Why does Math.SE permit questions about calculators that have nothing to do with math, for instance this one?

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    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Jun 13, 2021 at 0:24

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I revised the short wiki text (aka "usage guidance") for the tag as follows:

Questions regarding calculators being used to solve math problems. A clear statement of the math problem to be solved is required.

I'll add a long wiki write-up after surveying how the tag has been used historically. Note that I've removed any mention of specific calculator models from the usage guidance.

  • $\begingroup$ I like it. Thanks. (+1) $\endgroup$ May 26, 2021 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ +1 It might be nice if we made all the similar tags consistent. For example, the maple tag currently reads "For questions involving the application of the program Maple to mathematics. NOTE: questions which focus primarily on the program Maple and not on its applications to mathematics are not appropriate for this site." This has the same underlying meaning, but is phrased completely differently. $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    May 26, 2021 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for doing something reasonable without any backhanded insults. $\endgroup$ May 27, 2021 at 1:08

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