I've asked the following question: How would 'Electronics Right-to-Repair' legislation affect Electrical Design?

When I posted this I felt it was extremely applicable to electrical design. My intention was to find out what types of technical design changes would need to occur in order to accommodate this law. I thought this should be a fairly un-opinionated question with citation to IEEE or other design standards. I'm not looking to start a debate or open a forum question.

However, I received a pretty mixed opinion on the question. It was put on-hold almost immediately, and still is, but it is currently sitting with 4 up-votes, 4 votes to reopen, 1 vote to delete. One user thinks it is extremely appropriate, the other thinks it is completely off-topic. So I'm lost, is it on topic or not? I have read the help page but I get stuck on the fact that it uses words like feel and generally to describe appropriate questions.

I tried narrowing the question down to just the fifth point in order to make the question less broad but I'm not sure where to go from here. Do I edit the question further and try to salvage it, does it need more (or less) context, or do I just vote to close it myself? I don't care much whether is stays open or gets closed at this point but I am looking for an opinion from the community and to educate myself further about EE.SE.


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So looking at the question, I think it's on-topic, but it's subjective and hypothetical. The main reason I see it as hypothetical is because you are asking about a trade group's goals, not necessarily about enacted legislation. A similar hypothetical is "What if PETA had their entire agenda implemented in law?".

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That makes sense. With the context and framing of the question, it would make more sense to ask after the law would be enacted. \$\endgroup\$
    – user199402
    Aug 29, 2019 at 18:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ The problem is that it isn't a specific technical question - it's a policy question, or a "how to deal with this policy" question. It's of course relevant to EE work, but not at all within the design scope of stack exchange \$\endgroup\$ Aug 29, 2019 at 18:45

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