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I don't like the usage of the word appliance in the off-topic close reason for poor repair questions:

"Questions on appliance repair are off-topic unless they involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired."

According to Merriam Webster's dictionary: An appliance is:

"a machine (such as a stove, microwave, or dishwasher) that is powered by electricity and that is used in people's houses to perform a particular job"

A recent question about how to unplug cables on a computer motherboard was closed for this reason. The problem is, it's not really an appliance, and I envision the OP scratching his or her head wondering how we categorize these things.

Instead, I'd like to see a close reason for poor repair questions worded something like:

"Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired."

Or the short version:

"Questions on electronics repair must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired.

Zebonaut's meta question about improving repair questions is a great reference.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Sounds reasonable. Write up the text in an answer so we can vote on it. Neither of your suggestions should hita character limit. \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Nov 27 '13 at 0:29
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Proposed new close reason:

Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired. See also: Is asking on how to fix a faulty circuit on topic?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This is now one of the off-topic close reasons. Go ahead and accept this answer. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Dec 4 '13 at 17:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO Thanks for your input and support on the proposal. \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Dec 4 '13 at 17:28
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Proposed new close reason (shorter version):

"Questions on electronics repair must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired."

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