Proposal: E-books and E-book Readers
Will this kind of questions be accepted?
Rooting a device is a quasi-legal activity. If someone asked how jailbreak their subsidized Kindle to remove the ads, that question should be closed with a polite comment that they should just pay Amazon the fee they are asking. Frankly, it would be attracting the wrong crowd to encourage these sorts of questions.
My guess is that some of our best questions will involve asking our devices to do things they weren't explicitly designed to do. For instance, I'm curious if I can force my Kindle to index a new item or prevent the indexing process from running since it can lock up the device when I'm trying to use it. Most likely, the answers to these sorts of questions will involve rooting the device to change some settings. As long as the question doesn't explicitly call out doing anything of questionable legality, it isn't our job to enforce third-party licences.
One more idea to this discussion is the fact that an e-reader is a hardware you buy, and as such, it should be up to you what you do with it.
A way to rephrase this should be:
If you buy a laptop with some operating system installed on it, would it be illegal to just wipe all that pre-installed thing and install (for instance) Linux or BSD instead.?
What would make an e-reader different than a laptop, for this matters?.
The best way to answer this question is to suggest a question related to rooting and see if the community votes it up or down.
If anyone can think of a better question than my suggestion of Will rooting my Kindle Fire prevent me from accessing my DRM protected books? I would be happy to consider voting it up. As it is though, I'm struggling to think of a rooting question which might be appropriate here.