Q & A, of the type that we practice here at Stack Exchange, rests on a few fundamental principles and assumptions:
- Each site has a specific subject matter areaa specific subject matter area. Questions asked on Stack Exchange must fit the subject matter of the site you post them on.
- The questions you ask must have a well-defined scopea well-defined scope; that is, they must be specific enough to be answerable. What that means in practice is that you can't ask questions that solicit opinions, ask for a list of things, make product recommendations, or are too broad.
There are very good reasons why we follow these principles. If you've ever tried to get an answer to one of your questions in a forum environment, you already know why we have these conditions: it's very nearly impossible to get a decent answer on a forum. In short, forums suck.
So we do everything we can to avoid those forum behaviors that prevent people from getting good answers to their questions. This reduces the noise and is more attractive to those subject matter experts who are here to provide answers to your specific questions.
If you are not aware of these principles, or fail to follow them for whatever reason, you're going to have a very hard time participating anywhere on Stack Exchange.