I asked the following question recently: Small case for mac book air that will hold charger and mouse?

and was curious why it was closed.

One person mentioned that he considered it a shopping question and that's why he thought it was shut down. I had assumed since I wasn't asking for a place to buy a product or where I can find good prices, that this would not be considered a shopping question, but maybe I'm wrong.

Are questions about whether there exists equipment that meets specific requirements not appropriate for the Apple SE site? Any guidance for future questions welcome.

  • Thank you very much for asking this - several people have asked questions similar to yours and it will be very good to discuss things here as to why and what this site means by "no shopping questions".
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 19:22

1 Answer 1


From the FAQ, emphasis added:

Ask Different is for Apple enthusiasts and power users

  • Apple hardware
  • Apple software
  • other Apple products or services
  • third-party hardware and software for Apple products

... then you're in the right place to ask your question!

However, a few exceptions to the general scope exist. Please refrain from asking about...

  • Apple Developer Programs or iTunes Connect (including iAd and the iBookstore)
  • programming, with the exception of AppleScript and Automator
  • installing or using Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware
  • a shopping or buying recommendation for hardware or accessories like bags and cases
  • pre-release or beta software (We consider versions not available to the public to be in this category)

  • obtaining or using pirated software or media

  • I want to point out that I added the text or accessories like bags and cases to the FAQ after Abe's question was originally asked. Several people have asked quite reasonable questions about accessories so I wanted to clarify what a shopping question was.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 19:20
  • Thanks Kyle, I've seen that line. I guess I'm asking for clarification on what the difference is between a "shopping or buying recommendation" and a question about whether something exists. Commented Oct 6, 2012 at 20:25

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