To expand on what I said above, there are two kinds of topic here:1) Support topics.
These are topics in which the OP asks for help or advice. It is these topics in which we ask members to ensure that any response you make is entirely relevant, that it contributes value to the topic, is concise and to the point.
We also ask helpers to please refrain from overwhelming members who start support topics, with information, or requests for specs etc. All too often, a member starts a support topic, for example regarding installing Linux; and in no time, multiple well-meaning members pile in with advice and requests for information, then we never hear from the OP again. Therefore if you see any such topic that has already had a few responses, and the OP has not yet returned, please refrain from adding to the advice/requests until the OP has had a chance to respond to what has already been posted.2) Non-support topics
These are all other topics. If a member starts a topic to discuss Puppy Linux for example, then it is perfectly acceptable to discuss anything to do with Puppy Linux in the topic. This would include comparisons of Puppy to other distros, hardware that Puppy runs on, software for Puppy, etc. Similarly, if a member starts a topic to discuss a laptop, then it is perfectly acceptable to compare it to other laptops, and to discuss hardware and software for laptops etc.
In summary, we try to discourage discussion in support topics, and encourage discussion in non-support topics.
The only (current) exception to the above is the long-standing cheesemakers-linux corner
topic, in which to keep within the intentions of the OP, we ask members to use only for posting references.
Thank you for your help in continuing to make the Linux and Unix forum a better place.