Can I run my laptop directly from an external battery at full throttle while charging my iPhone from the laptop at the same time? was unilaterally closed by a moderator as a "shopping question" and left the comment:
This is a good example why hardware shopping is off topic here. I’m going to vote to close this. Nothing about this is unique to an apple phone or apple portable. Would the answer change materially if the phone were android and the portable a dell that used USB PD?
Of course the Apple electronic ecosystem is unique, and of course it is more closed than, and works differently than those it's being compared to!
Just for example, there is an exchange of information along the USB and some tests and verifications done before the macBook will accept power. This will be different than what's done for non-Apple products.
My question is short and clear and explains that I want to know if what I want to do will work.
If it should would, then the answer would be "Yes". No discussion of shopping is asked for nor would advice on how to shop be accepted.
I feel that classifying it as "asking to recommend or find a Mac, book, tool, tutorial or other off-site resource" was a bad call, but I'm very interested to hear various other opinions on this, especially those of the other moderators.
So I'd like to ask:
Question: In what way did a moderator decide my "Would X work?" question is a "shopping question"? I think this has been mishandled, what do others think?