I've waited a week before replying here so that nobody thinks this response was in anyway "in the heat of the moment"...
A couple of weeks ago I asked a question about Trying to get a replacement set of probes for an old Multimeter. I believe the question was very clear and considered; it was a simple enough and could be useful to others. The first couple of paragraphs described the problem in such a way as to discourage a response of "Why not buy a new digital meter, they are cheap enough". I then describe what I've done to try and answer the question myself (I've used enough other stackexchange sites to know that people don't appreciate the site being used instead of research). I then finished with two simple questions which boil down to:
- Is this type of probe obsolete?
- If not, what is the correct terminology for the thing I'm looking for?
What I do NOT do is ask is ask specific recommendation for specific probes. As it happens I do not want specific recommendations because:
- I am very aware from using other stackexchange sites that these are forums for exchanging advice - they are not commercials for specific products. Personally I think this is a good thing
- Any reconsolidations are likely to be US based. As I don't live in the State it doesn't help me as I would have to deal with international shipping and customs
My question doesn't look unreasonable when you consider other questions that are acceptable:
- New multimeter probes don't fit my multimeter (This is very similar to my question, and something I found in my research)
- Best socket for 2mm multimeter probe
After few kind people offered me some advice I came to realise that the term I was missing was "2mm banana plug" - I didn't think of banana plugs because the original probe was more peg-like and didn't have anything springy in it. As you are all electronic engineers I am sure you are all aware that is is a very generic term for a connector that is manufactured by a wide variety of companies. No recommendations for products here. I did accept an answer (the only answer I was given) which linked to a couple of actual probes. This was helpful, not because I purchased one of those products (I didn't, for the reasons given above), but because they had a product description complete with pictures and that was helpful.
Then things went wrong. The question was closed with a blanket banner that says:
Questions seeking recommendations for specific products or places to purchase them are off-topic as they are rarely useful to others and quickly obsolete.
No more information then that. From my POV, the reason given for closing the question does not match the original post - I never requested or wanted recommendations for specific products or places if only because I don't believe it would have helped me. And remember that other very similar questions are considered acceptable.
After adding a comment asking why the question was closed I discovered it doesn't allow me to reopen it, so I am forced to edit the original question to ask what the problem is (not nice, but I can remove the updates later). The question is immediately closed down again, again with no further explanation.
After a few further attempts to find out what is so objectionable I'm eventually told that:
Asking for places to search is also off topic - but if you take the time to read the question you'll see I didn't do that either. I am more than capable of choosing a shop or search engine myself
We typically answer design questions on this site - Just Wow! As an engineer of 30 experience, all be it not an electronics engineer, I know what we do is a curious balance of the theory and practical. If some people want to only ask and answer the design side that's fine - we can all decide how engaged we choose to be. But to discourage others from engaging with the practical side of things... I'm gob smacked.
In one comment (now deleted) was warned off name calling. I strongly deny doing that, even after that previous comment. That was just rude.
Once again I would like to thank the people that did help me. I do appreciate their help. With that in mind, I accept that the following observation does not apply to everybody here...
I know I am 'just' a hobbyist and some (most?) of the major contributors are professionals, but I don't see why I should be made to feel so unwelcome. I accept that you are experts, but even people like you had to learn from those who came before you. Please stop treating newbies like my self with such utter rudeness. Do not accuse others of name calling with out reason. If you are going to close down a discussion provide a reason, not slap up a arbitrary banner that is unrelated to the actual question.
Please do not bother replying to this post. I will not be returning to a site where I am clearly so unwelcome