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The question went through multiple close and low-quality reviews.

Timeline of events:

  • Asker can't find flaps lever
  • Answer shows flap switch on the real plane (photo and manual)
  • Another answer shows (?) a barely visible flap indicator in a 10-year old (?) add-on for FSX
  • Asker clarifies they still can't find it in X-Plane
  • I respond to the asker's comment on the answer that asking about the real plane is on-topic, asking where it is in X-Plane after being shown the real life one is off-topic
  • A user edits the question invalidating the top voted answer
  • I roll it back based on community policy.

A lot of the comments are both for and against the question.

  • What are your thoughts so the community can establish a policy with regard to those questions? What should be done to the question?
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  • $\begingroup$ I agree this is a dupe and the main issues are covered in that previous question. I think both it and you are right: asking for real-life information to be used in a sim is fine, but asking why a specific sim differs from real life isn't. The only answer we can give in that case is "ask the software provider", which isn't very useful. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jun 8 '18 at 14:46
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My opinion is as I have commented twice:

  • Asking a question stemming from a sim is on-topic if it is about the real life application of that question. Pursuing product support is off-topic.

Similar situations where I have previously answered:

Those are questions coming from aviation enthusiasts, and for example the 737 one in OP's own words:

Is it like that in real life?

What I think should be done to the question is for it to be re-opened, whether OP accepts an answer or not.

I also think all answers for such questions should not be product support answers (products have their own forums and support teams and online groups).


Update:

The above aligns with the older topic/policy on the same scope problem:

In summary, I'm all for questions that ask about airplane procedures and if the simmers want to frame the questions in this regard, that is fine. I just don't want to see "so what button do I press in X-plane to do something" questions.

I'll leave this question open, i.e., leave VTC as duplicate to the community -- so anyone wanting to answer can do so in case the community thinks a policy refresh is needed.

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