Example: http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/2434/selecting-the-right-android-phone

Is this really the kind of question we want to encourage here? I mean, is "I need a phone with these features" helpful to anyone but the OP? There are new phones coming out all of the time, so even if it's helpful it will be quite a bit outdated within months, if not weeks.

Isn't this site about using the device you have, rather than finding a device to buy?

Update: Note this blog post about putting the kibosh on shopping questions on SuperUser: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/

Since Android is arguably "SuperUser for Android", should we be more draconian about squashing these? I think sometimes it's hard to recognize a shopping recommendation for apps here because so many apps are free.

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I agree that it is a bit localized and the information will be out of date in a few months time. Should it be a CW or just completely discouraged? –  Bryan Denny Oct 27 '10 at 16:20
    
Here's another: android.stackexchange.com/questions/2460/… –  Al E. Oct 28 '10 at 13:08
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Personally I think they should be completely discouraged. –  Al E. Oct 28 '10 at 13:08
    
And, considering one can no longer opt to set to Community Wiki, this makes it more imperative to squelch these kinds of questions. I'd like to hear from more of the community, however. –  Al E. Oct 28 '10 at 13:17
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I don't tend to arrange my life according to how SuperUser operates. For instance, this whole site exists bin large part because their moderators feel there is a clear distinction between CPUs that sit on the desktop (like a Commodore 64) and CPUs that are portable (like an iPad or Android) beyond portability. –  Michael Paulukonis Nov 24 '10 at 21:20
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@Michael: True enough, but since this site is most like SuperUser among the original trilogy, and they blogged about it, it seems to me that it is something to consider and that, perhaps, it will become an edict from "on high". –  Al E. Nov 25 '10 at 13:26
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I think are plenty of reasons to frown at shopping recommendations beyond SuperUser, that's all. Freshness date, for one thing. –  Michael Paulukonis Nov 26 '10 at 12:30
    
Oh, absolutely. –  Al E. Nov 26 '10 at 15:44
    
Unfortunately, as far as apps go, the requests for recommendations just keep coming. –  Al E. Nov 29 '10 at 12:46

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It's pretty safe to say that shopping recommendations are off topic on virtually any Stack Exchange site (unless someone builds an explicit "shopping recommendation" site, of course).

It's even listed as off-topic in your original charter… twice:

Where is the best/cheapest place to buy a HTC Desire?
great on-topic example: 0
great off-topic example: 21

With which provider should I buy my HTC Desire, to have the best price?
great on-topic example: 0
great off-topic example: 20

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Well, then, I will wield my mighty powers and close them. –  Al E. Oct 28 '10 at 17:06

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