Here's a question where the OP determined that his original problem was down to having the wrong part number:
On other SE sites, there's a flag for that saying it should be closed on the grounds that such a mistake is unlikely to have any value to future readers.
What's the policy / procedure here? Should these get one of the more generic flags or be left open?
In response to the question by Ghanima, here's my quick and unofficial survey of other sites:
- Stack Overflow has a close option under "Off-Topic" that says:
This question was caused by a problem that can no longer be reproduced or a simple typographical error. While similar questions may be on-topic here, this one was resolved in a manner unlikely to help future readers. This can often be avoided by identifying and closely inspecting the shortest program necessary to reproduce the problem before posting."
The wording would need a modification to include hardware, but I'd argue that the question that I linked would fit into any reasonable HW analog to the "simple typographical error" part of that one.
- Math.SE does not have a specific close option for this case (or its analog), but my understanding is that the convention is to flag and close questions that result from "trivial" errors. Like if you said 2+2=5 on line 7 of your proof, they may point that out in a comment but they tend, in my observation, to close.
- Arduino.SE has the same (basically empty) "Off-Topic" menu as this site.
- Electronics.SE has a different menu that does not explicitly include the option suggested here but that might be interesting to look at if the question was put broader for things that should be listed explicitly under "Off-Topic".
I don't necessarily think the menu needs a modification, by the way. If the convention here is just to flag it under the catch-all "blatantly off-topic" option, that's fine. Just wondering if that really is the convention....