With regard to this question: I have taken apart a Mac Book G4 is there any way I can use the old keyboard mouse and screen, do we not accommodate people's hacking tendencies, when it comes to using RPis in somewhat unorthodox ways?
I appreciate that this is not instructables.com, nor ifixit.com, but, for example, (and forgive me if I am mistaken in this belief) using a RPi in conjunction with a Motorola Atrix Lapdock is quite a common pairing, amongst the DIY computing community.
So, when I saw the above question, it piqued my interest, as it seemed a valid question - given the (encouraged) hacky nature of the RPi platform (i.e. use it with an Arduino to do such and such, how can I get a Pi to water my plants whilst I am on holiday, etc., etc.) . After all, was the RPi not designed to encourage people to wonder about the devices that they have in their pockets and the nuances of how they work, instead of just using them blindly? A return to the early 80's homebrew mentality if you will.
However, the question got put on hold, before I could contribute that which I had discovered on my research. Yes, the question is not strictly about programming a RPi, but it is about using one.
Please note, that this is not a rant at all, I am genuinely confused. So, I respectively ask, or rather would like to clarify: Are hardware hacks off-topic?
I see this question could be a duplicate of Are questions of the form 'How do I wire…' on-topic here?, although I have tried to expand the reasoning behind my query. The answer, given by Jivings, to that answer admits that this is a bit of a "grey area".
I'm afraid there's no clear answer to this question. All I can say is that it depends.