I recently posted this question (and answer) about connecting a 5 1/4" floppy drive to a computer and was directed to post this question to Super User where it has clearly been accepted as on topic. The relationship to this question being about games is obviously a personal one (the disks I'm looking to read are old computer games). My question is about future hardware and backwards-compatibility questions, at what point do they become off topic?

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A good acid test is to take your question, and remove games (and/or gaming hardware) from it. If the problem still remains, it's not a good fit for Arqade. –  Frank Dec 3 '12 at 15:40

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Just my two cents: your question has nothing directly to do with gaming, or more relevantly, hardware directly related to playing video games. There is nothing about trying to use a 5 1/4" floppy disk that is directly related to playing games except for your intent.

In general, if we want any questions at all in the and tags, we would want them to be specific to gaming hardware because then the question is directly related to the site topic and is the kind of knowledge one might expect a gaming expert to have.

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Interesting, would you feel the same way if the question had been about making a floppy disk work on a dedicated game system? which in my case it was not. –  Jason Sperske Dec 3 '12 at 6:51
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I probably would be more likely to accept a question like that. –  murgatroid99 Dec 3 '12 at 6:55
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@Jason that'd be in keeping with his we handle such things now. We allow fairly detailed tech questions about, say, PS3 hardware, but not standard PC hardware. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 3 '12 at 14:25

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