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My question is around questions like this:

How do Telco's reduce your network speed?

I completely agree that questions about networks outside of our control should be off-topic. In the linked question, OP is not referencing a specific network, if he had asked "How does AT&T reduce network speed?" - I would say it's totally off-topic.

He's obviously asking about QoS or similar technologies but doesn't have all of the context, I think anyone here can infer that. Part of learning is getting past the "known unknowns".

I think it's our responsibility in cases like this one to help them out a bit and encourage an edit to the question to make it on-topic, or like other questions reference him to another SE (QoS stuff would belong to us in this case).

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  • Personally, I would have closed the question as a duplicate because we already have a couple of such answered questions. – Ron Maupin Oct 18 '17 at 18:34
  • And I think that is a totally acceptable alternative as we tend to link the other question. I think anything that could have given OP more context to find his explicit answer is what I was getting at. – Jordan Head Oct 18 '17 at 19:03

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