Ironically, the context of this question:
In this question, the OP states that their question is in a home networking environment, which is indisputably off topic; however the question itself was not specifically a home networking question and is 100% applicable in a corporate/professional environment as well.
The question was edited (not by the OP), to remove the opening sentence of the question:
I've just cabled my house (Yay!).
This was the only reference to the fact that this question was being asked in a home networking environment. Once the question was edited, the above sentence was removed and the entire question was as follows:
When using iperf I notice that I don't ever get a speed over about 500 Mbits/s. I know that lots of older consumer grade gigabit ethernet cards won't actually do full gigabit ethernet, I'd just like to check that this drop in speed couldn't be caused by a wiring fault. Could it?
One could argue that if the question was answered before the edit was made (provided the question wasn't closed as off topic, which it wasn't), that
- The answers given would be tailored to a home networking environment, with consumer equipment, with the prejudice that any network which happens to be installed in a place of residence, no matter how qualified or professional the 'administrator' and infrastructure may be, is completely irrelevant to the corporate world, and what is considered 'on-topic' on NE.
- Any answers which were tailored to a home networking environment are completely irrelevant to what is considered 'on-topic'
- The general mindset and attitude towards the question would be "you're an idiot, get out of here", as is normal around NE, SF, etc. where non-professional posters are ridiculed, (which in some cases is expected, it all depends on the content of the question), but we'll talk about that in another question.
However, in the case of this question and a few others I have seen, the answers to the question are applicable in the 'on-topic' environment, and in this case, the edit made was simply to stop the question from being closed as off-topic, when it contained a perfectly relevant question and relevant answers.
So my question to you is: Do we care about questions that are home-network related, if we don't know that they're home-network related (this could also apply to other grounds for question closing)? Does the context of the question matter if it is omitted?