Obviously, I'm new here. Regardless, this site operates much differently from any of the other SE sites I've contributed to. There seems to be a clear definition of scope for questions on this site listed here:
This site is for electronics and electric***al*** engineering professionals, students, and enthusiasts. We ask and answer questions about electrical and electronics engineering topics, which include electronics, physical computing, and those working with microcontrollers, Arduinos and embedded systems. We feel the best Electronics Design questions have a schematic, links to pertinent datasheets or some source code in them, but if your question generally covers …
- a specific electronics design problem
- the theory and simulation of electromagnetic forces
- a communication scheme the writing of firmware for bare-metal or RTOS applications
and it is not about …
- a shopping or buying recommendation
- consumer electronics such as media players, cell phones or smart phones, except when designing these products or modifying their electronics for other uses
- Programming software for a PC
… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!
A reading of that document (with emphasis on the bolded parts) seems to suggest that it's okay for people with relatively little knowledge to ask general questions about how electronics and EE works including some of the underlying theory, aka not simply about pulling numbers off a datasheet (which was suggested as the appropriate type of question to me in a recent comment).
However, I've observed questions that the community considers simple closed because it's unclear what's being asked. And I've observed more general theoretical questions closed because people couldn't figure out which numbers to pull off of which datasheet in order to fill the asker's request. That seems a bit odd to me as people are generally in the business of asking questions to learn, not just know (you know, the old fish adage).
Anyway. I have no problem what the community here decides should be their preferred approach. I simply think the accompanying site documents should reflect the desires to avoid confusion. If simple questions about theory are not desired, don't promote them in the on-topic document.
Here are a few questions which I am confused why they are on hold:
While there is probably not an answer to the above question. In my opinion it is interesting nonetheless and related to EE. Who knows, someone might actually know a reason or it might be discovered that the OP is operating on a false assumption (perhaps nanofarads are often used and OP just doesn't know it).
Voted as off topic but should probably be classified as too broad or something else. However, maybe you can understand my confusion if you disagree and thing the question should be classified as off topic (as is clear the people who voted to close do).
This is an example of a question that I could answer after taking one electronics course and generally being and enthusiast, but I'd have no idea how if I was coming from a different background (say and entirely CS background and this was my first forte into Arduinos). It seems super trivial, but I believe that is the point of a question.
W5V0 (and other concerned parties), I'm not trying to rant or troll. I'm trying to help cleanup confusion I've (and others I've seen) experienced. I'm trying to help the community here reflect what the community here actually wants. If you don't agree, simply downvote this suggestion, but please don't accuse me of ranting for no reason.