need to have a specific scope to make sure the questions can be answered properly; generally speaking that means high-quality, objective answers by people who are knowledgeable about the subject.

Is there anything I can do?

It's going to be hard to modify this question so that it will become on-topic for Electrical Engineering. But there are more Stack Exchange sites out there; on Meta we can help you with a . I'm not particularly sure about this question, but it might fit on DIY Stack Exchange.

  • Cool! Yeah, I was reading the wikipedia on EE and it said "Electrical engineering is a professional engineering discipline that generally deals with the study and application of electricity". And I figured the outlets and the meter is the electric part. And the energy company "possibly" generating a diagram from the meter data is the "engineering" part. That's kinda why I went back n forth with that user in the comments. Very cool about sites-recommendation, I should have probably used that. Thanks for your cordial response, I'm going to just let it go – John Miller Jun 27 '18 at 9:57
  • Hey @Glorfindel, I am going to delete this question. They marked it as off-topic and it's continuing to get downvotes. I appreciate your cordial response, but this site is way too harsh towards new users, I don't really feel comfortable continuing to use a site with a community like this. With that said however, I do appreciate your response greatly =] Thanks again – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 4:51
  • @JohnMiller - You cannot delete this question. You have already received an answer. – Ramhound Jun 28 '18 at 21:01
  • Yeah, I just found that out after I posted :P – John Miller Jun 28 '18 at 21:07

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