The Question in Question

Question was put on hold as perhaps being not on topic. I fail to see how asking for information about a (somewhat secretive) scheme that promises to (allegedly) solve all problems passwords have today not on topic here... there is even a tag for 'passwords' and one for 'salt', are all /those/ questions not on topic?

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    Why is this question, about the question in question, downvoted questionably?
    – Jedi
    Jul 22, 2016 at 13:32

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You have asked us to speculate on a commercial product's architecture. It's off topic because it is a question for the vendor.

  • It is no more off topic than asking about what an RFC really means. The vendor has been remarkably mum about their proposal, despite this requiring broad adoption to be effective.
    – 0xF2
    Jul 24, 2016 at 5:50
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    It's off topic because we would have to speculate. As you say, the vendor is mum, and secretive. How would we be able to answer?
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 24, 2016 at 13:15
  • Taplink only makes sense with broad adoption, so the question is kinda necessary. And folks already turned up links to two talks, while I am asking for their (yet unpublished) whitepaper.
    – 0xF2
    Jul 24, 2016 at 14:33
  • The question is necessary if you want wide-spread adoption of the product but off-topic here. There are lots of really good questions that simply don't fit here due to the nature of the forum.
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 24, 2016 at 14:42
  • I don't /want/ anything for their product, I just wish to understand what they are proposing. In effect, they are proposing a password standard - understanding it seems perfectly reasonable. Guess it isn't, who knows why.
    – 0xF2
    Jul 25, 2016 at 13:17
  • @0xF2 you are confusing "reasonable question" with "on-topic question". Of course it is reasonable. It's just off-topic here because we can only speculate.
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 25, 2016 at 13:32
  • A lot of things are proprietary and require speculation. And yet they are not blanket all off-topic, are they?
    – 0xF2
    Jul 26, 2016 at 19:39
  • @0xF2 pretty much, yes.
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 26, 2016 at 20:27

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