The Electronic Gadgets site was closed a decade ago while still in beta.
The "council" tried to justify, as seen on this blog post.
But many of those arguments were flawed back then. Even less sense they bear now, because:
- The overall traffic on Stack Exchange was low by that time, compared to now, and gadgets were an expensive niche. The below normal traffic was nothing but expected by then. Needless to say, right now, the sky is the limit.
And hey... The beta stayed open for TWO months. No amount of advertising would attract people in that short window of opportunity.
- They accuse the posts to be too wide/broad/generic. There are two possible answers to that: one beying wrong, and the other being so be it!.
Some questions would die without an answers. That's the cycle of life. Others would attract broad answers, and I can't conceive in my mind that someone could consider this to be a problem instead of a great thing, despite the attempts of explanation on the various metas.
If low traffic is the issue, then allow for broader questions. But guess what... That goes the opposite way of what they think in their minds to be a good thing. Despite the fact that we need a place to ask broad hardware question.
Which brings me to the next argument:
- The next argument: We need it.
I will carbon copy an answer I gave just now to a person asking exactly this:
I want to assemble a kit that involves an android device and a recording hardware, but my question was kicked out by the children in command of the Hardware Recommendations site and the Electrical Engineering, and I will not post it on Android Enthusiasts, as I already know the MO of the children in charge there too. The excuse is always the same: off topic.
There was an Electronic Gadgets site here on stack exchange that was shut down by the same mindset in charge.
- They argument that the answers and questions would/did miss the Q&A format expected by the network.
Well... It's already a mess, as people can downvote your question for any reason (and then getting away by picking any excuse from the list).
And damn! Does this network care about appearances or about helping ? I see the former. People have good questions and nowhere to ask them. This network bashes intelligent questions for dumb reasons. How counterproductive this attitude/directive/policy is to the network is unspeakable !
- See if you can swallow this:
Our corporate goal [is] to“make the Internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions.” A ghost town, without traffic, does not get people answers, but it does draw a few people away from other sites that might do so
This quote came after the following:
"This isn’t an arbitrary decision"
That's what I call the definition of irony summed with the definition of non sequitur