This question was closed with the reason "This question does not appear to be about electronics design within the scope defined in the help center."

That I don't understand. The OP wants to interface to a resistive touch screen using either an Arduino or a microprocessor. That seems to be in the purview of "a specific electronics design problem" as described in the help center, just below the first paragraph.

There are certainly lots of other questions on this site re interfacing to an Arduino, so I can't see how that is an issue.

Granted, he has some misunderstandings on what a microprocessor (or microcontroller) is, which is covered in the answers. His best bet, obviously, is to use an Arduino.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This was correctly closed as off topic (before the edit). It originally asked about who knew something, not any electronics concept. Yes I understand that asking something by starting with "Does anyone know ..." is all too common. However, we do engineering here where attention to detail matters. People need to learn to ask what they really want to know, and to stop and think about what they are actually saying. This sort of sloppy language is bad, here and in the real world, but at least here we can do something about it. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 12, 2014 at 13:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop You've got to be kidding me.... "I've got standards so being an smartass is OKAY!" Would you have said the same thing to his face? The question was not off-topic. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Feb 12, 2014 at 16:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO That was a very low quality question. It's unfortunate that somebody had wasted 5 minutes on editing it. It's a pity that it got reopened. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 12, 2014 at 20:01

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That exact reason is what gets displayed when there are conflicting close reasons. In this particular case, Olin voted to close with the reason (and three other people agreed):

Yes, lot's of people know the difference between a arduino and a microprocessor. However, while actually discussing the difference could be on topic here, discussing who knows what is not.

Which breaks from the prompt that you normally get with a custom off-topic reason which is:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about...

So congratulations, you managed to close a question because someone started off with "Does anyone know". I wonder how you would handle that situation in person?

Two other people voted for "Unclear what you're asking", so the system defaulted to the "safety" case:

This question does not appear to be about electronics design within the scope defined in the help center.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Pretty confusing to those reading the reason for closing, when the question clearly is about electronics design. Meanwhile the question has been reopened, so I guess it's a moot point. \$\endgroup\$
    – tcrosley
    Feb 11, 2014 at 22:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @tcrosley Well, this is really more about abusing the "Off Topic" reason, and then the side effects when the system believes that the question is 3/5 votes for "Off Topic". \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Feb 12, 2014 at 3:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ Olin's reply "Yes, lot's (sic) of people know..." is as stupid and childish as replying "Yes" to the question "Do you have the time?" \$\endgroup\$
    – flup
    Feb 19, 2014 at 14:54

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